MixPrintPaint – Create your own coloring book by Raphael Ozawa – Review

MixPrintPaint – Create your own coloring book by Raphael Ozawa – Review



What we love…

The 3D experience on iPad and the ability to create your own coloring book.

What we’d love to see…

More themes, fun characters and items. Parental control on emailing of coloring page.

Summary

An easy to use and fun coloring book creator that is perfect complement to your child’s coloring activities.

Our Rating

MixPrintPaint is an iPad app that allows you and your child to create unlimited coloring pages for printing and coloring with real coloring tools (color pencils/pens, markers, paints and crayons, etc.). There are currently 3 themes (Under The Sea, Princess and Knights and Frames) of coloring pages for you to create with more coming in future updates. Together they offer a total of 10 backgrounds (plus a blank page) and more than 60 line drawn images of fun characters and items. Your child is free to use any number of images and swap backgrounds from the same theme to create a coloring page. Adding images is easy and these images can be moved, resized, rotated and flipped sideways or even deleted from the coloring page.

 

What I like about this app is the 3D effect that becomes apparent when you add your images to the chosen background. Items of different depth make the finished picture look more realistic than other sticker based coloring apps. Obviously, you can only enjoy this experience this effect on the iPad and not on the printed coloring page.

 

The coloring pages created are saved to a gallery for printing out or edited later. You can save them to your device’s camera roll, print with AirPrint printer or emailed as PDF and printed the usual way. You can print the exact image on screen or have the background and the additional characters/items printed separately for a craft activity.

 

There are many benefits to using this app or rather paper coloring. Here, the process of creating a coloring page stimulates your child’s imagination and creativity. Without the option to undo any coloring mistakes (possible in an app), coloring on paper forces your child to plan before coloring. There is also more opportunities to experiment with colors and different coloring techniques. Instead of painting with fingers, your child now colors with real coloring tools which helps in strengthening fine motor skills.

It’s great to expose our children to digital drawing and coloring but let’s not forget to also introduce our children to the real activity itself. An coloring app may be able to imitate the work of paper coloring but it can’t provide the same tactile feedback or sense of achievement. The ability to fill a coloring page is also an important developmental skill for children. So if you agree with me, check out this app that brings you the best of both digital and paper coloring.

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MixPrintPaint - Create your own coloring book MixPrintPaint - Create your own coloring book by Raphael Ozawa
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 63.3 MB

$FREE

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.
 Alizay, Pirate Girl by SlimCricket- Review

Alizay, Pirate Girl by SlimCricket- Review



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What we love…

beautiful illustrations, interesting characters, brain-stimulating activities

What we’d love to see…

words highlighted as they are read, eliminate waiting time between sentences when reading by myself, a photo button to capture the child’s face in the clouds.

Summary

A treasure hunting adventure book kids will love and will not want to put down.

Our Rating

Alizay, pirate girl

Get ready for an adventure with Alizay the Pirate Girl! This app by French developer Slim Cricket Books takes children on a treasure hunt with Alizay and her father, Captain Rubber Foot. Together they will set sail to Wind Rose Island where they must complete several activities in order to find the treasure.

This book can be read in either French or English. It has two reading options: Read to Me and Read by Myself. It also has three difficulty levels to choose from. The harder levels will take more skill and time to complete some activities.

My two girls, ages 6 and 11, tested this app with me. The beautiful illustrations, interactive items, and animation right on the “cover” page immediately drew their interest. The activities were a lot of fun to complete and used quite a number of skill sets including listening, memorization, hand-eye coordination, and oral motor movement (blowing). The narration was clear and easy to follow. The voices used were perfect for each character. I loved that each character’s words were color-coded, I have never seen that done before, and I thought it was very nice touch. At the end of the book, there are a couple of fun surprises. One is when the reader’s face “magically” appears as the Master of the Wind. The other surprise is revealed after the reader completes four activities in the book. I won’t reveal what it is here, but I guarantee that your kids will have a lot of fun with it.

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There are just a few things I would like to see. In the Read to Me option, I would like to see words highlighted as they are read. In the Read By Myself option, you have to wait for an arrow to show up before being able to move on to the next sentence. I believe the timing is based on the time the narrator reads the sentence. For some advanced readers who read fast with their eyes, the wait time can be too long and make the book a bit of a drag. I would also like to see an option to take a picture when the child’s face pops up on the clouds. My girls know about the screen capture buttons on the iPad, so they snapped photos of themselves that way. They had a fantastic time making funny faces and just laughing out loud.

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Overall, I think this book is a winner. The combination of interesting characters, beautiful illustrations, and entertaining, brain-stimulating activities made this app very enjoyable and hard to put down. It definitely earns a place in my children’s iPad.

A free lite version is available if you want to check it out before buying.

