App Friday February 24th, 2017

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Get Spelling Bug 1st Grade Words FREE this Friday, then check out the brand new Robo Spelling from MadeByEducators. Learn to read with Reading Train which features a complete reading curriculum. Play along with Little Tiger and drive a fire truck, submarine or spaceship. Plus, a brand new worksheet feature makes iDevBooks math apps even better.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Spelling Bug 1st Grade Words
by Ace Edutainment Apps

Free February 21-26! Spelling Bug helps your child learn 1st grade spelling words in 4 games with spectacular sound and fun graphics. Add your own words to match what you do in school. See how many spelling word cards you can match to create a beautiful butterfly. Or, fly with fire bug through 4 different worlds to find the words before the caterpillars can get them!

Robo Spelling
by MadeByEducators

Liven up your spelling sessions with Robo Spelling, the simple and fun way to practice spelling. The chunking feature allows learners to break the words down into manageable sounds or mini words. Create your own spelling lists or choose from the over 160 prepared spelling lists from beginner sounds through the top 300 high frequency words.

Robo Spelling
Developer: madebyeducators
Price: $2.99

Reading Train – My First Books, Songs & Games
by The Learning Station, LLC

Every child can learn to read with this library of 140+ playful, Level A picture books, 20 sing-along song books and unlimited train game quizzes. Real reading, right from the start! Not just a game or set of e-books but a complete reading curriculum from pre-reading to reading independence, building phonics and vocabulary skills, self confidence and a love of reading.

Little Tiger: Fire Truck, Submarine, Spaceship
by Wonderkind

With our new app, children can experience many exciting adventures with a fire truck, a spaceship, and a submarine. Children have complete control over each vehicle and can even choose their own driver and co-driver. Features include 4 cute, funny animals (panda, tiger, unicorn and elephant), 15 super exciting mini games, and stunning day and night scenes.

iDevBooks Math Apps Get Even Better

“Teachers and parents can create worksheets for 21 iDevBooks addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division apps. Worksheets are easy to send to students with Apple Classroom app, or email. Students can also open worksheets directly from the apps.” Read More at iDevBooks

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App Friday February 17th, 2017

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Drive the bus in Busy Wheels, explore music with Tongo Music, learn a little addition and subtraction with Math Bakery, and enjoy some highly-polished jigsaw puzzles with Puzzingo (still being updated with new content!). Plus a cool playground concept that combines science with play, and interactive toys that work with your iPad.

Garry Froehlich 
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Busy Wheels: Сity Bus
by Nravo Kids

Welcome to Busy Wheels World! City Bus is on the road, ready to bring all passengers to their destinations. In this game for preschoolers, a player has to drive the bus, explore the city map, follow traffic rules and find the best route to accomplish the mission. The game includes nine levels with gradually more complex missions (bigger map, longer route, different types of passengers, and additional stops).

Busy Wheels: City Bus
Developer: Nravo Kids LLC
Price: Free+

Tongo Music
by Firstconcert Productions

Explore a colorful landscape and follow short animated stories about instruments, notes and audio samples. All stories are presented through audio and animation, so children of all ages can explore the app – even those without reading skills. Children can also make their own music by playing piano or percussion instruments.

Math Bakery 1 – Start Counting
by Pi Education

Math Bakery is a fun way to learn math for children ages 4 to 8. It’s just like having your own private teacher helping, encouraging and correcting. Even toddlers learn to quickly to add and subtract by helping daddy (the baker) produce cookies in time for Christmas.

Math Bakery 1 - Start Counting

Puzzingo
by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Kids, toddlers, and babies love Puzzingo! Its many puzzles are full of interactivity, animations, and sounds for repeat learning and play. Unlike jigsaw puzzles, every Puzzingo puzzle piece is named, so preschool children, toddlers, and babies will build vocabulary while playing. Puzzingo supports learning in many languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and UK English.

An Educational Playground

ABA Science Play makes playgrounds that combine play with science concepts.

