The Little App by House of H – Review



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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

easy to use, personalized to your child, activities provided an estimated time of completion letting us know if we had enough time

What we’d love to see…

more activities for older children, ability to select activities based on a specific skill, ability to save your creations within the app

Summary

Great app for those moments when you have run out of activities to do or just have a limited amount of time to complete them.

Our Rating

The Little AppThe Little App by House of H is an iOS app designed for iPhone but can be viewed on other devices such as iPod Touch and iPhone.  This app provides age appropriate activities, videos and ideas for creative play all via an integrated app on your iPhone.  The app is primarily geared toward parents of children age 0 – 3 but the developers do plan on building out the app to include additional activities for older children.  You can create individual profiles for each of your children to see age appropriate content for each child, access a variety of baby and toddler friendly video’s and more.

We liked the “story ideas” portion of the app the best as there have been days when the all too frequent, Mommy, I want to do something has come up and we only have a few minutes of time.  The ideas generated within the app have inspired us to take nature walks and look for specific objects beginning with a letter or theme .  I also liked that each time I logged into the app it provided a list of activities and the approximate amount of time it would take to complete them.  One of our favorite activities was the “shaking and soaking” where we put paint in a jar with construction paper and shock it to understand how paint traveled within the jar and hit the paper – the activity taught cause and effect, gross motor, provided visual stimulation and most of all was fun.  We have repeated this activity several times with varying colors of paint in a baby food jar to understand the experiment.  Parents can bookmark favorite activities as well as marking them as favorites and share them on social media like Facebook, Twitter and email.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see more activities for older children added to the app.  Currently the app is centered on younger children and once they are four or five the activities are not quite as relevant although I have tweaked them to work for my son.   It would also be nice if there was a way to pre-select activities based on a specific skill you wanted to focus on such as fine motor or cause and effect.   It would also be great if there was a way to “save” your creations along with the activity cards or put them in a gallery.

Overall, this is a great app and has provided many hours of enjoyment for us especially during those dreaded, “I am bored” moments.  Now, we just pull out my iPhone and look for new activities that we can explore together.

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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.


Dr. Panda Handyman by Dr. Panda – Review



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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, 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
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.

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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.


Dr. Panda Veggie Garden – Review & Huge Dr Panda Giveaway



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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

graphics and step by step process of planting, watering, harvesting the garden

What we’d love to see…

introduction of a way to pay for the vegetables and fruits  harvested within the app

Summary

This app will be a great app for children from toddler though grade school.  The app has many opportunities for open ended play as well as the opportunity to explain a specific step such as the growing process in a simple concise manner to children.

Our Rating

Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden

Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden by Dr. Panda is the newest in the Dr. Panda series.  This app available for iOS and Android, allows your child to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for their customers who are comprised of a variety of animals we have met in previous Dr. Panda games.  The app allows you to plow, plant, water, harvest and of course take care of any insect infestations or critters from harming your crops.  This universal app features sequencing, fine motor, visual skills as well as language to name objects within the app.  The app features a variety of different “steps” which include: digging, planting seeds, watering and harvesting for five animal customers using 12 different fruits and vegetables including corn, wheat, strawberries and apples to name a few.  In addition, there are two bonus mini games which help your child organize the tool shed.

This app is a great addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps.  I really liked the graphics and simplicity of the app which will make it appeal to children from toddlerhood and older.  The step by step process helps children understand that vegetables come from a garden and there is a process for obtaining them.  My son especially enjoyed planting the corn and the wheat.  As children get older, parents can introduce additional concepts with the app to help them understand the growing process and perhaps even take it a step further to planting seeds with their children and helping them to grow.

