Mini-U: The Kitchen by PopAppFactory –  Review

Mini-U: The Kitchen by PopAppFactory – Review



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What we love…

Challenging educational games and cute digital toys in a virtual kitchen.

What we’d love to see…

More great stuff!

Summary

Attractive, engaging, entertaining, fun and educational, Mini-U: The Kitchen is an excellent learning app for children in Pre-K and K levels to develop essential thinking skills.

Our Rating

If you are not a fan of PopAppFactory apps yet, now is a great time to check them out. PopAppFactory has just made one of their apps, Memoria: Letters and Numbers Mix FREE and their other new apps are still discounted at $0.99. Out of their 40+ apps, my kindergartner’s favorite app is the Mini-U: The Kitchen. It has fun games that never fail to make him laugh and thinking games that help develop skills like concentration, attention to details, visual discrimination, problem solving and logical reasoning.

Mini-U: The Kitchen features six interactive mini games – Italian Chef, Breakfast Composer, Fridge Operator, Product Sorter, Morning Tunes and Cocktail Maker, each of these games provide lots of learning opportunities with multiple levels to play and they are not as simple as they look!

Italian chef

Drag different pasta pieces to complete a pasta puzzle and then paint it according to a given pattern. This requires the player to first identify the correct pasta shapes to match their shadow. This sounds easy but the app makes it just a little more challenging by putting in excess pasta pieces that look very similar. The process of coloring the pasta also requires some planning.

 

Breakfast composer

Find hidden breakfast items from the many, many similar items in the kitchen. It is not easy to sort out all the visual information to locate a particular item but hints are always available when you need it. My son was initially lost but with guidance on some simple strategies, he began to enjoy the game.

 


Fridge operator

Put in the correct food items that match the various shadow in the fridge. Once again, there are extra items that have the same shape and size, included just to confuse you like an iPhone and a chocolate bar!

 

Product sorter

Sort the shopping items into edible and inedible as the items fall out of the shopping bag. 2 cute characters will tell you if you have sorted correctly or not and it’s fun to watch them.

 

 


Cocktail maker

Blend 2 different vegetables and fruits to make drinks of the same color as the one requested in the app. Here, you have to experiment with fruits and vegetables of different types and sizes to get the right color and shade.

 

Morning tunes

Tap on 20 different items to create your own music. This is a fun game and my favorite is the singing cat!

 

 

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There is no time limit to complete each game level in this app and you can refresh the screen to change the puzzle/level. There was plenty of time for my son to ask me questions and for himself to think about his moves. I also like that the app gives a generous show of approval (both written and verbal) when the child does something right or completes a game level.

 

Every aspect of this app is outstanding, the graphics is superb with lots of details to discover, the colors are bold and vivid, the kitchen characters are cute, the games are familiar yet challenging and the enthusiastic cheers and encouragement from the kitchen characters provide a truly fun learning experience for the kids. I highly recommend it.

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Mini-U: The Kitchen. 6 funny educational mini-games. Color matching, Pattern puzzles, Hidden objects, Music and Sorter games Mini-U: The Kitchen. 6 funny educational mini-games. Color matching, Pattern puzzles, Hidden objects, Music and Sorter games by PopAppFactory
Category: Education, Family, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 79.81 MB

$3.99USD

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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Mini-U: The Kitchen. 6 funny educational mini-games. Color matching, Pattern puzzles, Hidden objects, Music and Sorter games Mini-U: The Kitchen. 6 funny educational mini-games. Color matching, Pattern puzzles, Hidden objects, Music and Sorter games by PopAppFactory

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 Moose & Zebra. Sweden by DashForward Lab LLC – Review and Giveaway

Moose & Zebra. Sweden by DashForward Lab LLC – Review and Giveaway



What we love…

Distinctive color pencil illustrations, a variety of preschool learning activities which introduce interesting facts about Sweden at the same time.

What we’d love to see…

Text highlighting and an activity reset button.

Summary

A kid-safe and unique app for kids to learn about Sweden while practicing important preschool skills.

