Review of Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua and Donna Wilson

Review of Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua and Donna Wilson



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What we love…

Beautiful illustrations, cute character

What we’d love to see…

option to select language for entire book instead of just page by page, auto play option for the story to be read out automatically as you turn the pages instead of needing to select narration on every page

Summary

This cute little storybook app filled with beautiful illustrations, interactions and travel facts is great for little ones to learn about the art, history, culture and food of the Netherlands and the Dutch language.

Our Rating

Little Lamb in Amsterdam

Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua and Donna Wilson from The Happy Dandelion is a cute story of a little lamb that takes a bike ride across the Netherlands. This storybook app has text and narration available in both English and Dutch. It has an instructions page, a contents page where little ones can easily return to a favorite page, a brief history of Netherlands and a map of the country. The app has no in-app purchases, third party ads, external or social media links.

Little Lamb lived on a farm outside a small village with her mum. One day she wondered what lay outside her gate so she decided to go on a bicycle trip to see the country for herself.  She rode through an old fishing town, old windmills and past fields after fields of tulips. She stopped on the way to try on some traditional wooden shoes, eat some flowers and take in the sights.

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She took a break by the seaside and then made her way to the capital city of Amsterdam where she did some window shopping and sightseeing along the canals.

She tried a variety of meals at a Dutch restaurant before heading out to some great museums.

She was admiring paintings when she started to feel homesick and decided to ride back home to the farm and be reunited with her mother.

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This little storybook app is not only cute but also interactive which means little ones will find it engaging. Pages can be turned with just one swipe. The story can be read out in either English or Dutch with the option of additional information which can be accessed by a pop up bar at the bottom of the screen where information can also be read out in either English or Dutch.

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This cute app would be perfect if we were able to select the language of choice from the beginning and if the story was read out from the start rather than having to select the flag on every page each time we want the story to be read out.
Overall we really liked this cute app, my daughter thought Little Lamb was very cute and her favourite bit was when Little Lamb went to a Dutch restaurant and tried all the different food. This app is great for little ones to learn about the art, history, culture and food in Netherlands and the Dutch language.

iTunes Link: Little Lamb in Amsterdam – Joshua Wilson

Little Lamb in Amsterdam Little Lamb in Amsterdam by Joshua Wilson

Price: $4.99 USD

Come explore the Netherlands with Little Lamb, on her bike journey, across the country. You will ride past must-see attractions, discover Dutch art, culture, food and learn many Interesting and educational.

Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.
 Shape Gurus by Colto – Review

Shape Gurus by Colto – Review



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Shape Gurus by Colto is a simple yet effective app aimed at children 5 years and under designed to teach children maths and problem solving skills.

What we love…

The simple yet effective puzzles revealed through an interactive story and how they incorporate different colors and shapes.

What we’d love to see…

A way we can go back and forth between puzzles and have new puzzles introduced.

Summary

A great app full of opportunities to match, sort and classify shapes and colors through a series of interactive pages.

Our Rating

Children are encouraged to problem solve by matching, sorting and classifying shapes and colors through a series of interactive pages. The names of the different colors and shapes are identified throughout the app and read out so that children can learn as they play.

The app has over 27 puzzles with 4 different shapes and 9 different colors that are put together in a cute interactive story. My daughter loves how the story starts with an egg that needs to be cracked to uncover a cute little bird which then goes to a tree into its nest to eat a worm, all the while showing different shapes and colors.

The different colored sized shapes can be sorted by simply moving the right shape into its corresponding position.

Little ones can also play at finding the odd one out by finding the right colored shape amongst others. The cute little drawings that pop up during the app add a bit of fun to this short, simple yet effective app. The level of difficulty increases as the app progresses and the game loops to the beginning once it reaches the end.

The app has no in-app purchases or advertisements however it has a section to try the developer’s other apps which is guarded by a logical query. There is also a parents & privacy section as well as a settings section where you can choose from over 12 audio languages – English (US and UK), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

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My daughter was very excited when she tried this app as she loves matching shapes. It kept her engaged as she problem solved each puzzle in the game. We liked how other parts of the puzzles were shown as shapes like the green worm on the tree at the beginning. Her favourite bit is solving the shapes on the tree with the bird and the dinosaur puzzle too.

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We would love this app more if it was possible to go back and forth in the app in case we wanted to redo certain puzzles and if new puzzles were added frequently so we will keep going back for more.

Overall we loved this simple yet effective app full of simple puzzles to encourage children to problem solve and learn important maths skills of matching, sorting and classifying by shapes and colors.

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Shape Gurus

Shape Gurus - teach shapes for my preschooler Shape Gurus - teach shapes for my preschooler by Colto
Category: Education, Educational, 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
Size: 76.97 MB

$1.99USD

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Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.
 Queen Bee in Paris by Joshua and Donna Wilson

Queen Bee in Paris by Joshua and Donna Wilson



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What we love…

the beautiful illustrations and simple yet informative story

What we’d love to see…

a start button on the first page, ability to set language  & narration options for the whole story, instead of needing to choose on every page.

