Zap Zap Math – K6 Math Games by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. – Review



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What we love…

Fun easy to use leveled math app that encouraged my son to practice his math skills

What we’d love to see…

ability to test out of content your child may already be familiar with, ability to turn off the sound affects within the app

Summary

I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills.

Our Rating

Zap Zap Math - K6 Math GamesZap Zap Math – K6 Math Games by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd. is a universal app for iOS that focuses on #commoncore math skills.  The free app with gated in-app purchases (IAP) includes content for children from kindergarten through sixth grade to learn, master and be quizzed on math materials using games.  The app itself contains over 150 games and over 180 math subtopics and is common core aligned to the Ontario Curriculum for Mathematics.  For purposes of the review, I was given a full user ID and tested using second grade material since that is the grade my older son is in.   The premium subscription is $9.99 USD and is charged on an annual basis.  For those that purchase the full subscription there is also a web-based dashboard so you can check on your child’s progress.

Skills practiced within the app include:  Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Ratios, Multiplication, Geometry, Coordinates, Measurements, Angles, Time.  Each “year” within the app is a full school year’s worth of content which is fantastic for home practice during homework time, for homeschooling families or simply to prevent the “summer slide”.

Within the app, there are four different skill areas to use: training, accuracy, speed, mission.  There is no spoken language contained within the app, but there are written directions as well as video tutorials to show you what to do for each of the mini games.  After completing problems correctly, the words “good job” or stars are flashed on the screen.  After taking the quiz, you are shown the results of your work as well as given a time bonus (if completed faster than allowed) to give you a total score.

  • Training – this is the area where your child learns the skill and gets a tutorial about how to do it.
  • Accuracy – your child uses the skill to answer questions faster and more accurately
  • Speed Building – the skill itself is learned and now the focus is on completing the task in a faster manner
  • Mission – this brings all the pieces together when you rocket into outer space with a fun mini game

One of the things we liked was that there was a tutorial for each type of game.  This made sure we understood how to play it because it included step by step directions and a sample problem for you to complete.  My son in particular enjoyed the hive game as he had to connect different equations together to complete the problem.  At the end of each mission, you see your accuracy and score as well as a number of “Z” coins which are in app currency to purchase items.  We also liked the wide variety of games and frankly the huge amount of free content available to users without purchasing a subscription.  This app really allowed you to “try before you buy”.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if there were a way to “test” out of content.  My son was familiar in some cases with the content and kept telling me how “boring” it was to have to relearn a skill that he already knew.   I also would like to be able to turn off the background sound within the app, my son found the ticking and various noises distracting so we ended up muting our device, but it would be nice if there was an easier way to do it.  I’d also like a collaboration space, my son’s math curriculum is very visually based and several times he actually wanted to use the number line or draw out the math problem.  You can see the number line in the training mode, but you can’t manipulate it which was something he requested.  I would also like to see a parent gated area that contains the rating as well as a way to see the dashboard from my device in a future release.

Zap Zap Math

Above is a screenshot of a sample dashboard that shows what skills each student is practicing along with accuracy, amount of time played, number of attempts.  You can also click through to get a more detailed report.

I am looking forward to continuing to use the app with my son for his remaining homework assignments before school lets out and during the summer for part of his screen time to ensure that he stays on track with his math skills.  This is a great app to try and see if it works for your family, the $9.99 in app purchase/annually seems affordable for the amount of content contained within the app.  There are external links, however, they are parental gated.

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Zapzapmath School : K-6 Games
Zapzapmath School : K-6 Games
by Visual Math Interactive Sdn. Bhd.

Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 263.56 MB

$FREE

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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.



Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games by 77Sparx Studio, Inc. – Review



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What we love…

fun interactive puzzle game that includes IAP to buy additional puzzles

What we’d love to see…

a way to save photos, a trophy case for the mini game achievements

Summary

Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns.  I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!

Our Rating

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational GamesAs a mom of two kids, Puzzingo by 77Sparx Studio, Inc, a universal app for iOS has saved me hundreds of hours of cleaning up pieces, trying to find missing ones or worse yet not being able to complete a puzzle in the limited time I had with my kids.   Puzzingo recently launched a bunch of new great updates which include new puzzles, more animations and sounds and encourages kids to look at the pieces to fit them into the right spot.  The app encourages kids to look at the pieces offered, and then figure out which of the spots they fit into.  This free version of the app includes a free daily puzzle as well as in-app purchases protected by a parental gate to purchase additional content.  You can set the puzzles to be “easy” or “super easy” and the music can be turned on or off.

Puzzingo has added a lot of great new content to the app this year which includes: pirates, music, bugs, sports, fairytales, as well as 15 new mini games just in 2016!

