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
Bamba Space Station
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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR
Size: 438.07 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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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.



Peppa’s Seasons: Autumn and Winter by Entertainment One – Review



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What we love…

four mini games that teach you about seasons with a variety of toddler and preschool friendly activities

What we’d love to see…

more realistic fruit choices depending on the season as well as a clothing activity to show why you need warmer clothes in the winter.

Summary

Overall, this is a fun app especially for Peppa Pig lovers to teach them about fall and winter. The activities are fun and interactive and the stickers encourage kids to finish an activity to completion.

Our Rating

Peppa's Seasons: Autumn and WinterPeppa Pig: Seasons – Autumn and Winter features Peppa Pig as she learns about the Autumn and Winter seasons in an app designed for preschoolers and toddlers who will spend hours exploring it. The app opens where you choose your kite who acts as your avatar throughout the app. You then learn about how the temperature bar controls how warm or cold the scene is which ranges from green grass to snow on the ground. From there you choose one our four games to play which includes fruit, snowman, sledding and environment.

Four different interactive mini games include:

  • For the environment game, you can choose which season you want either autumn or winter, from there you can see a variety of changing colors of leaves, finding animals which may have hibernated (like a tortise) as well as exploring mud puddles.
  • For the fruit game you can pick fruit either in the autumn or winter. Picking apples was fun from the trees and bushes especially for my toddler, and my older son enjoyed the vegetable patch. Each of the three different areas has different types of fruit like apples versus strawberries so it’s a good opportunity to talk about fruits. The app uses a touch and drag to put the fruit into the baskets which is easy enough for a toddler or preschooler once they are shown.
  • My kids loved the tobogganing race, where you first choose the character and then the toboggan that you want to use. After picking the toboggan you slide down the hill and tap on snowflakes for a jump at the end of the run.
  • The snowman game lets you choose one of three Peppa Pig characters and then roll snowmen to make them into a design,.  Afterward you choose their hat, scarf and face – you can make them as realistic to the character as you want or not.  Afterward, the character looks at it and declares “she loves it!”

My kids loved the toboggan part of the app the most, I suppose this is because we live in New England and haven’t seen snow since last winter, but it was fun even for me!  They also loved building the snowman and customizing him with a hat and scarf – it was fun and interactive for both of them.  After each adventure you earn a sticker for your scrapbook which you can view on the main screen.

In terms of enhancements, I can’t see strawberries growing in the winter – at least here in New England although they do grow in other areas of the country during this time. It just didn’t seem realistic enough given that the leaves were dark instead of the traditional summer green.  I would also like to see a little explanation of what the seasons mean (i.e. getting colder, animals hibernating) rather than just the landscape changing from green grass to a winter scene.  I would love to see an app that encompasses all four seasons in one, that would truly help children understand the differences and why it is warm versus cold.  It would also be fun to have a clothing activity so kids could pretend to dress up using hats, mittens, boots, etc similar to the snowman but showing the weather changing in the background.

Overall, this is a fun app especially for Peppa Pig lovers to teach them about fall and winter.  My kids enjoyed playing with the snow portions of the app, especially because the winter is a bit later to arrive here in New England.  The activities are fun and interactive and the stickers encourage kids to finish an activity to completion.  There are no external links or in-app purchases.



Peppa Pig: Seasons Peppa Pig: Seasons by Entertainment One

Price: $2.99 USD

Join Peppa Pig on her Autumn and Winter adventures! Fans of the show will love this seasonal inspired adventure, which encourages them to explore the wonderful world of Peppa through interactive games.

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.



Silly Billy – Hair Salon: Style Your Animals by wonderkind GmbH – Review



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What we love…

Use of modern hairstyling tools and fun little games.

What we’d love to see…

An in-app hairstyle magazine featuring all the creative work produced.

Summary

A fashionable hairstyling and styling app for the child designers with silly animations, sounds and games to multiply the fun.

