Stone-carver by Woof-Woof Studio – Review

Stone-carver by Woof-Woof Studio – Review



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What we love…

narration in English is well done, colorful and interactive elements on each page to help engage the reader

What we’d love to see…

ability to easily re-read a page without having to flip it back and forth

Summary

Interactive storybook that is good for children from preschool age and older which has elements to engage them and teach at the same time.

Our Rating

Stone-carver The Stone-carver by Woof Woof Studio  is an iPad only storybook app about a stone carver who had a dream about being someone else based on the classical story.  The text and narration within the app are available in English, Thai and Chinese.  The story starts with the Stone-carver carving stone and starting to wish that he could be someone else, first he becomes a powerful Potenate, then he wishes to become the rain, the wind, a grand rock, and finally as he is a firm rock he decides that he wants to be the clever stone carver putting him right back where he started at the beginning of the story.  Woof Woof Studios is based in Bangkok, Thailand and was founded in 2011.

The app contains colorful illustrations and features interactive elements on each page.  My son enjoyed tapping on the stone which made the stone carver work faster  and at the end of the story broke away the rock to show the stone carving which changes each time you read the story.  I liked that after chipping away the stone you could learn a little bit more about the piece of work that was just carved.  The statues at the end of the story include Aphrodite of Milos or Venus de Milo, The Thinker, Moai and various statues from Easter Island.  The app features word highlighting as it is read and you can tap on the individual words to have them re-read aloud to you.    Each page has a different animation, ranging from a tap tap of the stone carver to a cheering of the crowd as the Potentate waves to a neigh of a horse.  They are not directly identified so you will need to “hunt” for them within the pages but it did make a fun activity for my son and I.  We used the story to talk about how one can wish to be many things, but no matter what you have to be comfortable in what you are doing and how you are doing it.  My son is still a bit young for the concept, although I know we will keep reinforcing it.  It also helped to work on the concept that not everyone is the same and we each have our own special and unique talents.

I would like to see the option to hold down a portion of the words in the text to have the story re-read to you without having to flip to another page.  I also found that the arrow to turn the page was sometimes in an area of an animation and meant that at times, we flipped the page without being ready to.  Upgrade of the parental lock to prevent inadvertent access to a variety of social media sites as well as the Internet – the current slide mechanism is very easy for children to figure out.

The app does feature external links including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, email, the App Store and more on a parental page.  They have a “slide” lock on them that little fingers find very quickly – I’d like to see the parental lock upgraded in a future release.

I thought the app was well done and the narration was spot on in English which can be uncommon for non-Native app developers.  It provides educational content and the word highlighting, narration and interactive elements will engage a child to participate in the story and learn a little bit about history at the same time.  The app is currently free for a limited time and will make a great addition to your app library.

 

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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.
 Talking ABC by Jutiful – Review + Giveaway

Talking ABC by Jutiful – Review + Giveaway



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What we love…

Creative, fun, engaging way to teach letter names and sounds.

Summary

A really fun engaging app. The claymation critters are really fun and do a great job of engaging children. Can also be used as a fun way to practice speech therapy as all 26 animals will repeat what the child says and each has its own unique voice.

Our Rating

Talking ABC...

Talking ABC is a universal app from Jutiful. It is designed for children aged 2-7 years and uses a cast of interactive Claymation animals to teach the letter names and sounds, and also includes a series of four fun mini-games. Each letter turns into a cute Claymation animal whose name starts with that letter, is animated and will even repeat back what the child says to him. The app contains no in-app purchases or adverts. The app previously had social media links but the developer removed them on our recommendation.

In settings you can choose to work on letter names or letter sounds. You can also switch “speaking” on or off in settings.

