Wee Kids ABC from Letters to Words by Ebooks&Kids – Review



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What we love…

Bright colorful graphics, lots of content and variety of learning games

What we’d love to see…

Judicous addition of spoken word in key places, ability to choose level of words presented in word train and hangman games

Summary

This is not a preschool ABC app but rather an app for early elementary school students that has a lot of different ways to get them interacting with the written word. Bright, colorful engaging graphics and a lot of content but needs some tweaks to really fulfill its potential.

 

Our Rating

Wee Kids ABCWee Kids ABC from letters to words is part of a series of educational apps from Italian app developer EBooks & Kids. It is a universal app designed for children from age 5 upwards. It contains 7 activities to work on language and spelling skills at both the letter and word level, they are all based around a circus theme. The app has lively background music, which can be muted, it no narration or spoken word. It is child-safe with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.

The seven games are as follows:

Letter Association:

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A large upper case letter is in the center of the screen, with the lower case and cursive versions below it, there are six line drawings in a circle around it. The child taps on the picture illustrating words beginning with that letter, and they turn full color. If they pick a wrong image there os a subtle “uhh uh” and they can try again. Once they have successfully found all the correct images the names of each object appear and they have to match the object with its name.

Letter Bunnies

A letter is shown on the screen and a bunny tells the child how many they need to catch e.g. 5 x N, or 8 x S. Other bunnies pop up from top hats and the child has to catch the right number of the target letter, “whac-a-mole” style. This is good for hand-eye co-ordination, and fine motor skills as well as letter recognition.

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Memory Matching

The third game is a classic card matching game. There are twenty cards in a 5 x 4 grid, each contains a picture and it’s associated word. The child turns over two cards at a time and when they get a match the cards disappear. I would prefer to see the cards remain face up when a match is found – then the child would have longer to study the word and image together.

Word Train

A picture of an animal or object appears on the screen above a railroad carriage containing the letters of its name. The child has to drag the letters into the right order to create the word (they won’t stay in place if incorrect). The word choices in here seemed rather random some I wouldn’t expect a child to easily get e.g. gnome, polar or grub (illustrated by a caterpillar like creature), the words vary in length from 3-8 letters. I would really like the child to be able to hear the word in this section so they know what word they have created even if they don’t recognize what the picture is showing.

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Word Search

iPhone Screenshot 4Letters are spread across an 8x 8 grid (illustrated as a trapeze net), and the child has to find 12 hidden words. My children always enjoy doing these kinds of word searches, and it is good to help them start recognizing words.

Crossword

iPhone Screenshot 5This is a simplified child’s version of a crossword puzzle – it is partly filled in with word beginnings and endings; one word at a time appears on the screen and the child has to put it in the correct spot on the grid.

 

Hangman

This is like the classic hangman game but instead of creating a drawing the child looses a star for each incorrect letter. Again this is a game where I would really like the ability to hear the word after it is revealed – then if it is an unfamiliar word to the child it is a learning experience rather than just a jumble of letters.

Wee Kids ABC has a lot of content for the price and although we played each mini game many times I have not yet seem them repeating. The graphics are bright, colorful and fun, and the background music is quite catchy and upbeat (and I like the option to mute it for children who are distracted by background music). I really like that there are so many different ways for the child to interact with words and letters and build familiarity with the written word. I also appreciate the fact that it is kid safe with no in-app purchases or external links. The navigation can be a little confusing -you have to go via the pause button to navigate, find the help screen, or menu. The instructions are done by images instead of text, which can be a little confusing at first but the games really are pretty straightforward once you spend a little time with them. Although I understand that the developer is trying to concentrate on the written rather than spoken word in the app I think there are some sections that would really benefit from the addition of a limited amount of spoken word. In the hangman and word train I’d really like the child to be able to hear the completed word, and it would be nice to have some option to pick what level words are presented in the word train  and hangman, and to easily skip to the next word if it is too hard. A child just learning to do 3 or 4 letter words can easily become frustrated when an eight letter word pops up next. Overall I think this app has a lot of potential, but needs some tweaks to really fulfill that potential.

 

Wee Kids Letters & Words
Wee Kids Letters & Words
by Ebooks&kids

Category: Games, Education, Word
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: 597.11 MB

$1.99USD

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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.

 

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).