Alizay, pirate girl - Free
Alizay, pirate girl - Free
by SlimCricket

Category: Books, Games, Adventure, Educational
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: 211.43 MB

$FREE

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Alizay, pirate girl
Alizay, pirate girl
by SlimCricket

Category: Books, Educational, Games, Adventure
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: 177.77 MB

$2.99USD

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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.
 My Dog Talks!™ by Appy Ever After, LLC – Review

My Dog Talks!™ by Appy Ever After, LLC – Review



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What we love…

delightfully fun app for people young and old especially as you animate animals and other objects and hear their voices

What we’d love to see…

parent lock to prevent unplanned access to social media

Summary

Very cute app and a great value for the money that will allow your pets and even stuffed animals ot have their own voice.

Our Rating

MDT-LogoMy Dog Talks!™ by Chicago based Appy Ever After, LLC is a delightful app for iOS that allows you to take photos of a variety of objects and then place a mouth on them that moves and talks.  This app allows you to superimpose a moving mouth on your pet – which can range from the intended dogs to cats, and even stuffed animals.  First, you take a photo of your pet’s face and then choose a mouth after centering the photo from a variety of six different mouths which range from fanged teeth to a puckered red lip mouth, braces, a mouth smoking a cigar and more.  You can preview the mouth in action to make sure it is the right one for you, then comes the most fun part of the app.  You can choose a voice from six different choices – or even record your own pet’s barking and then the photo springs to life and speaks.  After completing a photo complete with voice – you can save it in the Dog Park for future usage as well as sharing it on YouTube and Facebook.  To learn more about Heather and Appy Ever After, please check out our developer interview.  It is fun to pinch and zoom on the photos as well to get the perfect angle for your mouth.

This app had me smiling as we went around the house to take photos of a variety of my son’s stuffed animals, neighborhood pets and more.  My son loved taking a variety of photos even those from my camera roll and animating them and recording his own little voice for the animals.  I’m sure these will be great moments to share in the future when he’s much older.   We even used the app with a friend on a playdate where the children took pictures of animals and then used the voices to act out scenes of the various animals talking in their most entertaining voices – that was really fun!

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Note – there are external links to allow you to post the video on You Tube, Facebook, email it as well as the camera roll.  I would like to see these links somehow childproofed in a future edition so that younger children can’t accidentally get into social media by mistake.  It would be fun to have additional different mouths – that would allow the app to be expanded beyond the traditional dog mouths.  I also did find at times if you did not center the picture perfectly on the face of the dog it could look a little bit weird as you tried to make it talk – so being able to re position it during the preview was a great help to me.

This delightful app is a great value for the money and will have you laughing as you explore all of the different ways that your animals can have a voice.   Also to note, a portion of the profits from this app will help homeless dogs which is always a great cause.  Although the app is designed for the iPhone it works great with an iPad Mini for on the go photos.

 

 

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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.
 Dr. Panda Handyman by Dr. Panda – Review

Dr. Panda Handyman by Dr. Panda – Review



iPhone Screenshot 5Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

Dr. Panda engages children to do a variety of different tasks to fix items with realistic sounds, three dimensional graphics and the high five!

What we’d love to see…

more interaction with Dr. Panda while performing the fix it tasks

Summary

This is a great app for preschoolers and early elementary aged children to use who like to help people fix things.

Our Rating

Dr. Panda's Handyman Dr. Panda Handyman by Dr. Panda  Games is the latest universal app for iOS featuring Dr. Panda as he fixes of household objects that seem to have mysteriously broken through 14 mini games. The app is designed for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school children.  The app is a great one for children to practice fine motor skills as well as naming and finding objects and tools.

One of our favorite features of the app was fixing all the different objects around the house and the realistic sounds of the tools as they worked. We loved that the tasks varied so you were not always doing the same task over and over again.  My son also loved giving high fives to Dr Panda for a job well done!  The three dimensional graphics  in the app were animated and we saw familiar characters from the other Dr Panda apps and were very engaging for our testers. We also liked the reward system which gave you a choice of a sticker upon completion of a mini game to signify a job well done!  My son also liked knowing that he was fixing things so he could help daddy in the future – although we were carefeul to explain that he should never use tools by himself.  I also liked the integrated child lock which requires parents to tap on it a specific (random) number of times in order to gain access to external links – in here you can turn off the promotional screen which does lead to iTunes.  Great way to practice speech and fine motor skills while using the app.  We also enjoyed finding some of the hidden games like hanging the picture and picking our favorite one in the room with the fishtank.
I would like to see additional mini games incorporated within the app, there are currently 13 that we’ve found but would love to see some outside as well.  It would also be nice to see Dr. Panda doing some of the actual tasks within the app rather than just seeing the tools and performing the tasks yourself.
This is a great app for preschoolers and early elementary aged children to use who like to help people fix things.  My son enjoyed playing with it and practicing fine motor and speech skills while naming the tools and explaining what they did.  This is another great addition to the Dr. Panda library of apps.  The app is currently on an introductory sale – so be sure to grab it before the price goes up!  You can turn on and off the music and sounds inside the parent lock area if your kids find them distracting.
Dr. Panda Handyman
Dr. Panda Handyman
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, Educational, Games
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: 132.53 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.

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