Our Rating

Moose & Zebra are 2 animal friends who will bring your child explore a different time and place while practicing important preschool skills. In their first app, they visited Zebra’s homeland in Africa and in this second app, they are traveling to Moose’s birth place in Sweden where they will share with your child all things Swedish through 15 interesting activities (and all these for just $0.99).

This is an app where both adults and kids can discover new things together. Did you know that the biggest palace in the world is found in Sweden? Besides that, you will also learn about the Swedish capital, the Scandinavian countries and their flags, the native animals, symbols of Sweden, the Vikings, Swedish traditional dishes and fun trivia like a popular male name in Sweden that means bear.

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The 15 activities in Moose & Zebra (Sweden) are varied and age appropriate for preschoolers – matching, maze, categorization, spot the difference and mistakes, shapes sorting, connect the dots, counting, visual discrimination, size comparison, patterns and left/right orientation. If help is needed in any activity, kids can tap the hint button (with option to turn off) for assistance.

A stamp is given upon completion of an activity and the child will be prompted to proceed to the next activity. You can return to any completed activity and play again but if you wish to replay the activity right after completing it, you will have to move to another activity first and return. A reset button would be nice to have in this case. Nonetheless, navigation between the activities is smooth, you can use the forward/backward buttons on each page to change the activity or choose from the home page.

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The text is read but you can turn it off and do the same to the music background if you wish. Two language options are available – English and Russian, which is great but I feel a text highlighting feature should be added for the benefit of the targeted age group.

On the whole, this is a high quality educational app with an affordable price tag. I love its distinctive color pencil illustrations and the original idea of designing different activities around the theme of a particular country. If you have a preschooler, I’m sure he/she will enjoy learning and playing with this app. For a start, go get yourself the Free Moose & Zebra. Africa!

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Moose & Zebra. Educational Magazine For Kids Moose & Zebra. Educational Magazine For Kids by ADELANE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS S.L.
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 75.05 MB

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 Lola’s ABC Party 2 Kindergarten Practice by BeiZ – Review & Giveaway

Lola’s ABC Party 2 Kindergarten Practice by BeiZ – Review & Giveaway



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Review by Alison

What we love…

randomization of the various games which ensure children are engaged in the app

What we’d love to see…

language choice behind the parent lock, hints when children get questions wrong multiple times as well as a peek function

Summary

Engaging game for preschoolers and early elementary school children that rewards them for successfully completing early learning skills important for school

Our Rating

Reviewed by Alison
Lola’s ABC Party 2 Kindergarten Practice is a universal app for iOS designed by BeiZ. BeiZ is a game studio who has offices in China and Finland and has designed a number of games for iOS and Android. This app is aimed at older preschoolers and early elementary aged children and focuses on fine motor, spoken and written language. The app starts with four activities including: flying a kite, making a picnic, making dessert and a fruit basket. Upon successful completion of ten questions in each section, the child is rewarded with an item such as a kite, sandwich, fruit basket and creating ice cream cones! The app allows you to practice skills in US English, British English, Suomi and pycckmn. The app states that after completion, your child will have learned up to 160 new words via spelling, and spelling. As you complete all of the activities, children can see their creations and get excited about the picnic.

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Lola’s ABC Party includes practice necessary to prepare children for kindergarten including: word identification using both a visual and spoken word, spelling out words using phonetic spelling, visual identification of words with a common theme “find all the x” items. After successfully answering five questions in a row, children are able to pick from a reward which builds out a scene for them from objects that they choose. After ten correct answers you get to build a sandwich in one of the mini games. One of my son’s favorite games was writing out letters using the trace function which required that you stay on the dots to successfully complete the tracing. I also liked that when you were spelling a word, it required you to sequentially place them in order rather than just putting them in as you “found them.”

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In terms of enhancements, I would like to see language choice included in the parental lock section so that children can’t accidentally change the language. I would also like to see the ability to have hints when children get “stuck” rather than keep taking away choices from the field or just saying “oops”. My son was frustrated with the “drag the missing letters” game as he wanted to see the image so he could connect the word with the spelling, it would be nice to have a “peek option” to reduce frustration. It would also be nice to have a parental report section showing parents areas that children may need to work on.

