Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review and Giveaway



iPhone Screenshot 1

What we love…

Engaging 3-D animated graphics, ability to explore scenes, large range of topics covered.

What we’d love to see…

Data tracking, multiple player profiles, seesaw to visibly balance.

Summary

A a must-have preschool math app- it  covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics, is engaging and FUN!

Our Rating

Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo is a universal educational app from One Monk Clapping, it is available as a free download allowing you to access 3 mini-games. The full app contains 12 mini-games. It contains no adverts or social media links and the in-app purchase is behind a parental gate (accessed by answering multiplication questions). April 2014: there is now also a full version available without IAP.

The app contains a series of mini-games that work on different foundation math skills. The games are divided into 3 areas: Farm games, Forest Games and Asia Games. One game in each area is free, you can unlock any area for $1.99 or all three areas for $3.99. Both written and verbal directions are given for each game. If a child gets a question wrong they are gently encouraged to try again, and right answers are greeted with positive encouragement such as cheers, balloons and streamers.

Farm Games:

These are set in a farmyard scene and 3-D animated animals are used as manipulatives, the child can explore the scene by scrolling around, and the animals will follow. Touching objects in the scene will trigger narration about that object and sometimes trigger movement too. Tapping on animals will trigger sound effects and sometimes movements.

Counting (free):

This game practices counting from one to ten. A group of farm animals comes on to the screen and the student is asked e.g. “how many chickens are there?”. They can choose from a selection of multiple choice answers, but if they need more help they can touch the animals one by one and the app will count with them both verbally and numerically.

iPhone Screenshot 2

Who is Missing:

A group of farm animals run onto the screen in a pattern, but one is missing. The child must choose the correct animal and then it will run to the group to complete the pattern.

Which Group is Bigger:

There are two groups of farm animals in the field, the child must pick which group has more animals.

Who Am I:

The farm animals are roaming around the farm, the child is asked to pick a specific type of animal from the group.

Forest Games
These games are set in a woodland clearing with a stream, ruined tower and tents. The child can explore this scene the same way as exploring the farm.

Addition (free) :

Two groups of animals have come out to play in the forest, the child needs to count how many there are in total. The child can pick the right answer, or tap on the animals to count them.

Subtraction:

Two groups of animals are on the screen e.g. wolves and zebras. The child is asked a subtraction question e.g. 10-4, they can choose the right answer from several choices or use the animals as manipulatives to solve the equation. For 10-4, there are 10 animals in total, the group on the right side of the screen (in this case zebras) represents the number being taken away, the child can tap on them and they will be counted as they leave the screen, the group on the left remains and and they can tap on these to see how many are left.

Missing Number:

Animals appear on the screen each with a number on, the numbers are lined up smallest to largest, but one number is missing. The child picks the missing number from a selection of possible answers.

Animal Match:

Lots of different animals are in the forest, and the child needs to match them up two by two.

iPhone Screenshot 3

Asia Games

Hide And Seek (free):

A bunch of animals scamper onto the screen, then Asian- stye curtains drop to hide them, the child needs to remember where the animals are hiding.

iPhone Screenshot 4

Shape Ninja:

In this game children get to hone their shape recognition skills by slicing the right shape Fruit Ninja style.

What Shape Am I:

The shape vendor has several shapes to choose from on his cart, the child needs to pick the correct one by name.

Balance the Seesaw:

A bunch of animals have numbers on their sides, one jumps on the right side of the seesaw, the child needs to add animals to the left of the seesaw so that the numbers balance. Once they have balanced the seesaw the problem appears as an equation on the top of the page. Just a small point but once problem is solved the seesaw doesn’t look balanced, it looks lower on the left side, I’d like the seesaw actually look level once the problem is solved.

iPhone Screenshot 5

 

I think this is a great math app for pre-school children and some early elementary school students will find it useful too. It works on a wide range of skills from counting to 10, through simple addition and subtraction up to 10, shape identification, memorization, animal identification, patterns and matching. The graphics and animal themes are fun and engaging, I really like the ability to explore the scenes and have the animals come with you. The app works at different skill levels allowing the child to answer the question via multiple choice or use the animals as manipulatives to help them count their way to the solution. The questions change each time you play the app to keep the content fresh and engaging. If you complete a section you see a score for that section, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to see how a child is doing in different areas over time. I would love to see individual player profiles and records of how each player is doing in each area.

