Tiny Firefighters by wonderkind interaktionsmedien GmbH – Review



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What we love…

easy to use app perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers

What we’d love to see…

more content added in the scene, a parent lock to prevent accidental iTunes access

Summary

Good app for toddlers and early language although content is limited

Our Rating

Tiny Firefighters Tiny Firefighters by wonderkind interaktionsmedien GmbH is a universal app featuring an  interactive picture book style app (although it has no written words)  which involves the adventures of a fire engine as well as saving, rescuing people, helping others, turn taking as well as helping animals.  The app includes four stories which include putting out a fire, getting a cow out of the pond using a crane, rescuing a cat as well as helping the fire department remove a fallen tree.  Many of the elements of the app are also interactive to touch such as as a fire hydrant spraying water. man mowing the lawn, waking up firefighters in the fire house, a splashing duck and more.  This app is best suited to toddlers and practices language skills via naming, fine motor coordination for the different activities as well as observational skills.

I liked the simplicity of the app which means it appeals to very young children and it is frustration free for them as they explore the various elements within the screen such as rescuing the cow or the cat.   The app contains more than 70 different animations and items to touch within it making for fun exploration.

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I would like to see an option to have children dispatch the fire truck rather than the truck automatically being dispatched when an emergency happens – perhaps if you also touched the console or rang the phone in the fire station you could also dispatch the fire truck.   The app also needs a parent lock on the first screen to lock out the “more apps” button which leads to a listing of other apps by wonderkind and then tapping on the pictures pulls you into the app store.  I would also like to find a way to turn off the music within the app – rather than muting it which means that you can’t hear the firetruck or other sounds within the app.   I would also like to see either words added to the app to consider it a “book” rather than a game it currently feels like.  Perhaps if there was a listing of the items someone needed to find it could be more of a seek and find book rather than just a game.

In terms of value for the money – the amount of content needs to be increased in this app.  There is an indication that additional scenes will be available, but it is not clear when or if they will be an additional purchase.  There are currently no in-app purchases, advertisements within the app but there are external links.

Tiny Firefighters
Tiny Firefighters
by wonderkind GmbH

Category: Books, Role Playing, Games, 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 247.82 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.



Little Lion – For kids by Adivo datakonsult AB – Review



What we love…

Fun, colorful and cute! Games are varied and suit different abilities.

What we’d love to see…

None.

Summary

Simple but unique games that will appeal to kids.

Our Rating

Little Lion – For kids by Adivo datakonsult AB is a collection of 8 jungle theme games designed for young children up to preschool level, but it’s not just another app for the kids.

First of all, this app is really FUN. The upbeat music, cute animals and colorful visuals make this app a happy virtual playground. There are no text and no spoken language here as there is no need for them.  The games themselves are simple enough for young children to play without help but at the same time, they are varied and appeal to children with different abilities.

Out of the 8 games, my son’s favorite is the Microphone which is the cuter and definitely non-violent version of the Talking Tom Cat. Here, the Little Lion repeats your speech in a low voice while the Monkey speaks in a higher pitch. This is a great game for motivating a non-verbal child to use his voice.  The other 7 games get his approval too!

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Kids drag the clouds to form bigger and bigger clouds till the massive cloud burst into rain and lots of sparkles in the Umbrella game.

 

 

 

 

 

This Rocket game is for the kids who love fireworks. There are 4 rockets that can be launched over and over again and the kids can choose from 4 colors of fireworks. The different styles of fireworks will mesmerize your kids.

 

 

 

The Band is my favorite though it took me a while to figure out how it is played.  This is a kid version of the Tap Tap game in which you tap the correct animals to the beat of the drum music. Cues are given to signal which animals to tap next and you need to tap them at the precise moment to earn points towards special treats. Each animal plays a different musical instrument and together they add so much life to the music. Two speed levels are available for you to choose. This game is perfect for developing better hand-eye coordination, memory, concentration and reaction time.

 

 

 

 

This matching game helps kids learn about the type of food eaten by Little Lion and his friends on the Savanna.

 

 

 

 

 

Kids guess the animal hiding behind the leaf curtain after listening to the sound that it makes. With repeated play, kids will learn to associate the animal sound to the correct animal.

 

 

 

The Swing is designed purely for fun. Choose which animal gets to sit in the swing and give the swing a few pushes to see it swing back and forth.

 

 

 

 

 

The Puzzles in this game are more challenging than what we are familiar with.  A faded out forest background is shown but kids have to imagine the picture of a house against the background when putting the puzzle pieces together.  2 choices of difficulty levels are given.

 

 

Little Lion is a totally safe, kid-friendly and fun 8-in1 game app with high quality audio and visuals that are sure to bring on the smiles and laughter. Check it out if you are looking for an app to reward your child.

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Little Lion Lite Little Lion Lite by Vojo Produktion AB
Category: Games, Education, 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: 36.82 MB

$FREE

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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.


