Friday, May 20, 2011

Bedtime Routine for Children - There's An App For That

A new application called Sprout's Good Night Star simulates the steps before going to bed: brushing teeth, washing face, reading a bedtime story, etc. This application also contains videos with songs, and some important activities which related to what children do before they get into bed.

The app is interactive and can be a fun game just before bedtime. But otherwise, it can be a tool for parents with particularly stubborn children who refuse to go to bed on time, or alternatively to brush teeth, etc..

Although this is a promotion app for a kids TV program, I find it to be an excellent and entertaining one.
Suitable for 3 to 6 years old.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Five Free Coloring-book Apps Worth Downloading

There are plenty of coloring apps in the Appstore, but most of them are not free, and if they are, they worth zero downloading. Why? They either look bad, using low resolution coloring pages, or lead outside the app almost immediately (ads, in-app fee, more).

I took these three basics under consideration while searching for the proper apps:
  1. Fun
  2. Educational
  3. Safe environment
Finally, I managed to find some treasures in an endless pile of applications:

Kids Color is a lovely coloring book, with a pleasant background music and an easy-to-use navigation tool for the young ones. The app comes from China and only recently added an English support (luckily). I've seen apps that cost money and doesn't look as good as this one. The only problem might be the fact that it has 10 coloring page total.

Not all children love to paint. But all of them love to play. With 365Coloring, you can turn coloring into a game where kids can color one page per day. Their artwork can be saved onto a gallery, which contains a built-in calendar that enables to go back and see the coloring pages based on a date.

ABC Coloring Book designed to teach the Alphabet while children enjoying coloring images. They can listen to letter pronunciation by pressing the alphabet list, choose a letter, and color its relevant image. The coloring is fun and easy, since children don't need to worry about painting outside of the lines. Suitable for pre-school children, but also for younger kids.

Another application that allows children to learn the letters of the alphabet from an early age is Paint ABC. In this app children painting the actual letters so they can have a better memory of their shape. Designed for those younger pre-school children who easily get bored, or have not yet learned to color-in images effectively. The coloring here is extremely fun, but the app could use some sound effects.

The only app in this list that is suitable for all ages is PaintSparkles. If for babies: let them tap their little fingers on the screen and listen to the delightful sound effects. If for older children: they can paint, learn the basic colors, and create magical painting. Most important, no matter where they tap on the screen, they will stay inside the app.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The correct way to write letters for the first time

Learning how to write can be quite frustrating..
I remember as a kid we had to write the same latter over and over and over again until we caught the idea - Pages on pages of writing.

I'm not suggesting that Alphabet Tracing will replace this ancient writing method, but as an additional tool, it can only come in handy.

The app lets your child trace Alphabet Letters and Numbers with a finger while showing the proper way to do it. Unlike the old way, it is fun, colorful, and easy. It is also most likely that a kid would want to "play" in the iPad instead of using an actual pencil.

Overall, Alphabet Tracing helps your child be better prepared for school.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

And on his Farm he had a Cow..

Searching the term 'Farm' at the iPad appstore gives about 400 results to browse at. Try to find something suitable for a young kid in this chaos. Young kids at the range of 2 to 4 years old, what do they like? Any app that simulates a real wooden jigsaw puzzle, works great for them (that's what I learned).
The Farm HD gives the exact experience, and much more.
There are three fun-zones overall:
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Coloring Pages
  • Animals Sound Effects
The Farm combines these three into a magical farm that even Old MacDonald would want to live in. Every piece of flower, everything a finger touch on, makes a lovely sound. However, I couldn't find a way to mute the app music that runs in the background.. It might be annoying at some point.

5 readers can enjoy these codes:

The rest can download the free version here. Pocket farm (iPhone) is coming out next Friday.

KidsApp donate most of their promo codes to children with special needs association - Which is another reason to download their apps.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cute Little Puzzle for Toddlers

Not sure how long this sweet app will be free, but if you have kids at the age of 2-4, try to grab this app as quickly is you can. The app contains Six animal puzzles were a kid can easily drag and drop an animal into its right shape. (similar to a realistic wood puzzle)

Nothing brilliant here but it's simplicity.

Little Fingers

I've decided to gather my kids iPad app recommendations into a blog.

I have no kids of my own (yet), but I do have 6 awesome nephews that adores this device so much, it will be great to follow more apps and examine their development as they grow into a whole new digital era.

Although I have zero time to maintain another blog, I really love the fact that my recommendations from now on will be searchable.

So here we go. Hope you'd enjoy the ride as much as I do.