Overall, this is a must-have preschool math app- it is covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics,  is engaging and FUN! I would highly recommend downloading the free app today and I think $3.99 is a reasonable price for the full unlock given the amount of content in the app.

UPDATE APRIL 2014

The developer has now fixed the seesaw balance issue and has added multiple player profiles as I requested. He has also made many other improvements. A great app made even better!

There is also now a full version available with no in-app purchases.

To download this app please use this link:

Free Version:Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo – One Monk Clapping

by

Category:
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB

$


Full Version:
Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo Complete – One Monk Clapping

by

Category:
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB

$


Giveaway

Code Drop for full version:

1. http://redeem-now.com/e14f7b4e2286
2. http://redeem-now.com/d54a99bb4903

1. http://redeem-now.com/d684bda05c27

2. http://redeem-now.com/0e8f60d949b4
3. http://redeem-now.com/d048a8aabafc

More codes

1. http://redeem-now.com/183eb969761e
2. http://redeem-now.com/8b830faaf70a

If you miss these please enter the Rafflecopter – 5 more chances to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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).



Preschool Academy by Ebooks&kids Review & Giveaway



iPhone Screenshot 1

What we love…

The various worlds and the ability to target cognitive activities for preschool and early elementary ages children in a fun and interactive way, positive reinforcement and practicing hand eye coordination

What we’d love to see…

Ability to customize the app with games suited for your child, removal of GameCenter integration and better tips/hints to reduce frustration

Summary

This app provides repetition and targeting, children have key concepts reinforced to help them understand early academic ideas such as matching, colors, numbers, tracing, shapes and more in a fun and interactive way.

Our Rating

Preschool Academy by eBooks & kids is a universal app for iOS designed for preschool and early elementary ages children. The app features four “worlds” described below targeting cognitive skills such as small vs large, near versus far, problem solving and puzzles as well as object recognition. The app also works on fine motor skills as well including dragging, tapping, interlocking pieces and more. Narration for the app is available in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

The first “world” is the sweets world. Concepts practiced in this include finding objects in specific areas (in vs out of the box), small versus large and near versus far. Several puzzle games are included as well which include matching objects to an outline, seeing a puzzle and having to make it from memory and more. As your child’s skills progress the game gets harder to target their skills.

In the second world, which features monsters you must use recall skills to find an object in a field, find specific colors and more. Verbal and visual cues are provided to assist with completion although hints are not provided. Some of the games are a bit difficult and can be frustrating for kids if they get the answers wrong repeatedly.

In the third world which is robot world there are seven games. This world focuses on numbers, tracing of letters, finding the same objects (circle, square, triangle), completing a maze, finding a letter, matching and more. There is a listening exercise as identifying right vs left, puzzles.

The final world focuses on music. There are music themed puzzles, matching games, letter tracing, matching pairs, counting, differentiation of objects.

My son enjoyed the robot world the best although all the worlds has similar types of games with a different theme. I liked the consistency throughout the app with different twists on the games. He enjoyed the letter tracing and color matching the best of the mini games contained in the app. I loved that the background music could be turned off and the narration still worked.

In terms of enhancements – I would like to see an option for a parent to turn on and off specific games which may be too difficult for their children based on skill level. My son had trouble matching the monster and grew frustrated because the number of monsters remained the same and the objects were very similar. This game was played in all of the worlds.

The app contains external links including iTunes and a contact section protected by a parental gate. It also includes some integration with GameCenter as well which can be controlled in your devices settings.

Overall, this is a great app to work with preschool and early elementary aged children. This app provides repetition and targeting, children have key concepts reinforced to help them understand early academic ideas such as matching, colors, numbers, tracing, shapes and more in a fun and interactive way.

Preschool Academy
Preschool Academy
by Ebooks&kids

Category: Games, Family, Education
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 874.55 MB

$2.99USD

Screenshots
(Click to enlarge)
Screenshots for iPad
(Click to enlarge)

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.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a promo code for this app, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. 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.



Leo’s Pad Appisode 5- The Wishing Fish by Kidaptive – Review



What we love…

High quality animation,engaging app, learning games woven seamlessly into the story and adapt to the child’s skill level. Currently free!

What we’d love to see…

minor changes to bedtime routine- rinsing soap off and adding a bedtime story

Summary

In the latest appisode Leo and his friend Fusch read about a magic wishing fish and set out to find him practicing many important academic and life skills along the way.

