The iMums Favorite Apps for Valentines Day



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With Valentines Day just around the corner, a great way to get in the mood is to share some Valentine’s themed apps and stories with your children.  Here are some of our favorite apps that feature Valentine’s Day or Love – whether it be for a child, parent, grandparent or friends.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

In this classic story from Mercer Mayer it’s Valentine’s Day and Little Critter is excited as they are having a big Valentines Day party at school. This is a great storybook app for young children as it prepares them for all the Valentine’s day activities they will typically do in pre-school and early Elementary School. It features word highlighting as it is read, record yourself options and touchable words.

 

iTunes Link: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! – Oceanhouse Media

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $1.99 USD

*** Featured By Apple - Valentine's Day Fun for Kids ***
*** Top 10 Book Apps - February 2015 ***
*** 100 Noteworthy Apps From 2015 - Children's Technology Review ***
"Looking for a solid app.

Elmo Loves You Pop up Storybook App by Story Toys.
Adorable Elmo and his Sesame Street pals are the stars in this pop -up storybook app. Elmo narrates the sweet simple story and explains that everyone has something they love. On each page Elmo gives examples such as birds love to make music, babies love to make noise and kids love toys. There are lots of fun interactions to find and familiar Sesame Street characters appear throughout the app.
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iTunes Link: Elmo Loves You! – StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Elmo Loves You! Elmo Loves You! by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Price: $2.99 USD

This is a storybook and early-learning reading app, which will help teach your child about love and friendship as you enjoy storytime together.

** Winner of The Appy Awards Best Book App **

Lipa Knight Valentines Day Edition by Lipa Learning
The brave Lipa Knight is on a mission to rescue the princess from the Cyclops. To save her he needs to get to her , but lots of bridges on the route have fallen down. the player helps the knight on his way by building the bridges and learning some physics principles on the way. The app has just had a Valentine’s themed update.

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iTunes Link: Lipa Knight Valentine’s – Lipa Learning s.r.o.


Lipa Knight Lipa Knight by Lipa Learning

Price: $FREE

In this logic puzzle game, be the hero and build bridges to help the knight rescue the princess from the speedy cyclops!

• Build bridges and roads across beautifully-animated lands
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I Love You Too – Ziggy Marley by Oceanhouse Media

This is Ziggy Marley’s first children’s book and is based on his 2009 song of the same name. It is about the power of love between a parent and child. It has bright colorful engaging illustrations by Ag Jatkowska and there is even an option to hear Ziggy sing the whole song.

iTunes Link: I Love You Too – Ziggy Marley


I Love You Too - Ziggy Marley I Love You Too - Ziggy Marley by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $3.99 USD

Sing and play with Ziggy Marley as you explore his first children's book based off the song from his Grammy Award winning album "Family Time!" Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the.

I Love You All the Time by Cookie Bear Press

Delightful adaptation of the print book for young children and their families to read together, especially if family lives far away or children simply need reassurance that Mommy and Daddy will always love them no matter what they do. This simple bedtime story features rhyming verse with heartfelt sentiments and bright, simple colorful graphics. The app also has lots of hidden animations, a song and a record it yourself option.
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iTunes Link: I Love You All The Time – Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

I Love You All The Time I Love You All The Time by Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

REVIEWS: "...should not be missing in your kids apps collection." topbestappsforkids.com

The light animation and digital enhancements are perfect for the toddler set. Highly Recommended!" www.

Will & Kate by Ink Robin
Will & Kate is about the real life fairytale romance between Prince William and HRH Kate Middeton, Duchess of Cambridge. It is told with hand drawn cartoons, interactive animations and lots of British humor. Sheep and corgis pop up a lot, and kids will have a lot of fun with this app from Ink Robin, and it is currently FREE
iTunes Link: Will & Kate – Ink Robin

Will & Kate Will & Kate by Ink Robin

Price: $FREE

'Will and Kate is a charming, clever, witty and utterly gorgeous e-book. I want to read it over and over again forever ... This is truly one of the best e-books I've seen.' Kids Book Review

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Draw With Hearts- Happy Valentine’s Day by L’Escapadou

Have fun creating your own Valentines Day pictures with this free app from L’Escapadou -the developers of the popular educational apps Word Wizard and Writing Wizard. You can turn your own photos into Valentine’s Day cards by adding animated pulsing hearts in different colors and sizes.

iTunes Link: Draw with Hearts – Happy Valentine’s Day ! – L’Escapadou


Draw with Hearts - Happy Valentine's Day ! Draw with Hearts - Happy Valentine's Day ! by L'Escapadou

Price: $FREE

Note: Screenshot feature does not work anymore in iOS6. So please use the following workaround:
-Press the Home button (the main button below the screen) and Sleep button (on the top edge of the device.

