Space Cakes by Mrs. Judd’s Games – Review



 

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What we love…

Fun game that provides early math concepts, fun making and baking a cake as well as bright colors

What we’d love to see…

Instructions on how to decorate cakes, hints for finding the right ingredients

Summary

Great app for a space adventure featuring educational concepts and learning.

Our Rating

Space Cakes by Mrs Judd’s Games is the newest universal app for iOS and features the iconic Eli’s Bakery of Chicago. The app features recipe following including a find the object in a variety of cupboards and a refrigerator. After completing this step, you mix the ingredients together and pick out your favorite cake mold. After baking, you get to decorate the cake while it is suspended in air so you can flip it to make sure the decorations go exactly where you want. You can pick from frosting, sprinkles, and toppers. Once the cake is decorated, you begin a journey in space to fly the cake to safety. Once it reaches the planet, it is placed in the gallery. Skills practiced in the app include counting, fine motor, following directions and using fingers or tilting the iPad to navigate space.The app is fun to use and features great early math concepts like counting, following a series of steps, picking out a cake mold, baking and decorating. The app features bright colors, fun space related ingredients, mixing, baking and decorating.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice to have a hint option for finding ingredients as well as instructions on how to use the frosting and sprinkles. To frost a cake or use the sprinkles, you scroll to find a color, tap on it and then tap on the portion of the cake. This took a little bit to figure out for our testers and was an unfortunate source of frustration. In addition, when following a recipe, it would be nice if you tried to put too many of the same ingredients if it would stop you from putting too many in.

The app does feature advertising for Eli’s Cheesecake but does not contain any external links other than Juddly which is the parental control.

This is a great free app, sponsored by Eli’s Cheesecake and promotes a number of skills important for early learning concepts.

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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.



Extraordinary Jenny Jones by Paperplane Co.- Review



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What we love…

Hand drawn artwork, interactive elements and puzzles, the message in the story

What we’d love to see…

Child proofing of external links, ability to move on without completing puzzles

Summary

A visually appealing, interactive book app that teaches children that not everyone’s perspective is not the same and encourages them to embrace others than are different from themselves.

Our Rating

 

Extraordinary Jenny JonesExtraordinary Jenny Jones is an interactive book app from Singapore based developer Paperplane. It is available as an iPad only app with over 20 hand-illustrated interactive pages and with hidden object mini-games, it is also available as an iBook with 50 illustrated pages and 20 additional pages of bonus content including an interview with the author and activity guides. This review is of the app version. There are options to turn the music and sound effects on/off and there are read to me or read-by-myself options, there is no text high lighting as it is read. There are no adverts or in-app purchases. The home page has a paper airplane icon – clicking on this leads to external links – to the developers website, Facebook and app store, I would like these links removed or childproofed.

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In many ways Jenny Jones is an ordinary little girl, after all there millions of Jennies and no shortage Joneses either. She lives in an ordinary house in an ordinary suburb of an ordinary city and is part of an ordinary, loving family. In one way though Jenny Jones is extraordinary – what everyone else sees as round she sees as square and vice versa. The story shows the reader how life looks from Jenny’s perspective, and has interactive elements to illustrate the point, including a moon that turns square when you touch it; square balls to throw at a funfair; square peas, square corn on the cob, and square tomato slices to eat. Over favorite was the square wheeled bicycles that move when you turn the pedals. Despite seeing the world in a different way Jenny is happy – her parents love her and both she and they embrace her differences and feel  that her viewpoint is just as important as anyone else’s.

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Interspersed between the story pages are four puzzle pages. The first is a single page picture with 3 round objects to find in 90 seconds, they turn square when you touch them and the page turns from sepia to full color when all the objects are found. Subsequent puzzles are bigger – spreading over several pages as a panoramic scene and have more objects to find. Jenny’s cat Chairman Miao can give hints if the child gets stuck (he also gives hints on the other interactive pages too). If the time runs out without the child finding all the hidden objects, it resets with a whole new set of hidden objects to find (they are different every time). Once you are in a puzzle page you cannot move on to another page without completing the puzzle. I would like to see an option added to continue the story without doing the puzzle, as it can be frustrating for kids when they almost complete it, but run out of time and have to start again and get them all before they can continue.

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The illustrations in the app are hand drawn, very detailed and colorful, and they really bring the story to life. The story is professionally narrated but the narrator does have a noticeable (? Eastern European) accent, I would recommend listening to the introductory video to decide if you find this charming or distracting, as personal tastes vary. The interactive elements, mini-games and spot the round objects puzzles add some fun and extra entertainment value. The puzzles are a little inconsistent though in what they consider a round object – Russian nesting dolls are considered round (although really they are curved but not round), but the mums round beads on her necklace are not. The story itself does have a charm to it, and sends a nice message about how not everyone sees the world in the same way and encourages children to accept others that are different.

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The app and iBook are both FREE  in May as an introductory offer but will be paid apps after the introductory period is over.

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Extraordinary Jenny Jones
Extraordinary Jenny Jones
by John Sheterline

Category: Fiction, Books, Young Adult
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 35.36 MB

$FREE


 

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).



Super Duper Core Curriculum – PreK-K Pro Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

Educational, vocabulary  practice in games the kids like

What we’d love to see…

The read through option improved in drag n match and matching games

Summary

Fun way to learn vocabulary with many options for play and great data collection

Our Rating

Core Curriculum PreK-K - ProSuper Duper Core Curriculum – PreK – K Pro from Super Duper Publications Inc.  This app was created a company well known to speech and language pathologists: Super Duper Publications Inc. Sharon and Thomas Webber founded Super Duper® Publications in 1986 with two products and two types of stickers.  The Core Curriculum series currently has levels from PreK-k to third grade. This app offers four sets of 25 vocabulary words (math, science, social studies and language arts) that target the can be targeted separately or in any combination. The company also offers the social studies deck for free to try the app and decide whether or not to purchase the full app. This app has four games. In secret decoder the student reads or listens to the prompt and answers, chooses their answer and then slides the decoder over to check their answer. This activity is based off of their secret decoder series and is one of the kids favorite activities. The multiple choice game offers two ways to play with one word and three definitions or one definition and three words. The matching game has red cards and blue cards and the student needs to pick one of each to match up words to definitions. Then the student needs to choose match or do not match based upon the cards they chose. In the drag n match game students drag the vocabulary and definition cards together.

