CuddleFish Friends – An underwater interactive adventure by SuperBot Entertainment and Section Studios – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful illustrations, fun mini games that make young readers smile and laugh.

What we’d love to see…

Text highlighting in a different color for better contrast, separate controls for sound effects, narration and music, shorter loading time in between pages and a page menu.

Summary

A highly enjoyable storybook app about friends having fun together while presenting a wonderful opportunity to introduce diversity in friendship to young children.

Our Rating

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CuddleFish Friends is an interactive storybook app about 6 sea animal friends and the fun things that they do together. They race each other, chomp down their snacks, visit the palace, have burping sessions, comfort each other in their secret hideout under the blanket and have sleepovers. But best of all, your child can join in the fun in some of their games like sand fights, tug of war and explore a sea organ that plays funny sounds.

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There are a total of 12 interactive pages in this story (not too long nor too short) and there are supportive features for the younger readers. The text are narrated (option to turn off) and the individual words expand when being read. You can also touch individual words to hear them (great for teaching word recognition) and prompts appear when a child needs help on what to do. There is also an option to turn off the audio but unfortunately this not only affects the background music and narration but the sound effects as well. There should be separate controls for these 3 audio components.

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On the whole, this is a highly enjoyable storybook app with brilliant illustrations and cute characters. The music is calm (I like the sounds of water bubbles in some pages) and the story ends with a bedtime scene that may put your kid in a sleepy mood. Since these 6 friends are of different types of sea animals (cuttlefish, sea turtle, sea horse, jellyfish and killer whale), this book also presents a perfect opportunity for you to talk about diversity in friendship.

 
20131016-233559.jpgMy son really enjoyed this book and kept going back to his favorite pages (I would love to have a page menu) especially the burping session (touch the whale’s tale to hear a surprise)! If you have a child who loves playful antics like mine, he will really like CuddleFish Friends.

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CuddleFish Friends – An underwater interactive adventure – SuperBot Entertainment and Section Studios

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.



Bugs and Buttons 2 by Little Bit Studio – Review



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What we love…

18 excellent educational games, high quality graphics and animations

What we’d love to see…

Indicator for earning stamps, skill settings, ability to choose song in Music Match, some type of reward for completing the stamp collection

Summary

An excellent high-quality educational app for pre-school and early elementary aged children worth far more than its cost.

Our Rating

Bugs and Buttons 2 by Little Bit Studio LLC, is an outstanding sequel to the award winning original Bugs and Buttons.  Like its predecessor, Bugs and Buttons 2 has 18 educational, fun-filled games with beautiful graphics and life-like animations covering various skills such as counting, alphabetical order, sorting, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, music theory, matching, and finding differences.

My 6 year old tester loved all the games including RC Racing, Bubble Float and Flashlight Find, but her absolute favorite (as well as mine) is Music Match.  In Music Match, children must remember and play a sequence of notes on piano in the order they were presented.  The great thing about this game is that the notes aren’t random but are the notes for children’s songs. Playing this game will not only teach children how to play songs on the piano but also teach them what note corresponds to which keys on the keyboard.

Along with playing games, children will also enjoy collecting stamps.  There are two kinds of stamps to collect: insect stamps and country stamps.  Insect stamps are earned when specific points are met or earned in the game.  There are two insects stamps available collect per game.  Country stamps are acquired when children find Morty, a cute and friendly beetle, hiding in the games.  In order to keep track of where (which game) stamps have been collected from, stickers are displayed in the title headings of each game.  An ant sticker is displayed when an insect stamp is earned and a star with the letter M is displayed when Morty has been found.  At the moment, there is a bug in the game that prevents all 18 country (Morty) stamps to be displayed and counted correctly on the stamp book.  It only shows 17 even if all 18 stamps have been collected.  I contacted the developers about this who responded to me very quickly and assured me that it will be fixed on the next update.

There are several things I would like to see on future updates.  First, there is currently no way of knowing exactly when points have been met to earn stamps.  It would be great to either have this information for the parents in the parent page or have some sort of indicator that shows how many more points are needed to earn a stamp.  Second, I would like to have skill settings.  I have noticed that some games require a higher number of points for stamps than others.  Younger children may not have the attention span long enough for them to earn a stamp.  It would be great if parents  could either select or set the number of points required to earn a stamp.  Third, I would like to be able to choose the song in Music Match.  At this time, a random song comes up each time the game is played.  I would like for my child to keep playing the same song until she has completed it. I would also like to have the songs available on free play, but instead of having them match notes the keys would simply light up for them to follow along.  Finally, I would like to see some kind of animation played or special reward given for completing the stamp collection.

Little Bit Studio LLC has undoubtedly made another award winner.  Bugs and Buttons 2 is an excellent high-quality app whose value far exceeds its cost.  I recommend this without reservations to those with pre-schoolers and early elementary aged children.  It is hands down one of the best apps out there.


Bugs and Buttons 2 Bugs and Buttons 2 by Little Bit Studio, LLC.

Price: $2.99 USD

Bugs and Buttons is back with twice the fun! Bugs and Buttons 2 has 18 more games designed to entertain, teach and inspire. Beautiful, life-like 3D illustrations bring scurrying, fluttering and slithering.


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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.



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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Watch and Find – VeggieTales Silly Song Favorites – A Fingerprint Network App – Weeblets, LLC
 


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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).

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