Interactive Toys That Take iPad Learning to the Next Level

“Luckily for parents, teachers, grandparents, and babysitters everywhere, there are quite a few iPad accessories available for kids that aren’t only a stupid amount of fun (seriously, you’ll probably be playing with these when you have a chance), but also aim to build practical skills, language development, and so much more!” Read more at iMore

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App Friday February 10th, 2017

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Explore the world’s landmarks in Art Stories Cities, choose your adventure in Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival, learn the science of shadows in Nico & Nor Shadow Play, and build your young child’s vocabulary with Brainy Words. Plus, the best app bundles for preschool (some great picks in there), and decoding teen text lingo.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Art Stories CITIES
by Art Stories

Discover seven cities in seven different countries: Italy, Great Britain, China, Brazil, USA, Greece, and Russia. Learn about major landmarks and listen to the real sounds of cities: the Big Ben bell, the San Francisco cable car, and the San Marco bell in Venice. Having completed the skylines by picking the buildings and setting them in the right place, children can dive into some typical events. For instance, they can visit Venice at high-tide and see Rio during Carnival! The young traveller who has explored all cities is rewarded with a complete passport and a free-to-play skyline. Get ready to compose your utopian city!

Art Stories CITIES
Developer: Art Stories srl
Price: $2.99

Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival
by Move On Pluto LLC

In the quiet yet curious town of Everdale, something is amiss. Max’s dog Percival is missing! Should Max and Meredith rush into action or formulate a plan? Should they form a search party or lure Percival back to town You decide! Faced with decisions and dilemmas in the search for Percival, kids choose what to do, leading down one of eight unique storylines on a journey filled with contraption construction, music-making, and much more. With two modes, narration and storybook, kids can team up with a grown-up or explore Everdale for themselves.

Brainy-Words
by Augusta University

Brainy-Words is a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary. Pre-K and kindergarten kids will learn hundreds of child friendly words through pictures, text, and audio. Explore child-friendly categories such as Animals (dogs, pets, farm, zoo, pretend), Clothing Store (clothes, accessories, hats, shoes, sewing), Grocery Store (fruits and nuts, vegetables, bakery), House (furniture, kitchen, household), and Mall (toys, music, sports, tools). Kids can also explore words in categories or play fun quizzes picking target words from four picture options. Your child will LOVE discovering new words!

Brainy-Words
Price: Free

Nico & Nor Shadow Play
by WGBH

Long or short, here or there, Mouse sees shadows everywhere in Shadow Play! Help put on a shadow theater show, and discover how shadows change location, size, and shape. Through charming simulations, Shadow Play helps children explore the science of shadows.

Nico & Nor Shadow Play
Developer: WGBH
Price: Free

10 Best App Bundles for Preschool

“Bundles of apps are a great way to add to your iPad library and keep your kids playing with the BEST educational apps! We all care about content and well sure, play is learning and learning is play, but the quality of what is played can make all the difference in a child’s development. TWA highly recommends all of these apps as great choices for being educational, FUN & engaging, as well as gender neutral.” See the Bundles at Teachers With Apps.

Decode Teen Text Lingo with the Digital Glossary by Common Sense Media

“New content guiding parents in the digital world is published on Common Sense Media at a rapid rate. Recently I spied the Digital Glossary, which is a reference guide for teen text lingo, apps, and popular online communication terms. For a parent with teens, this is especially handy!” Read More at Moms With Apps.

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Virtual Valentines That Make A Real Difference

Sending thoughtful messages to people we care about can build bridges and connections in these charged political times. This Valentine’s Day, even if you don’t have time to handcraft a letter, get those messages out with virtual valentines. Using your iPhone’s Camera Roll, web browser, and apps, there are plenty of ways to send personalized and creative sentiments.

Send a vintage valentine with Google Images

Hop onto Google Images and run a search for vintage valentines. To make sure there are no copyright restrictions on the image, click Tools and filter by Labeled for Reuse. Find an image that you like, and save it to your device. Email or text the image to a friend on Valentine’s Day, or post it on social media and tag a few favorite followers. This can be a fun, retro way to brighten someone’s day. If posting on social media, I always try to give image credit where credit is due.

