App Friday December 9th, 2016

Get At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa free this Friday from Fairlady Media, build a town and learn words with the delightful MiniMo Town, explore and create with Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade, and visit space with Gigi Space Adventure. Plus, an amazing update to the popular My PlayHome lets two kids on different devices play together!

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa
by Fairlady Media

Do you know what a Malayan tapir is? Let’s go to the zoo to find out! Fix the animal signs, color a zebra, add up the visitors, solve puzzles, feed the penguins, put on a seal show, dig for fossils, and more in this amazing 10th app in the popular Grandma and Grandpa collection! Designed for ages 6-8. Video iPhone and iPad: Free Friday (Regularly 2.99)

MiniMo Town
by MiniMo

MiniMo Town is a fun new casual learning builder game for children (5-9 years). In Minimo Town, you build your own city, and learn English letters, sounds and words in the process. But watch out for the four naughty monsters. Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99

Minimo Town
Minimo Town
Price: $1.99

My PlayHome
by PlayHome Software Ltd

Introducing PartnerPlay! Play together on two iPads/iPhones in the same room! With the latest release, just start a My PlayHome app on both devices and a new, blue start button will appear on the welcome screen when it detects another nearby device. Requires iOS8 or higher.

My PlayHome is the original and best dolls house app. Massively interactive, your kids can explore and use everything in the house. The characters eat, sleep, shower, brush their teeth and more. Want the room to be darker? Close the drapes! Fancy a change in music? Pop a different CD into the stereo! iPhone and iPad: 2.99

My PlayHome
My PlayHome
Price: $3.99

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade
by StoryToys

Join the lovable Brown Bear as he explores his world and encounters new friends. Meet Red Bird, Yellow Duck, Green Frog and other characters. Color the animals and have fun creating your own unique sounds and music. Children will love recording their voices as they sing along and make their own animal noises. Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Gigi Space Adventure for Kids
by Appelsin Apps

This space game will help your child to understand more about the space, earth and how the sun goes up and down in an easy and educational way. Video iPhone and iPad: 1.99

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Holiday Apps 2016

Welcome to the 2016 list of holiday apps for kids, made by family-friendly developers. These apps are designed to bring educational and playful content to kids in festive seasonal themes.

Everything in the holiday apps 2016 list is new or updated as of this year. A link to great holiday apps from past years is included at the end of this post.

Pico Christmas

Pico Christmas by Bigo Bjuo encourages young artists to paint, color, draw and decorate.

PicoChristmas
PicoChristmas
Developer: Boleslaw Walczyk
Price: $1.99

Trouble in Christmas Town

Adventure to the North Pole in an interactive storybook, handcrafted from a family-friendly team in Germany.

Grandpa’s Toy Shop

NEW! Just arrived from Fairlady Media on December 15th. Go ahead, build a toy!

Grandpa's Toy Shop
Grandpa's Toy Shop
Developer: Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99

Fiete Christmas Advent Calendar

Unwrap, play and decorate a present each day! Updated with 2016 calendar dates.

Reading Train Christmas

Listen, read and record over 30 Christmas books and songbooks. Updated November 2016.

Bogga Christmas Tree

Decorate your own, unique Christmas tree!

Bogga Christmas Tree
Bogga Christmas Tree
Developer: Boggatap
Price: $2.99

Christmas Calendar

Count down until Christmas with daily letter practice and a fun dot-to-dot!

One Present, Please

Interactive holiday storybook filled with fine art illustrations.

One Present, Please
One Present, Please
Price: $2.99

Moonlight Express

Save Christmas in a refreshingly beautiful way with this new game released on December 16th.

Moonlight Express
Moonlight Express
Developer: Damir Stuhec
Price: $0.99

Xmas Junior

Xmas Junior by Jan Essig includes four classic games like Tic Tac Toe and Santa says.

Xmas Junior
Xmas Junior
Developer: Jan Essig
Price: $0.99

Montessori Nature (Winter Edition)

Manage a natural ecosystem where kids can plant, harvest and grow. Updated in December 2016 with a winter theme.

Montessori Nature
Montessori Nature
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Artie’s World

Explore the Arctic, navigate maps, and draw in Artie’s Village (updated seasonally).

