Bug Art  By Little Bit Studio, LLC. Review + Giveaway

Bug Art By Little Bit Studio, LLC. Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

Bugs that come alive, beautiful graphics and animations, imaginative art tools, fun games

What we’d love to see…

Move stickers at any time, artwork to be saved in the camera roll, difficulty setting for games

Summary

A unique and outstanding art app with a splash of magic!

Our Rating

Bug ArtHow can you make art even more fun? By doing it with bugs, of course! Bug Art by Little Bit Studio is an exciting and outstanding new app that is unlike any I have ever seen. It features five fun activities, vibrant illustrations, out of this world animation, and tons of interactivity. In essence, it is art with a splash of magic!

 

The opening sequence in Bug Art makes it look like a package has just arrived and there is excitement as the child shakes it and opens it to see what is inside. Underneath the Styrofoam packing peanuts, children discover that there are five items to play with it: Free Paint, Bug Designer, Bug Race, Butterfly Valley, and Playground.

 

Free Paint and Bug Designer encourage children to use their imagination and creativity as they construct masterpieces and design new bugs using a variety of tools including a 36 color palette, 3 different sized paintbrushes, a marker, a pencil, glitter, stickers, stamps, a camera, and 7 special bug brushes. Yes, bug brushes! Children will absolutely enjoy discovering each bug’s whimsical pattern.


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In Free Paint children can choose to make artwork with a blank canvas or choose from one of several backgrounds. They can also learn how to draw different bugs, and Bug Art’s precise interactive tracing makes it very easy to do so. All artwork can be saved within the app and edited at any time.

 

Bug Designer gives children an opportunity to create their own bugs. There are nine bug stencils to color, stamp, and paint as they choose. What is amazing is that with just a touch of a button the bugs they create come alive! They can even take their new bugs out to play in three fun activities.

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Crawling bugs can compete in Bug Race. Flying bugs can take a leisurely flight by following a path among the dandelions in Butterfly Valley. Crawling and flying bugs alike can explore and discover fun things to do in the garden Playground. These activities, besides being incredibly fun and very easy to play, also work on gross motor movement, fine motor movement, memorization, and counting skills.

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Bug Art comes with gorgeous HD retina graphics. It has 12 language settings: Chinese, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Danish, English, French, Japanese, Dutch, and Swedish. It can be played by multiple children and each child will be assigned his or her very own bug box. It does not have any external links, which to me is like icing on a cake!

 

There are a few minor things I would love to see in future updates. I would like to be able to move stickers on the page even after it has been applied. There were a couple of times my daughter decided she wanted the sticker somewhere else, but since she already applied it she could no longer move it. I would also like to be able to save artwork in the camera roll to make it easy to save a copy on the computer and share with family and friends. I think Bug Art could easily be enjoyed by older kids as well and it would be a great addition to have a difficulty setting for Bug Race and Butterfly Valley.

 

Little Bit Studio, developers of award winning Bugs and Bubbles, does not fail to deliver and impress. Bug Art is sure to be another hit. It is intelligent, beautiful, entertaining, educational, and is as limitless as children’s imaginations. I highly recommend it because I know, without a doubt, that you are going to love it! Highly recommended for ages 3-6 years.

 

Bug Art – Little Bit Studio, LLC.


Bug Art Bug Art by Little Bit Studio, LLC.

Price: $1.99 USD

Bugs, big and small, come to life right underneath your fingertips! Choose from over 60 tools, including beautiful stickers, to customize your very own pet insects! Then, set your lovable little bugs .

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 The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends:  Play and Explore by StoryToys Review + Giveaway

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play and Explore by StoryToys Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

fun activities, entertaining scientific facts, plenty of opportunities to work on learning skills, stays true to the magic of Eric Carle’s books

What we’d love to see…

have pop-ups appear only in the parent center, disable external links

Summary

A fun-filled outstanding app in celebration of Eric Carle’s books that features exciting activities, interesting scientific facts, and learning skill development.

Our Rating

The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore

March 20, 2014 marked the 45th birthday of Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  To celebrate StoryToys released a fantastic new app called The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play And Explore.  Parents and Children who have grown up with Eric Carle’s works are sure to recognize characters from several of his books including Brown Bear, The Very Quiet Cricket, Mister Seahorse, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Grouchy Ladybug, and Hermit Crab.  Indeed, this app feels as if all these characters came together for one awesome birthday party!

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There are eight chapters or sections in this app.  It features the same beautiful and vibrant illustrations children have come to love in Eric Carle’s books.  In addition, it is loaded with wonderful animations, interactive objects, educational information, and a 3d environment.  Each chapter has some fun facts about animals or plants from Eric Carle’s books, followed by an activity related to it.  The first chapter, for instance, briefly describes the life cycle of a butterfly and includes some illustrations from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  It is then followed by an activity in which children must choose which food the caterpillar should eat.  My children like to call the fun facts “science lessons” and that is essentially what they are.  The activities are engaging, loads of fun, and help develop skills necessary for learning such as memorization, counting, sorting, and fine motor movement.  Activities include a frogger type game, mazes, puzzles, quizzes, and more.  One of my daughter’s favorite activities is where she planted a seed and helped it grow by giving it lots of water and sunshine.