Customize a photo with a personal note

Easy apps like Word Swag or Pic Collage are awesome for sprucing up photos. There are valentine templates available on Pic Collage. Choose a template and insert your photo, text and/or stickers. Save to Camera Role, and then send along to a friend!

virtual valentines

Include extra special iMessage stickers in your next text

Texting friends on Valentine’s Day? Make it extra special with themed iMessage stickers. From iMessage, click the App Store icon to see featured apps for iMessage. Apple’s featured category, Let’s Stick Together, has plenty of heartfelt choices to choose from.

virtual valentines

How cute is this cuddly bear in Forever Friends Stickers by Neon Play?

Forever Friends Stickers
Developer: Neon Play
Price: $1.99

Once your sticker app is installed, go to iMessage to compose a message and send it along.

Do you have creative ways to send virtual valentines? If so, leave a comment so we can keep the good news flowing. Remember, it’s the thought that counts!

Lorraine Akemann | Co-Founder and Editor | Moms With Apps

Photo credit [Google Images, labeled for reuse]

App Friday February 3rd, 2017

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Build a boat with Mulle Meck, learn position words with Fido & Pumpkin, and read the tale of the Dragon Horde and the Thummallums. Plus, Digital Learning Day 2017, English language learning scaffolding tools, and an app to “to provide pediatric occupational therapists easy to access and creative projects to address cognitive, motor, and social skills with the kids they treat.”

Garry Froehlich 
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Mulle Meck builds a boat
by Piu-Piu

This is the long-awaited second entry in a series of interactive books about the inventive Mulle Meck and his boxer Buffa. This time they have decided to find out what’s on the other side of the water. How can they get there? Mulle decides to build a sailboat, at the same time showing and explaining how ships are built. Apple App Store

The Dragon Horde and the Thummallums
by Vivian Garvey

If every hundred years or so, a horde of fire breathing dragons came and burned your village to the ground, what would you do? Well, you would probably move. I know I would! This is the story of some villagers who forgot all about the dragons, and didn’t move! It is about what happened when the dragons came back and how help arrives in a most unexpected form. The Dragon Horde is an exciting adventure with some important life lessons. It includes over 250 touch points and over 28 pages of beautiful illustrations that hark back to a golden age of children’s book illustration. Read along with the narration or read alone in a playful exploration of the rules of grammar as you explore and discover how to bring the page to life. Video Apple App Store Google Play Amazon App Store

Fido & Pumpkin Position Words
by Sakura Imaginings

Fido & Pumpkin Position Words teaches children the meaning of position words through colourful hand cut animations. It quickly identifies words the child is unsure of, without adverse feedback or testing. When an incorrect option is chosen for an animation, a second animation runs to show why the answer is not correct and allows the child to make further attempts to match the correct label. The app can be adjusted for less able readers by clicking on an ear icon that reads text on the page. This app was developed as a support to the learning of the Mathematical concept ‘Position’. Apple App Store Google Play Amazon App Store

Fido&Pumpkin Position Words

OT @ Home
by August University

OT at Home is an app designed to provide pediatric occupational therapists easy to access and creative projects to address cognitive, motor, and social skills with the kids they treat. It can be used to create a bridge between the clinic and home environments by providing an accessible resource of activities for caregivers to use at home, under the direction of their child’s therapist. This simple tool can be used by the occupational therapist to increase collaboration and overall communication with the caregivers of the children they work with, while at the same time providing families a resource that is user friendly and promotes easy to access, fun activities to do with their children! Apple App Store

OT at Home
Price: Free

February 23 is Digital Learning Day

“With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.”