In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see currency introduced to the app in a future update.  Customers should possibly pay for their vegetables and fruits rather than just handing them off.  This would add a different aspect to the game and perhaps make it more complete.  It would also be nice to have section at the end of the app explaining each of the fruits and vegetables featured during the app.   During the planting section, it would be nice if there was a “help” section as it took me a bit the first time I used the app to realize that you had to fill back in the hole after getting the dirt or that the seeds were shaken from a bag or placed in the hole.  In the strawberry planting, it was a bit of trial and error to turn the pots so that the strawberries could ripen properly.

The app does include a parent lock on the first page, however, prior to enabling the lock that does not allow children to get into iTunes they can click and get directly into it.  I would like to see the parent section made into either a “double tap” or a simple math problem so children are not able to get into the settings and change them.  There are no links to in-app purchases or third party websites after using the “for parent’s” section within the app.

This app will be a great app for children from toddlers though grade school.  The app has many opportunities for open ended play as well as the opportunity to explain a specific step such as the growing process in a simple concise manner to children.  This app will also be helpful to parents trying to explain the growing process and science concepts to children as it is presented in a simple but straightforward manner.

Dr. Panda Veggie Garden
Dr. Panda Veggie Garden
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, Games, Family
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: 154.39 MB

$2.99USD

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Blocks Rock by Blocks Rock, LLC – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

fun app that teaches shape recognition allows you to build according to a pattern and practice fine motor and matching skills

What we’d love to see…

consistency across types of play – the way you spin a block in the free play is different from the easy play option

Summary

Great app for practicing patterns, inciting friendly competition and more!

Our Rating

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Blocks Rock! - A Fun Puzzle Game for KidsBlocks Rock by Blocks Rock, LLC was designed by high school students at The Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts as part of a high school entrepreneurship course designed to help students build real world business skills. The app was originally designed as a table-top game designed to bring educational, competitive and skills such as color matching, shape matching and recognition into an easily recognizable format from a card. The app is designed for children age 6 and up and includes a parent lock which I would suggest parents set up prior to allowing their child to use the app.

The app features a “free play”, “multiplayer” and regular game where you play against yourself. It features “easy” designed for younger children as well as “normal” designed for older children and adults. The free play mode allows you to build whatever you want using the shapes at the top and in addition you can spin the pieces with your fingers. The “multi-player” game allows you to play either “locally” or “globally”. The app does contain in-app purchases for additional backgrounds that can be locked out using the parent section.

I liked the parent’s zone which allowed you to set a password (although I would like to see the limits lifted), disable in-app purchases, disable external links, as well as see FTC/COPPA Regulations and Act4Apps all in a protected environment. Prior to being allowed here, you had to enter your password. Parents should set this up first and preview the app prior to letting their children use it. I liked the colorful app and that it let you pick “easy” or “normal” mode. The app displays a card which you need to match using the blocks from the bar at the top of the screen. This is slightly different in the free play mode but essentially the same. The learning curve for the app is small as you look at the card, match the pieces and you are off and building within moments. I liked the reinforcement “great job” and “try again” though hints might be helpful for younger users.

In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see the ability to spin blocks using your fingers like in the “free play” mode made available in the play game and multiplayer version. I think this is great for practicing fine motor skills and should be an option. I’d also like to see the multiplayer option be something you can lock out in the parent control as you may not want young kids competing against others. I would also like to see the ability to turn off the music in the parent section as well as when pausing the app so that all the controls are in one spot. I’d also like to see the “multiplayer” option shut off if you exit the app, currently if you go into that and don’t want to do multiplayer you have to shut off your device and turn it back on in order to exit that screen. I would like to see the “bell” which you hit after completing a puzzle looking more like a bell – or at least a traditional one perhaps it could light up when you have completed the puzzle to show you where to tap. It would also be nice if you could “buy” the package of backgrounds for one price or somehow disable seeing the ones that you do not own as children will ask for them. There does seem to be an error at times when choosing the multiplayer option if there is no other player available, but I am sure this will be fixed soon.

This is a great app for working on making shapes and patterns with younger children and inciting a fun competition for older kids. We had a great time testing out this app.

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