Alphabet

In the main section of the app the child can swipe through the alphabet in order or pick individual letters to work on. Each screen shows the letter created from colored clay. Touching the letter makes the clay roll into a ball and then turn into an animated Claymation animal e.g. Bear for B, Newt for N, Xiphias (a swordfish) for X. The name (or sound) of the letter is spoken when the letter appears and the name of the animal is written and spoken when the animal appears. If speaking is on the animal will repeat back what the child says to it, and each animals has it’s own unique voice.

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There is also an alphabet song, which sings the letter and animal names, whilst the Claymation letters turn into the animals.

Letter Game

Here the child is presented with six clay letters and asked to pick the correct letter to match the letter name (or letter sound) the narrator says. If they get it right the letter turns into its animal, who praises the child. If they get it wrong the letter turns into a ball of clay and they are encouraged to keep trying.

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Animal Game

This is very similar to the letter game but this time they need to correctly identify the animals; it is good to do this after they have played with the main part of the app as it does include some unusual animals they may not have previously come across.

Funny Words

This section is good for kids of all ages to practice spelling and typing their name or any word. They type it on a QWERTY keyboard and it appears as clay letters. Touching the clay letters turns them into animals. This is a fun way to get children working on learning to spell familiar words.

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Puzzle

This consists of nine puzzles, the first is unlocked and the child has to solve them in order to unlock the next puzzle. Each has a picture of one of the Claymation animals in 12 squares, tapping on the square rotates it, the child rotates each puzzle piece until the animal is whole again, and then the animal thanks them.

Overall, this is a great inventive way to have children work on their alphabet, letter sounds and word- letter association. I love all the different Claymation animals, they are bright, colorful and engaging, each has its own voice and personality. The talking animals repeating what the child says are really fun, and are a nice child-friendly alternative to apps like Talking Tom for getting young children to work on speech therapy practice too. One of the most engaging and innovative ABC apps on the market.

 

Talking ABC...
Talking ABC...
by HEY CLAY

Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 381.41 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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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).
 Sago Mini Bug Builder by Sago Sago – Review

Sago Mini Bug Builder by Sago Sago – Review



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What we love…

bright colors, fun and easy to play with especially for kids with limited attention spans

What we’d love to see…

the ability to customize the bug a bit more with the choice of a shape, more accessories and the ability to pick your own legs.

Summary

A enjoyable app for young children that encourages creative play and open ended play for the youngest of users (toddler/preschool)

Our Rating

Sago Mini Bug BuilderSago Mini Bug Builder by Sago Mini is the newest in the Sago Sago lineup.  This universal app allows your toddler and preschooler to create a bug of their very own choosing  by taking a shape, adding your own touches of color and then making it hatch into a bug.  You can add a silly hat, feed your bug a treat and then even make a mess.  You can save a photo of your creation in the gallery and the show off all of them.  This app is great for creative open ended play skills and will keep kids entertained as they create all sorts of different bug creations.  I also liked having my son describe his various creations to me as well and naming them.  Sago Sago is owned by Toca Boca and their apps are designed for toddlers and preschoolers who are using apps for the first time.

We loved the bright colors and the ability to take a shape and put our own stylized touches on it in the form of color.  After opening the app, you tap on an egg and then are presented with a shape and a set of paint pots.  Once we finished coloring the shape, we tapped it and then it it turned back into an egg for us to tap again.  After tapping it three times it hatches and a variety of fun objects including hats and foods pop up.  After feeding your bug, you must wash his face to get it clean.  You can then take a picture which is saved in your gallery and then the whole process starts again.    The app includes eight shapes and an infinite amount of customization as you can choose with the paint pots how you want to paint the bug.  The app also allows you to customize in settings the ability to turn off the promotional screen to prevent fingers from getting into the app store.  There are no in-app purchases or advertisements within the app and once you turn off the promotional splash screen it is very child friendly.

The app contains bright colors and is very intuitive to use.  My son – although a bit older than the target age enjoyed creating a variety of bugs and the various animations as well as the shaking of the egg.  We also loved the parent lock which requires swiping in a certain (random) direction as well as the ability to save the bug into a gallery.    The app is easy to play with and a quick app to use which is great for young children with limited attention spans or if you have those moments while you are waiting in line or for something and your child begins to get fidgety.

