Blocks Rock by Blocks Rock, LLC  – Review and Giveaway

Blocks Rock by Blocks Rock, LLC – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

fun app that teaches shape recognition allows you to build according to a pattern and practice fine motor and matching skills

What we’d love to see…

consistency across types of play – the way you spin a block in the free play is different from the easy play option

Summary

Great app for practicing patterns, inciting friendly competition and more!

Our Rating

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Blocks Rock! - A Fun Puzzle Game for KidsBlocks Rock by Blocks Rock, LLC was designed by high school students at The Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts as part of a high school entrepreneurship course designed to help students build real world business skills. The app was originally designed as a table-top game designed to bring educational, competitive and skills such as color matching, shape matching and recognition into an easily recognizable format from a card. The app is designed for children age 6 and up and includes a parent lock which I would suggest parents set up prior to allowing their child to use the app.

The app features a “free play”, “multiplayer” and regular game where you play against yourself. It features “easy” designed for younger children as well as “normal” designed for older children and adults. The free play mode allows you to build whatever you want using the shapes at the top and in addition you can spin the pieces with your fingers. The “multi-player” game allows you to play either “locally” or “globally”. The app does contain in-app purchases for additional backgrounds that can be locked out using the parent section.

I liked the parent’s zone which allowed you to set a password (although I would like to see the limits lifted), disable in-app purchases, disable external links, as well as see FTC/COPPA Regulations and Act4Apps all in a protected environment. Prior to being allowed here, you had to enter your password. Parents should set this up first and preview the app prior to letting their children use it. I liked the colorful app and that it let you pick “easy” or “normal” mode. The app displays a card which you need to match using the blocks from the bar at the top of the screen. This is slightly different in the free play mode but essentially the same. The learning curve for the app is small as you look at the card, match the pieces and you are off and building within moments. I liked the reinforcement “great job” and “try again” though hints might be helpful for younger users.

In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see the ability to spin blocks using your fingers like in the “free play” mode made available in the play game and multiplayer version. I think this is great for practicing fine motor skills and should be an option. I’d also like to see the multiplayer option be something you can lock out in the parent control as you may not want young kids competing against others. I would also like to see the ability to turn off the music in the parent section as well as when pausing the app so that all the controls are in one spot. I’d also like to see the “multiplayer” option shut off if you exit the app, currently if you go into that and don’t want to do multiplayer you have to shut off your device and turn it back on in order to exit that screen. I would like to see the “bell” which you hit after completing a puzzle looking more like a bell – or at least a traditional one perhaps it could light up when you have completed the puzzle to show you where to tap. It would also be nice if you could “buy” the package of backgrounds for one price or somehow disable seeing the ones that you do not own as children will ask for them. There does seem to be an error at times when choosing the multiplayer option if there is no other player available, but I am sure this will be fixed soon.

This is a great app for working on making shapes and patterns with younger children and inciting a fun competition for older kids. We had a great time testing out this app.

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 Beck and Bo – Review & Giveaway

Beck and Bo – Review & Giveaway



What we love…

A unique fun, educational app. Children can explore, build, have fun and learn at the same time. The graphics are fun and engaging.

What we’d love to see…

Option to have the words displayed in uppercase  or lowercase.

Summary

This is a wonderful app for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and unlike any other I have seen. Younger elementary school age children will enjoy it too – my five-year-old daughter has had many hours of fun playing with it. It is both fun and educational. Highly recommended.

Our Rating

Beck and Bo is a unique fun, educational app for children aged 2-6 years old.  It is available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and is also available for Android. It is part puzzle, part free play. Children play with objects in the scenes, listen to their names and sounds, and see how these words are spelled in the interactive albums. It contains twelve different scenes to explore. There are no adverts, social media links or in-app purchases. It can be enjoyed in English or Swedish. The app is accompanied by lively background music and realistic sound effects. In the sound settings you can choose from sounds only, sounds and names or mute settings.