The app includes no in-app purchases and there is a parental gate which hides access to social media and external links to iTunes and the internet.

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My son loved creating his own picnic after successfully completing each of the four activities and flying a kite – so much so that he wanted us to make one in real life!

The paid version is currently $1.99 and you can buy it Lola’s ABC Party 2 – Kindergarten practice – BeiZ“>here!

Lola's ABC Party 2 - Kindergarten practice
Lola's ABC Party 2 - Kindergarten practice
by BeiZ

Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
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
Size: 51.87 MB

$2.99USD

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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.
 Underwater Learning Adventure by emeeyou – Review & Giveaway

Underwater Learning Adventure by emeeyou – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

simple to use for the youngest of learners targeting a variety of skills including vocabulary, number recognition, picture recognition and matching

What we’d love to see…

additional mini games for the app, an option to “test” out of the easier portions

Summary

This app targets older toddlers and preschoolers and is a good way to build foundational learning skills required to get ready for school

Our Rating

Underwater Learning Adventure by emeeyou is an app designed to help develop numbers, counting, memory, picture recognition and naming recognition as well as vocabulary.  The universal iOS app designed for preschool aged children involves three different learning games as well as the ability to build your own aquarium after successfully completing tasks.  The games automatically adjust based on the skill level of the player.  The app allows you to set up multiple player profiles making it perfect for families with multiple children or therapists.  It also includes a reporting feature which is inside a parent locked section of the app.

The app features bright colors which draw in preschoolers as well the background which allows you to touch some of the objects outside of the games.   The games are randomized which encourages learning versus understanding that a specific object goes in a specific place based upon previous interaction with the app.

 

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The first game requires users to organize numbers from 1 – 20, although the number of items in the field will vary depending on the complexity of the current animal and your child’s skill level.   The numbers are randomly placed on the screen and the user must tap them in sequential order and “pop” the number.  After the numbers are all touched an object appears as a reward for successfully completing the task.  The numbers are arranged in the shape of the animal that will display upon completion.  During testing, we found a shark, dolphin, crab, octopus and jellyfish to name a few.  After successfully completing the series, you are rewarded with a choice of three animals for your virtual fish tank.

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The second game involves “matching objects” using four treasure chests.  The treasure chests are opened for a quick “peek” when they are first displayed and the user must find the two matching objects out of the field treasure chests.  Once you have successfully matched the objects the treasure chest remains open.  As your child progresses through the app, there are more treasure chests added to the field making it more difficult for them to match them easily.

 

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The third game is : “find an object” which involves finding an animal meeting a specific characteristic like the “smallest”, “find a specific color” and using direction such as “find the top fish” or “find the bottom fish”.  Directions are repeated if a user does not tap the screen or is unsuccessful in their choice.  If they make an improper choice, the screen shakes and they are encouraged to “try again” until successful.  There is no prompt per se if they repeatedly get the answer wrong but they must choose the right object from a field of three.

In terms of improvements, I would like to see additional games included.  The app currently features three games, which although they are randomized may become familiar to a child who is playing the app over and over again.  I would also like to see a “hint” option in the “find an object game” especially if the child gets it wrong over and over again.  The games do increase in complexity, and the simplest level may be too “boring” for children which means that they will not engage with it, as a result it would be nice to have a “test” or parent input section where children could quickly move on to another more advanced section of the app.  For the sequencing of numbers game, I might suggest that users are aware that it is not a “dot to dot” as my child wondered where the lines were when trying to make the objects.

The app features a parent lock which must be held for a specified number of seconds.  Behind that lock is the ability to add additional profiles for multiple children as well as parents, instructions on how to play the app as well as the ability to turn on and off sounds and music.  It also includes a report which shows your child’s mastery (based upon the current profile selected) of each of the three categories: numbers, memory, colors and sizes.  There are no unprotected external links, no advertising and no in-app purchases.

The app is best suited for older toddlers and preschoolers who are learning foundational learning skills to help them prepare for preschool and early elementary school.

The app can be downloaded for $1.99 from your local app store or by using our link below.

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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.

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