I Love You to the Moon and Back by Auryn Apps

This simple, beautifully illustrated book by Sue Shanahan celebrates a parents love for their children. It has no animation and the only interactivity is naming of objects when touched but it is  beautifully illustrated and beautifully narrated with word highlighting as it is read. A lovely, simple, heartfelt testament to love.
iTunes Link: Love You to the Moon & Back – Auryn Inc.

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My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day by PlayDate Digital.

Little pony fans will enjoy this Valentines-themed storybook app. It is Hearts and Hooves Day in Ponyville – a day when ponies celebrate friendship and caring for one another. The fillies get carried away trying to find a special friend for their teacher Miss Cheerilee. Everything goes wrong but they manage to put it all right and learn a valuable lesson in the process and that Hearts and Hooves Day is really about friendship and caring for one another.

iTunes Link: My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day – PlayDate Digital

My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day by PlayDate Digital

Price: $2.99 USD

It's Hearts and Hooves Day, and all of Ponyville is celebrating friendship!

But that’s not enough for Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Apple Bloom! They want to help their teacher, Miss Cheerilee.

Wubbzy Loves You by Cupcake Digital
A Valentine’s themed app that will appeal to Wow Wow Wubbzy fans. It was time for the annual Wuzzleburg Friendship Day, Daizy and Wubbzy are sad as they haven’t received any Friendship cards. They set out to investigate and end up saving Friendship Day for all the Wuzzleburg residents.

iTunes Link: Wubbzy Loves You – Cupcake Digital

Wubbzy Loves You Wubbzy Loves You by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC.

Price: $2.99 USD

*** Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Wubbzy and enjoy a sweet friendship story with fun games and holiday themed coloring pages

***Famigo APProved!


***"Your little one will be refining.

A Hug and a Kiss by Tizio BV.
This is sweet simple story for toddlers from Dutch author Sienke de Rooij and illustrator Tineke Meirink. A young boy is looking for a nice hug and a kiss, and he looks in all sorts of places including with his cat, fish, puppy and a variety of wild animals. None of them gives him a nice hug or kiss until he finds his little sister….

iTunes Link: A hug and a kiss! – Tizio BV

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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).



Monsters Behave! A mischievous meal of language, learning and laughter… by Linguino GmbH – Review



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What we love…

Kids learn about proper behaviors through rhymes and fun games.

What we’d love to see…

Reading support for non-readers and glossary for unfamiliar words.

Summary

Whether or not you need help in teaching good table manners, this is a super cute and unique app for having fun with monsters and introducing poetry to kids.

Our Rating

Are you having difficulty getting your kids to listen to you and behave at meal times? If you are, then let’s take a break and allow the monsters in Monsters Behave! take over for a while. They will sure to bring on the laughter even if your kids don’t need a lesson or two on behaving well. What I like about this app is that the messages and reminders are subtle and kids are not talked down to. Instead, proper table manners are presented in rhymes, modeled in animations and kids can behave badly to vent their negative feelings and energy through fun interactive games.

After checking out the app, I couldn’t wait to show it to my youngest. I knew he would enjoy it but I didn’t expect his reaction. He looked a little shocked at first as it IS unusual to see so many negative behaviors being showcased in an app. The he smiled as he recognized himself in the Burp and Bogey Monsters and went on to tell me what they can and can’t do, without any prompting from me! I was so happy that he remembered all the things that I have been repeating day in day out!

 

There are 8 different monsters that kids can learn or recall good behaviors with – the Bubble Monster, Spit Monster, Anger Monster, Shout Monster, Mud Monster, Leer Monster, Burp Monster and Bogey Monster. Each monster presents 2 rhymes, one describing the undesirable behavior (The Bogey Monster eats his boogers just like candy sweets) and the other describes the proper behavior (But if he’s good, polite and neat, he’ll always use a handkerchief). A fun animation accompanies each rhyme to illustrate the behavior.