Artie's World
Artie's World
Developer: Minilab Ltd
Price: Free+

Christmas Stickers for iMessage

See Santa and send some holiday cheer to friends with this new iMessage sticker app!

Holiday Apps From Past Years

Holiday apps are made to last. Check out this post from 2015 with a bountiful selection of creative apps to help children learn and thrive: Holiday Cheer Comes to Apps for Kids. Still looking for more? The Best Holiday Apps list from Common Sense Media has some fun ones, in addition to a colorful roundup from Tech With Kids!

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

Photo Credit Flickr Creative Commons

App Friday December 2nd, 2016

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It’s December (already!) and we’re also getting ready for Christmas with “Christmas Calendar” from MadeByEducators which teaches letters to the younger children, and the story/activity book “One Present, Please” from Rain Boot Media. Plus, we have some great deals. Hamaguchi Apps presents two speech therapy apps for half price this Friday that enable kids to practice following directions (or try the lite versions for free). Kids17Fun helps kids visualize math with fractions with “Fractions Using Visual Models” at 66% off this Friday.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Christmas Calendar Letters Dot-to-dot
by MadeByEducators

Count down the sleeps till Christmas with dot-to-dot favourite characters and ABC’s every day. You can also personalise your winter friends and play on an interactive winter playground.  iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99

One Present, Please
by Rain Boot Media

A festive holiday storybook (created by two Moms) is filled with fine art illustrations, coloring pages, hidden pictures, puzzles and mini games that encourage problem-solving skills.  Kids can read along, or read it themselves.  Just tap the candy cane to get started…Let us entertain your kids while you prepare for the holidays.  Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99

One Present, Please
One Present, Please
Price: $2.99

Fractions Using Visual Models
by Kids17Fun

This app uses visual models to help children learn fractions. It covers adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Video iPad 0.99 (Regularly 2.99)

Fractions Using Visual Models
Fractions Using Visual Models
Developer: Red Hong
Price: $2.99

Fun with Directions HD
by Hamaguchi Apps

Fun with Directions is an educational yet FUN app for the iPAD, designed to provide an engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Touch the cat”) to the more complex (“With your orange crayon, color the large one that is a furry pet and likes to chase mice”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time.

Colorful, vivid art and animations against a white background combine to create a complete game experience without visual clutter. Sound effects and surprises keep the game engaging! This app is a great choice for a toddler/preschooler, or any young child who would like to practice listening to or reading directions! Video iPad: 7.99 (Regularly 15.99) Lite Version: Free (Regularly 0.99)

More Fun with Directions HD
by Hamaguchi Apps

Help the monkey go up the tree, but watch out! He likes to throw those coconuts! Pop the bubble that is above the bird. Put the elephant under the larger table. Help the squirrel go down the tree. Turn off the red radio.

More Fun with Directions is designed to provide a fun and engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, comparatives (larger/smaller) spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Turn on the lamp”) to the more complex (“Do you see a musical instrument with black and white keys? Put it behind the couch”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time. Video iPad: 7.99 (Regularly 15.99 Lite Version: Free (Regularly 0.99)

About App Friday

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App Friday November 25th, 2016

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iDevBooks is having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate 7 years on the App Store – all 32 of their excellent apps (31 math apps + 1 geography app) are free Friday and Saturday. The adventures continue in MadeByEducator’s great series of math apps, this week for grades 4 and 5. Plus, Highlights Monster Day goes free, and Night & Day Studios invites everyone to explore the ocean with Octonauts.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Math App Anniversary Celebration!

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iDevBooks is celebrating 7 years on the App Store by making all of their apps FREE for Black Friday (and Saturday). This includes 31 math apps, and 1 geography app. These are all solid, quality apps and well worth a download. Don’t miss out! Here are a few to get started:

Visual Multiplication Table
Visual Multiplication Table
Developer: Esa Helttula
Price: $3.99
Fraction as Slope
Fraction as Slope
Developer: Esa Helttula
Price: $3.99
World Factbook Visual Edition
World Factbook Visual Edition

Make sure to view ALL of the apps and download for FREE on Black Friday!

Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for my Preschooler
by Highlights for Children, Inc.

