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 
Jellybean Tunes

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

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

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!

The Common Sense Media Digital Glossary

Access the Digital Glossary at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/digital-glossary. The Digital Glossary is organized by alphabetical tabs. Each tab jumps to a section of terms and explanations. If you want to know what “on fleek” means, search by clicking the MNO tab. If you want to know what “bae” means, click the ABC tab.

teen text lingo

Fun family questions about teen text lingo

  1. To make the Digital Glossary an interactive family tool, try asking teens if the definitions are correct. How would they change a definition? Which definitions are missing, old, or most popular?
  2. If teens created their own Digital Glossary, how would it work? Would they create an app? Would they vote up the most popular term? How could new terms be entered?
  3. What would YOUR new text term be? Have everyone in the family invent their own acronym, phrase, or even an emoji. Get creative. As we always say around here, the more conversations, the better.

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

Photo credit [Flickr creative commons]

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.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Setting Up Your First Twitter Account

Have you noticed how many news articles are sourcing information from tweets? Twitter is generating news at a rapid rate, and keeping up may involve reading tweets directly from their source. For those joining Twitter just to keep up with the news, here are a few pointers for setting up your first Twitter account.

Create an account

Head to Twitter.com and sign up. It only takes a name, email address and password to get started. Usernames (the characters behind the “@” sign) can be changed at any time so don’t feel too stressed about the specific username you choose. New accounts can also be created from the Twitter app.

Twitter
Developer: Twitter, Inc.
Price: Free

Edit your profile

Uploading an image and writing a short description on your Twitter profile adds some legitimacy to your account. I rarely follow back unless I see a short description of that person or organization, along with a reputable photo or logo.

Follow people

Now that you’re on Twitter, you can read what people are tweeting. Navigate to specific users by searching for them by name from the search icon, or follow them directly so their tweets show up in your stream. Following people may prompt them to follow you back. The more you follow, the more your follower and following count will increase.

Search topics of interest

Use the search icon to type in keywords and topics you’d like to research. Maybe there is a #hashtag for a specific event. This past weekend, for example, there were two very popular hashtags: #inaguration and #womensmarch. Searching these hashtags will pull up a live stream of everyone who is tweeting on the topic.

Send a tweet

Ready to tweet? Think of what you’d like to say in 140 characters or less. Compose a tweet by selecting the top right tweet button (which looks like a white quill on a blue square) and type a message into the text window. It’s possible to use icons in the text box to add an image or even an emoji. If you’d like a specific person to get notified about your tweet, include their @username in the tweet. Linking to an article? Add the hyperlink into your tweet.

Reply – retweet – converse

Twitter can be conversational with replies and retweets. Replying to a tweet with the arrow icon will automatically place their @username at the beginning of your tweet. This mention will send that person a notification. When they see the notification, they can continue the conversation by replying back to you. Likewise, if you retweet someone’s tweet, they will also be notified. Replies and retweets generate notifications, linking people together through the public stream.

Read notifications

Checking notifications is my first step when logging into Twitter. Check notifications by clicking the bell icon at the top of the screen. You will see who has followed you (so you can follow back), and who has liked, mentioned or retweeted you.

Like ❤️

Not all tweets need a reply or retweet. There are so many tweets in a Twitter stream that replying to everything may feel spammy. Liking a tweet is a great way to show support without spamming your stream. Likes will show up in the tweeter’s notifications, so it’s a good way to connect without being too obvious.

I hope this overview helps you feel more comfortable about sending your first tweet. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any further tips or questions. Good luck, and welcome to Twitter!

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

Photo credit [Flickr creative commons]

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

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

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:

Favorites tab on iOS phone app

The first tab on the iPhone’s phone app is called Favorites. Adding contacts to Favorites enables a picture-based view of each contact, along with an info button with one-tap access to their text, phone, FaceTime or email. Taking a few minutes to set up a user’s Favorites can provide instant access to communication.

EasyPhone

EasyPhone connects contacts to a friendly face, and was designed especially to help people with cognitive challenges navigate the phone successfully. This app was recommended by Bridging Apps, a comprehensive website featuring apps for people with disabilities.

EasyPhone App
Developer: HJ Holdings LLC
Price: $0.99

Koala Phone for Google Play

Large keyboard and readable text makes this phone easy to use without glasses. Available in 30 languages, Koala Phone links to other apps like camera and flashlight but uses its large text and icon interface. More information at http://www.koalaphone.com.