Our Rating

Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series Palo Alto, California-based developer Kidaptive has just launched the 5th “appisode” in it’s acclaimed Leo’s Pad educational app series for pre-schoolers. Leo’s Pad is a free app and all 5 “appisodes” are currently free in-app purchases. The iMums have previously reviewed appisode 1 – Gallys Birthday and appisode 2 Rocket to the Stars . The appisodes are a fusion of an educational TV show with interactive learning games and feature high quality animations. The app is child-safe with no adverts, all external links are in the locked parents area. In the parents area parents can create individual accounts for their children and track which appisodes and games the child has been using and how their skills are progressing.

The series stars Leo and his pet dragon Cinders, Leo is a fictional character inspired by a young Leonardo da Vinci, and in the series he meets other child characters inspired by well-known historical figures as such as Marie Curie and Gallileo. In this appisode Leo and Cinders meet Fusch who is inspired by Confucious.

At the start of the show Fusch is having a fireworks show, and launches various shaped and colored shells into the sky. The child is asked to help by tapping on the correct shells which then burst to create a fireworks show. They may be asked to tap a certain shape, color or pattern. Both audio and visual instructions are given, and the recognition goes beyond simple color matching as the child may be asked to tap on red rockets which include not only solid colors but stripes and spots too. This game helps work on shape, color and pattern recognition, and helps with the concept of flexibility as the instructions constantly change.

20131217-125941.jpgAfter the fireworks show it is time for Cinders to go to bed, but she doesn’t want to go. Leo asks the child’s help in doing Cinder’s bedtime routine, helping her brush her teeth, wash her face and get ready for bed. this helps reinforce children’s own bedtime routines.

20131217-130016.jpgThe next day Leo and Cinders visit Fusch and he tells them the story of The Wishing Fish- a magical fish that can grant wishes. Before he can read them the story, the child has to help him find the right book. He tells them the sound that the name of the book starts with, and they are given three books to choose from. The child hears the name of each book and sees a picture on the cover (there are no written words),as they work out which book to pick they are practicing their phonemic awareness skills. When talking about the story children get a chance to think about what they would wish for and to think about how other’s feel by choosing what they think Cinders would wish for.

20131217-130040.jpg

After hearing the story the three friends set out to try and find the Wishing Fish, on their journey the child helps them overcome obstacles by building a set of steps from rocks and tree stumps, and fixing a broken ladder by adding the missing pieces. Leo and Fusch are both a little scared to cross the river and work together to overcome their fears. Once they cross the river they finally find the Wishing Fish. As well as problem solving, this segment also talks about overcoming fears.

20131217-130106.jpg

The Leo’s Pad series is a really well done educational app series for children, and has many features that make it as must-download series in my opinion. The animations are really well done, the app incorporates music, video and interactive learning games that are seamlessly woven into the story. One feature that I love is how the games adapt to your child, if they are doing well with a concept then the challenge keeps increasing, but if they are struggling the game becomes easier, keeping the child engaged and learning at their own skill level.The series is aimed at pre-school aged children, but early elementary school children will enjoy it too – my six year old twins look forward to trying out new appisodes as they become available.

This appisode works on a number of important skills: color recognition, shape recognition, pattern recognition, problem solving and phonemic awareness. It also helps children with skills that are important for everyday life- bedtime routines, overcoming fears, perspective taking, and flexibility. There are a few minor changes I’d like to see in the Cinders bedtime section- when she washes her face you can’t rinse off the soap before towel drying (if you try it takes you back to lathering up again) and her bedtime routine doesn’t include a bedtime story, which is an important part of many kids bedtime routine.

Overall, I am a big fan of the Leo’s Pad series- it is really engaging, children learn whilst they play and want to keep on playing and learning. The latest appisode does not disappoint, it would be a good deal at $2.99 and it is amazing that you can currently get an app of this quality totally free – I would recommend downloading Leo’s Pad and installing all 5 episodes now, you don’t want to miss out on getting them all free!

Leo’s Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series – Kidaptive Inc.

Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers
Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers
by Kidaptive Inc.

Category: Education, Games, Family
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: 334.39 MB

$FREE

Screenshots for iPad
(Click to enlarge)

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).



Beyond Cats! Kindergarten Math Practice by MaypopDesigns – Review




iPad Screenshot 1

What we love…

Hand drawn pictures, large range of topics, multiple player profiles, data tracking

What we’d love to see…

Option to set audio instructions on as a default, more engaging pictures or videos in the reward section.