Welcome to a day in the life of a lovable monster! Choose your favorite friend and care for him from morning till night: brush his big yellow teeth, feed him bagels, help with his science experiment and play basketball. Then, wash and feed your monster and gently put him to sleep. iPhone and iPad: Free Google Play: Free Amazon: Free

Crazy Math Adventure – Age 9 -10 Grade 4
by MadeByEducators

A REALLY BAD DUDE has been opening portals to other dimensions all over this once peaceful land. People are being turned into dogs, trains, coins and even hot air balloons. You need to gain control of these portals and climb the castle to defeat the VERY Bad Dude with your Grade 4 math skills! Crazy Math Adventure is designed around the new Common Core math curriculum for Grade 4. It starts with a quick recap of Grade 3 skills, continues onto Grade 4 skills. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 2.99

Crazy Math Adventure – Age 10 -11 Grade 5
by MadeByEducators

Math Land needs a maths hero, and that hero is you! Battle monsters, zap meteors, be transported to a LOT of crazy worlds. As educators we know that learning is best when it is fun, we want kids to develop their math skills in an engaging and supported way. Best practice teaching techniques are at the core of this fun adventure. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 2.99 Lite Version: Free

Octonauts
by Night & Day Studios, Inc.

Join the mission with the first-ever Octonauts app, in beautiful 3D straight out of the hit TV show. Get in your GUP with Captain Barnacles and the crew as they travel the depths to explore, rescue, and protect their underwater friends. Discover games, snap pictures, and find wildlife friends as you cruise through the ocean and learn about the fascinating animals who live there. Meet dolphins and whales, decorator crabs and sea stars, in reefs and underwater caves as you navigate their real-life habitats. The team needs you to grab the controls and become the newest member of the Octonauts! (VideoiPhone and iPad: 3.99

Octonauts
Octonauts
Price: $3.99

About App Friday

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App Friday November 18th, 2016

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Celebrate nature with Montessori Nature from Edoki Academy. Enjoy story time with Roxy and the Ballerina Robot, and Grandma’s Great Gourd (how’s that for a title?). Go on an adventure and practice math with Crazy Math Adventure from MadeByEducators. Plus, give your kids a curated YouTube experience with Huvi, and brighten up your iMessage chats with Little Sunshine stickers.

Garry Froehlich
Jellybean Tunes

Montessori Nature
by Edoki Academy

New! Just in time for Thanskgiving! 30% off until Saturday Nov. 26th. Nowadays, it is easy for children to become disconnected from nature in our bustling city landscapes. What if technology could help cultivate an engagement with nature that inspires curiosity, a love for its marvels, and in effect re-introduce our kids to the natural world? That is what Montessori Nature is all about! Includes cute Thanksgiving iMessage stickers. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 1.99

Montessori Nature
Montessori Nature
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Grandma’s Great Gourd
by Literary Safari

An adventurous storybook app—rich in gameplay—starring one spunky Grandma who hides herself in a giant gourd to trick a hungry bear, tiger, and fox in the forests of Bengal! Based on a South Asian trickster tale retold in a Kirkus Reviews award-winning children’s picture book and featuring a fun sound effects recording studio, a physics-inspired game created with input of STEM educators as well as an in-app video library that takes children on a virtual field trip to discover the culture, art, and wildlife of South Asia. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 0.99 Google Play: 0.99

Grandma's Great Gourd
Grandma's Great Gourd

Roxy and the Ballerina Robot
by Jackrabbit Publishing

Roxy and the Ballerina Robot is a family-focused story which emphasizes the importance of relationships and knowing one’s self. This book app follows Roxy on her quest to save up and buy her dream toy, a Ballerina Robot. Will Roxy finally be able to get her very own Ballerina Robot? Please read and find out. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 3.99 Google Play: 3.99 Amazon: 3.99

Crazy Maths Adventure – Grade 2
by MadeByEducators

Math Land needs a Grade 2 math hero, and that hero is you!
Crazy Math Adventure is designed around the Common Core Curriculum for Grade 2 math. Games include the option of visual supports, to gently support children through the curriculum.

As Educators we know that learning is best when it is fun, we want kids to develop their maths skills in an engaging and supported way. Best practice teaching techniques are at the core of this fun adventure. (Video)  iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Crazy Math Adventure – Grade 3
by MadeByEducators

Crazy Math Adventure is designed around the Common Core Curriculum for Grade 3 math. Games include the option of visual supports, to gently support children through the curriculum.

