An Adventure of Our Own – Review

An Adventure of Our Own – Review



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Frequent communication is key to strong parent-child relationship and here is an interesting way to get kids and their parents to interact while reading and playing together.

What we love…

Lots of decision making opportunities and open-ended questions to encourage parents and children’s full participation.

What we’d love to see…

A ‘read to me’ option and ability to save progress.

Summary

A great book app for parent-child interactions, providing readers with hours of imaginative play and valuable insights into the children’s minds.

Our Rating

An Adventure Of Our Own by Two Way Play is an interactive read and play book app for children and their parents (or other family members or even friends) to create their own adventure story together. While the sequence of events is fixed, readers build up the story by adding the details using the props (provided in-app) and their collective imagination.

The plot is jointly decided by the players and can change each time they play with the book. Right from the beginning of the story, the two players have to work together to flesh out their story. They begin by imagining and talk about what kind of emergency call they need to attend to. Different options are offered for each element in the story. While some aspects of the story (e.g. the setting and rescue plan) are agreed upon together, others are decided individually as each player select their own outfits, gadgets, vehicles and tools for their adventure.

There are lots of decision-making moments in this book and each comes with an open-ended question to encourage players to elaborate on their choices. This gave me valuable insights into my youngest son’s mind – his feelings, thoughts and the experiences that shaped his thinking. I was also careful not to impose my thoughts on his responses.

However, this story making session went on longer than what I had expected. I wish the app would allow me to save the progress of our story to be continued at the next session, instead of starting all over after we closed the app. Or perhaps give us a way to skip the earlier pages in the story as our choices before the rescue tools have no impact on the rest of the story. Also helpful if there are prompts on what actions are required on each page when there is no response from the players for a long time. For example, when players have to choose more than 1 item in order to move on to the next page. An added option for audio narration will also greatly benefit young readers playing with their friends.

While its simple illustrations (that look like children’s drawings), the minimal sound effects and animation allow players to focus on their collaboration itself, the app may come across as amateurish for those of us who are accustomed to more sophisticated book apps. Perhaps this is intentional.

Nonetheless, I like this new and meaningful way of sharing a read and play book app. My son likes the imaginative names of the various items in the story (e.g. seeing eye crystal and 3-wishes poof powder) as they give him all sorts of fun ideas on how to use them. Our story got more exciting because of them. The end of the story is unusual too as readers are asked about their feelings and thoughts on their adventure together. Helpful words like brave, clever, heroic, successful and tired are offered to facilitate the discussion. The app ends with yet another opportunity to talk – take another selfie, go to sleep or go on another adventure?

Overall, I recommend that you check it out. An Adventure of Our Own is a great book app for parent-child interactions, providing you with hours of imaginative play and valuable insights into your children’s minds.

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An Adventure Of Our Own

An Adventure Of Our Own An Adventure Of Our Own by Two Way Play
Category: Books, Education
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: 122.1 MB

$0.99USD

 

 

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.
 Roxy and the Ballerina Robot – Review

Roxy and the Ballerina Robot – Review



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There has been a dearth of book apps on families that are relevant to today’s world. This makes a simple and realistic story like Roxy and the Ballerina Robot by Jackrabbit Publishing LLC a rare treat for families who are looking for stories that their children can relate to personally.

What we love…

Characters and issues that young children can relate to personally.

What we’d love to see…

A more challenging task for unlocking access to external links. Perhaps using ‘Dad’ and ‘Mum’ in place of their names in the story.

Summary

Readers learn about wise money habits in this rare book app that promotes strong relationship in the modern family.

Our Rating

The story begins with Roxy’s desire to buy the newest toy, the Ballerina Robot after watching its commercial. She starts to save up and happily completes her daily chores to earn money in order to buy the toy. However, she got discouraged when she did not succeed and became angry. Sounds familiar? Your children will be eager to know how Roxy worked out a plan and succeeded in the end.

Children being influenced by toy commercials is a sign of the times that we all have to face. How do we teach our children how to deal with their wants, work towards their goals, resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward? This book offers you opportunities to discuss these modern day issues with your children and teach them important life values at the same time.

I like that this story presents strong and healthy family relationships which is important for any family configuration. Spending time together doing routine stuff provides the adults in the family with lots of teachable moments in a non-intimidating way. Roxy and her dad don’t just share fun times together but they have rough moments as well. Whatever the situation is, there is always communication between them.

My youngest enjoyed reading the story by himself and found it refreshingly different from the usual make-believe storybook apps that he is used to. I think he likes it because he can totally relate to Roxy. For younger readers, the book app comes with an option for audio narration and has the words highlighted in sync with the narration (available in English, Spanish and French). Furthermore, it allows readers to tap and hear individual words which helps them to learn new words. There is also a page menu that can take readers directly to any of the 28 pages in the story.

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to start a good personal habit like saving. In this story, Roxy becomes more aware about her impulsive spending habits and learns how she can be patient and in control of her money. So if you are planning to introduce (or reintroduce) your children to a saving habit, Roxy and the Ballerina Robot is the perfect book choice to help kick start it.

Get to know the author and the inspiration behind his book app in our interview with him here.

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Roxy and the Ballerina Robot Roxy and the Ballerina Robot by Jackrabbit Publishing LLC
Category: Books, Education
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: 117.63 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.
 EduGuru Maths Kids age 3-5 educational games by The Game Creators – Review

EduGuru Maths Kids age 3-5 educational games by The Game Creators – Review



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As an app reviewer who has tried many Maths app, I don’t get impressed very often. But EduGuru Maths Kids age 3-5 educational games by The Game Creators made me sit up and pay attention with its well designed Maths games that introduce Maths concepts progressively to young players in a visual way.