The app is designed to look like a collage, the background looks like cardboard and the different elements look like they were drawn or cut out from a variety of materials. Each scene starts with a simple background, then objects appear one by one, for the child to place in the scene. If the child doesn’t place the object a circle appears over it to remind them. Once the object is in its correct position it comes to life e.g. the sun shines, the clouds move across the sky and the radio plays music. If names are switched on the name of the object is also spoken – this is great for young children learning the names of objects, and I like the ability to switch it off for older children. Once the scene is complete the child earns a star and access to that scene’s interactive album. In the album they can see all the objects from that scene, with the name written beside it (in lowercase letters), touching the name  or object causes the name to be spoken. It would be nice to also have an uppercase option for children just learning their letters. This feature is good not only for young children learning object names, but also for word recognition in kindergarten students learning to read.

There are a nice variety of scenes for the child to play with and learn from, including a beach scene, a grocery store, an African safari, a snowy day, and a park. Beck and Bo are a boy and girl, and they appear in every scene, the child can interact with them e.g. by sending them on a sled ride, helping them swim in the ocean or swinging them on a swing. There are also other elements they can interact with e.g. using the watering can to water the flowers, picking apples from the tree or throwing a ball to knock down stacks of rubber ducks at the carnival. The grocery store scene also works on visual perception as Beck and Bo think of objects, and the child has to find them and put them in their shopping trolley.  When creating the scenes the objects do have to be placed in a logical place e.g. clouds in the sky or a window on a house, but the child can still use their imagination and creativity in playing with the non-fixed objects such as Beck and Bo and various animals and toys.


This is a wonderful app for toddlers and pre-schoolers and unlike any other I have seen. Younger elementary school age children will enjoy it too – my five-year-old daughter has had many hours of fun with it. Highly recommended. A free lite version is also available which allows you to explore three of the scenes.

Beck & Bo: Toddler First Words, Pretend Play Games
Beck & Bo: Toddler First Words, Pretend Play Games
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Category: Education, Games, Educational, Word
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, 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
Size: 85.84 MB

$2.99USD

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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).
 The Paper Fox by Bento Box Interactive -Review

The Paper Fox by Bento Box Interactive -Review



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What we love…

The beautiful 3-d paper world, high quality animation, sound effects and narration, the moral in the tale.

What we’d love to see…

Child proofing of app store links, saving of progress when you quit the app.

Summary

A unique and beautiful app well worth downloading.

Our Rating

Paper Fox The Paper Fox is a universal app from Bento Box Interactive. The app is the brainchild of Jeremy Kool of Torsion Fork Studio, which is based in Melbourne Australia, and it was partially financed by Screen Australia and the Australian Government. The app is an animated storybook combined with an adventure game. It is narrated and the text appears on the screen as it is read (there is no text highlighting as it is read or read by myself option). Paw prints appear on the screen to show the reader where to touch to progress the story. It is available as a free app which gives you access to the first 2 chapters, the full version is available as an in-app purchase for $2.99. There are app store links to buy the full version and to rate the app, they do require multiple clicks to get to the app store but I would like to see these child proofed. The app contains no adverts or social media links.

This is a really unique app all the characters and scenery are computer-generated images based on origami and 3-D paper models. It is very professionally animated and narrated each character has it’s own unique accent and personality.

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The Paper Fox is a very self-centered, know-it-all, who rarely leaves his cozy den. His peaceful existence is shaken by a series of earthquakes that threaten to destroy his den and he sets out to investigate. After talking to a hedgehog he learns that the Master Librarian (an owl who lives in a book-lined tree) may know where to find the source of the earthquakes. He is too impatient and cocky to listen to the owl’s instructions but sets out anyhow on a quest to stop the quakes. On his journey he meets a lot of different animals, at first he is very judgmental and has lots of pre-conceived notions about the other animals, but as time goes on he learns a valuable lesson and his outlook changes.

As the storyline unfolds, the better side of fox’s character also starts to show through, he is brave, adventurous and determined, and over time he learns to leave his pre-conceived notions behind and judge the animals for who they are not what they are. So what (or who?) is the cause of the earthquakes, and can Paper Fox stop them? You’ll have to read the story to find out, but it is an imaginative tale and I wouldn’t have guessed the cause.

