Exotic Pet Puzzler – Kids First Years Alphabet Learning By Little Five Games – Review




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What we love…

Four different activities for each letter, unusual selection of animals. the clipper writing activity is especially fun and engaging.

What we’d love to see…

Option to use phonetics rather than letter names in more parts of the app, seeing the animal name written in more places in the app.

Summary

A fun and different way to work on the alphabet, the child can practice writing upper and lowercase letters, work on letter order, spelling, puzzle solving and fine motor skills.

Our Rating

Exotic Pet Puzzler - Kids First Years Alphabet LearningThere is no shortage of kids Alphabet apps on the app store, and many of them use animals, but Exotic Pet Puzzler is not like most- you won’t find C for Cat or D for Dog here! This universal app from Little Five Games includes 4 different games for each letter and features a truly unique set of animals. The app is available as a free download with A-C unlocked, there is an IAP for a full unlock (currently $3.99) or you can buy a full version of the app for the same price. The app settings, app store links and  in-app purchase link, are protected by a parent gate that asks you to enter e.g. “four, seven, nine” numerically.

Each letter is represented by an exotic animal whose name begins with that letter, animals include some that will be familiar such as snake, kangaroo and beaver but also others you may not  have heard of such as Axolotl, Zonkey, Quoll and Urson. Each letter has four activities :

Writing.

The letter outline is shown on the screen overlaying a picture of the animal. The child can work on upper and lowercase letters using their choice of three different writing styles. My favorite is a clipper with realistic sound effects that clips fur as you trace the letter; they can also use a watering can and a plant will grow from the letter as they trace it; or they can create a trail of dots. The app has markers to show the proper stroke sequence. The letter names are spoken, followed by the name of the animal, I’d also like to hear the letter sound spoken e.g “big A, ah for Axolotl.”

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Dot to Dot

This works on letter order and fine motor skills. A series of dots appears on the screen each containing a different letter. The narrator says which letter to start with (they don’t always start with A) and the child has to connect the dots in alphabetical order to complete the picture. As they touch each dot its letter name is spoken. The dots contain a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, it would be nice to be able to choose uppercase only, lowercase only, or mixed.

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Letter Puzzle

Here the child sees the name of the animal, each letter is a puzzle piece, and they all get mixed up. The child needs to put them back in the the right order, the outlines of the letters are present to help them. When they hold or drag the letters the letter sound is made and when they put it in the correct spot it locks into place and the letter name is spoken. Once the word is complete it is spoken.

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Animal Puzzle

The picture of the animal is made into a seven -piece puzzle, the pieces get mixed and the child has to put the animal back together. In the settings you can choose to have puzzle piece rotation on or off. If rotation is on you tap the piece to rotate it 90 degrees. It would be nice to see the animal name again on this screen to reinforce the learning and it would be fun to see an animation when the puzzle is completed.

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This is a fun and different way to work on the alphabet, the child can practice writing upper and lowercase letters, work on letter order with the dot- to-dots and learn to spell some unusual animal names in the letter puzzle. The puzzles and other activities are also good for working on fine motor skills. The inclusion of some very unusual animals can help to keep the child’s interest and engage them in learning all the new animals. The free version includes all the activities for 3 letters so is a good way to see if the app is a good fit for your child. For a different take on ABC apps I’d recommend downloading the free version today to try it out for yourself.

FREE version Exotic Pet Puzzler – Kids First Years Alphabet Learning – Little Five Games

Exotic Pet Puzzler - Kids First Years Alphabet Learning Exotic Pet Puzzler - Kids First Years Alphabet Learning by Tony Suriyathep
Category: Education, Family, Games, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, 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: 41.88 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).



Frugoton City Letters – Education and Fun for Kids by FRUGOTON – Review



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What we love…

bright, colorful and engaging for the youngest of users and targets a variety of early learning standards including: reading, writing and vocabulary

What we’d love to see…

tracking to see what areas your child worked on as well as a multi-user capability to allow children to continue where they left off

Summary

Great app to target a variety of skills for preschoolers and early elementary school aged children.