Summary

sweet storybook app filled with beautiful illustrations, cute interactions and travel facts

Our Rating

Queen Bee in Paris

Queen Been in Paris by Joshua and Donna Wilson from The Happy Dandelion is a very sweet storybook app which takes little ones on an adventure through France with the help of a beautiful Queen Bee.

Queen Bee decides one day that she wants to take off on an adventure and leaves her hive behind. She buzzes through France admiring beautiful bridges, historical towns, attempts skiing in the Alps but finds it too cold so heads off to the beaches of the Cote d’Azur but finds it too warm.

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She flies off and explores the beautiful wine and castle regions of France and before heading to Paris, visits the Palace of Versailles and Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny.

 

When she arrives in Paris she falls in love with the monuments, blends with the locals with her bee stripes, admires the French food, the church of Notre Dame and its gargoyles and the many impressive museums.

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Queen Bee finally finds what she was looking for, a place to dance in the inspiring district of Montmartre! She was happy at last!

The great thing about this story is that each page is interactive which makes it fun for little ones because they can take part in the story too. The pages of the storybook can be turned by a simple swipe and there are clear instructions at the beginning of the app letting you know how to use it. The app can be enjoyed in either French or English, with both narration and text switchable between the 2 languages. Hidden at the bottom of each page there is a fun fact bar with extra information. This app also has a contents section, a brief history and map of France. It has no in-app purchases, third party ads, external or social media links.

 

To have the page narrated or to switch languages you have to pull up the fact bar and touch the relevant flag. This can be cumbersome and interrupts the flow of the story, it would be simpler to be able to switch narration on or off and select language on the home screen. The hidden bar could still allow the user the option to change language or narration on individual pages if they so wished. The app is also missing a “start button” on the home screen which can make it confusing for little ones to understand how to start the story. It would be nice to see these changes in the navigation to make the user experience smoother as otherwise this is a really beautiful app.

My daughter and I loved this little story filled with beautiful illustrations, music and lots of travelling facts about France’s history, geography and culture.

iTunes link: Queen Bee in Paris – Joshua Wilson

Queen Bee in Paris Queen Bee in Paris by Joshua Wilson

Price: $4.99 USD

Explore France with Queen Bee, on her journey, across the country. You will buzz past must-see attractions and points of interest, discover amazing art, culture, food, history, geography and learn many.

Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.
 Look! Fruits by Babuda – Review

Look! Fruits by Babuda – Review



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What we love…

beautiful photographs, easy to navigate interface that encourages receptive and expressive language, ability to record your own voice

What we’d love to see…

ideas on how to use the app with kids, directions, some sort of a mini game to keep kids engaged

Summary

Great for practicing expressive and receptive language, but it needs more features to feel complete. The illustrations are top notch, but the app seems “finished” after you rotate through the cards and record them.

Our Rating

Look! Fruits is a perfect app that encourages expressive language via photo cards.  The app features twenty three different fruits – Nectarine, Pineapple, Orange, Banana, Blueberry, Starfruit, Lemon, Fig, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry, Kiwi, Coconut, Cumquat, Lime, Mango, Watermelon, Passion Fruit, Pitaya, Pear, Rambutan, Apple, Grapes and each one allows you to record the name of the fruit which is repeated back to you.  Each of the fruits is illustrated with a photograph and navigation is done with a swipe of your finger which rotates the fruit into view.

I tried the app out with my son and had him name the fruit as well as describe it (for example, the raspberry was red with bumps on it) using the microphone.  Then I had him close his eyes and I flipped through the fruits we had recorded and had him listen to the recording and he had to guess which fruit he had described.  This is a great app for practicing both receptive and expressive language and the open ended opportunities are endless.  I also used the app to help describe to my son the different places that each of the fruits came from – for example, we were not familiar with the Rambutan which grows in Thailand and is used to make jam or jelly.  We did some research to learn more about it and turned it into a bit of a learning experience for both of us.  The interface of the app was easy to use, and each of the fruits was in a beautiful photograph which really capitalized on my iPad’s screen.  I also liked that since this app didn’t include language we could use it to practice naming the fruits in Spanish or another language as well. I really liked the ability to record your own voice in the app, which does set it apart from other flashcard apps in the market. The app does require use of the microphone in order to use it, which is an easy process accomplished by going into the settings -> privacy -> microphone and then choosing Look! Fruits. I also liked that the app had non traditional fruit included which interested my son.

In terms of enhancements, when you open up the app you are given the photo of a fruit.  I would like to see some directions or maybe information about what you should do.  I knew I should touch the microphone to record my voice, but wasn’t sure what to do after that.  I would suggest though that a mini game of some sort be incorporated – perhaps a tile game where you can match up the fruits to keep kids engaged after they record the fruit names.  I’d like to see an opportunity to learn more about the fruit and where it came from within the app to help engage kids more.

Overall, the app has a great concept and will be helpful for people trying to work on receptive and expressive language skills.  The graphics are beautiful but the content needs to be added to in order for the app to feel “complete”.  After you go through and record the different fruits, the app is “done” with no more to complete and I think there’s a missed opportunity here. There are so many more opportunities to engage the user with the app to encourage them to learn more. There are no advertisements, external links or in-app purchases.


Look! Fruits
Look! Fruits
by Babuda

Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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
Size: 6.94 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 sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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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