Eat Salad! – Episode 1 of Pen Nochio by Mofables – Review

Eat Salad! – Episode 1 of Pen Nochio by Mofables – Review

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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

engaging to young children, preschoolers and elementary school children

What we’d love to see…

ability to turn off background music, ability to turn off the splash screen advertising other apps.  Ability to view the visual for the word in the learn section.

Summary

The app makes it fun for children to interact in a variety of settings and does not require them to engage for too long which is perfect for shorter attention spans.

Our Rating

Eat Salad! - Episode 1 of Pen Nochio :  Stories with interactive flashcards and increasing difficulty quiz that will teach your toddler to read using the synthetic phonics methodEat Salad! by Mofables is an universal app designed to help children with word spelling, recognition, and memorize new words.  The app features a little boy named Penn and is broken into three sections to help children play, learn and memorize new words using phonetic spelling and pronunciation.  The “play” section helps children in specific social situations like a restaurant and how to act in the situation.  There are ten different situations contained within the app.   The “learn” section pronounces a word, and the user has to pick specific letters to spell the word correctly.    The “memorize” section features a picture and the user has to select the right word to go with the picture like “mom” or “kid”.  After completing each set of activities, the user is rewarded with praise and a screen of bubbles.   There are approximately 30 activities to be completed throughout the app.  The app is best suited for emerging readers, preschoolers and early elementary aged children.

The app is brightly colored, the words are engaging and my son seemed to enjoy playing with it.  I also liked that the app reminded him daily that new words were available encouraging him to go back to it over and over again.   The mini games such as swallowing in the play section made learning fun although it was helpful for me to explain to my son how to shake the iPad gently versus shaking it hard.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to be able to turn off the background music as my son found it a bit distracting at times while playing with the app.  I’d also like the option in the “for grownups” section to shut off the splash screen advertising other apps – which is protected via  a finger swipe.  In the memorize section, when the correct answer is circled, it would be nice if the app would repeat the correct answer and encircle the entire word not just a portion of it.  In the “learn” section it would also be nice to have the option for a visual to go with the word – such as leg.

This is a fun app to help children with pre-reading and early reading skills.  The app makes it fun for children to interact in a variety of settings and does not require them to engage for too long which is perfect for shorter attention spans.

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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.
 Planes: Storybook Deluxe by Disney – Review

Planes: Storybook Deluxe by Disney – Review



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What we love…

You actually fly Dusty Crophopper through his many adventures!

What we’d love to see…

give readers the ability to choose difficulty levels for each flight adventure during Read and Play (as it is offered in the Race and Fly menu option).

Summary

A beautiful Disney Digital Book that brings Planes the Movie to your child’s hands!

 

Planes: Storybook DeluxeReady, Set, Fly! This beautiful deluxe storybook app has the same wonderful graphic details and sound effects as the movie itself. The story between Dusty the Crophopper, Dottie the Mechanic, Coach Skipper, and Chug unfolds in your lap as it does in the movie with a slight twist – You actually fly Dusty through his flight adventures!

Within the first of three menu options, Read and Fly, choose from Narration, Use My Recording, or Auto-Play. The Use My Recording allows you to record the story in your voice and then replay your recording on each page. My testers loved reading it in different voices/accents and then laughing as they replayed. This is also a great feature for adults that can’t always be with their little ones (parents at work, grandparents, military families, etc). Navigate through the pages to find your favorite part of the story or skip straight to Dusty’s flying adventures.

The Race and Fly menu option puts you in the pilot’s seat as you take Dusty through his flight adventures. Tilt your device from left to right and top to bottom racing Dusty through tunnels, snowstorms, and around mountain peaks. Three levels of play – trainee, pilot, and captain – make the app appealing to a large age/skill group. Choose from 14 different plane options (start with just a few, then earn more planes as you go). There are a few exclusive planes available for purchase (after entering a locked code). There are also 16 different flight paths that players earn as they fly, giving players new adventures and challenges.

The final menu option, Scan and Fly, allows users to unlock 10 new planes giving players even more diversity. Simply scan a Disney Planes logo and unlock a new plane every day.

Disney’s Planes Digital Book (designed for both the iPhone and the iPad) is written and narrated in 6 different languages and provides child safety features to prevent accidental changes to settings or access to the internet. Each page gives readers interactive features that activate movie phrases and character movements while Dusty’s story unfolds. So jump in the pilot’s seat and race Dusty through the interactive flying paths and enjoy the movie experience again and again!

This app is best suited for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school aged children.  The app has sections that can be a bit frustrating for the younger children.

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“Marica is a married mother of three girls (ages 3, 7, and 9). She works as a school based occupational therapist in Northwest Ohio servicing children with unique needs from ages 3 -22. In her free time ☺ she enjoys learning and exploring with her loving family.
 Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda – Review

Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda – Review



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What we love…

bright colorful graphics, great way to explain an airport to children who may never have been to one before

What we’d love to see…

mini games to be a bit more in depth and provide a view of the inside of the airplane, ability to dress the characters

Summary

This app is a great way to tell your children about the airport and ease fears, especially if they have never flown.

