Wungi Pirates by Wungi- Review + Giveaway

Wungi Pirates by Wungi- Review + Giveaway



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What we love…

Encourages open-ended imaginative play, very child-friendly.

What we’d love to see…

More detailed graphics, more activities added

Summary

If you have a young pirate fan they will have a lot of fun with this app.

Our Rating

Wungi Pirates

Ahoy there me hearties who is ready to sail the Seven Seas on a pirate adventure ? With Wungi Pirates your young buccaneer can steer a pirate ship, fire the cannon at sea monsters, hunt for buried treasure and look through their spyglass from the Crows Nest.

The Jolly Roger is aloft but alas the captains treasure chest is looking empty. Time to get out the Treasure Map and choose a destination. Once the pirates land on the island X marks the spot, but which X ? There are lots to choose from. Pick a spot and set the Captain to work digging – will he discover treasure or a smelly old boot? Keep him digging until you find the treasure, then watch him do his happy pirate dance. There is lots of gold to be found and some beautiful treasures too – can you find them all ? Once the Captain digs up treasure, it magically appears in the treasure chest. Once its full to the top you can empty the chest to start the treasure hunt anew.

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The pirate map has lots of islands to explore, and your pirate can choose one of several ways to get to their destination. If he touches the island on the map the boat will appear on its shoreline, or he can drag his finger along the sea and have the pirate ship follow or take a turn at the helm and steer the ship to its destination. From the Crows Nest he can survey the surrounding area for islands to explore and sea monsters to battle. There are some hidden surprises on the pirate ship too – a parrot who will flap his wings, a ships bell to be rung and a cannon to fire.

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Yellow flags mark each spot where there are places to dig, if all the X’s in a location have been dug up the flag changes to red. This is handy for knowing which locations haven’t yet been dug. It would be nice if this happened when the treasure is found, instead of when all the X’s are dug, so they don’t have to keep digging after they’ve found the treasure.

Wungi Pirates is an app designed for the youngest pirate fans. It was developed by a dad whose young son wanted a fun child-frendly pirate app to play with, you can read more about it in our developer interview. It is child-safe: there are no ads, in-app purchases or external links.  Many pirate apps have scary themes, making them unsuitable for young children but this is very gentle and appropriate for young children. It is best suited to pirate fans aged 2-5 years, but slightly older children will have fun with it too, my six-year-old son gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Overall, this is a fun imaginary play app for young pirate fans. I love that the play is open ended and the child can explore the ship and ocean as they wish. The app is bright and colorful and is accompanied by nautical music and sound effects. Although the graphics are not as detailed as some apps they are still appealing.  Sailing the ship around all the islands is fun and the kids love digging for treasure, fighting sea monsters and looking through the spyglass. I hear that some interactive ocean animals will be coming in a new update very soon, and I look forward more fun pirate activities being added in future updates. Recommended for preschool-aged pirate fans everywhere.

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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.

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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).
 News –  The Jim Henson Company Debuts New Multi-Platform Preschool Property

News – The Jim Henson Company Debuts New Multi-Platform Preschool Property



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The Jim Henson Company Debuts New Multi-Platform Preschool Property

Available today for iOS devices, Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo is the company’s first pre-school property to launch “digital first” with a new interactive app created in collaboration with Mindshapes, the award-winning creator of fun mobile learning applications for kids. The imaginative world of Chatter Zoo will teach early language acquisition as young preschoolers get to interact with four friendly and playful baby animals. Users will experience four different activities in the Chatter Zoo house.

Los Angeles, California – The Jim Henson Company announced today the debut of its first preschool property to be released “digital first” for mobile platforms, Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo. In the new and engaging app, a collaboration with the award-winning creator of fun mobile learning applications for kids, Mindshapes, the imaginative world of Chatter Zoo will teach early language acquisition as young preschoolers get to interact with four friendly and playful baby animals.

Chatter Zoo, which was created by Alex Rockwell (Pajanimals, Bear in the Big Blue House), will premiere as a digital property prior to any other platform, available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad on August 8, 2013.  Launch on the Amazon Kindle Fire will follow in September. The Jim Henson Company is simultaneously continuing to develop the property for television and ancillary products.

“When we create a new world for a preschool audience, we want that world to be authentic and meaningful across many different media formats. In the last several years, the digital space has developed to be a highly powerful tool for preschool learning and, working with language specialists and psychologists, we’ve created this new app that provides opportunities for our audience to master specific language goals while caring for their new Chatter Zoofriends,” said Halle Stanford, Executive Vice President of Children’s Entertainment, The Jim Henson company.  “The big idea of Chatter Zoo is that young kids at home, who are just a little bit older than our adorable baby animals, get to ‘take care of’ and ‘teach’ these characters the very skills that they themselves are in the final stages of mastering using interactive play that is based in a strong curriculum of vocabulary acquisition and early language building.”

Mindshapes’ Chatter Zoo ‘appisode’ includes two “Learn & Play” activities, two interactive stories, animations, and music content immersing children into a kid-friendly, entertaining, and intriguing day in Chatter Zoo. Centering on four baby animals: FRANNY the baby cheetah, BAILEY the baby elephant, PIP the baby wallaby, and LULU the baby panda, Mindshapes’ custom Livebook(TM) format allows users to interact with and bring them closer to, the characters through a variety of touchscreen interactions.