Koala Phone Launcher Free
Developer: Tomas Slavicek
Price: Free+

Kidofon

Designed by parents especially for kids, Kidofon is made to simplify phone use for young users in order to reach family members in case of an emergency. Picture-based icons are activated at the touch of a finger.

Kindoma video chat

Kindoma offers video chat features to keep families connected. Designed with young users in mind, Kindoma has two apps for drawing and storytelling. Kindoma was recommended as a potential fit for any user seeking creative and friendly ways to communicate with family.

Drawtime by Kindoma
Developer: Kindoma
Price: Free

Do you have any additional apps or recommendations to round out this list? Leave a comment and I’ll keep the post updated.

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

Photo credit [Flickr public domain]

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

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.

About App Friday

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

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 LLC
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

About App Friday

App Friday highlights kids’ educational apps from family-friendly developers. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out what’s new in children’s tech. Learn more about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

App Friday December 23rd, 2016

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It’s almost Christmas, and your kids can get into the spirit of the season with Ecoamigos Christmas from Kidloom. You can also snap up some great apps free or discounted from Vyaap, the Flitlits, and PKCLsoft. If you can’t get enough iMessage stickers, MojiLala promises new stickers each month. Plus, kids can explore musical instruments with The Froggy Bands, discover art with The Art of Paul Klee, and play fun games and learn a little math with TotemUp.

We’re off next week, but we’ll return in the new year with more great apps!

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Music Games | The Froggy Bands
by TangibleFun

In the colorful land of The Froggy Bands you’ll find 10 different musical bases with more than 40 instruments, along with sounds to learn and games for children which introduce them to the magical world of music. Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99

Music Games: The Froggy Bands

Ecoamigos Christmas (for Google Play)
by Kidloom

Help our beloved team of Ecoamigos in a Christmas quest through fantastic mini-games. This app was designed to enhance the Christmas spirit and to help children to develop skills such as classifying, conceptualizing, concentration and logical thinking. Video  Google Play: Free + In-App Purchase.

Ecoamigos Christmas
Developer: Kidloom
Price: Free+

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

This beautifully designed interactive picture book introduces kids to the dreamlike works of the 20th century Swiss-German master. Paul Klee’s art pieces come alive as enchanted animated scenes that children can explore with their own free imagination and creativity. Upon opening the app, users are greeted by a young boy, Cice, and Ku, his cat assistant. These two playful friends serve as guides to PK planet, a very special place that came to life thanks to the works of this great artist. Video iPad: 4.99

TotemUp
by Minilab Studios

TotemUp is a building app aimed at children aged 2-5, helping to introduce math concepts such as counting and addition in a relaxed and fun environment. First, choose an egg to hatch into a crazy creature, then customize its features and add it to your totem stack. Gradually build up your stack using totem blocks of all shapes and sizes, until you have completed a stack of 10! Finally, shake your device and play with your creation, before watching the creatures tumble and roll when you explode the tower, ready to start over! Video iPhone and iPad: 1.99 Google Play: Free + In-App Purchases Amazon: Free + In-App Purchases

TotemUp
Developer: Minilab Ltd
Price: $1.99

MojiLaLa Unlimited
by MojiLaLa

MojiLaLa is Netflix for stickers. Users get 10,000+ stickers each month, refreshed every day with new stickers from artists all over the world. You can always find the right emoji to express a feeling or emotion, plus people love to receive fun emojis from friends! It’s a perfect way to bring more light, love and happiness into people’s lives. iMessage: Free + Subscription

Links to Free Apps in December

All of Vyaap’s apps (and in-app purchases) are free from December 23-26, including Elastic Alphabets. See a review at Teachers With Apps, and their apps on the Apple App Store.

All of the Flitlits apps are free until the end of December. Find them on the Apple App Store.

PKCLsoft has discounted most of their apps until the end of 2016, including Money Up! (see the review from Geeks With Juniors), Tap Times Tables and more. Their apps on available on the Apple App Store.

More Holiday Apps

Developers keep releasing their holiday apps, right up to the minute. We are trying to keep up with them on this Holiday Apps 2016 post. Check it out if you are interested in festive, wintery themes.

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