Grandma’s Kitchen by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

the ability to pick specific games that allow you to help your child focus on specific tasks

What we’d love to see…

levels for some of the more difficult games like “food math”, the ability to bake from a recipe for the baking a cake, a sticker rewards to show you have completed various games

Summary

This is a great educational game that will provide hours of fun for younger children who are working on core skills like letters, matching, sequencing and more.

Our Rating

Grandma's KitchenGrandma’s Kitchen by Fairlady Media is a universal app designed for iOS that contains mini games and the lovable Grandma in her kitchen.  To learn more about Fairlady Media, check out our developer interview as well as our review of another app Grandpa’s Workshop.  This app contains mini games which include: spot the difference, word bake, utensil patterns, food math, pick the clock (time telling), first letters of specific words, and find an object in the refrigerator.  The app works on early literacy skills, early math skill, counting, organizing, patterning, fine motor as well as creative play skills.  This app is designed for preschoolers and young elementary grade school children and focuses on early learning in a fun and interactive way!

One of my favorite features of the app was the ability to pick which specific games you wanted to have your child play – that way you can focus on specific types of skills or if a particular game is too difficult for them to play turn it off entirely.  I liked the rewards of the video after completing specific tasks, although my son also asked to earn stickers for completing certain games as well.    The video’s were realistic as you followed along and encouraged children to take the skills that they were learning in the app and translate them into real life.  My son loved many of the mini games although some of them were admittedly more difficult than others.

Each of the mini games focuses on a specific topic which I will highlight: Spot the Difference presents you with a field of objects including candy and cookies to find the one that is different, which can be pretty subtle!  The Fridge Fun is presented as a reward with :20 seconds on the clock where you must touch the healthy vegetables like carrots and potatoes rather than the cakes and cookies which pop up.  Word Bake requires children to match two words like blue and berry and put them together in the app – silly combinations are accepted like “grape-ball” but it prompts you to put the correct word together.  Utensil Pattern requires you to follow a sequential pattern and find what the next object is among a series of three utensils and fill in the proper object in the pattern.  Food Math has objects that you count by 10’s and then a few loose objects at the end – which you can touch to count 10, 20, 30, etc and add them together.  Pick the Clock requires you to find the clock with a specific time on it to match the spoken words.  First letters requires children to find the first two letters of an object like “plum” from a field of four choices.  It presents both a photo of the object as well as a spoken reminder – children can narrow down the field and then when they pick the right answer they are given positive feedback.  Alphabetical Spices requires you to sort a series of five spices in alphabetical order from A to Z.  It’s a fun game but can be more challenging for older kids.

For the reward games like “baking a cake” – I’d love to see a recipe card which says “add three eggs” and “add the milk” which would encourage children to sequence the objects rather than just dumping them in the bowl and then them mixing it with their finger.  It would be even more fun if after it baked and you had completed another activity if you could see the cake again.  It would be nice especially for younger kids if Food Math was a two phased game where first you just counted by tens and then once that was mastered add in the remaining objects like “90 +5” as a second phase.

The app contains a parent lock “for grown-ups only” which requires you to access a series of numerals which then allows you to see the other apps by Fairlady Media as well as the ability to rate items and send feedback.  This will hopefully prevent little fingers from getting into the iTunes store by mistake and is a great idea!  I would like to see the different settings for the games you pick in behind the parent control so kid’s can’t just pick their favorite games.

This is a great educational game that will provide hours of fun for younger children who are working on core skills like letters, matching, sequencing and more.

Grandma's Kitchen
Grandma's Kitchen
by Fairlady Media

Category: Education, Games, 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: 96.08 MB

$3.99USD

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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.

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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.



Maths4Kids by Mettletech – Review



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Reviewed by Alison

What we love…

wide variety of math skills and both written as well as number problems are able to be practiced

What we’d love to see…

whiteboard or calculator for doing math sums, hints for problems when they are wrong multiple times, reward system for completing problems

Summary

Huge amount of content for the price.  Good app for elementary aged children through adults to keep the mind sharp.

Our Rating

Maths4Kids - maths puzzle game Maths4Kids by Mettletech is a universal app for iOS.  The app features a variety of games including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, word problems, compare test, as well as a puzzle game and a standard multiplication table.   This app is best suited to elementary school students and older.  The app provides a wide variety of math problems as well as skills to work on for both children and adults.

