Art Class with Dr. Panda by Dr. Panda – Review

Art Class with Dr. Panda by Dr. Panda – Review



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Review by Alison

What we love…

great variety of art activities within the app featuring all of your favorite Dr. Panda apps

What we’d love to see…

more markers, crayons and art supplies added within the app as well as a gallery to save all of our creations

Summary

Fantastic addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps with a wide variety of activities that kept my son entertained for hours!

Our Rating

Art Class with Dr. PandaArt Class with Dr. Panda is the latest addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps.  This universal app takes kid-art to a whole new level of enjoyment and allows your children to make one of six different art projects with their favorite animals from the Dr. Panda series.  The activities include: making a kite, cutting to make a design, making a pinwheel, making pottery, making a bead design and decorating an object with shapes.  Skills practiced in the app include: fine motor, creative thinking, sequential thinking, creative play and of course FUN!

Hands down,my son said this is his favorite Dr. Panda app!   He loved shaping the pottery on the pottery wheel, watching it get fired in the kiln and the painting it with the rainbow colored paintbrush.    I also loved that the art book hanging on the wall allows your child to choose an activity (from the ones available in the app) as well as choosing an animal at the table.  We had fun with all of the activities in the app – and also really enjoyed the cutting one which required you to fold a piece of paper in a specific way and then make cuts with scissors prior to unfolding it to see your design.  I also thought the hand was helpful to guide children especially for some of the more difficult activities.

The activities included:

Make your own kite which allowed your child to choose from five patterns including: traditional diamond shaped kite, butterfly kite, airplane kite, dragonfly kite, and an angel shaped kite.  You choose your favorite and then decorate it with markers with the shapes transferring using symmetry from one side to the other, put on your favorite tail, attach a design to the string and then you fly it up into the sky while popping or flying past shaped balloons.

Cutting a piece of paper which had you pick a piece of paper from a choice of six different types and fold it according to instructions, cut it, stamp it and then it unfolds to become a piece of artwork.

Pottery Wheel which starts with a piece of clay in a tube that you can make into a design using your fingers.  Once you have made the design, it is fired and you can then decorate it with markers.

Decorating an object – these reminded me of Mister Potato Head where you picked an object and then could decorate it with any variety of eyes, noses, mouths, hair, hats, and even neckties.  This game did require that be placed in the holes and then it came to life and did a dance.

Making a Pinwheel – This was another favorite activity of my son as it involved folding  the paper, selecting a button for the middle to hold it together and then putting “trails” on the outside edges” which would fly when you spun it through the air with your finger.

Bead Objects – no art class would be complete without making a beaded object.  In this game, you are presented with three boxes of beads and a small board which highlights where to place the beads.  After placing them, you iron them on and then they turn into an object – my son loved the butterfly!  The one harder thing about this app is that a box lights up where you have to place a bead and sometimes if you were not quick enough it would not allow you to place the bead there.

I would love to see coloring on a piece of paper added as an additional activity – either in a coloring book style page featuring all of the great artwork from Dr. Panda or on a plain piece of paper.  It would also be great if there was a gallery to store your favorite art projects in as currently when you complete them, they are shown on the screen for a moment and then disappear forever.  I’ve started taking camera roll shots of them to save our favorites.  It would also be fun if there were stickers or other art supplies added into the different art activities.

Art Class with Dr. Panda is another great addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps.  I loved that this app had no mess and allowed my son to do art projects via my iPhone or iPad to his hearts content without having to ask for help.  Check out our reviews of Dr. Panda Teach MeDr. Panda HospitalDr. Panda Veggie GardenDr. Panda’s DaycareDr. Panda Restaurant, and Dr. Panda Supermarket which are all part of this fantastic series of apps.  The app is currently on an introductory sale of $0.99 so be sure to grab it before the price goes up!  This app kept my son entertained for hours, and we have now started doing some of the projects using real paper, art supplies and scissors allowing for a nice carryover of skills.  I also enjoyed hearing my son describe each of his creations after he made them.

Dr. Panda Art Class
Dr. Panda Art Class
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
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: 123.17 MB

$2.99USD

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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.
 Lulu in the Amazon By ZANZIBOOK – Today’s Featured Free App

Lulu in the Amazon By ZANZIBOOK – Today’s Featured Free App



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What are Featured Free Apps? The iMums showcase a quality free app that we have installed, tested and recommend. Featured Free Apps are not lite versions, they are full versions that are free for a limited time only so you’ll need to be quick to grab them at the reduced price. Be sure to sign up to The iMums Daily Digest so you never miss a free app. Enjoy!

