Bamba Space Station by Mezmedia – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

fun interactive space themed app that encourage kids to explore and create

What we’d love to see…

a toolbox to store our objects and creations, plates for food and the ability to re-display instructions

Summary

Fun space themed app that encourages kids to “play with no rules” and be creative.  My son loved crafting and creating objects within the rooms.

Our Rating

Bamba Space StationBamba Space Station by Bamba is a universal space themed app for iOS.  This pretend play app features a space station in a far away galaxy.  Children can choose from seven different characters, eleven different rooms, and a variety of different mini games.  There are costumes on the characters that you can change, creating new items and much more.  The app has a variety of different rooms and overall is very interactive.  Almost everything we touched had either a motion, object that you could make or a noise attached to it which encouraged my seven-year-old to explore more.  That had lots of fun objects to play with including costume changes, balloons, sand, sand toys as well as tasty snacks.  After you finish each scene, the characters skitter to the next one.   As you complete more levels, new characters come as do new costumes and activities.  When you are done, you can go back to the main screen – hit “recycle” and everything will go back to the way it was before you started playing.   Be sure to check out some of our other Bamba app reviews including: Bamba Toys, Bamba Pizza, and Bamba Burger.

My son and I loved the graphics in the app as well as creating new objects.  It was a fun hunt in the app to find all of them.  When you switch rooms within the app a set of instructions are given to complete a task in graphical format which makes it a great app for preschool through early elementary school.  The tasks were engaging – and the instructions easy to follow.  My son loved the kitchen where he experimented with a variety of ice creams, and coffee combinations.  He also enjoyed making pancakes complete with maple syrup.  After the scene is completed, you can take a photo which is saved on your camera roll and then have a dance party where all the loose objects float around.   After you are done the magic vacuum sucks any lose objects up.  My son also really enjoyed the costumes and giving the characters a nap and clothing change.  There were so many fun interactive elements that each time we played it seems like we are discovering something new.    His favorite room by far was the pool area and treasure chest.  We loved seeing the characters’ expressions when they tried some of our food combinations as well as watching them dance on the screen.  I only wish I had the magic space vacuum to clean up after his toys at home!

In terms of enhancements’, he asked me why there were no plates in the kitchen since we use plates.  He also wanted a spot to put down the tools (without losing them – like a toolbox) so that he could fully interact with each of the scenes.  Right now they carry the items from scene to scene so he had to put them down and pick them up each time.  It would also be nice if you could show the “instructions” page multiple times – we had to exit and re-open the app in order for that to happen.

There are no in-app purchases or external advertisements.  The app does have an advertisement for other Bamba apps but it parental gate locked with a math problem.

Overall, this is a fun and interactive spaced themed app that encourages kids to play and be creative.  My son has already spent several hours testing out the various objects and showing me his “creations!” The reset feature is great as well especially if you have multiple kids playing and they want “my turn!”.


Bamba Space Station - kids play explorers in outer space! Meet aliens, cook burgers, craft toys, have a dance party in the holo-beach!
Bamba Space Station - kids play explorers in outer space! Meet aliens, cook burgers, craft toys, have a dance party in the holo-beach!
by Mezmedia

Category: Education, Games
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: 428.63 MB

$0.99USD

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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.



Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen by Tiggly and Sesame Street – Review




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What we love…

incredibly fun for kids and engaging, simple, educational

What we’d love to see…

word level settings, consonant and blend selection, words added to photo book

Summary

An early reader app disguised as a fun baking game .

Our Rating

Sesame Street Alphabet KitchenWhat happens when a distinguished educational program collaborates with an award winning educational toy company? Something great is made! Sesame Street and Tiggly have teamed up to create a brand new beginning reader app called Sesame Street Kitchen. It teaches children to recognize and read 3 letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and 4 letter CVCC and CCVC words in a super fun and engaging way.

There are two ways to play the game. You can play the app on its own or with the use of the Tiggly Words Learning System, a smart toy comprised of five vowels that interacts with the app. This is sold separately and since I do not have it, please note that this review is only for the app only.

In Sesame Street Kitchen, children help bake cookies with the incessantly hungry but very lovable Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster starts by cutting the dough with two or three cookie cutters in the shape of consonants. He then asks the children to pick a vowel that will form a word with the consonants he chose. For example, Cookie Monster may cut a P and N on the dough, leaving a space in between them. Children can then choose a vowel such as A or E to make the word PEN or PAN. They can either tap on vowel of their choice or drag and drop them on the dough. If the vowel they chose does not make a word, Cookie Monster gently tells them to try again. If they make a word successfully, the letters get cut and thrown in a mixing bowl. The children then get to add colors and mix it all up. After mixing the dough thoroughly, a cookie is magically made! The cookie may simply be the word with added colors and sprinkles, or it may surprisingly turn into the shape of the object that represents the word.