In terms of enhancements we would love to see the ability to pick your own shape, rather than having it randomly selected for you as well as the ability to have more accessories.  Right now after the bug hatches the legs are automatically chosen and it would be fun to be able to pick out your own legs as part of the building process.  It would also be fun if the gallery would transfer from one device to another.

A enjoyable app for young children that encourages creative play and open ended play for the youngest of users.  This app is child friendly and will provide hours of fun even for our older testers.

Sago Mini Bug Builder – Sago Sago

Sago Mini Bug Builder
Sago Mini Bug Builder
by Sago Mini

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 76.33 MB

$2.99USD

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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.
 ColAR Mix- 3D Coloring Book app by Puteko – Review

ColAR Mix- 3D Coloring Book app by Puteko – Review



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What we love…

Innovative and engaging way to encourage children to color on paper

What we’d love to see…

More coloring pages, ability to “capture” image and add to new backgrounds

Summary

An app that will encourage your children to color on paper and wow them by bringing their images to life in 3-D.

Our Rating

colAR Mix - 3D coloring book AppColAR Mix- 3D Coloring book is the first app from New Zealand – based developer Puteko Limited.  The app uses Augmented Reality and is based on a research project at the HIT lab in New Zealand. It is an app designed to bridge the gap between “real life” coloring and the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. To use the app you need to first print out coloring pages and color them, then they are brought to life using the app. The app is available as a free download that includes 1 coloring page, an in-app purchase is available to buy more pages- it currently costs $2.99 for 5 additional pages. It contains no adverts, social media or external links.

To use this app you need to go to colARapps’s website there you can download the coloring pages as a PDF, print out the pages and give them to your children to color. The free coloring page is bird (a Pukeko or Swamp Hen), the other pages include an airplane, a dragon, a girl, a bear, and a high-top sneaker.The child can use whatever art materials they like such as colored pencils, crayons, markers or paints. When I did this I didn’t tell my children what would happen after they colored them, just that they needed to bring the completed pictures to me and they would get a surprise.

Within the app you can see the choice of pictures, the instructions and “play” mode. In play mode the camera comes on- hold your device over the completed coloring page making sure the whole picture is visible, then the page will be highlighted in blue and the magic will happen! The picture springs to life as a 3-D image that pops up from the coloring page. Not only does it take the picture and create a 3-D image from it but it is animated too. The dragon flaps his wings and breathes fire, the bird eats a worm, the girl dances and the aeroplane flies through the clouds. As my awestruck son said “that’s awesome!”

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Each picture has its own background music and sound effects, you can zoom in to see the picture in more detail and you can pause the animation. As well as the main image in many of the pages other parts of the background such as plants and furniture also come to life in the 3-D version. You can also take pictures of your 3-d creation and save them to your camera roll.

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This is a really innovative, cool and unusual app. I really like how it bridges the gap between real-life coloring and the iPad. With the summer holidays here I love finding apps that encourage my children to do off-iPad activities and this fits that bill really well. My kids (and even my husband and I) were really impressed with how the artwork sprung to life, all the details on the 3-D image were true to how the children colored them, so they loved seeing their creations coming to life. One feature I’d love to see is the ability to “capture” the drawing and then keep exploring it and watching it, and maybe even putting it on new backgrounds, at the moment you have to keep it in the camera viewfinder all the time. I’d also like to see the developer keep adding more coloring pages in the future too.

Overall,  a very cool use of augmented reality and an app with real wow factor, colAR app will motivate your children to color on paper and thrill them by bringing their images to life, highly recommended !

You can read more about the creation of this app in our developer interview with Adrian Clarke of Puteko Ltd.

Quiver - 3D Coloring App
Quiver - 3D Coloring App
by QuiverVision Limited

Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 131.83 MB

$FREE

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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.

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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