 

Lulu in the Amazon

Join Lulu and Zazou  in this delightful storybook app from Zanzibook and explore the Amazon by boat and see the rain forest along with many new animals.  This app is aimed at children aged three to 10 and can read the story, interact with the various pages and trigger a variety of dialogues with the characters.   The storybook app is normally priced at $4.99 and is temporarily free!

 

 

 

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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.
 Music Learning Lab by Generategy LLC – Review

Music Learning Lab by Generategy LLC – Review


What we love…

Fun lessons covering music fundamentals and a music making lab.

What we’d love to see…

More of the great stuff – more pitch, more instruments and further lessons!

Summary

An essential early music learning app that will give your child a confident start to music education and music making.

Our Rating

Music Learning Lab by Generategy LLC is an early music learning app that prepares your child for formal music education and gets him interested in making and sharing music.

We all know the benefits of a music education but many young children start learning a music instrument and reading music before understanding the abstract elements of music.  Music Learning Lab is one of the rare few apps that address this often overlooked but important step.  It aims to train a child’s musical ear to distinguish pitch, recognize pitch in a melody and learn how each relates to musical notation.

There are 4 sections of learning activities in this app – Learn, Play, Create and Trophies.

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The lessons (total of 14) in the Learn area are very well designed with logical progression, superb guidance and the use of 6 fun animal characters that young learners will love.  The first three lessons are included in the free-to-download app and in the full version, completion of a lesson unlocks the next lesson.  Learners are taught through listening and matching activities and these are varied each time your child goes through the same lesson.  There is much to learn in each lesson and I recommend repeating each lesson until your child has learned the skill or concept.  Encourage your child to sing/hum the pitch that he hears and hold it in his memory if he has difficulty remembering.

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The Play area comprises 3 fun mini games (high/low pitch, single pitch and 3-pitch melody matching) to practice and extend the skills learned.  Learners earn different trophies for each level they finish.  Trophies earned from completing game levels and lessons are proudly displayed in the Trophies section where learners can return to watch animated musical performances and listen to musical treats.

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What is really cool in this app is the Create area.  It is a music lab where you and your child can explore a variety of music instruments (up to 15 types) and experiment with different melodies and combinations of music instruments to make your own music.  You don’t have to know how to play a music instrument or have music background. Here, learners use the concepts and skills that they learned in the app to create a simple melody with up to 3 music instruments including a drum kit. The app even provides a backing band with a choice of 9 prerecorded tracks to complement your music. It plays your music in a loop and you can save it for future playback or further editing (change instrument, change pitch or length of your melody). You can also watch a band of the animal characters performing your musical piece!

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There are many kid apps available in the App Store that also provide instrumental play but Music Learning Lab is unique in that kids are taught the necessary musical prerequisites and how to use the music composer interface beforehand. This makes free play in the Create area meaningful, musical and as a result more rewarding for the learner.  It also serves as a great introduction to the more advanced music composition apps.

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Lots of children are sent for music lessons but many of them give up way too soon. To get your child stay interested, give your child a confident start, provide a supportive music environment, find him an inspiring role model, be involved and help him find purpose and enjoyment in his long musical journey.  Take it from me (a music parent of more than 10 years multiply 3 times for 3 kids), you should absolutely download the full version of this brilliant Music Learning Lab if you have a new music learner. With so much content included (plus up to 5 learner profiles), this app is great value for money.

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Music Learning Lab Music Learning Lab by Generategy LLC
Category: Education, Music
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: 306.16 MB

$FREE


Music Learning Lab Pro Music Learning Lab Pro by Generategy LLC
Category: Education, Music
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: 306.16 MB

$2.99USD

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.

 

 

 

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.
 Avokiddo Emotions by by Avokiddo – Review

Avokiddo Emotions by by Avokiddo – Review



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What we love…

unique app with characters that come to life with a depth and realistic feeling unlike any other type of app on the iPad, variety of objects Great way to teach young children emotions beyond the basic, happy and sad

What we’d love to see…

more precision when feeding the animals, stronger parent lock (more than just a touch/hold) for external links and ability to turn off the music within a scene and the ability to choose your child’s favorite objects in a free play scene

Summary

Delightful app that will provide hours of fun for your child and practices so many different skills including speech, understanding of feelings, creative and free play as well as teaching us that we are each unique.