What happens when a distinguished educational program collaborates with an award winning educational toy company? Something great is made! Sesame Street and Tiggly have teamed up to create a brand new beginning reader app called Sesame Street Kitchen. It teaches children to recognize and read 3 letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and 4 letter CVCC and CCVC words in a super fun and engaging way.

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There are two ways to play the game. You can play the app on its own or with the use of the Tiggly Words Learning System, a smart toy comprised of five vowels that interacts with the app. This is sold separately and since I do not have it, please note that this review is only for the app only.

In Sesame Street Kitchen, children help bake cookies with the incessantly hungry but very lovable Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster starts by cutting the dough with two or three cookie cutters in the shape of consonants. He then asks the children to pick a vowel that will form a word with the consonants he chose. For example, Cookie Monster may cut a P and N on the dough, leaving a space in between them. Children can then choose a vowel such as A or E to make the word PEN or PAN. They can either tap on vowel of their choice or drag and drop them on the dough. If the vowel they chose does not make a word, Cookie Monster gently tells them to try again. If they make a word successfully, the letters get cut and thrown in a mixing bowl. The children then get to add colors and mix it all up. After mixing the dough thoroughly, a cookie is magically made! The cookie may simply be the word with added colors and sprinkles, or it may surprisingly turn into the shape of the object that represents the word.

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After making four cookies in a row, children get to “eat” the cookies they made or share them with Cookie Monster. In this activity, children are taken to a different room where they can see their four cookies displayed on a shelf. Cookie Monster is there waiting for them and behind him is a picture frame with a camera icon on it. Clicking on this camera will allow children to take a selfie that will then be displayed on the picture frame. This was a lot of fun for my little testers who giggled as they made all kinds of silly faces for the camera. I wish that they could save their photos on the camera roll, but as of now they are only saved in-app. Whenever children take a photo with the picture frame camera, a screenshot is saved showing the set of 4 cookies, Cookie Monster, and the picture frame with their selfie on it.

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I think it is simply brilliant that they used a baking activity as a backdrop for teaching phonics and reading skills. Children love to help bake, and with Cookie Monster on hand and some Sesame Street kitchen magic, they are bound to get captivated by this app. My testers were definitely occupied for a good amount of time, having lots of fun putting words together and finding out what kind of cookie they would make.

Something I would like to see on a future update is a way to select the type of words used. This way children who have already mastered 3 letter words can skip ahead to four letter words. I also think this app would be useful for speech therapy to elicit language and work on articulation, so another great addition would be to be able to select specific consonants and
blends to target. Finally, on the saved photos, I would like to see the words shown under the cookie they made. This will help children review words they have learned. The app comes with 12 language settings for parents. The game is in English only, but parents can read the parent menu and settings in their language of choice. The parent section and external links are locked and can only be accessed by answering a multiplication question correctly.

Overall, I think that Sesame Street Kitchen is an excellent early reader app. It will appeal to its target audience who are bound to a lot of fun while learning how to read. If your little one loves Cookie Monster, then this app will definitely be a hit!

iTunes Link: Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen – Sesame Street

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen by Sesame Street

Price: $2.99 USD

This is a vocabulary-building app, which will help your child practice early literacy skills by blending letter sounds to create words in Cookie Monster’s alphabet kitchen!

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Jobi’s Bistro by Yellephant Co., Ltd. – Review



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What we love…

making recipes, finding ingredients in the bistro, complet

What we’d love to see…

more hands on learning in the bistro portion as well as the ability to customize the foods by making them.  A few narration/spelling issues

Summary

Fun app for preschool and early elementary aged children that with a few tweaks will encourage more play and learning opportunities.  My son enjoyed using open ended play school to cook the various recipes and foods at the bistro.

Our Rating

Jobi's Bistro Jobi’s Bistro by South Korean app developer Yellephant Co is available for iOS, Android and Google Play.  This app targets preschool aged children to help the head chef and baker  cook a variety of dishes after the waiter takes the order from the customer.  The app features the Jobi Jobi family as they run the bistro together and participate in a variety of open ended play actions.  Upon entering the Bistro, you are greeted with a variety of foods including cupcakes, breads, a math game where you make change for the food that was ordered based upon how much the customer has paid, frost your own cupcake and more.   The bistro features two levels, one is a retail level where you can give change for customer orders, make your own cupcakes, write on the blackboards.  The second level is the kitchen were you can cook with the chef.

My son loved making some of the recipes like the salmon which required olive oil, salmon and basil.  He found the ingredients in the pantry and brought them back to the chef for cooking.  My son also enjoyed washing the dishes after the foods were eaten.  After completing each of the tasks such as cleaning dishes, cooking a recipe, cutting up vegetables, you are brought back to the main area of the bistro.  I liked that the app incorporated simple math (making change), following directions (getting the ingredients for the recipe), making individual choices within the app to complete the tasks such as frosting the cupcake.  My son also enjoyed working with the Patissier (aka maker of cakes and sweets) to make his own cupcakes.  After completing the tasks you can earn coins which can be used to unlock more information about the history of the bistro.  The app is great for encouraging open ended play, early language such as describing what you are doing as well as math and memory skills. As you complete more tasks and tokens, you can put away various foods and learn more about Jobi’s Bistro but my son had a hard time figuring out why he would earn tokens sometimes and not others.

