Featured App: Watch and Find: VeggieTales Silly Songs Favorites – A Fingerprint Network App



sillysongs_photoHappy Birthday Bob and Larry!!! Everyone’s favorite singing vegetables, the Veggie Tales, are twenty years old this year and to celebrate Fingerprint Network have released Watch and Find: Veggie Tales Silly Songs Favorites. If you are a fan of the Veggie Tales you are sure to enjoy this classic collection of Silly Songs from the Veggie Tales archives that includes a bonus of a hidden object game with every video. Parents and children alike are sure to be giggling along to this great collection of Silly Songs.

The collection includes the following classics:

The Hairbrush Song
A classic video -Larry is desperately searching for his hairbrush, until Junior points out Larry doesn’t actually have any hair!

Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee)
Larry is watching his favorite daytime soap “Endangered Love” and serenades the heroine Barbara Manatee.

I Love My Lips

This is my personal favorite -Larry is on the Psychiatrists couch telling the story of what happened to his lips when he was a child.

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The Water Buffalo Song
A cowboy Larry is happily singing “everyone’s got a Water Buffalo” until Archibald points out it isn’t true and stops him singing, in a reprise Larry sings everyone has a baby kangaroo!!

His Cheeseburger
This video compares the lure of half-price bacon and eggs from Denny’s against the true love of a cheeseburger.

Sneeze if You Need To
Bob visits Dr Larry the Sneeze Doctor.
Pizza Angel
A hungry Larry is waiting desperately for his takeaway pizza order to arrive and he pleads to this Pizza Angel to bring his much anticipated meal.

Monkey
It is safari time; in this hilarious episode Larry and Bob are on a photo-safari looking for a monkey (or an ape). Larry share the rule that “if it doesn’t have a tail its not a monkey its an ape”. This sounds like useful advice, until Larry starts identifying a kite as a monkey and a balloon as an ape!

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Happy Toothday
Larry serenades his single tooth, and shows how to take care if it by brushing too.
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything
Larry, Pa Grape and Mr Lunt are the infamous gang of pirates who do nothing and they serenade us with all the things they’ve never done.

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More songs including: Song of the Cebu, Bubble Wrap and Sippy Cup scheduled to be coming soon.

Each video starts with the classic line “…and now for Silly Songs With Larry -the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song”. There are 12 hidden objects to find in each video and they are presented a few at a time during the scenes they are in. Every time the child finds an object they are given positive reinforcement, at the end of the video they see their score and are praised for trying. This is a fun activity and great for working on visual perception, but if a child is too young to do it, or they just want to watch the video and enjoy the song they can.

The whole family will be laughing along to this classic collection of silly songs, and with ten songs to choose from there is something for everyone. The hidden objects games are a great way to work on visual perception skills and contain lots of positive reinforcement. Older children can enjoy the games and younger ones can just enjoy the videos and songs. The Veggie Tales can always be counted on to provide child-safe content and teach good family values whilst having fun! The app contains no third-party adverts, all songs are unlocked, and a parent lock protects all external links.

If you’d like to download Watch and Find: Veggie Tales Silly Songs Favorites, ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) please use this link so they’ll know who sent you:

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


BakingFun for Kids by Kujifun – Review




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What we love…

Bright colorful graphics, realistic sound effects

What we’d love to see…

kneading the dough and letting it rise before baking, slicing the bread and eating it afterwards

Summary

Overall, a fun creative, role-playing app recommended for toddlers and preschoolers- they can have fun playing farmer, miller, and baker and at the same time learn a little about where their food comes from.

Our Rating

BakingFun for KidsBakingFun from Lithuanian app developer Kujifun,  is a universal app for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school aged children, where they learn about baking bread from the field to the bakery. It is accompanied by realistic sound effects and there is no spoken or written language in the app. It is a child- safe app with no adverts or in-app purchases. All external links are in a child-proofed section (which I even had a hard time accessing!)

There are four mini-games in the app, and the child can play them in order or just jump straight to their favorite. At the end of each game the child gets the option to replay, move on to the next step, or return to the home screen.

Planting

in the first mini-game the child gets to play the farmer, they have two big sacks of wheat, which they can plant where ever they like in the plowed field. They can plant the wheat seeds by dragging and dropping or by tapping. After they stop planting a rain cloud floats overhead, to water the field they must move the cloud back and forth and as the rain falls the wheat will grow.

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Harvest

The field is full of ripe wheat and the child drives the combine harvester back and forth across the screen to harvest the wheat. Once the grain bin is starting to fill a tractor light flashes, tapping this will bring a tractor and trailer which the child can fill with grain from the harvester. Once the whole field is harvested the app suggests going to the mill.