It’s still true that we are all still trying to find the best ways to integrate technology into education, so it’s great to see that there is an organized effort to find, share and highlight great uses of technology in education. Find out more at the DLDay site

Digital Versions of English Language Learning Scaffolding Tools

Speaking of digital tools for education:

“The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has partnered with Drawp for School to provide interactive digital versions of their English language learning scaffolding tools for English learners. These tools are organized by proficiency level and provide teachers editable sentence frames and questions that can be tailored to any content. Teachers can access any lesson plan from the Drawp Resource Marketplace and then simply add sentence frames to assignments to help guide English learners.”

Note that Julie Brannon, our social media specialist is affiliated with Drawp for School. Read more at the Drawp Blog

About App Friday

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App Friday January 27th, 2017

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Teach a robot to dance and learn some coding skills with Boogie Bot, explore the world of dinosaurs with Ginkgo Dino, and go on an artistic journey with the new free version of ExplorArt Klee. Plus, a Lunar New Years sale on Fifth Grade Learning Games, Say It… or Not?, communication apps for adults with special needs, and what to look for in apps for preschoolers.  

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Boogie Bot – Coding for Kids
by NybleApps

Boogie Bot is a dancing robot who can be programmed to do dance moves. Bursting with life and energy, this 3D app will introduce kids to the basics of computer programming using Google’s visual programming language, Blockly. With Boogie Bot, kids can control their learning pace. They can choose their (coding) level or they can get creative and make their own dance. With lots of amazing dance moves, lively music and trendy dance floors, Boogie Bot is fun for everyone. Video iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchase Google Play: Free + In-App Purchase

ExplorArt Klee LITE – The Art of Klee, for Kids
by  Lapisly S.C.P.

Do you love art and creativity? Do you want to know more about the great work of Paul Klee, the famous artist? Start a magic journey together with Cice and Ku, two playful friends that will welcome you on PK planet, a very special place that came to life thanks to the works of the great artist, Paul Klee! Video iPad: Free

Say It… or Not?
by Happy Frog Apps

The “Say it…or not?” app helps children with autism filter their thoughts and provide appropriate responses in awkward or frustrating social situations. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases School Edition: 14.99

Fifth Grade Learning Games School Edition
by Family Play

Learning the basics has never been made this fun and easy. With a variety of carefully designed activities to choose from, your kids will surely enjoy studying as much as playing. With the cute character, Kitten, this learning tool teaches animal groups, food groups, periodic table, science dictionary, multiplication and division, and much more! iPhone and iPad: 1.99 January 27-30 (Regularly 2.99)

Ginkgo Dino: Dinosaurs World Game for Preschool
by Moona Group

Help Ginkgo catch the twinkling stars to uncover fun animations and listen to short stories about dinos and other reptiles. Ginkgo introduces us to creatures that lived more than 70 million years ago! We have choosen a wide range of interesting, sometimes little-known animals, that lived during the Cretaceous period. We show them to your child in a fun way, through interactive features. iPhone and iPad: Free

Simple Phone Apps To Help Adults With Special Needs

“Recently I was approached to help a family find phone apps for their adult son with special needs. I reached out to the developer community and discovered multiple apps and suggestions to help make digital communication easier. Here are some of their ideas for simple phone apps…”  Read more at Moms With Apps.

7 Signs an App Is a Good Choice for your Preschooler

Common Sense Media has a list of things to look for in apps for preschoolers along with some great example apps. I particularly like the bit about privacy – watch for apps with aggressive advertising because even if the app developer didn’t intend it, the code that runs the advertisements may be collecting as much information about you as it can. Read more at Common Sense Media.

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App Friday January 20th, 2017

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Bring your artwork to life with FishyPaint, go on a musical world tour with the new free-to-try Jazzy World Tour, and learn about plants with the beautiful Bloom. Plus, iPhone tips for family travel, and do language learning apps work?

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

FishyPaint
by Shmonster, LLC

Your own artwork comes to life and swims in FishyPaint. Kids can photograph their drawings, paintings, collages, even toys, and watch them animate in this colorful underwater scene. Video iPhone and iPad: Free

FishyPaint
Developer: Shmonster LLC
Price: Free

Note: If you like FishyPaint, the developers are also looking for beta testers for their follow up app, PuppetMaster.