What we love…

A variety of skill building games to help students learn and practise a range of Maths concepts.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to repeat the audio of instructions for all games.

Summary

A well designed app that introduces Maths concepts progressively to young players while challenging them to think and learn beyond memorisation.

Our Rating

There are altogether 8 games, each with several game levels, targeting a range of important mathematical concepts and skills:-

* Cosmic Counting – counting to 20, more or less, number patterns, number order, number sets, odd one out
* Meadow Maths – counting on and back, adding up and taking away up to 10
* Shape Sort – shapes, colours, colouring shapes, odd one out, pattern puzzles
* Fishing Fun – size, weight, comparing quantities, high and low, far and near, big and small
* Space Solver – matching, doubling, halving, sharing out items
* Captain Clock – minute hand, hour hand, setting the analogue clock to the hour
* Money Pig – UK coins – 1 pence to 2 pounds, putting coins in order of value, coin values
* Match Up – shape identification, counting to 15

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From the home screen, kids can choose to play any of the games and they have to complete each game level in order to unlock the next. You can set up the game levels to be partially or even all unlocked if you find the lower levels to be too basic for your child. This level control however, applies to all the user accounts (up to 6 accounts).

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What I like about this app is the gradual incremental level of difficulty in the games where a new skill is added one level at a time while building upon the skills that were practiced in earlier levels. For example in the Meadow Maths game, children are at first given the exact number of farm animals to put into the pen, then they are given more than the required number of animals to add into the pen. After that, kids practise taking away the extra animals out of the pen before they are tasked to find out how many animals to add or take away from the pen to match the number requested. A number sentence is displayed at the top and the app will show if the answer submitted by the child is correct or not, visually.

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If kids find the progress to be too fast, repeated play of the earlier game levels (different questions each time) will help them build confidence. Each game level is short in duration and kids can switch to another game before they get bored or frustrated. Or they can turn to the nursery rhymes on the home screen for entertainment.

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There are many Maths skills that are being introduced here. Some of the more advanced concepts are even appropriate for the early elementary level. However, there is no direct teaching in most of the game levels. Instead, the app equips you with the game descriptions and objectives. While kids will learn as they play the games in sequence, more challenging concepts like doubling and halving (early multiplication and division) will need your guidance.

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You can see how well your child is progressing by looking at the number of stars and the type of medal (bronze, silver and gold) he/she has achieved for each game – straightforward progress tracking and simple rewards that will appeal to younger children.

This app is the first in the EduGuru series of educational apps for the 3-5 age group, the other three being English, Science & Technology and Art & Music. Based on the high quality shown in this Maths app, I anticipate more creative skill building EduGuru games that will make children think. Meanwhile, download the free lite version of the app and try some of the games. It’s worth the time and effort!

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EduGuru Maths Kids age 3-5 educational games EduGuru Maths Kids age 3-5 educational games by The Game Creators
Category: Education, Reference
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: 78.32 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.

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.
 HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities – Review

HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities – Review



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Kudos to you if you have been sharing nursery rhymes with your children to help develop their language skills and to teach them early math concepts like counting and sequencing. Children love nursery rhymes, and besides singing and acting out the rhymes, we can use these rhymes to engage our kids in educational activities that further develop their cognitive skills.

What we love…

Familiar nursery rhymes that kids love.

What we’d love to see…

Include lyrics for singing along and have all child-protected external links accessible from one place.

Summary

A combination of learning and entertainment with kids’ favorite nursery rhyme characters in one app.

Our Rating

The HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities is a collection of fun learning games that feature 20 of kids’ favorite rhymes:-

• Ten Green Bottles
• ABC Song
• Incy Wincy Spider
• Ice Cream Song
• Wheels On The Bus
• Row Row Row Your Boat
• Animal Fair
• Pop Goes The Weasel
• Once I Caught A Fish Alive
• Five Little Monkeys
• Baa Baa Black Sheep
• One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
• Muffin Man
• Jack and Jill
• Old MacDonald
• Humpty Dumpty
• Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
• Pat-a-cake
• I’m a Little Teapot
• Hickory Dickory Dock

Kids can either play along or sing along with these rhymes. To play the activities, kids tap the ‘play’ button from the main screen or from the sing-along section. The play section is a scrollable world full of characters from the rhymes. Each character will bring you to an activity that relates to the rhyme, as evident in the setting, characters and background music used in the activity. Within each activity, there are 2 buttons – one for repeating the instructions and the other to switch the audio to the instrumental version of the rhyme (perfect for singing along).

There is a variety of activities included like matching, puzzles, maze, spot-the-difference, stickers, dress-up and simple endless runner games. The activities are age appropriate and short, each start with prompts to help kids take their first step towards success. Once a game is completed, kids are rewarded with fireworks and then the app moves on automatically to the next rhyme activity. The games are different each time an activity is repeated.

These activities are designed to help develop skills like attention, memory, visual discrimination, visual spatial understanding, hand-eye coordination, letter and color recognition, one-to-one correspondence and counting. It’s learning and entertainment combined in one app!

For breaks in between learning sessions, kids can tap on the radio icon to listen to the 20 nursery rhymes playing on a loop. Alternatively, they can search through the rhymes and pick on their favourites.

The catchy tunes and repetitive nature of nursery rhymes make them great memory aids for our kids. Kids love them because the stories are often funny. Pairing them with learning activities is a clever way to get our kids interested and stay engaged. Check out HooplaKidz Nursery Rhymes Activities (free lite version is available) and watch how your kids interact and learn with their favorite nursery rhyme characters!

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HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities by HooplaKidz
Category: Education, Games
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
Size: 45.96 MB

$7.99USD

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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.

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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