 

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The story is told as a series of chapters; in each one he meets a different animal and finds a new treasure. Between chapters the reader goes back to the map and choose where fox should go next, so they can control the storyline. During the story the reader visits a large range of animal habitats, including: a stream, a pond, a bog, a forest and a snowy mountain. In each chapter the reader learns a little about an animal that lives in that habitat. At the end of each chapter the reader can choose to play a game or continue with the story. In the games the reader can look for various hidden objects including: lost spider eggs, hiding piglets and hidden bookmarks, hints are available if the player gets stuck.

20130506-111109.jpgThis is a really enchanting storybook app – it is like watching a high quality animated movie adventure set in a 3-d paper world, but with the addition of interactivity, games and the story text on the screen. This is a magical tale the creator obviously had a lot of with it, and we loved seeing all the different personalities and accents of the animals from the gruff Scottish boar to the mellow, jazz-loving turtle who plays music to his plants. All of my family enjoyed this app from my five-year-old twins through my 3rd grader and even the adults. It is a long story, but even my youngest ones were happy to sit through it from end to end. Once you have started the story you can leave it and come back to the same chapter, as long as you don’t shut the app, if you do you lose your progress- I’d like to see this changed in a future update. There is a moral in the tale: Paper Fox learns not to judge a book by its cover, but to instead take time to get to know the animals (or people) and to learn what they are really like, instead of a stereotype of who he expects them to be. I’d highly recommend downloading the free app today, and if you like it as much as I do you will find the full app a good buy at $2.99.

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Paper Fox
Paper Fox
by Bento Box Interactive, LLC

Category: Books, Adventure, 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
Size: 276.32 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.

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).
 Clever Crazes for Kids Apps – Today’s Featured Free Apps

Clever Crazes for Kids Apps – Today’s Featured Free Apps



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What are Featured Free Apps? The iMums showcase quality free apps that we have installed, tested and recommend. Featured Free Apps are not lite versions, they are full versions that are free for a limited time only so you’ll need to be quick to grab them at the reduced price. Be sure to sign up to The iMums Daily Digest so you never miss a free app. Enjoy!

These 9 educational apps are based on the popular games and lessons on the clevercrazes.com website. The clevercrazes.com curriculum integrates 9 academic areas of focus for grades K-8. Students will learn STEM content (how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are integrated into their everyday lives) and explore the social sciences. Check out the website where kids will be introduced to STEM careers, among many other resources.

Here is a brief description of each of the 9 apps/academic areas:-

You and Your Insides

Students will examine the human body systems including: skeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems. Kids will also learn about growth and development, traits and survival, cellular development and strategies for learning.

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You and Outer Space

Students will explore our solar system, our universe and other galaxies. Some special points of focus include the interactions of the sun, Earth and moon, as well as man’s observations and interactions with other planets and objects in the sky. Here, Newton’s Laws of Gravity, Kepler’s Laws of Motion and other celestial forces will also be addressed.

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You and Our Home Planet

Students will learn about the structure of the Earth, the properties of Earth’s materials and our weather. Here, relationships between populations, resources and environments are also explored.

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You and How Things Work

Students learn about physics, chemistry and associated topics including heat, light and sound. Electricity and magnetism are addressed as well. Students will also explore the properties and characteristics of matter.

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You, the Time Traveler

This includes history and social studies. Students will learn how individual people and cultures of the past have helped shape our world today. Mapping skills, tracking time periods, and recognizing artifacts will also be covered.

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You and Your Money

This curriculum will have students learn about the concepts of supply and demand through the lens of microeconomics. They will learn how money is earned, spent, saved and donated to help others. Business ethics, career preparation and responsible economic principles are important topics that will be addressed in this app.

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You and Biodiversity

Students will learn about the diversity of life on Earth through the exploration of living things,
their life cycles and the environments which they inhabit. Kids will explore how living and non living things work together in a healthy ecosystem.

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You, the Future Voter

This will teach kids about the United States government and how it functions, including the values and principles of democracy, our Constitution and the meaning of citizenship.

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You, the Athlete

Students will learn how aerobic activity stimulates brain activity and enhances memory. Kids will be able to identify healthy behaviors such as getting fit, eating smart and staying healthy and safe. Topics range from causes of disease and consequences of drug abuse to the physiology of nutrition. Here, students will also learn about ethics, what bullying is, appropriate social behavior, and how to be a friend.

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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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