Our Rating

Frugoton City Letters by Frugoton is a iPad app designed to help children identify letters, recognize sounds, trace letters and solve a variety of mini games and puzzles.  This app, designed for preschoolers and early elementary school aged children integrates common core early learning standards combines letters with spoken words and memory training.  The app practices letter shapes, association of letters with their sound, tracing as well as requiring them to “find an object” that begins with a specific letter.  Skills targeted include receptive and expressive language, fine motor skills as well as memorization.  In addition, the app introduces reading, writing (via tracing letters) as well as city vocabulary.  The app features 72 levels of tracing as well as 350 levels of educational mini games.    Frugton designs apps for young children aged one through six that align with common core learning standards.

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Our favorite part of the app was the observation game which required you to find specific letters in the city.  It was nice as the app included a visual as well as a spoken cue to remind children of what letters they should be looking for to go with the sound.    We also liked the “I spy” game which required a user to find a specific object that began with a spoken letter – it was great that the app would provide a hint as well as allowing you to tap on the little boy to hear the sound again.  If you got the answer wrong multiple times,  the app would encourage you to “try again”.  The tracing section worked equally well with either a stylus or your finger to trace the letter and used red dots to encourage proper letter formation.  The app had bright and engaging colors that encouraged children to use it and interact as well with the different objects to hear pronunciation and testing out all of the different items that you could touch and learn from.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if the app included a tracking mechanism to understand what areas your child has worked on as well as a multi-user capability allowing them to pick up where they had previously played.  In addition, for some of the games especially if you have younger children it might be nice to reduce the number of objects on the screen so as not to overwhelm them with choices.

The app is free with an in-app purchase for additional content, I would suggest that if your child likes the app it is worth the additional $1.99 in-app purchase to gain all the content as the free content is fairly limited.  My review is of the entire app, not just the free content. The app has a parental lock which requires a person to pick a specific color and hold it for three seconds before bringing you to the parent section.

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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 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.



Sound Touch by SoundTouch – Review



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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

Simple for even the youngest users and a great app for practicing receptive, expressive language as well as identification of objects in a colorful and engaging way

What we’d love to see…

inclusion of a “for parent’s section” as well as the ability to tap to have the word pronounced a second time in the “arrow mode”

Summary

Fantastic app to teach object recognition, sounds of a variety of objects in a simple yet engaging way. Once you start exploring it, you will find new ways to use it each time you try it!

Our Rating

Sound TouchSound Touch by SoundTouch is an app for iOS featuring 72 different items each with five variations for a total of 360 pictures, sounds and words in this app. The app, designed for iPhone, includes bright colorful images and allows your child to see an image, hear the name of it as well as the sound of it all with a simple touch of the finger making it easy for even the youngest users. This app is designed for toddlers and preschoolers, although it would be a fantastic addition to any speech therapists repertoire of apps as well since it encourages naming of objects, expressive and receptive language through “find an object”, “name an object” which can be driven by a parent or a therapist. You can also specify the number of objects you want to appear on the screen from four to 12. Settings also allow you to customize how to close an image – either by touch or by arrow, which can again be adjusted. The app speaks in 32 different languages which can be changed in the “settings” menu of your device enabling it to be used to teach new words in a second or even third language. The app is broken up into six categories including: small animals, large animals, birds, vehicles, instruments, as well as common household objects. The app has two modes, touch which allows you to open and close a picture with just a touch as well as an arrow which requires users to tap on the arrow before being able to exit the object.

The images contained within the app are engaging to children – with the first image on the page being a visual representation which encourages you to touch it, and the second being a photograph accompanied by a sound. Each of the 72 items has five different variations so even if your child keeps tapping on the same object over and over again they will see multiple images and hear different sounds rather than just one.

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One of my favorite features of the app was the musical instruments section which featured classical music when you tapped on each musical instrument. The pieces were engaging and were a great way for a child to “hear” what an instrument sounded like as well as seeing the representation. I loved sharing this feature with my son who enjoys music of any type. The pieces played for as long as you had the images open and each image had a different musical song much like the other pictures contained within the app. I also liked asking my son to look for specific pictures within the field of objects and tapping on them to ensure he used the proper names for each object. The spoken text is accurate when I reviewed it in English and easy to understand with good pronunciation.  I also really liked that the settings for the app were contained in a completely different section of the phone ensuring little fingers could not change them accidentally.  Below is a screenshot inside the settings menu of my iPhone.

