Grandma’s Kitchen by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

the ability to pick specific games that allow you to help your child focus on specific tasks

What we’d love to see…

levels for some of the more difficult games like “food math”, the ability to bake from a recipe for the baking a cake, a sticker rewards to show you have completed various games

Summary

This is a great educational game that will provide hours of fun for younger children who are working on core skills like letters, matching, sequencing and more.

Our Rating

Grandma's KitchenGrandma’s Kitchen by Fairlady Media is a universal app designed for iOS that contains mini games and the lovable Grandma in her kitchen.  To learn more about Fairlady Media, check out our developer interview as well as our review of another app Grandpa’s Workshop.  This app contains mini games which include: spot the difference, word bake, utensil patterns, food math, pick the clock (time telling), first letters of specific words, and find an object in the refrigerator.  The app works on early literacy skills, early math skill, counting, organizing, patterning, fine motor as well as creative play skills.  This app is designed for preschoolers and young elementary grade school children and focuses on early learning in a fun and interactive way!

One of my favorite features of the app was the ability to pick which specific games you wanted to have your child play – that way you can focus on specific types of skills or if a particular game is too difficult for them to play turn it off entirely.  I liked the rewards of the video after completing specific tasks, although my son also asked to earn stickers for completing certain games as well.    The video’s were realistic as you followed along and encouraged children to take the skills that they were learning in the app and translate them into real life.  My son loved many of the mini games although some of them were admittedly more difficult than others.

Each of the mini games focuses on a specific topic which I will highlight: Spot the Difference presents you with a field of objects including candy and cookies to find the one that is different, which can be pretty subtle!  The Fridge Fun is presented as a reward with :20 seconds on the clock where you must touch the healthy vegetables like carrots and potatoes rather than the cakes and cookies which pop up.  Word Bake requires children to match two words like blue and berry and put them together in the app – silly combinations are accepted like “grape-ball” but it prompts you to put the correct word together.  Utensil Pattern requires you to follow a sequential pattern and find what the next object is among a series of three utensils and fill in the proper object in the pattern.  Food Math has objects that you count by 10’s and then a few loose objects at the end – which you can touch to count 10, 20, 30, etc and add them together.  Pick the Clock requires you to find the clock with a specific time on it to match the spoken words.  First letters requires children to find the first two letters of an object like “plum” from a field of four choices.  It presents both a photo of the object as well as a spoken reminder – children can narrow down the field and then when they pick the right answer they are given positive feedback.  Alphabetical Spices requires you to sort a series of five spices in alphabetical order from A to Z.  It’s a fun game but can be more challenging for older kids.

For the reward games like “baking a cake” – I’d love to see a recipe card which says “add three eggs” and “add the milk” which would encourage children to sequence the objects rather than just dumping them in the bowl and then them mixing it with their finger.  It would be even more fun if after it baked and you had completed another activity if you could see the cake again.  It would be nice especially for younger kids if Food Math was a two phased game where first you just counted by tens and then once that was mastered add in the remaining objects like “90 +5” as a second phase.

The app contains a parent lock “for grown-ups only” which requires you to access a series of numerals which then allows you to see the other apps by Fairlady Media as well as the ability to rate items and send feedback.  This will hopefully prevent little fingers from getting into the iTunes store by mistake and is a great idea!  I would like to see the different settings for the games you pick in behind the parent control so kid’s can’t just pick their favorite games.

This is a great educational game that will provide hours of fun for younger children who are working on core skills like letters, matching, sequencing and more.

Grandma's Kitchen
Grandma's Kitchen
by Fairlady Media

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: 96.08 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.

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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.



Monsters University Storybook Deluxe By Disney -Review



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What we love…

impressive graphics, funny!

What we’d love to see…

no more ads in the settings section, addition of word highlighting.

Summary

reading and gaming fun for all ages, certain to be a hit with kids who are anticipating the film’s release.

Our Rating

 

Monsters University Storybook DeluxeMike and Sully will soon return in Monster’s University, a prequel to Disney’s über-successful movie Monster’s Inc. In preparation for the movies’ release the developers at Disney Interactive have just released Monster’s University Storybook Deluxe, a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that is certain to be a hit with kids who are anticipating the film’s release.

 

As it begins, the story draws the reader in, inviting her to create an ID -– just like at a real college! Kids can also return later to create additional IDs for their siblings, friends, or even their stuffed animals. The reader can also decorate her face with monster stickers if she likes. Next, it’s time to choose a major: scaring, computer science or philosophy? You decide.

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After creating the ID, the reader arrives at the main screen where she has a choice to read or play. At this point she can also visit the settings to turn off the sound or music, or change the language from English to one of 5 other options.

 

The story introduces us to Mike, whose dream is to enter “the best scaring program in the world” at Monster’s University. As the story of how Mike and Sully became BFFs unfolds, the reader receives gentle prompts to investigate the app’s hot spots.

 

Upon opening the game section, the player chooses a monster as her avatar. The five games are variations on a theme. To earn a passing grade the player must use tilt controls to avoid obstacles. Players earn rewards for successfully completing each game.

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Despite all the fun kids will have reading and playing with this app, there are a few drawbacks. There were glitches in the ID-creation section. The app froze if I tried to use a photo from the camera roll or if I took a picture, then didn’t accept it for the ID and wanted to try again.  The story section lacks word highlighting. Additionally, the app includes advertising in the settings section that takes the reader directly to the app store.

 

In summary, Monster’s University interactive is a fun, colorful companion to its namesake Disney movie. Mike and Sully fans of all ages will love this deluxe storybook app, which user humor to champion the power of friendship. Hopefully, the developer can address the glitches in the ID-creation section in an update.

If you would like to buy this app please use this link Monsters University Storybook Deluxe – Disney

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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/



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 - Kids' App
Tiny Firefighters - Kids' App
by wonderkind GmbH

Category: Books, Role Playing, 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: 250.46 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

Little Lion - For kids Little Lion - For kids by Vojo Produktion AB
Category: Games, Entertainment
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: 57.99 MB

$1.99USD

 

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.

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