Battle monsters, jump across chasms, be turned into a LOT of crazy magical things. Help clear Math Land of some very crazy spells. (Video) iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Good Morning Sunshine Rise, Shine, Emoji Stickers
by Eggroll Games LLC

When our friend Little Sunshine isn’t making silly faces, mad faces, lol faces and glad faces, she’s dressing up as vikings, pumpkins, leprechauns and more! We’ve had a blast making this cute and colorful collection of emoji and stickers! Have fun! iPhone and iPad (for iMessage): 0.99

Huvi
by Totally Rad! Inc.

Huvi lets your kids watch the videos they want on YouTube, without exposing them to the rest of the site (which can quickly lead them to some sketchy content). It puts parents in control, and makes video watching simple for even the youngest kids. Parents make playlists tailored to their kids interests, and the kids can watch only those videos, accessed through the kid-friendly Huvi app. iPhone and iPad: Free

Huvi
Huvi
Price: Free

About App Friday

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App Friday November 11th, 2016

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Measure, cut and paint in Fairlady Media’s newly updated and bestselling Grandpa’s Workshop (free!), learn about music with Music4Kids and Music4Babies (also free), or delve into Latin nouns with Lingua Latina: Nouns (yes, free this Friday). Plus, the engaging puzzles of Busy Water from Edoki Academy are now available on Android (and iPhone/iPad), and appp media’s Understanding Math – Telling Time teaches not just telling time, but calculating periods of time as well.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Grandpa’s Workshop
by Fairlady Media

This dancing Grandpa and his wacky tools are ready for fun and projects in the workshop! Grandpa needs help identifying tools, measuring, cutting wood, spotting differences, painting furniture, repairing broken items, and even building an awesome kids’ clubhouse! The game includes seven action-packed mini-games loaded with educational content (number groups, measuring, fractions, colors, observation, spatial relationships) and videos of real tools in action! Ages 3-7. (VideoiPhone, iPad, Apple TV: Free

Grandpa's Workshop
Grandpa's Workshop
Developer: Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99

Music4Babies – Learn to read and write music with the animals
by Olivier Romanetti

Have you ever seen an elephant sing? A cow? A cat or a duck? Have you ever heard the tiny voice of a ladybird or a bee? Well now you can, with Music4Babies! Choose an animal, and compose your own little tunes for these colorful scenes. Off you go, little composer! (Video) iPhone and iPad: Free Nov 11 and 12 (Regularly 1.99)

Music4Kids – Learn, create and compose music through play
by Olivier Romanetti

With Music4Kids (ages 4 and up), write and play music at the same time! Just touch the screen to create and play notes, then move them around to make up your own tunes… it’s intuitive! Play our musical recognition games, with 140 challenges created by a composer. As you play, learn the basics of music, develop your creativity and improve your ear for music. (VideoiPhone and iPad: Free Nov 11 and 12 (Regularly 2.99)

Lingua Latina: Nouns
by @Reks

Lingua Latina Nouns App helps students learn Latin nouns (Learn Mode), practice them through 5 different games (Practice Mode), and finally to take the test and see how much they acquired (Quiz Mode). Student chooses whether he wishes to learn/practice the meaning of nouns (Vocabulary) or grammar (Gender or Declension). You can customize the content to meet your students’ needs. The app offers you a chance to track individual student’s progress. (VideoiPhone and iPad: Free Nov 11 (Regularly 2.99)

Lingua Latina: Nouns
Lingua Latina: Nouns
Developer: @Reks
Price: $2.99

Busy Water
by Edoki Academy

The fun aquatic puzzle is now available on Google Play! Busy Water is a fun puzzle-game starring a fish that needs to travel back to his tank with the help of the user.  Busy Water offers over 100 levels & a dozen of “accessories” to modify water: tilt the iPad to change the flow,  insert air conditioning to freeze, put a heater to liquify, and add valves. Kids will enjoy progressing in the game and will learn about the different states of water at the same time. iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch: 3.99 Google Play: 2.99