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Mill

The tractor and trailer carrying the grain arrive at the windmill, the child unloads the grain then goes inside the mill. Once inside they can see all the inner workings of the mill, including the millstones connected to the sails by wooden cogs and gears. The grain moves up a conveyor belt into the grain hopper and the child has to turn the sails of the windmill to grind the grain into flour. Sacks fill with the freshly ground flour and once all the grain has been ground a truck comes to take the flour to the bakery. The child loads up the truck, which then it starts its engine and drives to the bakery where the child gets to unload the sacks of flour.

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Bakery

Inside the bakery the child the child gets to be the baker – they have water, flour, yeast and salt which they need to add to the mixing bowl. Then they stir it all up with a big wooden spoon. Once the dough is made they choose what kind to bake – there are 3 bowls of dough: one makes rolls, another loaves and the third a flatbread that covers the whole tray. Using an oven mitt they put the tray of bread in the hot oven, close the door and switch it on, the timer counts down until the bread is ready to come out. The child uses the oven mitt to take out the baked bread and places it on the table, then the farmer, miller baker and his wife all wave bye-bye.

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The graphics in the app are bright and colorful and the sound effects add a nice realistic touch. As there is no spoken or written language in the app it can be enjoyed by all nationalities. The interactions are simple enough for toddlers to do, and I think the app will appeal most to 2-5-year-olds, although slightly older children will enjoy playing with it too. I like how the app shows the whole picture of creating the bread from planting the wheat right through baking the bread (of course most flour is no longer milled by windmill, but it is much more fun for children to see this than a modern factory). My six-year-old son enjoyed playing with the app and his favorite part was harvesting the wheat, my favorite was the windmill. I would have liked a little more in the bread making section- kneading it and letting it rise before baking, and a chance for the child to slice the bread and eat it afterwards.

Overall, a fun creative, role-playing app recommended for toddlers and preschoolers- they can have fun playing farmer, miller, and baker and at the same time learn a little about where their food comes from. This app is on an introductory sale for a limited time so I’d recommend downloading today!

If you’d like to download BakingFun for Kids, ($0.99 – special introductory price, iPad/iPhone; ) please use this link so they’ll know who sent you:

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BakingFun for Kids BakingFun for Kids by Ateities idejos, UAB

Price: $1.99 USD

Become a bread baking master without messing up your kitchen by playing the best educational game for children about baking bread - BakingFun for Kids.

Allow your child to imagine being a farmer.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Tickety Toc Bubble Time by Cupcake Digital – Review

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What we love…

Fun yet educational app that includes a story and 5 other activities. Aligned to Common Core Standards for Kindergarten.

What we’d love to see…

Interactive elements delayed until after narration finished, Option to hear letters phonetically in Word Bubble game.

Summary

Fun and learning for preschool and kindergarten-aged children !  Fans of  Tickety Toc will especially enjoy it, but even those who have not seen the show will enjoy the story, coloring and games.learn at the same time.

Our Rating

Tickety Toc Bubble Time Tickety Toc Bubble Time is a universal app based on Nick Jr’s new preschool hit TV series Tickety Toc. Inside an old clock shop is a wall full of clocks, in the middle is one very special clock-the Tickety Toc Clock. Every hour it springs to life, as regular as clockwork but behind the clock is a whole world where things don’t always run smoothly. A whole cast of characters keep the clock running on time and the stars of the show are twins Tommy and Tallulah who pop out of the clock on the hour at “chime time”, much like cuckoos in a cuckoo clock. The app contains no adverts or in-app purchases, it does contain external links – including app store and Social Media links- these protected by a parent lock- to access you must enter your birth year (any answer in the 1900-1999 range will unlock it).

Tickety Toc Bubble Time features a story, coloring pages and four educational mini-games with activities aligned to Common Core Standards. In the story we meet Tommy, Tallulah, Pufferty (the dog train), Hopparoo the rabbit, Battersby the Bat, McCoggins the town handyman and more. The twins are blowing bubbles when Hopparoo spoils their fun by popping them all. They go on a search for more bubble mixture and end up in a sticky situation with McCoggins Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubbles; but who will save the day ? You’ll need to read the story to find out. The story has 3 different options – read & play, read to me and quiet reading. In read to me mode there is word highlighting as it is read, and the child can touch individual words to hear them spoken; there are also interactive elements the child can play with. Read & play has no narration, but the child can still touch words to hear them spoken and the interactive elements are active; quiet reading has no interactive elements and the words are not spoken if touched. I like having all these options, the one additional thing I would like is for the interactive elements to not be active until after the narration is finished – to avoid the child touching all over the page and missing the story. At the end of the story “grown-up’s corner” gives ideas on talking to your child about the story and getting them to link ideas in the story to their own life experiences.