I love the game settings options in this version! You can choose: auto advance students and/or cards, auto read, require full read through, feedback for correct or incorrect answers, sound effects on or off, open ended answers (score yourself), and easy mode will leave all cards flipped over during play. he Drag n match game and matching game also offers the picture on or off for the word and or the definition. he data collection is great. he app keeps track of what vocabulary was answered correctly and incorrectly as well as the answers chosen and can be printed or shared with family through email.

The read through option works great on the secret decoder and the multiple choice games. I n the other two games students can choose their answers without listening to the choices and answers and move on without hearing the answers so they can finish the game while guessing and not hearing the correct choices.  Would like to see the app read the correct choices before the student can move to the next match.

The Data Tracking section also is very helpful as it allows tracking for any number of students, making it perfect for schools as well as viewing how a student has progressed over time.  This app can either be used in a traditional school based setting or at home with your child/ren to work on specific tasks related to speech therapy and can show a therapist as well as a parent progress over time.

The “Pro” version of this app is suited for educational settings and a “lite” version of the app with in-app purchases is available for schools or parents.  Since the “Pro” version is currently 50% off I’d suggest getting that rather than having to purchase each set of cards separately.

Core Curriculum PreK-K - Pro
Core Curriculum PreK-K - Pro
by Super Duper Publications

Category: Education, Games, Word
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: 92.09 MB

$8.99USD

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Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.



Dexteria Jr., Fine Motor Skill Development for Preschoolers by Binary Labs



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Reviewed by Suzanne

What we love…

AWESOME progressive fine motor work with catchy tunes and sound effects

What we’d love to see…

the ability to turn off external links

Summary

A catchy little fine motor app designed for little fingers, Dexteria Jr. promotes handwriting readiness, keeping little ones engaged and attentive so they don’t even realize they are working on handwriting skills

Our Rating

Dexteria Jr. - Fine Motor Skill Development for Preschoolers

Dexteria Jr. by Binary Labs is an iOS app that works on a multitude of fine motor control skills as well as bilateral coordination, eye tracking, and attention. The developers claim that short practice sessions several times a week will enhance fine motor development – and with the enticing music, sound, and visuals, it’ll be easy to get those practice sessions in, and probably many more.

Dexteria Jr. consists of three relatively simple but engaging games. Each game has an overview description listing the fine motor skills addressed as well as the basic goal of each game. Verbal directions with clear descriptions of required movements are provided at the start of each game, with reminders as needed throughout each game (as movement patterns are changed or as a user struggles to complete the desired movement). The app features automatic reporting and tracking to identify time on task and progress for each game (includes level, % accuracy, and time), with the option to email reports. The developers state that multi-user versions are available as an in-app purchase; however, we weren’t able to find that link within the app. Other features include the ability to turn music and sound on/off, clear best times, and resume on previous level or start back at level 1. It would be nice to see a menu option with the ability to choose between different levels (e.g., having left off at level 5, it would be nice to have a warm up at level 3 & 4 and then lead back into level 5).

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The first game, Squish the Squash, works on fine motor control, finger isolation, and finger strength. Users tap all squash as fast as they can. The game offers 15 levels requiring one tap, two taps, three taps, or a combination of all three. Squash move about the screen requiring users to visually track and project hand movements. Multiple taps also have a slight delay feature, requiring users to focus in on the timing of each subsequent tap vs being able to arbitrarily tap at the screen.

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The next game, Trace & Erase, focuses on pre-writing practice via the development of finger control, wrist flexion, hand coordination, and perceptual abilities. It involves tracing along a path from start to finish and then erasing the completed lines. Our testers loved erasing their lines and then seeing a fun, sometimes distorted, picture of themselves. The game offers 29 different levels with pathways starting out as simple vertical, horizontal, right, or left angle lines, progressing to disconnected/connected angles, curves, and boxed pathways. The last several levels offer a combination of pathways, longer and longer pathways, as well as various shape pathways. Immediate audio and visual feedback is given when lines stray off the pathway. But, we found that with the initial line, users can progress to the next design even if they go totally off the path as long as the end point is touched. It would be nice to see the same “restart from the error” feature that you get during the “erasing” portion. Of the three available games, Trace & Erase was probably the easiest to lose focus on. It’s also the only game that does not offer a background music feature.

iPad Screenshot 4The final game, Pinch the Pepper, encourages fine motor manipulation needed for picking up objects and holding items. Users are instructed to use their thumb and pointer finger to pinch all peppers as quickly as they can. The number of peppers as well as the speed of each pepper increases throughout the 10 different levels. Some peppers require double taps as well, encouraging added attention/focus vs arbitrary pinches at the screen.

Binary Labs developers state that the Dexteria Jr. was created for smaller hands and younger minds, recommending it for children 2-5 years of age. But, we found our older testers (ages 7-9 years) and even ourselves engrossed in the games . After a short while, we felt our writing muscles start to tire out – something not found with typical tap and drag apps.

Dexteria Jr. - Fine Motor Skill Development
Dexteria Jr. - Fine Motor Skill Development
by BinaryLabs, Inc.

Category: Education, Medical
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: 30.78 MB

$3.99USD

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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.

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