One of the things I like about the app is that it only gives two choices at a time when putting the puzzle together, that means that my two and a half year old isn’t overwhelmed by all the potential choices of which puzzle piece to pick.  I also love that when I use it with him we can talk about what the pieces are – for example we recently played with the new bugs puzzle, because what little boy doesn’t love bugs!  First, you “pop” open the present and then you are given two pieces which you have to fit into the puzzle.  I also liked that the names of the items are spoken and if it is put in the wrong place more than once, you are gently guided using a red arrow to put it in the right spot.  As you add more items to the puzzle, it becomes more complex and the picture begins to fill in.   After you finish the puzzle, you can then “create the bug” by picking your favorite choices of the interactive bug and when you are done you “exit”.  I also like the brightly colored illustrations which both my kids liked as well.  I also liked that once you buy a in-app purchase pack or if you buy the “all access pass” you continue to be able to keep your content. We also named the shapes and worked on shape recognition to realize what pieces fit into what spots.

My older son loves sports, so he was happy to see a new sports puzzle added to the app.  He loved the football puzzle the most and liked how the images filled in and completed the puzzle after he added the pieces. He did struggle a bit with the mini game where you kicked the football but finally figured out that if you tapped toward the right side of the he would be able to get a trophy.  I really like the illustrations and that the spoken words are clear, no matter what the language is.  There are visual and audio cues designed to make the app usable by toddlers and special needs kids.

 

There are parental gates which requires answering a simple math problem in order to access a parental control area which includes email, social media and internet.

In terms of enhancements, my son wanted to be able to “save” his completed puzzles to the camera roll.  We just did this by taking a snapshot of my iPad using the home and power button.  It would also be fun, according to him if we were able to save the mini games and trophies in a case.

Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns.  I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games

Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Price: $FREE

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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.



Drawp Unlimited by Moondrop Entertainment – Review



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What we love…

easy to use child-safe drawing app which features pre-designed canvases as well as the ability to create your own and share with others in a child safe environment.  I also loved the narration feature as well.

What we’d love to see…

more textures similar to traditional drawing media like crayons and colored pencils with the ability to tighten up the tip size more easily

Summary

Comprehensive drawing app that allows both open drawing as well as canvases that you can fill in with your creations. The narration feature and ability to share artwork safely set this app apart from others in the category.

Our Rating

Drawp Unlimited - Family Art and Messaging AppDrawp Unlimited by Moondrop Entertainment is an iPad only app which allows your child to create original artwork.  After the artwork is created it can be shared via the Drawp.it website for viewing/printing via a single swipe which does not require your child to have any external access points.  The app features entry either via a child or grownup section.  Once you are in the app you can either go into the drawing room where you can create new art, view your drawings, see any friends (which are created via a parent account) or look at your profile.

Once you go into the drawing room, you can choose either a blank canvas which allows you to create either using a blank canvas or one of the other pre-designed canvases which are similar to coloring pages where you can fill them in using the color palette.  One of the unique features of the app is the ability to record your voice after you finish your drawing which can be used to narrate it or simply announce the title.  We also liked the uncluttered interface which meant that younger children could use it without feeling overwhelmed with all the drawing options, while older children could and try out textures like crayon wax (similar to shading with the side of a crayon), hair wax (similar to using a highlighter on the edges and a thick tip in the middle), builder bits (which made a design similar to a racetrack with different pieces, thunder trouble (similar effect to a watercolor painting where you do drops on a canvas,Collide-O-Chromes (which reminded me of chopped up crayon bits melted together in a confetti pattern), fluff fiesta (which is similar to using puffy paint), cotton candy (similar to a soft pastel like cotton candy at a fair).  He used both a stylus as well as his finger – the stylus was a bit tricky to get the designs right for his abstract art since he couldn’t choose the tip size perfectly (there is a way to choose larger or smaller but it’s preset limits didn’t let him get the exact tip he wanted).

My son spent hours exploring this app and has used it to create both the pre-made canvases as well as his own versions of abstract art.  He also took a few selfies using the camera function and then drew onto them with a variety of fun designs.    He did use the letters to practice his upper case and lower case letters which was a good way to practice on the iPad using a stylus.  As a parent, I liked that it was easy to use and had a short learning curve for my son to start using it.  He loves creating art and so this was a fun way for our family to be able to see it.  We did use the Drawp.it website but primarily saved it to the camera roll since I wanted to share the photos with our family using the Tinybeans app which I used to share photos already.  One enhancement in the app that I liked, was the ability to print out his creations.  You can print out individual pictures, create a canvas wrap for the wall, create a photo book of masterpieces created throughout the year, or even greeting cards.  I liked the greeting card option, because it meant my son could create a card and then I could have them printed for invitations, or even thank you notes.  I liked that it was easier to upload creations as my son had several traditional media drawings that he wanted to upload to the gallery to share with family. Another fun feature – we hadn’t initially considered was the ability to share drawings like a game of “what is this” back and forth using contacts which was fun since we used it almost like Pictionary or “what is this”.