Jazzy World Tour FREE – A Musical Journey for Kids
by The Melody Book

Join our two kittens on a magical journey as they travel the world in a hot air balloon. Visit Brazil, Japan, Spain, India, Australia, Ireland, Russia and more as we explore each country’s unique music and culture. Video iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases

EmotionMatch!
by Lemming Labs

Emotion match! by the Cleveland Play House is a simple matching game. Select one face and then select another to make a match. Race and gender don’t matter, just try and match the emotions. Developed in Partnership with the United States Department of Education. iPad: Free

EmotionMatch!
Developer: Lemming Labs
Price: Free

Bloom
by Megalearn AB

Has your child ever wondered why trees produce delicious fruits and berries? Or why dandelions release their seeds into the air? In Bloom, your child explores the ingenious strategies used by plants to spread their seeds. Megalearn is a Swedish studio making educational apps with gorgeous graphics. We believe that to acquire true knowledge, kids need to learn more than names and facts. Therefore, we make apps that help kids discover how the world works. iPhone and iPad: 4.99

Bloom by Megalearn
Developer: Megalearn AB
Price: $4.99

iPhone Tips for Family Travel
by Lorraine Akemann

“We just returned from an overseas trip, and I want to share how our family used the iPhone as a travel helper. With certain apps and settings in place, it was easy to navigate, communicate and prepare for our adventure. Here are our top 10 iPhone tips for family travel…” Read more on Moms With Apps.

Do Gamified Language Learning Apps Work?

“Gamified language learning applications are enjoying millions of downloads, and a certain degree of popular prestige, with Duolingo being named Apple’s app of the year for 2013. These apps use points systems, power ups and other game mechanics to make the memorization of foreign vocabulary and grammar rules more engaging and exciting, but are they able to make students proficient in their target language?” Read More at the Tech Edvocate.

About App Friday

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App Friday January 13th, 2017

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This week kids can enjoy the story of the King’s Ears (narrated by Terry Jones), play a game of spot the twins by themselves or with a friend, and learn how to combine sentences. Plus, Oysters by Checkhov, KidloLand, and a preview of a cool robotics set from Lego.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

The King’s Ears
by Rascal Media Inc.

The King’s Ears is an inventive, beautifully illustrated, animation-rich, and highly interactive story app adapted from an award-winning children’s picturebook. It is narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame and illustrated by Philippe Béhà, a lauded children’s book illustrator of over 170 books. The story, based on the ancient Greek myth of King Midas, has been retold for a modern audience by poet and early childhood specialist Katarina Jovanovic. Shining with wisdom and wit, The King’s Ears is about accepting yourself just the way you are. iPad: 3.99

The King's Ears
Price: $3.99

Twinnery – Spot the Twins
by Funny Yummy Studio UG

Two kids – one screen? We know this issue! Twinnery offers endless fun when you play with a friend or on your own! Search the themed panels on screen and see the matching object before your opponent does or before the time is out. iPhone and iPad: 1.99

Twinnery - Spot the Twins

Oysters, by Chekhov
by StoryMax

“Oysters” is a short story by Chekhov retold to kids with animations, sound effects, and interactivity aimed to trigger reflection about humanitarian challenges of our time. “Oysters” introduces the theme of hunger by a narrative about the thoughts and feelings of a child affected by this “strange disease”. The engaging reading invites the youths to reflect on the SDG 2 (zero hunger) and the sense of community as a solution to reduce the world hunger. iPhone and iPad: Free

Sentence Combining
by Dianne Macdonald

Sentence Combining focuses on providing different ways that students can combine two simple sentences into a grammatically complex sentence. Research shows that practicing sentence combining activities helps increase the complexity of written language. This activity teaches students to use conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives and other linking words to make more interesting and complex sentences.  Designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist for students age 8 and up. iPad: 4.99