Our Rating

Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kidsAvokiddo Emotions by Avokiddo is a delightfully interactive universal app for iOS featuring a giraffe, zebra and a shy and sleepy sheep. The app allows you to select one of the animals and explore the “cause and effect” of hats, objects, foods and even backgrounds to see what they like and do not like. Avokiddo was founded in 2013 as a spin-off of react-IN and previously released an iMum favorite, Beck and Bo in 2012. The app targets children aged 2 to 8 with a variety of activities that include dressing the animals, feeding them a variety of foods which drop from the sky as well as musical instruments, and a variety of other objects. Children simply choose an animal, and then when they are done with the objects on the screen, pull down a handle and then a variety of new objects fall from the sky. . To test an object with the animal, you must simply touch it and then it will perform an action, sometimes the object will stop the action when it is released like the bubbles, and other times the object like the radio will continue to play. This app is a great one for practicing speech, mimicking of specific patterns like blowing a bubble or breathing through a snorkel as well as looking at how the animal feels about the choices you have made for them and creative free play.

20130711-124717.jpgMy son’s favorite part of Avokiddo Emotions by far was the different objects that you could put on the heads of the animals ranging from hats, to silly hair, and eye glasses. He also liked trying to feed the various foods to the animals and seeing what their individual reaction was and then imitating the reaction such as a happy face or “blech”. The characters and their objects are designed with a paper that makes it feel almost like playing paper dolls and gives the objects a texture and brings them to life in a way that make app play very enjoyable. He also enjoyed painting the characters and then washing their faces and getting them cleaned up. We used the app to discuss cause and effect as well with specific items like the ringing telephone, which the animals didn’t seemed scared of when it was ringing, but when the receiver was picked up and they were either happy or sad from the conversation. I liked that the animals were also very clear with their expressions – they either liked something or they did not. This made it easy to discuss how an animal might be feeling, what they liked and did not like as well as talking about how to make specific choices which would make the animal happy or sad. My son also loved putting the animals to sleep using their nighttime hat or pacifier and then waking them up with the alarm clock – he really liked changing the backgrounds to see what action would happen. The app is also a great way to teach emotions such as hungry, shy, afraid, scared, sleepy, happy and sad using facial expressions, movement of eyes and ears as well as the engagement of the animal.

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It would be nice if the foods required a little bit more precision when being held up for the animals to eat, for example if you put the cup and straw in the vicinity of the mouth, the animal will drink even though it’s may not exactly be lined up with the mouth. This was something that our little tester seemed confused about and asked how animals could do that but not people. I would also like a way to turn off the background music – perhaps in the parental settings as it might be distracting to some kids and muting your device would cause them to miss out on the other sounds in the app. It does currently turn off now after a specified time period. It would be great if the user could select a variety of objects from a chest or toybox that would fall within a specific scene, I can see this feature being especially useful when practicing the naming of objects or mimicking what the object does.

The app features a parental lock which requires to hold a spot for a specific number of seconds. Within that lock you can select the number of falling objects, choose vegetarian food only as well as set the ability to save (or not) snapshots from within the app. I would like to see a setting in the parents section which allows you to turn off the advertisement for Beck and Bo which does pull you directly into iTunes using the same press and hold mechanism. I tested the app on several devices and did find an intermittent issue where it crashed when switching out hats and the scene changed. The app developer is working to resolve this issue and it does not appear to affect an iPad 2 or iPad 3.  If you are having this issue – please update the app as the developer has fixed it!

Overall, this is a fantastic app for children to use to explore emotions in a variety of contexts and can be used in so many different settings such as at home with a parent, in a therapy session or with a child just playing by themselves with the app. We loved that there were no right or wrong answers and that the choices for the app and that the animals were so clear in their emotions and like or dislike of a specific object. We also loved that no matter how many times we have played with the app, we keep coming up with different combinations to dress the animals in for play. The app also helps your child to understand that they are unique just like the animals.  When my son was playing with this app – he made it clear that it was his turn to play with the iPad and I couldn’t have it back.  Be prepared to surrender your device!

Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kids – AVOKIDDO

Avokiddo Emotions - Dress, Feed, Play With Animals
Avokiddo Emotions - Dress, Feed, Play With Animals
by AVOKIDDO

Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, 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
Size: 171 MB

$2.99USD

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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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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.

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