Baby on Board – Kids Driving Game by Excitabyte Ltd – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Realistic rear-view mirror, colorful scenes and fun interactive elements.

What we’d love to see…

Missions to be accomplished to add some challenge.

Summary

A great digital alternative to the car driver toy that engages preschoolers’ imagination with realistic effects and different driving experiences.

Our Rating

Do you know of any kid that doesn’t like to be in the driver’s seat and imagine that they are drivers? Pretend driving is not only fun but it also allows kids to play out what they observe in real life and explore their imaginary world.

Playing a driver toy is great fun, kids get to hold and turn the steering wheel and the switches are good for improving fine motor skills. On the other hand, a digital version provides a different kind of play experience e.g. you can get to see different scenery and you are not driving alone. In Baby on Board, buildings and other vehicles from kids’ imagination come alive. Buildings are made of colorful blocks and there are traffic junctions, robot pedestrian, train, excavator, police car, fire truck, helicopter, ambulance and other cars to watch out for.

With Baby on Board, your child will be entertained by its many sound effects, lights and actions. He can start the engine, stop the car, steer the car, honk the horn, turn on the windscreen wipers and lights, play music and more! Get your child to stop his car on the side and explore. Touch everything to find the surprises. He will also need to ensure that there is sufficient fuel and top up when necessary. A nice option that you need to check out is that you can choose to drive in the day or in the dark! I like the night drive especially with the rain added, so strangely therapeutic.

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What is very realistic in the app is the view from the rear-view mirror. You can see what vehicle is coming up from behind you and how fast they are. Kids can learn about driving safely when changing lanes or how to give way to emergency vehicles. I think this feature is brilliant as I’m constantly checking my rear-view mirror when I’m driving! I don’t think I ever saw another kid driving app that has this same unique feature. Thumbs up for this!

Baby on Board was intentionally made easy to play so that preschoolers can play it without getting stuck or confused and there is no need for any instructions. Even though my youngest has outgrown his driver toy, he enjoyed playing with this app. Bright and colorful like the real toy, it engages preschoolers’ imagination with realistic effects and different driving experiences. If you are looking for a digital version of the driver toy with well thought out details, you need to check out Baby on Board!

 

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Note : The app is not compatible with iphone4 or older or iPad 1. iPhone 4S or iPad 2 or better is recommended.
Baby on Board – Kids Car Driving Game – Excitabyte

Baby on Board - Kids Car Driving Game Baby on Board - Kids Car Driving Game by Excitabyte
Category: Games, Education, 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: 77.22 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.

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.

WoodTones Earbuds with Control Mic by Griffin Technology – Review

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The WoodTones Earbuds with Control Mic by Griffin Technology are a more organic-looking alternative to the Apple Earpods for for iPhone, Android or tablet. They feature real wood enclosures engraved with the Griffin logo and a choice of soft rubber tips. The earbuds have an inline mic/ controller to allow you to answer calls on your iPhone and change music tracks.

I’ve been testing these earbuds out for a couple of months and they have become my preferred everyday earbuds for listening to music and answering calls when out walking. I take my dog out for walks everyday and use these to keep up on phone calls whilst I walk, and to listen to music when I’m not on the phone.

They work very well for taking phone calls  – I can hear the other person clearly and get no complaints about call quality at the other end, if the music is playing when a call comes in it stops whilst I take the call and restarts afterwards. If you press and hold the mic button it will activate Siri.

The earbuds come with a hemp fiber drawstring carrying pouch, which is useful for storage, and 2 extra pairs of soft rubber tips in different sizes. I used the standard tips that came installed on the earbuds and find them comfortable and stay in place well in my ears.


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For listening to music the sound is crisp and clear with no crackles, obviously they don’t have the same depth of sound as a $200 over the ear headphone, but the sound quality is very good for the price point. With the earbuds properly fitted they do a good job of cutting out ambient noise. The in-line mic can be used to pause the music or change track, but there is no in-line volume control.

The WoodTones Earbuds are a great alternative to Apple Earpods – they are comfortable, look and sound good and make a great pair of everyday earbuds.

Available in Beech or Sapele Wood RRP $29.99 from GriffinTechnology.com, a version without inline mic/ control is also available for $19.99.

Technical Specifications:

  • 8 mm moving coil neodymium magnet drivers for powerful sound
  • In-line control mic works with Siri and many other voice control systems
  • Impedance: 16 ohms ± 15%
  • Sensitivity: 103 dB ± 3 dB
  • Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • 4 foot TPE-jacketed cable with gold-plated 1/8″ (3.5 mm) plug

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Ask Ed by Insightful Systems Pty Ltd – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Easy to use with the ability to input our own problems and solutions.

What we’d love to see…

Separate section listing all the problems by category for easy reference and ability to sync information across devices.

Summary

A simple but powerful tool for families to empower children with the essential skills of dealing with life’s challenges.

Our Rating

Children, even at a very young age, can experience fears and insecurities and as they grow up, they will face even more difficulties and problems. If there is an app for every need, is there also an app that can teach our kids how to deal with life’s challenges? Well, there is!

Ask Ed is an app that enables you to empower your children with the skills to get through any problems, from the trivial to the serious. At the same time, it provides children with a handy resource that they can refer to for help in stressful situations. While this app has been designed for parents to work with their children, children who are able to read and type their responses independently, can use this app and learn effective problem solving strategies on their own.