Sentence Combining
Developer: Dianne Macdonald
Price: $4.99

KidloLand
by Internet Design Zone

KidloLand is loved by kids under 5 years. Kids can learn ABCs, animals, fruits, vegetables, phonics, shapes and more with the help of 1000+ interactive nursery rhymes, songs, stories and educational activities. The app is ad free and new content is added every month so that parents never run out of new options for their babies. Download songs and use the app offline in road trips, flights, doctor waiting rooms or to keep kids engaged at home. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases Google Play: Free + In-App Purchases Amazon: Free + In-App Purchases

Lego Boost: Build Walking and Talking Robots with Lego

The Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up recently. This year Lego had an announcement that made me take notice. Lego Boost, coming later this year, includes motors and sensors that apparently lets kids build moving, talking robots. The companion app contains instructions as well as an interface to send commands or program actions for their creations.

Engadget has a video and article that explains the set.

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Top 10 iPhone Tips for Family Travel

We just returned from an overseas trip, and I want to share how our family used the iPhone as a travel helper. With certain apps and settings in place, it was easy to navigate, communicate and prepare for our adventure. Here are our top 10 iPhone tips for family travel:

1) Adjust settings to avoid international cell phone charges

I wanted to ensure that having our iPhones didn’t accidentally incur huge overseas data rates. Before we left the house, all family members opened their iPhone Settings app and turned airplane mode on, and cell data off. When we arrived at our destination, we left airplane mode on but enabled Wi-Fi. This allowed us to use hotel Wi-Fi for connectivity without activating the local cellular network.

We had one person with an international data plan for phone use while away from the hotel. Everyone else kept airplane mode on, cell data off, and used hotel Wi-Fi for connectivity.

2) Set the World Clock with home and away destinations

Jet lag can be a challenge, especially with kids. Knowing what time it was back home helped us plan sleep and wake times during the first few days in a new time zone.

3) Use the alarm to wake up during jet lag

Our first local outing was to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers tour near London. Our bus was leaving early and we certainly didn’t want to miss it. We relied on the iPhone’s alarm to wake us up, and it worked great (although we were so excited I think most of us were awake well before the alarm!).

4) Open Google Maps for navigation assistance

While driving a rental car in Wales, we learned that some castles can be hard to find. With my husband’s iPhone (he’s the one with the international data plan) we used Google Maps to analyze our location and find the correct routes. Using Google Maps is effective for double checking locations and routes in real time, especially when road signs are in Welsh.

5) Check weather apps for rain

Winter travel requires the right gear. Checking the iPhone’s Weather app (or Yahoo Weather) helped us determine the hour-by-hour forecast for our location. If rain was in the forecast for the day, then we knew to pack umbrellas and raincoats.

6) Browse Safari for museum or attraction open hours

We were traveling over the winter holidays, including Christmas and New Years. We needed to find out if certain museums and attractions were open during the times we wanted to visit. It was helpful to open Safari and check their websites in advance so we could plan our visits accordingly.

7) Download digital camera apps to transfer pictures

This was my first trip using a Nikon digital camera. I did not need to rely on my iPhone for pictures. Instead, I carried around an actual camera. My Nikon works with an app called SnapBridge that uses bluetooth to communicate between the camera and the iPhone. This app enabled me to pull any pictures I needed from my camera onto my iPhone.

8) Activate AirDrop to share photos between family members

A daughter’s eye view can be quite different from a mom’s eye view. Both of my daughters enjoyed taking photos during the trip, and it was interesting to see the difference in our perspectives. I would line up a shot based on landscape, and they tended to zoom in more closely on subject. Looking through their photos at the end of the day offered a bright and lively point of view on our shared experiences. If I wanted a photo of theirs, we could share files easily via AirDrop.

To access AirDrop on an iPhone, simply swipe up from the bottom of any screen.