 

Dr. Panda's AirportDr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda is the newest addition to the Dr. Panda lineup and features the familiar characters.  This time they are on an airport adventure featuring ten activities including:  going through security, checking in at the desk, driving the luggage cart, getting your bags via baggage claim, controlling airspace via the control tower, counting money for a payphone and making a phone call, stamping tickets, cleaning the airplane. loading the flight with luggage and going to lost and found.  The app is designed for children in preschool and older through elementary school.  It practices skills such as fine motor, sorting, counting, finding a specific object, expressive language. shape recognition and matching,  and more.  The four main characters in the app are a monkey, elephant, raccoon and a hippopotamus who are all attired in different types of vacation clothing.

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One of our favorite things in the app was finding the “secrets” in the airport.  The graphics were beautiful and the game is simple enough to play without the need for spoken instructions and is frustration free for the youngest of users.  This app would be great for a family who might be traveling in the near future and wants to explain how an airport works.  It serves as both a social story as well as an explanation of what a child might encounter at the airport.  The animations in the app are fantastic and encourage children to play.  My son was very interested by the pay phone and having to count the money into to make a call as he had not really seen a payphone in real life.  When going through security – he wanted to know why the animals didn’t always have to put objects into the bowl like the razor pictured in the video below.  It was interesting though – that only two animals seemed to set off the detector and it was not as random as I would have expected.

In terms of future enhancements – I’d love to see the ability to dress the characters based upon their destination as well as the ability for different activities to be expanded.  For example, it would be nice if during the cleaning of the airplane – if the cleaning were of both the inside of the airplane as well as the outside.  I’d also like to see a mini game which involves finding your seat, buckling your seatbelt and the actual takeoff of an airplane.  The lost and found game may be overwhelming for younger children, although my son who is five really enjoyed it.  My final suggestion would to be seeing more of Dr. Panda in the app perhaps as a character the next time rather than just being on the sidelines.  My son always wants to play with him and can’t understand why he can’t interact with him during the games.

Overall, the app has great qualities although there are areas for enhancement that would provide more longevity for the app as well as play content.  This app is a great way to tell your children about the airport and ease fears, especially if they have never flown.  Be sure to check out the other apps in the series including: Art Class with Dr. Panda, Dr. Panda Handyman, Dr. Panda Veggie Garden, Dr. Panda Daycare, Dr. Panda Restaurant, Dr. Panda Hospital, and Dr. Panda Teach Me!

Dr. Panda Airport Dr. Panda Airport by Dr. Panda Ltd
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
Size: 121.79 MB

$2.99USD

<small><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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.</small>

 

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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.
 Hello Meerkat! by Tiny Twiga Studios – Review

Hello Meerkat! by Tiny Twiga Studios – Review



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What we love…

The rich illustrations and the variety of animal centred activities.

What we’d love to see…

An option for slower or stationary meerkats that are easier to catch.

Summary

This is an enjoyable app that is richly illustrated and unique. It offers many learning opportunities and is great for parent-child bonding..

Our Rating

I started to review Hello Meerkat! by Tiny Twiga Studios thinking it was another insignificant animal app but I was pleasantly surprised to find some wonderful gems hidden within. There are in fact lots to do and learn for the younger children. They can admire beautiful artwork, learn new vocabulary, read rhymes, discover animal facts, practice counting, play catching games or just wind down with a bedtime activity after having fun in the app.  All of these are packed into four sections – Read and Play, Learn, Count and Goodnight.

In the Read and Play picture book, children get to visit zoo animals and their babies in their natural habitat. There are the meerkat, giraffe, orang utan, kangaroo, tiger, koala, zebra and lion. Your child can touch to make them move or hear the sounds that they make while the narration (which can be turned off) introduces the names of these animals and their young in rhymes.

 

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The fun bit about this picture book is that there are meerkat babies moving around, playing hide and seek with your child on every page of the book. Readers must catch one of these babies before they can navigate to the next page. My 6-year-old son thought this was a lot of fun but he needed some help as he wasn’t quick enough to catch all the babies even at the default slow speed. It would be great if there is an option for even slower meerkats for the younger children or an option to turn off this game at times when we just want to enjoy the book. What readers can change however, is the ability to turn off the default auto-play reading mode. This allows your child to choose from the zoo map, which animals he wants to visit. No matter which route your child chooses, the book always end with the same goodnight scene.

20130920-235459.jpgThis goodnight scene is also available as an activity by itself and it’s something which my son and I enjoy playing together. Here the animals are tired and are ready to sleep. The sky is dark, the lullaby is playing and we only see the shadow of the animals and their illuminated eyes. We stroke/tap to close the animals’ eyes one by one until all of them are asleep and then the activity ends. Sometimes the activity doesn’t end because we miss an animal or two (especially the tiny baby eyes) and we have to look more closely to make sure all are asleep. The goodnight scene with the animals’ eyes twinkling like stars in the night is beautiful and calming at the same time.

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The Learn section is where your child will discover more about each animal, where they live and some interesting facts that are suitable for young children. The counting activity on the other hand, allows your child to practice counting to 20 as he catch the meerkat babies that are peeking from all over the screen. Again, you can choose between fast or slow meerkats to suit your child’s ability.

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Hello Meerkat! is an enjoyable app that is richly illustrated and unique. It offers many learning opportunities and is great for parent-child bonding. Check this out if you are looking for a high quality animal theme educational app for younger children.

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

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