This app is easy to use and users are guided through the process of handling problems by Ed, the cat. It starts by asking for the child’s name and then the problem that he needs help with. A list of problems then appear for him to find the best match. Once chosen, Ed will prompt him to give a quick rating of the seriousness of the problem using the catastrophe scale provided. If the problem is new to the app, you can ‘teach’ Ed what to do by inputting the new information.

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Asking children to rate the problem encourages them to first objectively assess the difficulties. Often kids over react to small matters but when they use the catastrophe scale, they may realize that the problem is a minor one and move on positively. On the other hand, Ed encourages kids to seek help or talk to someone that they trust when they encounter serious problems.

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Next, Ed will ask the child about how he feels towards the problem, helping him to be aware of his feelings and then encouraging him to think of positive strategies to cope with his feelings. Pausing to think calms the child and gets him ready to tackle the issues at hand.

Each problem listed in the app comes with a few suggested ways of dealing with it and you can also add your own ideas to the list. At the end of the session, your child gets a summary report of the thinking process that he just went through . He would have learnt to identify the problem, to be aware of his own feelings towards the problem and learn coping skills before deciding on the next course of actions.

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I used the app with my youngest and I took the opportunity to talk about a few issues that upset him. We talked about him not wanting to do homework, stressful situations in school and getting lost. It was a really wonderful experience as he was honest about his behavioural problems and I was not nagging. He came up with a few simple suggestions (requests actually) that we will be trying out. You can find tips on how to use the app more effectively on Ask Ed’s Website.

The nature of the problems included in this app and the app design makes it more suited for the younger age group. Pre-teens and teenagers will no doubt benefit from using such an app but they will need a whole new set of problems!

Ask Ed helps build children’s resilience while teaching them useful coping skills and systematic steps to problem solving. It may be a simple app but I can see it being a powerful tool because it tells kids that they have the ability to help themselves when faced with difficult situations and this gives them a sense of control over their lives.

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Ask Ed Ask Ed by Insightful Systems Pty Ltd
Category: Education, Lifestyle
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
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.

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.


Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World by Electric Circus Ltd – Review




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What we love…

Educational but lots of fun, huge amount of content to explore and a fun storyline too !

What we’d love to see…

Page navigation guide to allow players to easily revisit favorite pages

Summary

A really fun and unusual app – a quirky, charming, engaging mix of story, educational app, games and videos where kids will have a lot of fun but be learning at the same time, highly recommended !

Our Rating

Alph and Betty's Topsy Turvy World Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World is the first app from British app developer Electric Circus Ltd. It is a charming and eclectic blend of a fun alphabet-themed storybook, videos, platform game and mini-games. It is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. The app has read to me and read by myself options, the narration is done by a professional British narrator.

 

Alph and Betty are inventors who create all kinds of crazy contraptions. The reader gets introduced to their Topsy Turvy World through a series of short videos, done in an old movie style. There are 8 scenes to explore each representing a letter from A- H, the story connects the scenes as the reader moves the characters from page to page. Each scene has lots of objects representing it’s featured letter and the reader can move Betty (and other characters later in the story) around to interact with objects in the scene. The characters can be dragged to move them around and pushed up to make them jump. There are also doors leading to mini-games that feature all the other letters from I-Z, including matching games and puzzles. There are 8 main games and forty mini-games in total – so lots to keep children occupied. This is an app they will keep coming back to and they can choose to start a new game or continue where they left off.

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As the story starts Alph and Betty are asleep, the alarm goes off and Betty gets up in search of something to eat. As she is about to eat breakfast the room starts to shake and a pipe bursts. As she sets out to fix the pipe and find out what has happened, she begins an adventure that involves giant carrots, magic potions, time travel, transporter doors and more. Alph eventually wakes up and travels through the rooms too to help her.

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As they go from room to room the player can score points by helping them eat food that begins with the featured letter and by playing mini-games. Each page has a clock, tapping on it brings you to a mini-game where you have to find as many objects beginning with the featured letter as you can in one minute. As they explore some items they come close to will be highlighted, these are interactive – maybe an object to eat or an entrance to a mini-game. Tapping on any object beginning with the featured letter will show it’s name, with the letter highlighted, its name will also be spoken in narrated mode.

As the player moves the characters around the different scenes it triggers more dialog (both spoken and written) and the story unfolds. Betty and Alph have some wonderful turns of phrase including as many words with the featured letter as possible such as “angry alligators it’s the alarm!”, “clanging clothcats” and “Danish dandelions !” Each time the featured letter is highlighted.

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The story itself is quirky and fun, and the player helps Alph and Betty to solve problems as they play the games and move through the story. The graphics are bright, colorful and engaging. The app is British, so players may at time come across unfamiliar words or objects such as wine gums (a British candy) or the soup dragon (a character from an old British TV show).

Points scored in all games are added together and presented as an addition problem at the top of the screen, at the end of the game the player can see how many points they scored out of the total available, and try to beat it next time they play. When I first tested this app I found the controls weren’t always very responsive, but since the most recent update they work much better.

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This is definitely an educational app as it strongly features the alphabet, but most kids won’t realize they are learning, as they will be having so much fun with the videos, story, and games. It is useful for preschoolers learning their alphabet, but is also fun and educational for early elementary school students as they practice their reading and learn new vocabulary. The developer recommends the app for ages 3-8 years and I think that is about right (though the 3 year-olds may need help in places). A really fun and unusual app – a quirky, charming, engaging, out of this world adventure -a mix of story, educational app, platform game, mini-games and videos. Kids will have a lot of fun but be learning at the same time, highly recommended ! At only $2.99 this is great value.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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