Bo’s School Day by Heppi Apps – Review



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What we love…

great app for helping children understand the sequences of getting ready for “big kid school” as well as the steps required

What we’d love to see…

more academic ties such as story time, numbers, letters, coloring and other activities typically seen in a kindergarten classroom

Summary

Perfect app for Moms and Dads to use with their “big kids” as they help them get ready to start school in the fall.

Our Rating

Bo's School DayBo’s School Day is a new universal app for iOS by Heppi Apps.  The app features Bo the Giraffe as he begins kindergarten and walks you through the steps in order to get ready for school.  The step by step process includes: packing a lunch box and backpack, singing the “days of the week” song, making music, playing tap music outside, have lunch, building with blocks, music class, cleaning up toys/classroom, leaving to go home which are completed in sequential order or you can skip to your favorite site.  The app includes voiceovers in English, German and Dutch and the English one is very well done indeed!  The app is designed for young preschoolers through young elementary school children as is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of school to a child who will be attending for the first time.

This is a fantastic app for teaching kids the steps necessary in order to get ready for school and was very helpful as I’ve been preparing my soon to be kindergartener for “big kid” school.  We used this app to discuss what we need to do in order to get ready for school in the morning which included packing lunch and a snack as well as getting ready for school.  He also loved building with blocks which he told me reminded him of building with Lego’s as well as cleaning up the toys because it was a game.  The graphics in the app are bright and colorful and invite children to tap on them and test out what can be done – either by their own exploration or the spoken directions.  In preschool, my son used to dress “Weather Walter” and pick out the right outfit for him based on the weather outside – this was a fun way to set the weather but it would be even more fun if you could pick accessories like a rain hat or a winter jacket based upon the weather forecast for the day.

In terms of enhancements – I’d like to see a getting to school either via car or bus routine as many children arrive in different manners and it might be helpful for them to understand.  In addition, having a “saying goodbye to a parent” but knowing they would come back is another suggestion.  I’d also like to see more academic materials such as numbers, letters and the ability to build bigger towers via pattern matching to the app.  It would also be great if a calendar function was included so you could count up or down to specific dates at school like “100 days of school” or a holiday or other events like that.  Other scenes to include would be an art scene with markers, crayons and art supplies as well as a story time circle where you could hear the teacher read a story to Bo and his classmates.

This app has helped my son start looking forward to his kindergarten year and helped me realize that he will be familiar with the routines in getting ready and going to school.  I know we will be looking at the app many more times as we gear up for school which starts next week.  This app is currently on sale for today only for $0.99 before going up to $2.99 so be sure to grab it before the price goes up.   There are other great apps featuring Bo including: Bo’s Dinnertime, Bo’s Jigsaw, and Bo’s Bedtime all of which work on sequencing routines.   These are also great expressive speech therapy apps as you can encourage your child to describe what they are seeing and doing while playing with the app.

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Bo’s School Day – Heppi

Bo's School Day
Bo's School Day
by Heppi

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: 27.84 MB

$2.99USD

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Bo’s School Day – FREE Bo the Giraffe App for Toddlers and Preschoolers! – Heppi

Bo's School Day - FREE Bo the Giraffe App for Toddlers and Preschoolers!
Bo's School Day - FREE Bo the Giraffe App for Toddlers and Preschoolers!
by Heppi

Category: Education, Puzzle, 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: 18.23 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.



Art Class with Dr. Panda by Dr. Panda – Review



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Review by Alison

What we love…

great variety of art activities within the app featuring all of your favorite Dr. Panda apps

What we’d love to see…

more markers, crayons and art supplies added within the app as well as a gallery to save all of our creations

Summary

Fantastic addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps with a wide variety of activities that kept my son entertained for hours!

Our Rating

Art Class with Dr. PandaArt Class with Dr. Panda is the latest addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps.  This universal app takes kid-art to a whole new level of enjoyment and allows your children to make one of six different art projects with their favorite animals from the Dr. Panda series.  The activities include: making a kite, cutting to make a design, making a pinwheel, making pottery, making a bead design and decorating an object with shapes.  Skills practiced in the app include: fine motor, creative thinking, sequential thinking, creative play and of course FUN!

Hands down,my son said this is his favorite Dr. Panda app!   He loved shaping the pottery on the pottery wheel, watching it get fired in the kiln and the painting it with the rainbow colored paintbrush.    I also loved that the art book hanging on the wall allows your child to choose an activity (from the ones available in the app) as well as choosing an animal at the table.  We had fun with all of the activities in the app – and also really enjoyed the cutting one which required you to fold a piece of paper in a specific way and then make cuts with scissors prior to unfolding it to see your design.  I also thought the hand was helpful to guide children especially for some of the more difficult activities.

The activities included:

Make your own kite which allowed your child to choose from five patterns including: traditional diamond shaped kite, butterfly kite, airplane kite, dragonfly kite, and an angel shaped kite.  You choose your favorite and then decorate it with markers with the shapes transferring using symmetry from one side to the other, put on your favorite tail, attach a design to the string and then you fly it up into the sky while popping or flying past shaped balloons.

Cutting a piece of paper which had you pick a piece of paper from a choice of six different types and fold it according to instructions, cut it, stamp it and then it unfolds to become a piece of artwork.

Pottery Wheel which starts with a piece of clay in a tube that you can make into a design using your fingers.  Once you have made the design, it is fired and you can then decorate it with markers.

Decorating an object – these reminded me of Mister Potato Head where you picked an object and then could decorate it with any variety of eyes, noses, mouths, hair, hats, and even neckties.  This game did require that be placed in the holes and then it came to life and did a dance.

Making a Pinwheel – This was another favorite activity of my son as it involved folding  the paper, selecting a button for the middle to hold it together and then putting “trails” on the outside edges” which would fly when you spun it through the air with your finger.

Bead Objects – no art class would be complete without making a beaded object.  In this game, you are presented with three boxes of beads and a small board which highlights where to place the beads.  After placing them, you iron them on and then they turn into an object – my son loved the butterfly!  The one harder thing about this app is that a box lights up where you have to place a bead and sometimes if you were not quick enough it would not allow you to place the bead there.

I would love to see coloring on a piece of paper added as an additional activity – either in a coloring book style page featuring all of the great artwork from Dr. Panda or on a plain piece of paper.  It would also be great if there was a gallery to store your favorite art projects in as currently when you complete them, they are shown on the screen for a moment and then disappear forever.  I’ve started taking camera roll shots of them to save our favorites.  It would also be fun if there were stickers or other art supplies added into the different art activities.

Art Class with Dr. Panda is another great addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps.  I loved that this app had no mess and allowed my son to do art projects via my iPhone or iPad to his hearts content without having to ask for help.  Check out our reviews of Dr. Panda Teach MeDr. Panda HospitalDr. Panda Veggie GardenDr. Panda’s DaycareDr. Panda Restaurant, and Dr. Panda Supermarket which are all part of this fantastic series of apps.  The app is currently on an introductory sale of $0.99 so be sure to grab it before the price goes up!  This app kept my son entertained for hours, and we have now started doing some of the projects using real paper, art supplies and scissors allowing for a nice carryover of skills.  I also enjoyed hearing my son describe each of his creations after he made them.

Dr. Panda Art Class
Dr. Panda Art Class
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, 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: 123.17 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her 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.



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: 132.82 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.

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