VeggieTales: It’s a Merry Larry Christmas by Cupcake Digital is a universal Christmas themed app for iOS. The app opens in a mall with seven different shops where you can do a different tasks and earn candy canes as a prize for completing the tasks. This is a fun Christmas themed app with a variety of games to have fun!
At Larry’s Locomotive you have to build a train track and follow a pattern for the track around the obstacles to help it reach the end of the train track. This requires children to use different sections of the track in order to build around the obstacles and plan ahead to ensure the train will get to where it needs to go. The game has four levels to complete with each one being progressively harder. After successfully completing the levels you are awarded a candy cane.
The next game, All Spruced Up reminds me of Tetris except it is with Christmas ornaments rather than the traditional blocks. You have to make lines of three ornaments before they are added to the tree. This requires planning, color recogntiion, patterning, and making lines of color. After completing the initial round, you are put into a bonus round to match the stars. As you match up the stars, you fill up a larger yellow star which after it is completed gives you a “great job” by Larry and you earn another candy cane.
The third game, That’s a Wrap requires you to match up the contents of the gift boxes to a match two by two. This game gets progressively harder with the levels and may be frustrating to a younger child who is not as good at remembering where specific objects are in a larger field of boxes. It gets a little trickier in level two as there are multiples of some of the objects.
The fourth game is Seasons Greetings where you use fine motor skills to cut and make your own holiday card using a template and brushes to color in your design. After completing that you can add stickers, pick your favorite Veggietales character for a stamp and then type in the to and from address. You can either save your card via a photo or email it. The email requires a parent gate which means you have to type in a year of birth prior to being able to access the external mail program. It also requires that you have email set up on your device. After completing the card it is “mailed” and you earn another candy cane.
The fifth game is Sweet Tooth which you have to organize. This app has you shooting peppermints using a trajectory to organize rows of the same colors. It’s a bit tricky but once your child figures out how to properly shoot the mints my kindergartener enjoyed it. This game has two rounds with the second round being progressively harder than the first round. The second level is much harder and really difficult for younger children. As you make lines, the peppermints slide into the goal. It not only requires fine motor skills, but planning for different lines of candies to ensure that you complete the game rather than having to start the level over again.
The sixth game is Elf Village where you have to find the bag that has the toy after the three are shuffled. The shuffling of the bags gets progressively more complicated and more bags are added as each round progresses. In subsequent rounds a second toy is added as well. This game has six rounds with the fourth and subsequent rounds having a fourth bag added and a second toy.
The next game Holiday Silly Songs features Larry singing some of his favorite Christmas songs while wrapped up for Christmas in a variety of holiday themed scenes. I loved the different songs from Larry and Bob the Tomato and other characters.
The eighth mini game is Food Coloring where you can use a brush, crayon, chalk, spray paint or a bucket to color in a picture of Larry on his train. There is a plus you can use to zoom in on specific objects to do a better job in coloring them.
I really liked that the games appealed to a variety of ages from preschool through older elementary school (and even adult) while using the VeggieTales theme and Christmas all in one. The games practiced a variety of skills ranging from fine motor to planning, coloring all with a traditional holiday theme and were kid friendly and appealed to the entire family.
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Size: 0 MB
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iSlip Microfiber Screen Cleaner
Are you constantly trying to clean fingerprints and smudges from your iPad, iPad mini, Android or eReader but can never find a cleaning cloth? Cooper Products have an innovative solution with the iSlip. The iSlip is a strip of high quality microfibre cleaning cloth combined with a rugged elastic strip. It slips onto your tablet or eReader and if you leave it there whenever you are not using your device you’ll always have a cleaning cloth on hand. Available in 2 sizes to fit the full-sized iPad and the iPad Mini/ kindle Available in a variety of colors and prints from Cooper Product for US$8.95 including free shipping.
TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus with Microfiber Tip
The Truglide Pro Precision Stylus from LynkTec features a durable microfiber tip that glides smoothly across the screen. The microfiber tip is just 5mm in diameter. The barrel is slim but nicely weighted to give a good writing experience. It has removable interchangeable tips- you just screw the bottom of the barrel and screw in a new tip, as well as the standard tip there is also a paintbrush tip available for when you are in a creative mood. This is a great stylus for the adults on your shopping list. Available from LynkTec.com or Amazon tru-glide precision pro for US$21.95 -$29.95
eFreesia Duo Charger by eFreesia
Looking for power on the go for your iPad, smartphone or other tablet? efreesia recently introduced the Duo charger featuring 5 amps that allows it to charge an iPad or two smartphones at the same time. The slim charger is compatible with a variety of devices including Kindle Fire, Android Smartphones and most USB compatible services. The device was ready to use out of the box, simply plug in your phone or tablet and then press the small power button and watch your power start rising. There are four levels of power, and when the lights get down to 1 or 2 it is time to charge. Once the battery on your device is charged, simply unplug the Duo and it will automatically shut off within 20 seconds of not being used. I loved the slim profile of the charger which featured integrated cords as well as being about the same size as my iPhone 4s. This charger features a built in USB cable for charging your micro USB smartphone as well as another cable to charge the device. There are two ports, the 5V 2.1A port is best for tablets like the iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Kindle Fire and the like while the 5V 1A port is best for smartphones, iPod Touch and other devices which require a lower level of batteries. Read our review Available from eFreesia for $22.99
Ergo Stylus by Pencil Grip
If you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues the Ergo Stylus by Pencil grip is a great choice. It is a chunky stylus, similar in size to a fat marker pen and with an ergonomic Pencil Grip built in. The Pencil Grip itself is a pear- shaped, flexible grip, which is triangular in cross-section. The Pencil Grip holds the fingers in a relaxed position by supporting the first knuckle of the thumb and index finger, encouraging the user to use a full hand and arm action when writing. It works for both right and left-handed users. Read our full review here. Available from AmazonThe Pencil Grip Ergo Stylus, Ergonomic Touch-Screen Writing Aid (TPG-654)
Agloves Sport Touchscreen Gloves by Agloves
Do you love using your touchscreen device, but hate those chilly mornings when you can’t wear your gloves because you want to use your iPhone? Agloves solve this problem – they fit under your regular gloves or can be worn stand alone and allow you to use your touchscreen device. They are not necessarily warm, but they do the trick and allow you to use your device while keeping your fingers covered up fromo a chill! Available from Agloves on Amazon for US$19.99
Tylt Band Car Charger by Tylt
When getting in the car – I almost always realize my iPhone has a low battery! Lucky for me – I can simply plug in my Band Car Charger and start charging up my phone. I really like this charger because the 2.1A of power means I can charge two smartphones at once – one with the integrated 30 pin Apple cable and the second with a secondary cable. I’ve used it with both my iPhone and a micro-USB at the same time and both have charged fast! You can also use it to charge a tablet such as an iPad by itself! When not in use, the Band Car Charger coils up nicely for storing in the center console. Available from Tylt for US$29.99
Griffin Flat AUX Cable by Griffin
I love to listen to music in my car and have a lot of it stored on my iPhone. The AUX cable connects your iPod, MP3 Player, iPad, iPhone or any device that has a headphone jack directly to your car using the AUX input and then you can play your music or even your favorite podcasts via your car stero. The cable is flat, so you can curl it up and store in the center console when not in use – I store mine in an old glasses case so that it doesn’t get mangled and is easy to pull out on the go. This is a must for any audio lover in your family! Available from Griffin for US$19.99
Avantree Mini Rollable Bluetooth Keyboard by Avantree
Avantree Mini Roll-able Bluetooth Keyboard from Avantree put my true typing skills to the test. This miniature roll up keyboard makes typing with your tablet (any Bluetooth enabled tablet will work) or smartphone easier. The keyboard has approximately a 32 foot/10 meter cordless range – although I doubt you would use it that far from your device and when you are done, you simply roll it up and stow it for the next time. The keyboard is a regular full function keyboard which means that some of the keys did not work while using my iPad like the F1 – F12 keys although they did work to turn on and off my music. The keyboard charges via a included USB cable directly to your computer or other USB included charger. Read our review of the keyboard Available from Mobile Fun for US$25.99
Flexiview by Cygnett
Looking for a slim stand to hold your iPad 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the counter? I use my Flexiview when cooking and using my iPad for recipes. This slim stand folds down flat and stores easily in a drawer when not in use and is the perfect addition to my kitchen! I’ve also used it with a mini keyboard to turn my iPad Mini into a small monitor with a keyboard. Available from Cygnett for US$23.99
The iPhone Viewfinder by Photojojo
This viewfinder attaches to your iPhone screen and becomes an eye piece just like the ones on your digital cameras using a section cup to vacuum itself into place without leaving any marks and attaches to a screen protector for use as well. Although it may look odd, I find it does a great job in helping me frame shots with my iPhone on the go and slips easily into my pocket. Available from Photojojo for US$30.00
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What we love…
fun app to understand basic science concepts including: color mixing, electricity, chemical reactions without the “mess” of doing them in real life
What we’d love to see…
more experiments included in the app; written directions as necessary. I would also like to see a mention that children should not try these experiments without adult supervision
Good basic science app with the opportunity to add additional experiments for further use of the app. Good for homeschooling and children who are curious about science concepts
Piiig Labs by Piig Inc. for iOS is the perfect app for your budding scientist. The app was designed by Piiig Inc. which is a digital lab who makes child friendly apps which combine education and games to engage children. The app teaches children about basic science concepts including: colors, the effect of light and heat on an object, sounds and music as well as a basic understanding of electricity and chemical reactions. This app is designed for preschool through early elementary school aged children and can be the perfect app to explain basic science concepts to them without the mess of the actual experiment – especially the volcano.
