Pacca Alpaca by Anamil Tech Limited – Review

Pacca Alpaca by Anamil Tech Limited – Review



What we love…

variety of languages, mini games and ability to understand the different animals.  My son loved the sand paintings

What we’d love to see…

more information about Australia including additional types of animals, history, culture, weather

Summary

Overall, this is a fun app which engages children from preschool through early elementary school and could be used as a supplement in education to help children understand Australia compared to their country.

Our Rating

Pacca Alpaca Pacca Alpaca by Anamil Tech Limited is a universal app for iOS designed for preschoolers and early elementary aged children as an Alpaca adventures through Australia.  The app includes words in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Mandarin and allows children to learn a variety of new words as they adventure through the country.  There are a variety of scenes within the app that include: bush, city, beach and as you complete each one you earn a “token” souvenir for the carousel showing you have completed your adventure.

I liked the different areas of the app along with the mini games which included: shapes, counting, color matching, spider shapes, dot painting, colors, BBQ counting, dot painting at more.  Many of the activities were repeated in each of the different scenes just with a twist – for example the Koala counting game was in the bush while the city had a boat building game.  As you went on you helped Pacca take bath’s and stay clean throughout the app by brushing teeth, brushing hair and more.  I used the app to help my son understand that different countries have different animals.    My son loved the dot coloring game because it allowed him to make a unique number of sand paintings and would purposely close the app so he could start over making them again after he had completed them.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice to “ride” the carousel when you have completed the app rather than just spinning it with your finger.  Also after completing all of the worlds you are just brought back to the main screen with the items – and the carousel flies away. It would be nice to be able to tap on each of the icons or even when you earn the icon to learn more about what it is and why it is important to Australia.  I would also like to see additional animals form Australia including Kangaroos, Dingo, Platapus and more.  It would also be nice to learn a little about each of the settings to provide information about the culture in the city or the beach for example as well as the history and climate of Australia. I grew up with an Australian Queensland Heeler and had been hoping one might make an appearance in the app as well since I had told my son about them and how unique they were in the United States.

Overall, this is a fun app which engages children from preschool through early elementary school and could be used as a supplement in education to help children understand Australia.  Since there are no external links or in-app purchases it is one that children can complete on their own, but would benefit from an adult helping them understand the country as well as trialing the different languages.

Pacca Alpaca

Pacca Alpaca – Basic language learning and educational games for children
Pacca Alpaca – Basic language learning and educational games for children
by Anamil Tech Limited

Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
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: 163.88 MB

$0.99USD

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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.
 Where Are We? Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway

Where Are We? Learning Library Collection (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review and Giveaway



What we love…

Highly educational and informative content, text highlighting, tappable words and objects.

What we’d love to see…

The text and pictures/animations match when it talks about the earth rotating on its axis.

Summary

A terrific set of four books that will not only takes children on a journey to space, the deserts, and the North and South Poles but also gives them everything they need to become excellent map readers and cartographers.

Our Rating

Little explorers searching for new adventures will find what they are looking for in Oceanhouse Media’s Where Are We? Collection. In this collection are four books from The Cat In The Hat’s Learning Library covering a variety of subjects including astronomy, science and geography: There’s No Place Like Space, Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?, Ice Is Nice and There’s A Map In My Lap.

In There’s No Place Like Space, little explorers will take a flight out into the Solar System. Starting with Mercury, they will visit all the planets and discover features that make them unique from each other. They will also be taking a closer look at the stars, the sun, the moon and constellations. Coming down from an out-of-this-world experience is not easy but another exciting adventure awaits them when they return to Earth.

In Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?, little explorers will travel to some of the well-known deserts of the world including the Sonoran Desert, the Nambi Desert, the Sahara Desert, the Mojave Desert, the Gobi Desert and the Arctic Desert. As they travel to each of the deserts, they will learn not only about why deserts are dry but also about the different plants and animals that live there and how they are able to survive in such harsh conditions. They will also learn about Nomads, what they wear and how they live. They may be surprised to learn that deserts can either be hot and dry like the Mojave and Sahara deserts or cold and dry like the Gobi and Arctic deserts. They will also learn various desert terms and features such as mirage, oasis, and dunes.