Busy Water
Busy Water
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $3.99

Understanding Math – Telling Time
by appp media UG

“Understanding Maths – Telling Time” is perfect for kids just learning to mark time, and also sophisticated enough for older students. The features include being able to record a child’s voice in telling the time, and the gentle scaffolding of the needed skills to help a child learn how to set the hands of the clock and how to do math when calculating periods of time. Play is intuitive and the reinforcers keep kids engaged as it allows them to advance at their own pace. Teachers and parents will appreciate the ability to collect data, check progress, and adjust difficulty as a child gains mastery. iPhone and iPad: 3.99

Understanding Math - Telling Time
Understanding Math - Telling Time

About App Friday

Did you know that App Friday started way back in 2010? Learn all about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday November 4th, 2016

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We have an outstanding set of apps to share this week. Play and discover with The Little Village Farm. Feed the animals in Fiete KinderZoo. Learn to estimate time with Outland Timer. Practice counting and sorting in Safari School. Then, hone your math skills and get Flying Superstars FREE this weekend, or read up on the latest screen time guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Finally, get together with your kids to play the puzzler Sembl from Artgig Studio (we had a lot of fun with it).

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Alma & Anker explore The Little Village Farm
by Tukan & Friends

Alma & Anker explore The Little Village Farm is a free-play discovery app for the youngest children. Shear sheep, feed the animals, assemble a tractor, and much more. First app in the series iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99 Amazon: 2.99 (Video)

Fiete KinderZoo – Kids feed animals in the zoo
by Ahoiii Entertainment

Another gorgeous app with sailor Fiete is out now: Fiete KinderZoo is a very special one as the app was made by kids. True story! We invited kids aged between 3 and 10 years to help us build an app. With lots of creativity every child crafted it’s own zoo animal, named it and made a sound that fits the best to the creature.

In the completed app kids can stroll with Fiete through the zoo, tap the animals to hear their sound and feed them with food the children also made by their own.

We’re so proud of presenting this app as it shows that kids have the power to create things on their own. Children don’t need to be only consumers of media, they can also be producers – the only thing they need is: creativity. That’s a gift that we hope every child can preserve for themselves while growing up. iPhone and iPad: Free Google Play: Free

Flying Superstars : Fun Visual Math Game for Kids
by Skidos Learning

Flying Superstars presents you just an ordinary guy named Jim… OK, actually he’s a superstar who can fly. Jim flies through this insanely difficult lava filled adventure with his crazy superstar friends. Now it’s your time to join in and help them beat all the wacky levels full of challenge! Use your Math Skills to unlock new characters and power-ups.

From the award winning creators of Milk Hunt & Hop Star comes Flying Superstars: a game which tests kids’ tapping and flying skills to their limit while flexing their mental muscle on a mathematical adventure. iPhone and iPad: Free Nov 4-6 (Regularly 5.99)

Outland Timer 2
by Outland

Tired of endless “But it hasn’t been 10 minutes yet, just one more cartoon” with your kid? Outloud Apps developed a solution — teach a kid to estimate time spent on an activity or a task with Outloud Timer game! iPhone and iPad: 1.99 Google Play: 199

Outloud Timer 2
Outloud Timer 2
Developer: Outloud
Price: $0.99

Sembl
by Artgig Studio

Every design is a puzzle and every game is unique. Paint, cut, punch, stencil and spin your way to the perfect design. Master 32 levels and over 190 puzzles at your own pace in the Journey, or race the clock in Challenge mode. SEMBL is an ad-supported game but you can pay once to banish them forever. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchase to Remove Ads

Sembl
Sembl
Developer: Artgig Studio
Price: Free+

Safari School
by IntellectoKids

With Safari School, children practice their counting, sorting and color skills by loading the empty train carts with colorful fruits and vegetables to feed the elephant at a nearby zoo. Along the way, children encounter interactive surprises – including flowers that burst into full spring splendor, and beehives that unleash a whirl and buzz of bubble bees. iPhone and iPad Google Play and Amazon $1.99

Newsworthy

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their screen time guidelines to reflect the fact that not all screen time is the same, and to provide guidance on beneficial uses of screens.

HapiPapi provides their take on the evolution of educational apps  as they near the launch of the ‘create your own apps’ platform.

Advocacy Groups Urge Crackdown on Influence Marketing Aimed at Children. YouTube videos walk a fine line between content and advertising.

The educational edition of Minecraft has launched.