The additional activities do add a lot to the app and increase its educational value as they practice telling time to the quarter hour, work on spelling, memory and problem solving.

Bubble Word

Tommy and Tallulah are blowing bubbles – each has a letter inside, the child hears a word and sees it written with a missing letter, they have to pick the bubble containing the correct letter to fill in the gap. The letter names are spoken when the letter is picked and then the word is spelled out; I would like an option to have the letter sounds instead of names.

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Chime Time

The child practices telling time to the quarter hour (a Kindergarten Common Core skill), it is spoken, shown on a digital clock and written out, they move the hands on a clock to the correct position. If they need help there is a “show me” option which highlights where the hands should go.

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Train Time

Pufferty’s track is broken and the child needs to place pieces of wooden track to complete it, once the track is complete Pufferty chugs along it. The challenge starts simply with just a few squares to cover, but more squares are added each level. One thing I really like about this section is it is open-ended- there is no one right answer as long as the two ends of the track connect the child can create any track layout they like – making the shortest route possible or adding lots of twists and turns if they wish.

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Memory Match

This is the classic matching game with bubbles containing characters from the show. It starts with only 6 bubbles and more are added each level.

Coloring Pages

There are 5 pages to color with characters from the show, plus a blank page to create their own artwork. There is a nice selection of coloring tools to choose from: paintbrush, pencils, chalk, spray paint and fill-in paint as well as a selection of stickers. The brush/ tip sizes are adjustable and the child can zoom in for more detailed work, the app also stops them from accidentally coloring outside the lines.

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Overall, this is a very nicely done educational app for preschool and Kindergarten-aged children, and it includes activities that align with Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. Fans of Tickety Toc will especially enjoy it, but my children have never seen the show and still enjoyed the app. I appreciate the optional word highlighting as it is read and tapping to hear the word spoken – these are great for encouraging budding readers, although I would like to be able to delay the interactive elements to avoid distraction. The additional activities add a lot of extra value and I especially like the Train Time, Chime Time and coloring pages which are very well-done. A recommended app for ages 3-5 years.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Eat Salad! – Episode 1 of Pen Nochio by Mofables – Review

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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

engaging to young children, preschoolers and elementary school children

What we’d love to see…

ability to turn off background music, ability to turn off the splash screen advertising other apps.  Ability to view the visual for the word in the learn section.

Summary

The app makes it fun for children to interact in a variety of settings and does not require them to engage for too long which is perfect for shorter attention spans.

Our Rating

Eat Salad! - Episode 1 of Pen Nochio :  Stories with interactive flashcards and increasing difficulty quiz that will teach your toddler to read using the synthetic phonics methodEat Salad! by Mofables is an universal app designed to help children with word spelling, recognition, and memorize new words.  The app features a little boy named Penn and is broken into three sections to help children play, learn and memorize new words using phonetic spelling and pronunciation.  The “play” section helps children in specific social situations like a restaurant and how to act in the situation.  There are ten different situations contained within the app.   The “learn” section pronounces a word, and the user has to pick specific letters to spell the word correctly.    The “memorize” section features a picture and the user has to select the right word to go with the picture like “mom” or “kid”.  After completing each set of activities, the user is rewarded with praise and a screen of bubbles.   There are approximately 30 activities to be completed throughout the app.  The app is best suited for emerging readers, preschoolers and early elementary aged children.

The app is brightly colored, the words are engaging and my son seemed to enjoy playing with it.  I also liked that the app reminded him daily that new words were available encouraging him to go back to it over and over again.   The mini games such as swallowing in the play section made learning fun although it was helpful for me to explain to my son how to shake the iPad gently versus shaking it hard.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to be able to turn off the background music as my son found it a bit distracting at times while playing with the app.  I’d also like the option in the “for grownups” section to shut off the splash screen advertising other apps – which is protected via  a finger swipe.  In the memorize section, when the correct answer is circled, it would be nice if the app would repeat the correct answer and encircle the entire word not just a portion of it.  In the “learn” section it would also be nice to have the option for a visual to go with the word – such as leg.

This is a fun app to help children with pre-reading and early reading skills.  The app makes it fun for children to interact in a variety of settings and does not require them to engage for too long which is perfect for shorter attention spans.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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