In the Fruit Feast game it would be nice for the narrator to count along as the child feeds the caterpillar, e.g. 2 pears and 3 apples.

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Children can collect badges as they go through the app.  An activity badge is earned when an activity is completed in a specified manner.  Star badges are earned by playing all the activities, reading the book, and collecting all the activity badges.  You can find the badges by clicking on the badge icon in the home menu.  Badges can be reset, allowing the child to earn them all over again.

 

There are three reading options: Read To Me, Read It Myself, and Auto Play.  It can be read in English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese.  There is an option to browse through other StoryToys apps.  Each app featured contains a link to the App Store. The option to browse and the App Store links can be disabled in the parent center. The parent center is accessed by pressing on the icon in the upper left corner of the home menu for 3 seconds.  Parents can read the company’s privacy policy, subscribe to the newsletter, and follow in social media.  This of course means that there are external links to websites, various social media, and email.  Unlike the browsing and App Store links, these cannot be turned off.  So if your children are able to figure how to get in the parent center, they can get to these links very easily.  As a parent, I would appreciate the additional measure of protection by having the option to turn them off in the settings in the same way App Store links are turned off.

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I also noticed that there is often a pop-up message for parents when you open the app, whether it is to rate the app or subscribe to their newsletter.  I think it would be better if the pop-ups come up only within the parent center since it is geared for parents and not for the children.  I would like my child to enjoy the app without having to click through pop-ups.

 

Overall, my children and I loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends: Play And Explore.  It is a celebration of Eric Carle’s work that provides hours of fun, develops early learning skills, and teaches a few facts about animals and plants.  I am sure that every child who is a fan of Eric Carle’s books will enjoy it and want to play it over and over again.  I absolutely recommend it.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ & Friends – Play & Explore – StoryToys Entertainment Limited

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Play & Explore
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Play & Explore
by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Category: Games, Adventure, Family, Education
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: 254.14 MB

$4.99USD

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 Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review

Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo by One Monk Clapping – Review



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What we love…

Engaging 3-D animated graphics, ability to explore scenes, large range of topics covered.

What we’d love to see…

Data tracking, multiple player profiles, seesaw to visibly balance.

Summary

A a must-have preschool math app- it  covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics, is engaging and FUN!

Our Rating

Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo Preschool Genius Math Booster Zoo is a universal educational app from One Monk Clapping, it is available as a free download allowing you to access 3 mini-games. The full app contains 12 mini-games. It contains no adverts or social media links and the in-app purchase is behind a parental gate (accessed by answering multiplication questions). April 2014: there is now also a full version available without IAP.

The app contains a series of mini-games that work on different foundation math skills. The games are divided into 3 areas: Farm games, Forest Games and Asia Games. One game in each area is free, you can unlock any area for $1.99 or all three areas for $3.99. Both written and verbal directions are given for each game. If a child gets a question wrong they are gently encouraged to try again, and right answers are greeted with positive encouragement such as cheers, balloons and streamers.

Farm Games:

These are set in a farmyard scene and 3-D animated animals are used as manipulatives, the child can explore the scene by scrolling around, and the animals will follow. Touching objects in the scene will trigger narration about that object and sometimes trigger movement too. Tapping on animals will trigger sound effects and sometimes movements.

Counting (free):

This game practices counting from one to ten. A group of farm animals comes on to the screen and the student is asked e.g. “how many chickens are there?”. They can choose from a selection of multiple choice answers, but if they need more help they can touch the animals one by one and the app will count with them both verbally and numerically.

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Who is Missing:

A group of farm animals run onto the screen in a pattern, but one is missing. The child must choose the correct animal and then it will run to the group to complete the pattern.

Which Group is Bigger:

There are two groups of farm animals in the field, the child must pick which group has more animals.

Who Am I:

The farm animals are roaming around the farm, the child is asked to pick a specific type of animal from the group.

Forest Games
These games are set in a woodland clearing with a stream, ruined tower and tents. The child can explore this scene the same way as exploring the farm.

Addition (free) :

Two groups of animals have come out to play in the forest, the child needs to count how many there are in total. The child can pick the right answer, or tap on the animals to count them.

Subtraction:

Two groups of animals are on the screen e.g. wolves and zebras. The child is asked a subtraction question e.g. 10-4, they can choose the right answer from several choices or use the animals as manipulatives to solve the equation. For 10-4, there are 10 animals in total, the group on the right side of the screen (in this case zebras) represents the number being taken away, the child can tap on them and they will be counted as they leave the screen, the group on the left remains and and they can tap on these to see how many are left.