About App Friday

Did you know that App Friday started way back in 2010? Learn all about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Halloween Apps 2016

It’s the time of year when app makers get excited about seasonal themes for their apps. Families benefit from this excitement with festive displays of pumpkins in their educational technology. So what is the latest on Halloween Apps for 2016? Let’s check it out.

Monster Mingle Halloween Update

Chris O’Shea is wowing us again with another Monster Mingle update for 2016. Version 1.1.4 features iMessage stickers, and a new camera mode to take a monster selfie. Love that!

Monster Mingle
Monster Mingle
Developer: Cowly Owl Ltd
Price: $2.99

Busy Shapes Halloween Update

Busy Shapes by Edoki Academy just got revamped for Halloween with vampire and pumpkin shapes. Download Busy Shapes if you have a busy toddler ready to sharpen their reasoning skills through this exploratory puzzle playground.

Busy Shapes
Busy Shapes
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Love Edoki Academy? Don’t miss Zen Studio and Easy Stop Motion Studio, two more educational apps with exciting twists for Halloween.

Wee Halloween Puzzles

These classic drag and drop puzzles in a fun Halloween theme (just updated in October 2016) are aimed to delight young toddlers.

Wee Monster Puzzles
Wee Monster Puzzles
Developer: Wee Taps
Price: Free

Catch the Wally Halloween

Looking for a find and seek game? Try Catch the Wally Halloween which was recently updated for iOS10. This interactive game for kids 3 to 6 years old lets children explore what’s behind the brick wall in hopes to find Wally the spider. Will you find him?

Wee Trains Updated for Halloween

Design and build your own spooky train just in time for Halloween. The version 1.1 update has four new train engines in addition to 12 mini games ideal for early learning.

Wee Trains
Wee Trains
Developer: Wee Taps
Price: $2.99

Halloween Junior

Jan Essig’s four fun games for young kids ages 4-7 is entertaining, educational and worry-free. Play tic tac toe, whack-a-monster, or pumpkin says without having to worry about ads or in app purchases. Very family-friendly!

Halloween Junior
Halloween Junior
Developer: Jan Essig
Price: $0.99

New iMessage Sticker Halloween Apps

I came across the app that inspired this post from an app maker and artist I’ve known for many years. Do you remember Ben Lew of Interactive Alphabet? Well he is at it again with Jack-o-moji, an app for iMessage stickers on iOS10. Fun!

Jack-o-moji
Jack-o-moji
Developer: Ben Lew
Price: Free

If you are into iMessage stickers, don’t miss Wee Monster Stickers from Wee Tap Apps. Have fun creating a crazy monster face on your favorite selfie.

Wee Monster Stickers
Wee Monster Stickers
Developer: Wee Taps
Price: $0.99

There is no limit to the festive Halloween texts we can send as more iMessage sticker apps show up on the store. Take a look at these cute and spooky stickers from Laura Tallardy, a Halloween app guru!

Have you considered being a beast for Halloween? Explore the options with The Lonely Beast’s hand-drawn stickers for iMessage.

The Lonely Beast
The Lonely Beast
Developer: James Kelleher
Price: $1.99

Are you joking? Awesome. Check out Pun Pals Howl-O-Ween for more playful puns to keep trick or treating fun.

Pun Pals: Howl-O-Ween
Pun Pals: Howl-O-Ween
Developer: Regis Frey
Price: $0.99

More Halloween Apps Lists

Last year around this time I wrote a post called Halloween Apps to Delight Young Learners. If you are looking for more apps, consult that post, in addition to Common Sense Media’s running list of Halloween Apps for Kids. Meanwhile, here are even MORE apps published in earlier years that I’m just finding out about now.

Who is the Ugliest of All?

An interactive storybook of a young girl who accepts her imperfections and builds her confidence and self-esteem along the way.

Who is the Ugliest of All?
Who is the Ugliest of All?
Developer: Joshua Wilson
Price: $3.99

Yum Yum Numbers (Spider Theme)

This cute app with a fluffy spiker features letter tracing for little ones, with a recent October Update to include enhancements in the Parent’s Corner.

Ready for Thanksgiving?

Time flies. Just when we have Halloween costume figured out, Thanksgiving lurks right around the corner. To continue the Fall Holidays, download a cheerful interactive storybook with a turkey who teaches about friendship. Last updated October 2015.