Summary

Overall a very comprehensive, unusual, engaging maths app for Kindergarteners.

Our Rating

theGames: Kindergarten Math StandardstheGames: Kindergarten Math Standards is the first app from independent app developer MaypopDesigns. As the name suggests it is a maths app for kindergarten age children, but unlike many apps on the market it does not just cover counting and simple addition but covers the whole range of Math subjects in the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten. It is a child-friendly app, there are no adverts or in-app purchases and all external links are in a child-locked parents area. since this review was published the app’s name has been changed to Beyond Cats! Kindergarten Math Practice – Common Core Math Standards for Kindergarteners.

 

The app consists of a series of mini-games all featuring charming hand-drawn illustrations.  Each game consists of a picture at the top of the screen and grid of 9 squares each with a hand-drawn picture on below this. To the left of the screen there is a visual representation of the task, for instance the top box may show a domino with 2 dots + 2 dots in it, the child then has to find the square with the answer to that problem i.e. 4 dots. When they tap on a square that one disappears from the grid.

iPad Screenshot 3After they have answered all 9 questions they can check to see how many they got correct. For each correct answer the square flips to show part of a picture, if they get a wrong answer an X instead appears over the square, they then get to try again on these questions.  For incorrect answers it is easier the second time as there are less choices e.g. if you got 2 questions wrong there are only the answers to those 2 questions to choose from.

Getting all 9 correct reveals an animal picture underneath, if they get all 9 right first time, spinning shapes fill the screen.  Every answer they got right on the first try earns them a square. They can use these squares to uncover parts of larger pictures, which are covered by over 100 squares, in the reward section.


iPad Screenshot 4

The app covers a wide variety of math concepts suitable for Kindergarten age children. You can choose to have the child play them all, in which case they appear in random order, or pick specific skills you would like to work on. The directions for each game are written at the top of the screen, and represented visually by diagrams in the box on the left of the screen, if the child needs additional help understanding what to do they can tap on the speaker icon in this box to hear the instructions verbally.

The app has individual player profiles. In the parent section the child’s profile shows the number of games played for each skill, and how the child is doing. The mini-games each have easy introductory games and the parent can adjust the settings so the child skips these if they wish.

The learning topics covered are in 2 broad categories: number sense and geometry sense. For number sense the topics are: recognition, counting, sequencing, relativity, addition, subtraction and base 10. For geometry sense the topics are: color, shape ID, classification, positioning, patterns, symmetry, data & measure. As the child keeps playing the app the questions get harder over time.

iPad Screenshot 5

There are many Kindergarten math apps available in the app store, but this app does have some differences that make it stand out from the crowd. Firstly, it is very comprehensive in it’s scope – covering a wide range of early math concepts, including both number sense and geometry. The hand drawn illustrations give it a unique feel too, the games are engaging enough to keep children playing. I like that it has visual supports showing how to do the questions, as many Kindergarteners are not competent readers.

I would like an option in settings to set the default to having the instructions always given verbally also, so that kids that usually  need this support don’t always have to tap the button to get it. I really like the hand drawn pictures, especially the animal pictures,  but there are a few places where the outline is thin and can be hard to see on colored backgrounds. It is fun to reveal the reward pictures a block at a time, but there is a little let- down when they are revealed – they are still pictures of things like palm trees and fruit which aren’t the most engaging topics for Kindergarteners. It would be nice to see a more age appropriate illustration or video as a reward, but these are minor niggles as I do think it is a app well worth downloading.

Overall a very comprehensive, unusual, engaging maths app for Kindergarteners.

theGames: Kindergarten Math Standards –maypopdesigns

Beyond Cats! Kindergarten Math Standards Practice
Beyond Cats! Kindergarten Math Standards Practice
by appikiko LLC

Category: Education, 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 67.7 MB

$2.99USD

Screenshots
(Click to enlarge)
Screenshots for iPad
(Click to enlarge)

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.

Code Drop Feb 7 2015

1. http://redeem-now.com/b9bfd030b388
2. http://redeem-now.com/86d56dcced5a
3. http://redeem-now.com/501db2ca97cc
4. http://redeem-now.com/3c5a2aea7a15
5. http://redeem-now.com/8b4af3148d44

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).

Pin It on Pinterest