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These rhymes are then used in a rhyming game and a word puzzle game, adding some language fun and poetry appreciation to the app. Kids who need help to complete these games can play the audio narration of the rhymes. Some of the rhymes are shorter and easier than others but there is no time limit for completion of the puzzles. It would be perfect if there is support available for younger children who can’t read yet e.g. tappable words and a glossary for unfamiliar words.

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Completing these language puzzles unlocks the mini game in each monster’s section and these are so fun, they could well be the highlight of the app for your child. Kids who find gross behavior fun can compete to see who can get the monsters to burp or spit faster, shout louder, etc. here instead of doing them at the actual dining table. These are not mindless games added just to reward the players as I found out. They are actually great games for practicing fine motor skills as they require quick fingers and finger dexterity.

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Proper table manners are learned behavior and before that becomes ingrained, kids just do what comes naturally for them. It’s a phase that all kids will go through and having some fun word play and games while teaching them good behaviors will definitely take away some of the stress and tension.

 

Monsters Behave! Official Trailer (English) from Monsters Behave! on Vimeo.

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Monsters Behave! A mischievous meal of language, learning and laughter… – Linguino GmbH

Monsters Behave! A fun & innovative way of language development through kids poems & rhymes for kids Monsters Behave! A fun & innovative way of language development through kids poems & rhymes for kids by Linguino GmbH
Category: Games, Word, Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 84.02 MB

$4.99USD

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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.

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.



The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime – A Fingerprint Network App – Review


What we love…

Cute characters, encourages children to limit their screen time.

What we’d love to see…

Either a “continue reading” option on the Rocket Racer game or remove the link from the navigation menu, enlarge photos, no advertising towards kids.

Summary

A very cute and effective book that will help children manage their screen time.

Our Rating

ScreenTime is the first story in The Adventures of Ash and Ollie, a new preschool e-book series by Yummico and Fingerprint Digital. Ash and Ollie are two fun loving young brothers who face typical childhood challenges like sharing, doing chores, and finishing homework. As they learn to solve their problems, they teach children how to do the same.


In ScreenTime, they tackle the problem of managing time spent on electronic devices. For Ash and Ollie’s family, this means setting a timer and making sure all their chores and homework are done before using a tablet, tv, phone, or going on the internet. They are encouraged to find fun and active things to do when not playing with electronics like hanging out with friends and playing with toys.

The story is written in poetry style, and the characters and artwork are cute and appealing. There are also tons of items to collect throughout the book that will be used for extra points in the Rocket Racer game. They are not exactly hidden, but children will need to click on items on the page to see if it is the one they are looking for.

Rocket Racer gives children an opportunity to practice managing screen time. To play, children will be prompted to set a timer anywhere from 0 to 60 seconds. The object of the game is to catch as many stars and special items as possible before the time runs out. Children are invited to play the game at the end of the book. It can also be played anytime by going on the book’s navigation menu, but it should noted that once the game is played and finished it exits to the main menu. To continue reading, children will need to open the book again and find the page where they left off. It would be great if children can have the option to continue reading so that if they choose to play the game in the middle of the book, they can easily go back to the last page they were at. Another option would be to remove the Rocket Racer link from the navigation menu so children can only play it at the end of the book.


There is also a photo album that children can use to take up to 6 pictures of what they like to do outside of screen time. These photos are automatically saved in the camera roll. Children can change their photos as many times as they want. However, the photo album only shows thumbnails. It would be great if children can click on their photos see them enlarged. Currently, clicking on the thumbnails will prompt them to either take a new photo or keep the one they have.


When first opening the app, the user is asked so sign in either to “Play as a kid” or “Play as a family”. Playing as a family requires you to register a parent account using your email address. Whether you play as a kid or play as a family, I find the app to be cluttered and very heavy in advertising. It includes a social media type platform that mimics Facebook in which each user has a wall, can add friends, and send messages to each other by choosing from a very limited selection of pre-written notes. The main reason for this platform is to see what each other is playing and what games are available to download. In other words, advertising targeted to children. In my opinion, advertising, if any, should only be geared solely to parents. The only thing children need to see is the app they are currently playing.

20140501-155825.jpgThere is a child lock system in place to prevent children from accessing website and App Store links. Parents must press three numbers written out in words on a digital pad. Number words are one of the first words children learn to read, making this quite easy for young children to figure out.

Overall, The Adventures Ash and Ollie: ScreenTime does a fantastic job of helping kids understand the importance of balancing their time playing with electronics, doing their chores and homework, and playing with friends. If you have a child that loves electronic devices and has a difficult time putting them down, this would be a good app to check out.