Our Rating

Silly Billy Hair Salon by wonderkind is definitely the virtual Hair Salon for the modern kids. It is fully equipped with a range of contemporary hairstyling tools, fun hair colors and trendy tattoo stickers, and has clients chewing gum and dancing to funky music!

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Kids first choose the animal that they want to style (Billy the Sheep, Leo the Lion, Peter the Panda or Hanna the Horse) and then pull a lever to find out what hairstyle the animal wants before stepping into their imaginary hair salon. My youngest enjoys this game of chance to see what hairstyle idea comes up on the screen, preferring these over the freestyle option. This is because he gets rewards for successfully reproducing the hairstyle that was chosen.

Just like a real hair salon, there are tools to trim, cut, shave, curl, straighten, wash (hot or cold water), dry, color and style the animals’ hair in the Silly Billy Hair Salon. The beauty of a virtual hair salon is that all actions can be reverse and mistakes rectified easily, allowing kids to experiment freely. To complete the new look, kids can continue to style the animals with different fun tattoo stickers, hair accessories, hats, eyewear and footwear.

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At the end of the styling session, kids can capture the makeover in the photo studio against different color backgrounds for the client’s portfolio or even share it with others. In keeping with the makeover theme, why not have all the photos “published” in an animated Hairstyling Magazine? It would be so much fun!!

If you think that is all to it in the Silly Billy Hair Salon, you will be happy to know that kids can continue to play with the animals after the stying is over. They can feed the hungry animals and watch them practice some cool dance moves before sending the animals off to party. My youngest loves to see his animals chew bubble gum and burst the bubble after that! Fans of wonderkind’s Tiny Builders will also be thrilled with the guest appearance of some of their favorite characters from that app.

Sounds like a cool app to check out? Whether the finished look on the animals has been inspired by the ideas from the app or it is a drastic transformation, your kids will have fun playing with various hairstyling tools/techiniques and accessories, experimenting with different looks and enjoying their creations in their imaginary hair salon. Download the app for free to style the sheep now and if your children can’t get enough of the fun, get them the 3 other animals (and 15 new hairstyles) as well. Each animal is unique with its own funny animation and sound that will sure to entertain your children. Silly Billy – Hair Salon: Style Your Animals is definitely worth a download!

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Animal Hair Salon: Silly Billy Animal Hair Salon: Silly Billy by wonderkind GmbH
Category: Entertainment, Family, Role Playing, 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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR
Size: 158.01 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

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.



Review of Mundo Lanugo -Juega y Aprende, a Latino Inspired Kids App



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What we love…

Lots of activities, colorful, engaging characters, introduces Latino culture and traditional values

What we’d love to see…

Naming the balls in Muki’s toys, addition of written vocabulary words

Summary

Mundo Lanugo is a bright, colorful entertaining preschool app, for introducing Latino culture, and Spanish vocabulary, to children.

Our Rating

Mundo Lanugo - Juega y Aprende En Un Mundo Infantil Latino de Corazón / Mundo Lanugo - Play & Learn In A Latino-Inspired Children’s World in SpanishMundo Lanugo – Juega y Aprende is an app designed for young children to explore Latino culture and the Spanish Language. All the spoken language in the app is Spanish, but the parents section is in both Spanish and English.

The app is designed for 2-5 year old children from Latino families to introduce them to their culture and language in a fun way.

Mundo Lanugo gives the child a bright, colorful world to explore, populated by whimsical cartoon characters. They can scroll to look around and play with the many interactive elements such as counting as they climb the numbered steps to the treehouse, playing musical instruments, flying a paper airplane or ringing the bells on a mission-style church. There are also 10 short videos for the child to watch and and 10 activity areas, each accessed by tapping on a white icon.

Videos

The videos are short animations featuring the Mundo Lanugo cartoon characters, each one illustrates a Latino saying such as “Con el tiemo y la paciencia se aquiere la ciencia” and “En boca cerrade no entran moscas.” These videos encourage traditional values such as hard work and good manners but in a fun and entertaining way.