Users will experience four different activities in the Chatter Zoo house: Playtime, Mealtime, Bathtime, and Bedtime, all relatively time-appropriate (“day” or “night”). With core concepts that help to foster language learning, theChatter Zoo environment is fitting for toddlers. The app also features adaptive experiences like cause and effect, caregiving, and responsibility, all taught by the Chatter Zoo characters, demonstrating positive social and intrapersonal values.

Nina Pustilnik co-CEO of Mindshapes said, “The strength of this property as a new entrant into the “language learning” market is its emphasis on the world of Chatter Zoo, the characters, and the stories – it is the perfect framework to make a highly interactive and differentiated product to launch “digital first,” which makes mobile learning fun and provides great value for parents.”  Chris Michaels, co-CEO of Mindshapes continued, “In our extensive user testing of the Chatter Zoo app, children were immersed in endless ‘play,’ while also clearly learning new skills along the way. We look forward to furthering our relationship with Henson as this property grows.”

“Kids today are born into the electronic world.  We strategically set out to launch Chatter Zoo in the mobile tablet formats because we have recognized that this is how a lot of young children today are engaging intimately with characters and stories,” said Melissa Segal, Executive Vice President, Global Consumer Products, The Jim Henson Company. She continued, “We have plans to extend the brand into toys and other categories such as books in 2014.  The property eventually will extend across all media platforms reaching parents and kids everywhere.”

“Children who are exposed to lots of language in their environment have much larger vocabularies than children who are exposed to fewer words. Vocabulary size is correlated not only with language abilities later in life, but also with important academic outcomes,” said Yuuko Uchikoshi, Ed.D. Associate Professor, School of Education at the University of California at Davis. “Chatter Zoo teaches and reinforces language acquisition by transforming screen time from a passive activity into an active learning experience through engagement and interaction and – utilizing techniques drawn directly from a growing science on child development and language learning – incorporates three important factors that facilitate the learning of new words and concepts: frequency of exposure; comparing and contrasting; and routine and rehearsal.”

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo by Mindshapes Limited – Review

Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo by Mindshapes Limited – Review



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What we love…

great app for practicing routines, soothing music, bright colors and fun to play with

What we’d love to see…

a “end” to the mini games – some of them have a natural end while others seem to just continue on like bathtime

Summary

Great app for toddlers and preschoolers which encourages pretend play, following directions, early learning skills as well as playing “house”

Our Rating

Jim Henson's Chatter Zoo Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo by Mindshapes is universal app for iOS featuring a variety of animals where children are given specific tasks to complete to help the animals including: waking them up, touching them to help the kangaroo jump, playing outside, taking a bath, playing hide and seek, completing routines and more.  The app features four animals Bailey the baby elephant, Pip the baby Wallaby, Lulu the baby panda and Franny the baby cheetah.

The app features bright illustrations and is frustration free for young children with six mini games as every touch on your device triggers some sort of action even if it is not the intended one.  If children have trouble finding or performing the right action a small black highlight goes around the object to help them find the right one.   I also liked that the app encourages children to “use their words” to describe what they wanted to do or what they were looking for.  After completing a task, the babies practice a song to reinforce learning like the “color song” which provides both visual and spoken reinforcement about what they just learned.  The music contained within the app is soothing and not overwhelming for children especially during the bedtime routine.  My son also liked feeding the animals to see which foods they liked versus disliked.  It’s also a great app for practicing language and using your words.

Some of the things that are completed like giving the baby animals a bath should require that the animals have to get out of the bath to get dried off rather than sitting in a wet soapy bath to be “clean”.  I also found this game, unlike some of the others didn’t have a natural end and you washed the same “baby” multiple times unless you touched the “home button” within the mini game.  I would also like to see word highlighting when there is text on the screen that is read as this would be a nice reinforcement for emerging readers.  Adding every single mini game for each animal would also give the app more versatility and longer times for playing.

If your children love to play “house” with stuffed animals and take care of them this is a great app which allows them to practice early literacy skills, following directions, practicing colors and shapes as well as having fun.    The app does feature a parent lock which requires you to tap a window and hold ensuring that young children do not get access to “unexpected” areas of the app.  This app is best aimed at toddlers and preschoolers.

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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.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 PlayCorner TV by Abeso, Inc. – Giveaway

PlayCorner TV by Abeso, Inc. – Giveaway



PlayCorner TV

Do your young children access video sites from your smartphones and tablets? Although there are many benefits such as access to educational content, development of technology skills, and of course, entertainment, there are many problems as well. Video sites do not offer a level of safety control that is appropriate for kids under 5; you never know what inappropriate video your child might stumble upon. What’s more, video sites designed for adults typically lack structure appropriate to kids: it is difficult to consistently direct your children towards educationally-focused content.

PlayCorner TV solves this problem by enabling safe and educational video content discovery for toddlers and preschoolers. Choose from 3 categories of videos – animals, favorite characters and learning concepts such as the alphabet, types of transportation, or math. Parents can block a video from their device if they don’t like it, unblock the video to put it back, review any blocked videos, and report a video to PlayCorner from within the app.

Thanks to Abeso, Inc. we have promo codes to give away for PlayCorner TV.

PlayCorner TV – Abeso, Inc.

PlayCorner TV PlayCorner TV by Abeso, Inc.
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with 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
Size: 37.23 MB

$0.99USD

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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.

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