The app provides a visual as well as a clapping sound when questions are answered correctly.  The app allows you to pick from a field of choices below the problems when doing word problems as well as the more simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.  The app provides a comprehensive set of problems – and each time we used it there was a different set and they were not repeated.  I found it to be a nice refresher of doing large sums of math problems in my head.

I would like to see a calculator or a hint button added especially for the more complex math and multiplication problems.  In addition, if you get a problem wrong multiple times, it just keeps saying “sorry” rather than either providing a hint or allowing you to move on to the next problem.     I’d also love to see a screen where it shows what types of problems you got wrong most and where you might need to focus your attention on in future tries with the app.  Having a reward system would also provide more incentive for kids to play with the app if they could earn stickers or after every x number of problems get a quick mini math game from the games section.  This would increase engagement with the app.  I also think it would be great if you could hit “random” and the app would just start with a variety of questions in a random order.  It would also be nice to have a whiteboard option for working out the problems manually – rather than the pen and paper I sometimes found myself using.  It would also be great if there was a timed option where you had to complete problems in a certain time period during a drill – this could really help kids who struggle with math.  I would also like to be able to “mute” the music and have word problems read aloud.

This app provides a lot of content and material.  I really liked the wide variety of math problems that were included and the ability to sit and play with it for a few minutes or longer periods of time.  The app is best suited for elementary school aged children and older as well as adults who want to either brush up on math skills or keep their mind sharp.

Maths4Kids - maths puzzle game
Maths4Kids - maths puzzle game
by kailash mondal

Category: Education, Games
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: 27.81 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.

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.



Crayola® ColorStudio™ HD iMarker™ digital stylus by Griffin – Review



Crayola® ColorStudio™ HD

What we love…

the variety of choices of the stylus including: marker, crayon and colored pencils which let our tester try out various coloring skills

What we’d love to see…

the ability to use a stylus with a protective case on your iPad as well as the ability to use the stylus in other apps

Summary

This is a fun addition to our iPad and makes it so my child can do his coloring on the iPad without needing paper, crayons and lots of art supplies.

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

 

Does your child love to color – but you hate all the paper and having to carry around crayons? I recently had a chance to test the Crayola® ColorStudio™ HD iMarker™ digital stylus by Griffin and it got a thumbs up from my son. This child-friendly stylus is a marker, pen and paintbrush all in one package allowing your child’s creative juices to flow even when you are out and about and may not have access to traditional art materials. When purchasing the stylus, you do gain access to the ColorStudio HD app which is unlocked when you use the stylus for the first time.

When we first used the stylus, it was a bit hard to figure out how much “pressure” was necessary in order to use it. Once we figured out that a light touch was more than enough – it became much easier to use and play with. I also liked that we could work on fine motor skills and the proper way to hold a pencil while using it plus the motivation of drawing on the iPad was more than enough to interest my son. I also liked that you could save the pictures you created to your camera roll and either email them, send them via Facebook or print them out. We enjoyed being able to swap between markers, crayons and colored pencils on the fly depending on what we wanted to do. I also liked that there are new updates which add new pictures and features to the app on a frequent basis making it easy to use the stylus and the free drawing section of the app meant we had a white canvas to do any drawings that we wanted.

Parents should be sure to lock down the settings on their device for the ColorStudio HD app as it does not currently have a parent lock which would be a great future enhancement. I did find that at times the markers and crayons were a bit slow to display on our iPad, but the colored pencils appeared almost instantly. I also wished that it would work better while I had my protective case on the iPad rather than having to remove it – by having my Griffin Survivor on the iPad I found that it needed more pressure in order to register the pen. One other minor point, it would be nice if the cap which goes on the top of the stylus would fit on the back of the pen – currently it doesn’t so you have to put it down somewhere which means that it could be much easier to lose. In addition – I didn’t have much luck using the stylus with other apps – I would have liked to carry over some of the skills we were practicing and add early literacy and tracing to it. I do suggest parents try out the stylus and app first prior to letting their children use it to prevent frustration of children who want it to work instantly.

This is a fun addition to our iPad and makes it so my child can do his coloring on the iPad without needing paper, crayons and lots of art supplies. Having this stylus in my bag along with the iPad has made for a happy child despite long waits at times. I would suggest it for children aged 5 and older although it could be used with supervision for younger children. The marker is available directly from Griffin for $30.

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