This is the perfect app for a budding scientist in your home and features six interactive experiments which require your children to “assemble” them using the iPad including: building a light bulb circuit and turning it on and off, understanding the chemical reaction that happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar to make a volcano erupt and a subsequent project which allows you to mix colors before making it erupt to change the color of the foam. Other experiments include: matching animal sounds to the right farm animal, putting together a radio and tuning it to five different stations. There are two additional experiments which will be added in the near future.
My son really enjoyed making the volcano with the baking soda and water and then experimenting with the colors to make additional eruptions using the food coloring and understanding that you can mix colors together such as yellow and blue to make a green color if you do not have one. The app was easy to understand and the experiments were straightforward and easy to put together even though there were no spoken instructions. The water bottle experiment did provide visual instructions telling you to turn on the lights and spin the bottle to create the water “volcano”.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see more experiments included within the app. I think the ones that are included are a great starting point, but would like to see more. It would also be nice if in the parent section it contained written instructions – just in case you were having a hard time figuring out how to complete the experiments. In addition, I think that the app should also carry a disclaimer after you complete the experiment that children should not try to make these by themselves in real life as working with electricity is best left to working with a parent.
The app contains a parent locked section which does contain external links to things such as email, but within the app there are no external links or advertising. There are no in-app purchases.
This app would be a great addition to a home schooling parents library as well as the parent of a child who is in preschool to early elementary school. My son and I had a great time trying out the different experiments and especially enjoyed working with the colors to make the volcano. Once you complete the basic experiments, one might consider the app “completed” but I know we went back and talked about the concepts contained within the app and discussed how we could make each of the experiments in real life as well as making them on the iPad. It’s the type of app that really stimulates creative thinking about situations and can bring off the iPad learning to your child.
Piiig Labs: Science Experiments for Kids – Piiig Inc.
Piiig Labs: Science Experiments for Kids
by Piiig Inc.
Price: $2.99 USD
Science experiments can be fun without the mess!
Piiig Labs is a digital playground for your child to explore science concepts in an old fashioned way, by putting together mini projects and learning.
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
Piiig Forest Explorer: Natural Science for Kids
by Piiig Inc.
Price: $2.99 USD
*Please check before downloading* --> NOT compatible with iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4/4S, iPad (1st generation), iPad 2, iPad Mini (1st generation) & iPod touch (1st to 5th generation).
Did you know.
Нow Koala was looking for Polar Bear. The Christmas story
In a tender age, kids possess a gift to experience miracles where just a few years later they will walk past not even taking notice. That is why Christmas is their most anticipated, magic holiday.
Shortly before the Christmas Eve little Koala receives an invitation from Polar Bear to celebrate the upcoming holiday under the shining of northern lights. Along with his friend Kangaroo he goes off on a long journey… Imagine all the adventures they will experience, all the perils, all the acquaintances they will make! But this is a fairy tale—together friends will overcome all difficulties and have the most wonderful Christmas celebration ever.
In a fascinating and accessible form, the book explains to the little ones the true meaning of friendship and generosity, that mutual assistance and support will get you faster to your destination, and that forgiving friends is way better than holding a grudge against them.
The fairy tale features:
• a unique captivating plot;
• a new kind of illustrations that one’s almost tempted to touch;
• a typeface designed specifically for reading development;
• the use of conventional book elements in the interactive book’s design ;
• …and an incredible creative impetus for infant prodigies.
All proceeds from the sales will be handed over to the Gift of Life foundation (http://www.giftoflife.eu). The organization helps Russian children to overcome cancer. An aid on a Christmas Eve can work wonders!
Koala's Christmas - How Koala was looking for Polar Bear - Interactive story for children
by Oleg Mitoyan
Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 66.21 MB