Missing Number:

Animals appear on the screen each with a number on, the numbers are lined up smallest to largest, but one number is missing. The child picks the missing number from a selection of possible answers.

Animal Match:

Lots of different animals are in the forest, and the child needs to match them up two by two.

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Asia Games

Hide And Seek (free):

A bunch of animals scamper onto the screen, then Asian- stye curtains drop to hide them, the child needs to remember where the animals are hiding.

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Shape Ninja:

In this game children get to hone their shape recognition skills by slicing the right shape Fruit Ninja style.

What Shape Am I:

The shape vendor has several shapes to choose from on his cart, the child needs to pick the correct one by name.

Balance the Seesaw:

A bunch of animals have numbers on their sides, one jumps on the right side of the seesaw, the child needs to add animals to the left of the seesaw so that the numbers balance. Once they have balanced the seesaw the problem appears as an equation on the top of the page. Just a small point but once problem is solved the seesaw doesn’t look balanced, it looks lower on the left side, I’d like the seesaw actually look level once the problem is solved.

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I think this is a great math app for pre-school children and some early elementary school students will find it useful too. It works on a wide range of skills from counting to 10, through simple addition and subtraction up to 10, shape identification, memorization, animal identification, patterns and matching. The graphics and animal themes are fun and engaging, I really like the ability to explore the scenes and have the animals come with you. The app works at different skill levels allowing the child to answer the question via multiple choice or use the animals as manipulatives to help them count their way to the solution. The questions change each time you play the app to keep the content fresh and engaging. If you complete a section you see a score for that section, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to see how a child is doing in different areas over time. I would love to see individual player profiles and records of how each player is doing in each area.

Overall, this is a must-have preschool math app- it is covers a wide range of topics, uses auditory and visual supports, has high quality 3-D animated graphics,  is engaging and FUN! I would highly recommend downloading the free app today and I think $3.99 is a reasonable price for the full unlock given the amount of content in the app.

UPDATE APRIL 2014

The developer has now fixed the seesaw balance issue and has added multiple player profiles as I requested. He has also made many other improvements. A great app made even better!

There is also now a full version available with no in-app purchases.

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 Sago Mini Monsters By Sago Sago Review

Sago Mini Monsters By Sago Sago Review




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Bottom Line …

Simple, easy creative play for young children. This is a great app for young kids- it is really simple and intuitive to use. Toddlers and preschoolers can use it easily even if they are only just starting to be able to draw simple lines or dots. The kids love how the monsters come to life and love seeing their reaction to the various foods foods.

Our Rating

Sago Mini MonstersSago Mini Monsters is the newest app from Sago Sago. The Toronto, Canada based app developer Sago Sago is a sister company to the famous Swedish children’s app developer Toca Boca, but has its own unique style. The app is designed for toddlers and preschoolers, and is simple to use and child friendly. It has a parental section with advice on using the app, and there is a “Sago News section” with links to other apps. Both of these are protected by parental gates and they can both be hidden in iPad settings.

The action takes place in a green,oozing, bubbling swamp – suddenly the top of a head pops up from the slime. The child drags it up from the swamp and they can begin to create their own lovable monster.

They can draw on their monster to decorate it- there are 5 colors to choose from. The tools are very simple for young children, just tap on the color then draw. They don’t have to worry about going outside the lines as the app automatically keeps all the drawing inside the the lines. Once they’ve finished decorating their monster tapping the check mark will make him spring to life as his eyes, mouth and horns appear. If they don’t like them no problem – just pull them off and the monster will grow a new mouth, eye or horn.

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Once the child is happy with their monster, food appears in the swamp and they can pull it out to feed him, he’ll happily eat whatever you give him whether it is birthday cake, garlic or even old boots. He’ll give appreciative noises when he’s fed, and be sad if you throw away his food.

When he’s full he lets out a big burp and a giant toothbrush appears to remind the child its time to brush his teeth. Once his teeth are sparkling clean again it’s time to get him looking his best- accessories appear from the swamp and your child can choose their favorites to decorate him. Accessories include flowers, bows, hats and even bandaids! After all the fun making and playing with their monster the child can take a picture to remember him by. The monster goes back to the swamp and the child can make a new monster friend if they like.

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This is a great app for young kids- it is really simple and intuitive to use. Toddlers and preschoolers can use it easily even if they are only just starting to be able to draw simple lines or dots. The kids love how the monsters come to life and love seeing their reaction to the various foods foods. They can create a totally new monster every time they play, and they can play in short bursts- perfect for a young chid’s limited attention span. It is a really fun, safe creative app for young children. It is most suited to 2-5 year olds, and older children with special needs, but my almost 7 year-olds enjoyed it too.

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Sago Mini Monsters
Sago Mini Monsters
by Sago Sago

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

$2.99USD

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Sago Mini Bug Builder – Sago Sago

Sago Mini Bug Builder Sago Mini Bug Builder by Sago Sago
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
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: 76.33 MB

$2.99USD

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