My son told me he missed some of the traditional textures like colored pencils or a traditional crayon.  There are palettes which allow you to color but they don’t give the refined lines like a crayon or the shading you can get from a colored pencil.  I also had some trouble inside the parental area when I uploaded photos as there was a delay in getting my photos but I’m not sure if that was my wi-fi or just the site being slow.  I also would have liked an easier way to add contacts.

Overall, this is a fun app that has some great enhancements compared to the original including the ability to print your artwork.  It can be used really from toddler age up and provides a medium to be able to store your artwork safely in the cloud.  The narration feature sets this app apart from other drawing apps as it allows your child to provide a description or even share their voice while using the app.

Versions of the app

Drawp Unlimited: creation app with swipe to share capabilities, over 200 paint textures/colors and unlimited cloud storage with no IAP or advertising. Includes access to Drawp.it website where the gallery can be shared with unlimited storage and items can be ordered/printed.

Drawp Unlimited
Drawp Unlimited
by Moondrop Entertainment L.L.C.

Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 58.46 MB

$0.99USD

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Drawp Lite – Free with IAP – All the same features as Drawp Unlimited except there are only 2 paint textures, has IAP for more textures, colors and full version. Parent section of the app has in-app advertising, but the child section/accounts do not have in app advertising. Includes access to Drawp.it website but has storage maximums where the gallery can be shared and items can be ordered/printed.

Drawp Lite
Drawp Lite
by Moondrop Entertainment L.L.C.

Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 58.5 MB

$FREE

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Drawp for School – This app is for teachers and students. It includes all the art and creation tools of the Drawp for families apps, but it also includes teacher workflow features, and tools for monitoring collaboration among students. It does not currently include access to Drawp.it website, although that may be added in the future.


Drawp for School
Drawp for School
by Moondrop Entertainment L.L.C.

Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 77.78 MB

$FREE

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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.



Sortly – Moving, Organizing & Inventory by My Things App Inc. – Review



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What we love…

simple, easy to use app that helps you get organized in a fast easy way

What we’d love to see…

“pre-set” with typical items in a home to allow for on the fly start rather than having snap pictures and go

Summary

Easy to use inventory app which helps you keep track of your high value belongings, warranty information as well as prepare for a move.  Perfect for a busy mom!

Our Rating

recommended

Sortly is an app for iOS which allows you to organize your life using your iOS device to document your inventory, personal belongings room by room as well as use photos, create QR tags and more.  Using the app you can make a home inventory, take photos and keep track of any collectible items, organize for your upcoming move and for small business owners keep track of your physical inventory.

We have moved six times since we have been married – and I really wish I had known about this app during our many moves including one where our items went into storage for six weeks.  It certainly would have made the packing and unpacking process easier since we re-used our boxes a couple of times and items ended up in the wrong room, wrong floor and sometimes just in the wrong place entirely.  I also used it to write down information about my kitchen appliances including the serial number, warranty information and any repair work that had been completed.  I could take a photo of the repair order and keep it in my app for future reference.  You could also use it to catalog a book collection

One of my favorite things about the app was the ability to create a home inventory using my iPad and taking photos of the items at the same time which meant if something was stolen, I had a photo that was easily accessible on my iPad.  The app allows you to backup to the cloud (200 for the free version, unlimited for the paid version) as well as print QR labels, and export your data into PDF.  I can especially see the PDF being helpful during a move, because that way you have an inventory and can figure out quickly which boxes need to be opened first upon the move.   I also liked the “tagging” feature which allowed me to create and search on tags within the app.  I also used it to keep an inventory of baby supplies at home including my supply of diapers, wipes, shoe sizes, clothing sizes so that if I happened to come upon a good deal for an item I knew immediately what vital measurements were for my children.  The video function was perfect for my high value items so I could demonstrate the item and provide a bit more history/background on it just in case I needed it for an insurance inventory.  I also found it helpful when my refrigerator failed and I needed to pull up the warranty information recently which was very easy with the app.

In terms of enhancements to the app – I’d like to see a “pre-set” which would help with the home inventory or moving checklist which contains items that you usually have in your home like a desk, washer/dryer, etc.  That way you could snap photos of your items using your iOS device and begin the inventory quickly on the fly rather than trying to create it as you went which would automate it a bit.

Overall, this app would be great for a small business, someone who was moving or even someone who needed to do a home inventory.  The free version of the app will give you a great “test drive” and then if you find it useful you can upgrade it to the full version for more features and the ability to print as well as backup to the cloud.  I know that it was a huge help finding warranty information and if I ever have to move again, I will be using it to keep track of my items ahead of time!

Sortly - Inventory Simplified
Sortly - Inventory Simplified
by Sortly Inc.

Category: Productivity, Lifestyle
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: 69.99 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.

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.

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