Or, try this fall-themed Montessori puzzle by 123KidsFun. The nature themes in here are brilliant.

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

Hollywood App Prompts Mother-Daughter Conversations

I saw the richest mom-with-app on the cover of Forbes magazine while browsing through an airport bookshop this summer. Intrigued, I purchased the reading material for my next flight. By the end of the day, I joined millions of others who downloaded Kim Kardashian’s app to my iPhone. Let’s see what it takes, I thought, to play the game of fame.

According to the Forbes article, the app called Kim Kardashian Hollywood is a remake of a preexisting app called Stardom. Glu Mobile, the company who made Stardom, approached Kim with the opportunity to rebrand the app. She went for it, and according to her remarks at the BlogHer16 keynote, she really enjoys the creative process of bringing app ideas to life.

Hollywood app prompts mother-daughter conversations

Sometimes I get so caught up in what’s educational for my kids, that I forget about what’s conversational for my kids. Hot mainstream topics, like the Kardashians, can be interesting to talk about with young teens. Instead of ignoring these types of media choices, I’d rather learn more about what makes them so popular, and then debate the findings with my girls.

Playing the app myself, I was faced with making choices about clothes, photo shoots, meeting with agents, and decisions about whether to attend a party or go to work. Within 30 minutes, I had over a dozen family discussion points. That does not include tidbits the girls found, like whether to make the game character be snarky or apologetic.

Hollywood app prompts mother-daughter conversations

Before getting carried away with our characters, we stopped the clock and had mother-daughter conversations based on the following questions:

  • What do you think about skipping work responsibilities to be more famous? 
  • What is snark? Why would a snarky comment be valuable in the game?
  • What are your favorite clothes in the game? Do you feel they are appropriate? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think the app is so popular?
  • If you made the game, how would you change the app?
  • What do you think are the pros and cons of being famous? Would you want to be famous? Why or why not?

Before long, we forgot about the app and resumed our regular summer routines. No one in the family wanted to sacrifice their chore money for virtual clothes. And that was fine with me. But meanwhile, we got to benefit from some girl talk by playing Hollywood for a day.

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

10 Discussion Questions for Kids Who Play Pokémon GO

Commentary about Pokémon GO has turned into a national conversation, and opinions about real life gaming have been prolific on tech and parenting blogs. As a blogger myself, I’ve been reading about the advantages and disadvantages of being able to catch Pokémon with an iPhone. But one comment that really caught my attention simply stated the importance of discussion during the gaming experience, which is a helpful reminder worth sharing more broadly.

In the August 2016 issue of Children’s Technology Review, Warren Buckleitner published his thoughts on Pokémon GO:

“The game is loaded with local history facts, which are tied to earning the Pokéballs needed to catch Pokémon. But without discussion they’re only facts. Ask your child to share and discuss what they find.”

When reading Warren’s comment, it felt relevant not only for gaming, but also for parenting. Having discussions with my kids helped me progress through 13 years of parenting. A consistent back and forth exchange of ideas enabled me connect with them to reach agreement and understanding.

In that light, Pokémon GO can be a great source of conversation starters for families.

Here are 10 Pokémon GO discussion questions for kids

  1. Can you show me how to play Pokémon GO?
  2. What are Pokéstops?
  3. How do you catch a Pokémon?
  4. Who are your favorite Pokémon? Why? How many have you collected?
  5. Where have you found the most Pokémon? Why do you think they like that location?
  6. I keep hearing about Pokémon game terms, like gyms, eggs and leveling up. Can you explain those terms to me? What do they mean?
  7. Have you ever been in a Pokémon battle?
  8. What is your Trainer name? Why did you choose it?
  9. What are some ideas you have to stay safe and sensible while playing the game?
  10. When would be a good time to turn the game off? Or on?

Next time you find yourself in the virtual reality of Pokémon GO, remember to ask a child these Pokémon GO discussion questions to start a conversation about what they think!

For more information about Children’s Technology Review, visit www.childrenstech.com or follow them on Twitter or Instagram at @childtech. Don’t miss CTREX, their massive online database of over 12,000 academic reviews of children’s interactive media products. CTREX is an ideal search tool for teachers, librarians and parents who are constructing their digital learning initiatives for the new school year.

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

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