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My son wanted to be able to mix up the batter to make his own cupcake within the app, right now you are able to choose the topping (ie. cherry), frosting, cake and sprinkles.  I also noted there are a few words such as sprinkle which are spelled in a non-traditional format (springkle).    The foods currently appear in the pot to be made rather than having orders which my son would have preferred.  The narration for some of the recipes like “basil” was a bit off compared to how I traditionally hear the United States pronunciation.  I do wish you had the change to “cook” the recipe after getting the necessary ingredients and delivering it to the customer.  It would also be nice to be able to “box” the foods from the front before customers pay for them.  My first grader struggled a bit with the math – it shows the customer with a “bubble” of payment and you have to sort out the change from the drawer.  These math elements such as making change and fractions clearly were aimed at older children while much of the content in the app was aimed at a preschooler.  I’d also like to see more mini-games included in the app as well as the ability to target the age.  There is a parental gate which protects external links.

Fun app for preschool and early elementary aged children that with a few tweaks will encourage more play and learning opportunities.  My son enjoyed using open ended play school to cook the various recipes and foods at the bistro.

Jobi's Bistro
Jobi's Bistro
by Yellephant Co., Ltd.

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: 72.51 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.

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Jobi's Hotel Jobi's Hotel by Yellephant Co., Ltd.

Price: $1.99 USD

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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.



Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off – A Family Fun Easter Baking Activity : Review and Giveaway



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What better way to get your kids excited about baking than a fun bake off with the lovable bunny siblings, Max and Ruby? In Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off – A Family Fun Easter Baking Activity by Cupcake Digital, kids will enjoy baking and making delicious food with Ruby while being amused by Max’s constant antics. Grandma is on hand to help operate the oven and she even contributes a few slightly more complicated recipes for kids to try out.

What we love…

Fun and varied recipes for both boys and girls.

What we’d love to see…

Labelling of ingredients and display of simple recipe directions in words.

Summary

A fun app for kids to make and bake virtual food with their favourite bunny characters while learning new baking vocabulary words and developing their fine motor control.

Our Rating

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In the popular TV series, Ruby is often seen making some kind of food in the kitchen and it is this same kitchen where your kids will be playing in the app. Fans will be happy to see familiar items from the show appearing in the app like Max’s Earthworm Cake (with Red Hot Marshmallow Squirters) and Ruby’s birthday cake for Grandma, and will be even more thrilled when they get to learn how to make them.

This app offers 12 recipes of varying levels of difficulty, from pretend food like Ant and Acorn Pancakes to simple recipes like scones. Besides food, there are also recipes for lemonade, ice cream and gelatin salad.

3 recipes will be offered each time, one from each character. Once a recipe is chosen, your budding bakers will be guided through a series of measuring, counting, cutting, slicing, grating, scooping, pouring, mixing, stirring and decorating to produce their bunnylicious treats. Do watch out for the mischievous Max though, as he will be trying to distract with offers of ants, rocks, worms, dirt and mud to be included in the food preparation! When the food is ready to be served, kids can feed them to the bunnies. (In case you’re wondering, no one in the app actually eats Max’s weird food.)

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Each successfully completed recipe is then recorded in the recipe book which kids can go back to if they want to savour their goodies later on. It would be great if kids can also choose which tasty treat they want to make from this recipe book.

Another item on my wish list is to have all the ingredients used in the app labelled so that we can sneak in some vocabulary words. Having simple instructions displayed in words will also expose kids to the verbs and units of measurement used.

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As a bonus, this app also includes a Paint section with 6 Max & Ruby Easter and spring themed coloring sheets. There are tons of coloring tools (water color, crayons, chalks, spray paints, bucket paint) and stickers for kids to choose from.

Kids can take a picture of their masterpiece and share it. The eraser tool is pretty cool too as you can enlarge the paint area for cleaner removal of unwanted colors.
 

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Of the 12 recipes, my youngest enjoyed making Max’s recipes the most. He also liked to spill ingredients or break the eggs in the egg carton on purpose just for the fun of it but he continued to follow through the whole process after that. I like that he listened to the instructions and asked for the names of some of the ingredients. I may just have a baker in the making!

Overall, this is a fun app that will get preschoolers excited about baking and in the process, learn some cooking vocabulary words and develop their fine motor skills.

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Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off – A Family Fun Easter Baking Activity – CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC.
Category: Entertainment, Games, Family
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: 84.7 MB

$2.99USD

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Google Play
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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.

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