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In terms of improvements,  I would also like to see a way to have the names of the objects pronounced a second time by touching the word.  I’d also like to see a  for parents section that might give some thoughts on how to use the app with your child – behind an appropriate parental lock – or perhaps contained on the website.

Languages included within the app include: English, British English, Latin Spanish, Iberian Spanish, German, French, Canadian French, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Iberian Portuguese, Catalan, Korean, Mandarin, Afrikaans, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Croatian, Slovenian, Tagalog, Persian, Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew. All of these languages can be customized and set within the settings of your device.

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Fantastic app to teach object recognition, sounds of a variety of objects in a simple yet engaging way. Once you start exploring it, you will find new ways to use it each time you try it! This app contains no external links or in-app purchases and all settings are customized within the settings menu of your device. This app is best suited for children from toddler through early elementary and can be used to teach expressive and receptive language as well as targeting object recognition. It can be used in a variety of ways from teaching a first language and recognition to teaching secondary languages, use with speech therapists and in foreign language courses for speaking the names of simple objects.

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Sound Touch – SoundTouch

Sound Touch
Sound Touch
by SoundTouch

Category: Education, Trivia, Family, Games
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: 435.55 MB

$6.99USD

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Sound Touch Lite – Baby flash cards – SoundTouch
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Sound Touch Lite - Baby Game
by SoundTouch

Category: Education, Trivia, Family, Games
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: 485.36 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.

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.



A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Loud Crow Interactive -Review and GIveaway



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Reviewed by Alison & Mary

What we love…

Delightful adaptation of the 1973 television special with special twists added for iOS. Inspires nostalgia, is fun but also reminds us of the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Summary

This app treats the young and the old to a delightful rendition of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We loved sharing it with our families and seeing the story brought to life in digital format. Well done!

Our Rating

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

When thinking of Thanksgiving with my family I have flashbacks to childhood memories of watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special on television. This brand new app for iOS from Loud Crow Interactive features the dialog, music and sound effects from the original special aired in 1973. The app features narration by Stephen Shea, the voice of Linus Van Pelt. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving can be read in three different modes: auto-play, read to me, and read myself. The app also includes word highlighting as it is read as well as touch to speak by tapping on specific words to have them re-read. In addition, children can collect leaves, touch and interact with the pages. The characters and objects bounce and wiggle as if on springs if you touch them, there are hidden sound effects, surprises and pull tabs which produce actions and bring the story to life.

The volume of the background music and sound effects can be independently adjusted. There is a page navigation tab allowing children to easily return to their favorite scenes. The app features a “ribbon style” page turning method where you slide your finger across the ribbon to move sequentially through the page until finishing the text, when the traditional page turn corner appears; this all happens automatically in auto-play allowing even the youngest reader to enjoy it. We liked that the parent lock required users to set a clock to a specific time before it would “unlock” the protected parent’s section.

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This iOS app is true to the television special and brought back many memories as we shared it with our families. The story is interactive and enjoyable, even for for the youngest of readers just listening as it is read. For those unfamiliar with the story, through a mis-understanding Charlie Brown ends up with a bunch of uninvited guests for Thanksgiving, he can’t cook and is going to his Grandma’s for his own Thanksgiving dinner, so what is he to do? With the help of his friends he pulls together a rather non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. At first some of his guests are not impressed, but they all learn a valuable lesson about what is truly important about Thanksgiving. The interactions on the page bring the story to life and help to engage the readers as well as encouraging them to follow along with the story. There are leaves hidden on every page and we made it a game with our children to see who could find the leaf first, while listening to the story. Mary’s son especially liked all the pull tabs and discovering that if you repeatedly pulled the tabs you could get the animation to repeat quickly. Some of our favorite interactions included Snoopy throwing everything out of the garage when hunting for a table, setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, making stacks of toast fly and popping popcorn.

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This app, like the animated cartoon that inspired it, is sure to become a Thanksgiving classic. It is a great app on many fronts- it inspires nostalgia, and it is a lot of fun; but it also reminds us of what Thanksgiving should truly be about, to quote Marcie “We should be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving Charlie Brown.”

In summary – this app treats the young and the old to a delightful rendition of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We loved sharing it with our families and seeing the story brought to life in digital format. Well done!

If you would like to download this app please use this link: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Category: Books, Entertainment
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: 174.66 MB

$4.99USD

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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.

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