After their trip to the cold deserts, our little explorers will travel to the North Pole and the South Pole in Ice Is Nice. The North Pole, they will discover, is actually located in the Arctic Ocean, not on land. They will learn that in the North Pole, there are 6 months of long winter nights and 4 months of warm weather when the sun shines all day and all night. They will learn about the people and animals that live there and how they adapt to the cold weather. They will then go to the opposite side of the world and find out that while the North Pole is cold; the South Pole is even colder. Unlike the North Pole which is in water, the South Pole is on land. In the South Pole, little explorers will learn all about the different types of penguins that live there: the Emperor, the Chinstrap, the Adelie, the Gentoos and the Rockhoppers. In their travels to the North and South poles, they will also learn about the Earth’s axis, its rotation and its revolution. They will also learn a little about climate changes, which can open up to a discussion on global warming.

As our explorers head back to the comforts of home, they will be given the most valuable tool a little explorer needs in There’s A Map In My Lap. They will learn about all kinds of maps like globes, atlases, marine maps and topographic maps. They will quickly become expert map readers and cartographers as they learn about legends, longitude lines, latitude lines and scales. Soon they will be planning their own adventures, lots and lots of great adventures!

Once again Oceanhouse Media has put together another fantastic set of four books that is full of eye catching graphics and interactive objects. They also all have the features we have come to love in Oceanhouse Media books such as text highlighting, tappable words/objects and voice recording. The only thing I would like to see changed is the way they show the earh’s rotation. In Ice Is Nice, there is a page that reads: “Earth spins on its axis while circling the sun” and while it shows the earth circling the sun, it does not show the Earth rotating on its axis. It would be better if it rotates as the text says it does.

I highly recommend this app to parents and teachers of little explorers. Parents and teachers will love the educational value of this collection of books and little explorers will enjoy the adventures that await them.

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 Grandpa In Space by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway

Grandpa In Space by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

fun spaced theme educational app that practices a wide variety of skills and uses video’s as a reward for successfully completing the “missions”

What we’d love to see…

parental dashboard to show which skills your child has worked on as well as missions completed, help or hint button for more complicated mini games

Summary

Fun space themed app which practices a variety of skills via mini games that can be customized to your child’s specific skill level

Our Rating

Grandpa In SpaceGrandpa in Space is an out of this world intergalactic space adventure for iOS by Fairlady Media featuring nine destinations in the solar system with 10 mini games and 18 space themed video’s.  This app features ten mini games including: shape lander, memory match, build a rocket, alien addition, clean up the ship, sort by height, fix the satellite, rhyme race, asteroid blaster, and opposites.  Each mini game features a specific educational skill ranging from counting, sorting, lining up objects by height (tallest to shortest), matching, listening to sounds, and landing objects.  Skills practiced in the app include: fine motor, math, sorting, reading, building and more.  The app is targeted at children in early elementary school.  The app allows you to customize the app based on your child’s skill level so that you can “turn off” the harder games that your child may not have mastered the skills for as well as turning on and off the music. It is designed for children from age five to eight although I think some of the higher level games could appeal to children older than eight especially if they were interested in the solar system.

iPhone Screenshot 4Within the app after you click “play” you choose a planet for your mission.  Once you select a planet, you see a splash screen which tells you basic facts about the planet and then allows you to move on to a rocket building game.   After building the rocket, you go off into space and then play a variety of mini games to successfully complete the mission.

My son loved the videos in the app as he loves anything that has to do with space.  We used it as an opportunity to practice the names of the planets as well as practicing the various mini games contained within.  He enjoyed the spaceship game which was the precursor to each planet activity through the galaxy.  After completing the activity for the planet or “mission” you earn a souvenir for the trip.

In terms of improvements, my son did hit the “menu” button several times in the mini games by accident as it is somewhat close to the parts especially in the rocket ship game which was the first part of any of the mini games to bring you to the specific planet.    In the rocket ship game he wanted to be able to steer the rocket ship while it traveled to the next mini game which in this most recent case was rhyming.  It would also be nice while piloting the rocket ship if there was an avatar to show your child in the ship as well.  A “hint” function might be helpful for some of the more complex games especially if your child is not familiar with the words or what it means.  It might also be nice to have a box to hold the souvenirs earned from each of the planets which are lost when you close out of the app. It would also be nice to see a parental dashboard that shows which games your child has played and how long it took them to successfully achieve the mission.