Josh the Whale by Thor Media – Review



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What we love…

Gentle story, interactive games, 3-d images, the message in the tale

What we’d love to see…

Music volume controls, word highlighting as it is read.

Summary

A sweet tale about a small Grey Whale, his daily life and a time when he was a hero. Brought to life with 3-D animations and interactive mini-games.

Our Rating

Josh the Whale Josh The Whale is an iPad only interactive book app from Thor Media. The app was inspired by an illustrated story Aaron Thorup wrote when he was in third grade, his dad held on to the story and many years later his family turned it into an app. The app has read to me or read by myself options and his narrated by (the now adult) Aaron Thorup. The app is child-safe – it contains no adverts, in-app purchases, app store links, social media or external links of any kind.

The app is the story of a pod of Grey Whales and a baby whale named Josh. Josh is the smallest whale, as he isn’t growing properly and sometimes has a hard time keeping up with the others in the pod. Sometimes Josh likes to go and explore by himself, and has his own special places he likes to visit. One day whilst exploring on his own he finds one of the other baby whales in trouble, and he rescues her from an Orca, and gets them both safely back to the pod.

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The story is set in a 3-D underwater world with computer-generated animations and interactive mini-games interspersed throughout the story. The text appears on the bottom of the screen, there is no word highlighting as it is read, and narration is optional. I liked the background music, but did find it a little over powering at times, so I would like an option to change its volume and switch it off independent of the narration.  There is a page navigation option, which is useful to let children quickly find their favorite pages and games. My children enjoyed the mini-games such as helping Josh to catch krill, chasing away jellyfish and making the baby whales sing.  Whilst reading or listening to the story children learn a little about Grey Whales, their life, feeding and songs. It  is a nice gentle story and also sends a nice message about self-worth and valuing everyone.

 

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The developers recommend this for age 3-8 years, which I think, is about right. Overall, a sweet tale about a small Grey Whale, his daily life, and a time when he was a hero. Brought to life with 3-D animations and interactive mini-games, it will be enjoyed by young animal lovers from pre-school through early elementary school. It includes an important message: that no matter how small or different you are, you are still important and can still make a difference.

 

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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).


Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup by Azawhistle Kids – Review



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What we love…

great message, cool mid-century modern aesthetic

What we’d love to see…

better parental controls, separate controls for sound and narration

Summary

nag-free way to encourage kids to clean up

Our Rating

 

Azawhistle Kids Everything Has a Home: Tejas & Lollipop's Great Clean Up!Azawhistle Kids’ Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup , an iPad-only digibook for children, offers its reader a blend of sound advice. The story promotes cleaning up and advocates using meditation and yoga to relax.

 

The story, which is designed for ages 3 and up, stars a little boy named Tejas and his dog Lollipop. As a bonus, it is set with an aesthetically pleasing backdrop of hip, mid-century modern décor.

 

When we first meet Tejas, he is feeling bored, while Lollipop, in contrast, is meditating, referred to in the app’s lexicon as “mashpotatoeing.” Tejas joins in the mashpotatoeing, which clears his mind. No longer bored, he comes up with something to do: he decides to clean his room.

 

Cleaning Tejas’ room is easier said than done because, honestly, it’s a real mess. The reader will enjoy tapping the wide variety of objects (even a rubber chicken!) in Tejas’s room as the clean up begins. The name of each item is spoken aloud when tapped, and also appears in written form on the screen, which teaches object recognition and helps the reader become more familiar with the items.

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The reader might identify with Tejas as he begins to feel overwhelmed by the great mess in his room. It’s Lollipop to the rescue again, but this time she uses yoga to help Tejas regain his focus. “Cleaning your room is easy,” she said. “Just remember everything has a home.” Tejas joins Lollipop in warrior pose, and he now feels reenergized.

 

The story asks the reader to help Tejas find a home for his things, and then the reader gets to put Tejas’ things away. Try to put the rubber chicken on the bed and the narrator says, “uh uh.” Put it in the toy box and the narrator responds, “super tidy.” Once his room was clean Tejas shows it to his mom, who feels surprised and proud.

 

Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup includes no adverts or social media integration. However, parental controls are largely absent. The reader can share the app via email or read the parents’ section simply by tapping the appropriate area. At the end the reader is asked to rate the app, and if tapped, the child will be taken to the app store. We would like to see these links child proofed.

 

The user may toggle the sound off at the beginning of the app, or by tapping the image of Lollipop at the bottom of the screen, but note, this will silence the narration, music, and sound effects.

 

In summary, Tejas and Lollipop’s Great Cleanup encourages children to take charge of their bodies using mediation and yoga, while they also take responsibility for putting away their stuff.

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Emily is a US-based freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. Follow her on Twitter: @whatwentwrite. She also writes for PadGadget at http://www.padgadget.com/author/emily/

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