9) Check Khan Academy for information on historic sites

I like art museums. But some museums can be boring if you don’t have context. Before our last two big trips, we searched Khan Academy for information about our destinations. I downloaded the Khan Academy app so we could play art history videos from Khan Academy on Apple TV. This was especially helpful for learning about Tate Britain, home of Ophelia and The Lady of Shalott. When we finally arrived to the Tate in person, my daughters were connected to the experience because they learned about those paintings in advance of the visit.

10) Connect with friends over Instagram, email, or WhatsApp to share adventures

We enjoyed sharing special moments with friends and family back home. Thanks to WhatsApp, we were able to wish our cousin a happy birthday. Thanks to Instagram, we were able to pick our favorite photos and post them to friends. Thanks to email, we were able to communicate status and highlights with grandparents and close family. Making positive connections with people we care about added to the enrichment of the trip.

Bonus #11) Add a passcode to feel more secure in case of loss or theft

I was worried that at some point in the trip I’d lose my iPhone. In the event it fell into a villain’s hands, I wanted to keep my data secure. Adding a passcode helped me feel a little bit better about keeping my information safe.

To add a passcode, go to Settings, and then Touch ID and Passcode.

Bon voyage!

Lorraine Akemann | Co-Founder and Editor | Moms With Apps

Photo credit [Flickr Creative Commons]

App Friday January 6th, 2017

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Happy New Year! Save bits of the world with the Artist Mortimer 2, solve problems with shapes in RelationShapes, and discover food around the world with Art Stories. Plus, a Sun to Moon Sleep Clock for kids, More 4 Monkey, and the top apps of 2016 from Geeks With Juniors.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

The Artist Mortimer 2
by OCG Studios

Mortimer is an artist who more than anything loves to paint. Whatever he puts on the canvas stays there and whatever he adds to his painting he adds to the world. Mortimer want’s to save bits of the world. A simple and sweet story about an artist who saves bits of the world, enlivened with lovely music, great interactivity and narration. Story written and illustrated by Bo Zaunders. iPhone and iPad: 0.99

The Artist Mortimer 2
Developer: OCG Studios
Price: $0.99

RelationShapes
by VizuVizu

RelationShapes is devoted to developing young children’s (recommended ages 4-6) visual-spatial reasoning and creative problem solving skills through open-ended play! Video iPad: Free

RelationShapes
Developer: vizuvizu
Price: Free

Art Stories World Food
by Art Stories

World Food is the first app developed by Art Stories in partnership with MUBA, the Childrens’ Museum of Milan, Italy. It translates into a digital language the approach of Children’s Museums around the world: encouraging children to discover the world through play and intuition rather than a direct transmission of ideas. What is eaten around the world? And how are tables laid?

In a journey around the world, children discover what happens in eight countries: Italy, France, Russia, Morocco, India, Japan, Mexico, United States. There is a table to lay in each country, and a meal to prepare, and cutlery to arrange… and for each one, you’ll find a recipe, to do at home! Moreover you can find other two activities about food: you can lay a table of your choice, with all your favourite food; and you can prepare your birthday table with muffins, cakes, and sweets… Video iPhone, iPad, iMessage: 2.99 Google Play: 1.99

Art Stories World Food
Developer: Art Stories srl
Price: $2.99

Sun to Moon Sleep Clock
by Michael Sibley

A children’s visual alarm clock app with star countdown, sleep rewards, accompanying craft activity and custom artwork by artist Michael Sibley. Read More iPhone and iPad: 0.99 Google Play: 3.99

Sun to Moon Sleep Clock
Developer: Michael Sibley
Price: $3.99

More 4 Monkey
by Cognitive ToyBox

More 4 Monkey is a science-backed game that helps children practice their intuitive sense of quantity, or number sense. Research shows that children who play digital number sense games demonstrate better math performance (on tests of counting, number identification, addition, etc.) when compared to control groups. More 4 Monkey is adaptive and continually challenges a child’s number sense. Video iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchase

Top 60 Best Apps for Kids 2016

Geeks With Juniors rounds up their top picks for kids apps in 2016, and it should come as no surprise that I agree with a lot of their choices – we’ve featured many of those same apps. See the list

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