The app contains a parental gate which requires you to enter a series of numbers.  Behind the gate there are links to social media, iTunes and email.  In addition, there is a settings menu which allows you to customize the app and turn on and off specific mini games based on your child’s skill level.  Fairlady Media does not collect any personal information within the applications and complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Act.

Overall, this app provided lots of intergalactic fun for my kindergartener once I was able to customize it to his skill level.  The variety of skills learned in the app including counting, opposites, addition, sorting/categorizing, memory, as well as lots of great space vocabulary.

Grandpa In Space
Grandpa In Space
by Fairlady Media

Category: Education, Games, Educational, 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: 103.77 MB

$2.99USD

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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.
 “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” by World of Liberty, LLC – Review & Giveaway

“It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” by World of Liberty, LLC – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

interactive history lesson about the United States and a “country connection” which brings history to life in a fun and interactive format

What we’d love to see…

answers to the questions at the end of the book as well as displaying real pictures of the colony/state and the sister city to explain a little bit about what a sister city is

Summary

Fun educational app that will have kids learning without realizing it!  Perfect for virtual summertime travel. Part history, part adventure and a whole lot of fun!

Our Rating

It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware by World of Liberty, LLC is an interactive universal storybook designed for iOS by Ogg Studios that takes different parts of the United States and explores how they connect to other parts of the country called “country connections” which helps to understand what America has in common with other countries with a focus on one specific state and one country at a time.  This particular story features Delaware and the sister city of Kalmar, Sweden which is the sister city to Wilmington, Delaware.  The storybook app designed for children aged seven to nine provides a history lesson in an interactive storybook app featuring animation, song, narration and features Liberty Lane (the primary character), her toy eagle Georgie, her toy plane Truman and her dog Ellie as they adventure around the world.  The app features a “read to me”, “read to myself” and “autoplay” option which brings history to life in this new series.   Liberty Lane helps to explain the tradition of Halloween in the United States and Georgie the Eagle helps to explain why pumpkins have faces for Halloween to scare away the creatures.  The app also includes information about the state such as the state flag and location of the state as well as information about Sweden which includes the language and flag as well as location and information specific to each of the sister cities and the ties between the two.  The author Amber Hood, is a professional voice over artist who is the voice for Dotty in Special Agent Oso and Susie Sunshine in Doc McStuffins.

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The narration, songs and graphics are well done and engaging to the reader so much so that my kindergartener didn’t realize that he was learning at the same time!   The story interweaves history from the country such as settlers going from Sweden to Wilmington Delaware and build Fort Christina and learning about it while exploring a castle in the story which ties into the pumpkins which are on display for Halloween.    I especially liked the questions as the end of the story which ensure that your child understands what they have read which include “What is the biggest city in Delaware” to “What colors are Sweden’s flag”.    This can prompt a question about where your ancestors come from.  The app feels much more like an adventure instead of a history lesson and even customs specific to the United States that you might not of otherwise been aware of.  I also liked how it introduces the concept of the United States being a “melting pot” to many other countries with different traditions and connections to other countries. The costumes worn in the story are also historically accurate as well, a nice touch.

In terms of improvements, it would be nice if the app included specific answers to the questions.  The questions were displayed and read out loud but didn’t include any chance to find the answers or a page reference.    I would also like to see a bit more interaction outside of the story which would allow for words to be re-read or during the state facts showing Delaware on a map and the relation to Sweden as well as more information about what a sister city is and that there are many of them across the United States.

Overall this is a fun educational book app that will engage children and help them learn the history of the United States and other countries without realizing it.  It’s a perfect addition to your summertime adventures for virtual travel or as part of your homeschooling curriculum.  I can’t wait to see what the next adventure brings for Liberty Lane and the country connection.   The story  is a bit long for younger kids. but can either be read in sections or used with children who are age 7 to about age 11 or so.  There are no external links, in-app purchases or advertising contained within the app.

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World Of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” – World of Liberty, LLC


World Of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” World Of Liberty “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” by World of Liberty, LLC

Price: $0.99 USD

WORLD OF LIBERTY “It’s Raining Pumpkins in Delaware” created by Amber Hood .

A fun and exciting interactive storybook adventure, about a little girl called Liberty Lane, her dog Ellie, her.

 

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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