Activities

There are 10 different activity areas, which introduce different aspects of Hispanic culture, but also work on classic preschool skills such as learning the (Spanish) names of numbers, colors,toys & foods; matching, organizing by shape and color.

Shopping with Chuy

Chuy the pig is shopping at the mercado, the child needs to help him by collecting all the fruit and vegetables on his list and dragging them to his shopping basket. If they pick the correct item the name is spoken, incorrect items elicit an “uhh” and the child gets to try again.

Cooking with Chuy

In this game Chuy is in the kitchen preparing his favorite Latino foods -guacamole, arroz con leche and ceviche. The child has to drag all the ingredients to his bowl so Chuy can mix it and present the final dish. As they add each ingredient its name is spoken.

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Mia’s Art Gallery

Mia the Monkey has a collection of art by Latino artists such as Frida Kahlo, Picasso and Dali. She needs help displaying them, so the child needs to match the shape of the artwork to the outline on the wall.

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Mia’s Doll

The child can decorate Mia’s favorite doll in a variety of colors using fill-in coloring tools, and they learn the color names as they play.

Muki’s Workshop

Help Muki Monkey create his one of a kind toys using simple objects such as toilet roll middles, soda bottles and milk cartons.

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Muki’s Toys

Muki’s room is a mess! As the child helps him tidy up they can learn the Spanish names of traditional toys including dominoes, yo-yos, marbles, jacks and paper boats. The only toys they put away that aren’t named are the balls – I’d like to see this added in a future update.

Dress Up with Gloria

Help Gloria Lamb to get dressed in costume for El Dia de Los Muertos, Carnaval or as a character from Don Quixote.

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Gloria’s Journal

Gloria is working on her journal and to help her the child has to match 4 objects with the  scene from the app they come from.

La Cucaracha

Each the the characters from the app plays a traditional Latino instrument. The child can drag each one onto the stage where they will play La Cucaracha. This lets them hear how each instrument sounds both individually and when combined with other instruments, whilst listening to this classic tune.

Music with Quique

Quique the parrot has a variety of traditional instruments including maracas, guitar, accordion and flute. The child gets to learn their Spanish names and hear how they sound.

This a a very bright, colorful children’s app with cute characters and lively music. I love how it brings together different aspects of Latino culture including music, food, traditional toys, sayings and values as a integral part of a fun app. The app is also good for introducing some basic Spanish vocabulary such as names of: fruits, vegetables, numbers, colors,  musical instruments and toys. Currently these vocabulary words are only spoken, I would love to see the written words too, in these sections, as seeing a word written is a precursor to learning to read later.

It is a great app for helping to pass down Latino culture and values to Latino children, but also useful for non-Hispanic families who wish to teach their children about other cultures. My older son attended a Spanish Immersion Program where each class is 50% native Spanish- speakers and 50% English – speakers,  and the children are taught in Spanish from kindergarten. In this school the children learn not only the Spanish language but they also learn about Latino culture, music, dance and history, so this would be a great app for children preparing to enter this or similar programs.

Overall, a bright, colorful entertaining preschool app for introducing Latino culture, and Spanish vocabulary, to children. Parents who want to expand the child’s experience beyond the app can also visit the Mundo Lanugo website for activities, crafts and recipes.

iTunes Link: Mundo Lanugo – Juega y Aprende En Un Mundo Infantil Latino de Corazón / Mundo Lanugo – Play & Learn In A Latino-Inspired Children’s World in Spanish – Lanugo LLC
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Mundo Lanugo - Juega y Aprende Mundo Lanugo - Juega y Aprende by Lanugo LLC

Price: $1.99 USD

‘Mundo Lanugo: Juega y Aprende’ es una aplicación infantil diseñada para reflejar y promover el idioma y la cultura de los niños de herencia Latina. A través de divertidos juegos didácticos, .

 

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).

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