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Epic! – Books for Kids Subscription eBook Library By Epic! Creations Inc- Review




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What we love…

Over 2,000 books, reading log, incentives to read, well-known authors, personal book recommendations, ability to read offline.

What we’d love to see…

Even more new books, search option

Summary

Digital equivalent of having a personal library of thousands of kids books ready to be read and enjoyed with the added bonus of a reading log and reward system

Our Rating

Epic! - Books for Kids Epic! is a subscription  ebook service for children aged 12 and under. The Palo Alto based developer has teamed up with some big names in children’s book publishing including Kids Can Press, Lerner Publishing Group, Open Road Integrated Media, and Simon & Schuster to create Epic!  A 1 month free trial is available after that a subscription is $9.99 per month or $79.99 a year. Epic! says it currently has over 2,000 titles (I didn’t count them!) with plans to add more every month. It includes both Fiction and Non-Fiction books.

The app has a password protected parents area, this contains social media and email links; some of these links are also in the settings area of the individual profiles, to access them you must enter a birth year. From the parents area you can create up to 4 reader profiles, check your subscription status, and clear your cache if you are running short on space.

Each family member can customize their own avatar for their account, and as they read they can unlock more avatar options and earn badges. In setting up the profiles you can choose from 4 reading age levels: 4 & under, 5-7. 8-10 and 11-12.

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The user interface reminds me of Netflix, and within each player’s profile you can browse and see a different selection of books. At the top are  the book of the week and other highlighted books e.g. for Easter Week Bunny books are in the spotlight; then books you have recently read; then books recommended for you followed by a variety of categories e.g. Picture books, Non-Fiction, Historical, Fantasy, Adventure and Graphic Novels. Whenever you select a book it shows the suggested Reading Age inside the front cover, alongside a brief synopsis of the book.

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As you browse through the bookshelves you can mark books as favorites to make them easy to find, read them now, or download to read offline. These are not book apps- they don’t have any interactive elements, music, sound effects or narration; they are ebooks  – faithful digital reproductions of print book that contain the original text and illustrations. Having this app is not like having a bunch of book apps but instead like having a home library of thousands of print books that you can take with you wherever you go. I really like the ability to read offline as that way I can stock up with books before we are traveling and can use them in places without internet such as in the car or on a plane. When reading with an internet connection it was nice to be able to read instantly rather than waiting for a book to download; though I did find in my twins bedroom, where the internet connection is slow, that I couldn’t read the picture books too quickly or the next page wouldn’t be loaded when we turned the page.

My six-year-old twins are really enjoying all the books they can choose from and I like the fact that each child has their own profile and that the available books cover a wide age range. For reluctant readers the rewards may act as an incentive to get them reading more. As a parent I really appreciate the fact it keeps a daily record of books read, and minutes reading each book,  it makes keeping their school reading logs up-to-date so much easier!

The book selection is really good especially for the younger ages , there doesn’t seem to be quite as big a selection for the 11-12 year-olds. My kids like to see familiar names such as Olivia, Click Clack Moo, Henry and Mudge, and The Boxcar Children but also enjoy discovering the many new books in the app. When reading you can zoom in the see more details and can read full-screen in either portrait (single page) or landscape (double page) mode.

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Overall, I  really love this app but there is one thing I’d like to see added and that is a search option. It would be great to be able to search for favorite authors or for a particular topic and if you find one book your child enjoys to see if there are others by the same author available.

I would heartily recommend trying out Epic! to see if it is a good fit for your family. If you are looking for book apps with lots of interactions and narration this collection is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for the digital equivalent of having a personal library of thousands of kids books ready to be read and enjoyed with the added bonus of a reading log and reward system for reading then this is a great choice. Epic! is positioning itself to be the Children’s Book equivalent of Netflix, much as Oyster is for adult books. Although it has nowhere near as many titles as Oyster’s over 200, ooo , it does have by far the largest collection of well-known books I’ve seen in a children’s subscription book app. Ultimately I think Epic!’s long term success or failure will depend on it’s ability to keep growing its collection of titles so that the app remains fresh and interesting, I think if they deliver on their promise to keep continually adding more quality content they will have a hit on their hands.

The app is free to download but to access the library you must subscribe -there is a 1 month free trial after that it is $9.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription, you can switch off auto-renew in your iPad settings.
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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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