Mini-U: The Kitchen by PopAppFactory – Review



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What we love…

Challenging educational games and cute digital toys in a virtual kitchen.

What we’d love to see…

More great stuff!

Summary

Attractive, engaging, entertaining, fun and educational, Mini-U: The Kitchen is an excellent learning app for children in Pre-K and K levels to develop essential thinking skills.

Our Rating

If you are not a fan of PopAppFactory apps yet, now is a great time to check them out. PopAppFactory has just made one of their apps, Memoria: Letters and Numbers Mix FREE and their other new apps are still discounted at $0.99. Out of their 40+ apps, my kindergartner’s favorite app is the Mini-U: The Kitchen. It has fun games that never fail to make him laugh and thinking games that help develop skills like concentration, attention to details, visual discrimination, problem solving and logical reasoning.

Mini-U: The Kitchen features six interactive mini games – Italian Chef, Breakfast Composer, Fridge Operator, Product Sorter, Morning Tunes and Cocktail Maker, each of these games provide lots of learning opportunities with multiple levels to play and they are not as simple as they look!

Italian chef

Drag different pasta pieces to complete a pasta puzzle and then paint it according to a given pattern. This requires the player to first identify the correct pasta shapes to match their shadow. This sounds easy but the app makes it just a little more challenging by putting in excess pasta pieces that look very similar. The process of coloring the pasta also requires some planning.

 

Breakfast composer

Find hidden breakfast items from the many, many similar items in the kitchen. It is not easy to sort out all the visual information to locate a particular item but hints are always available when you need it. My son was initially lost but with guidance on some simple strategies, he began to enjoy the game.

 


Fridge operator

Put in the correct food items that match the various shadow in the fridge. Once again, there are extra items that have the same shape and size, included just to confuse you like an iPhone and a chocolate bar!

 

Product sorter

Sort the shopping items into edible and inedible as the items fall out of the shopping bag. 2 cute characters will tell you if you have sorted correctly or not and it’s fun to watch them.

 

 


Cocktail maker

Blend 2 different vegetables and fruits to make drinks of the same color as the one requested in the app. Here, you have to experiment with fruits and vegetables of different types and sizes to get the right color and shade.

 

Morning tunes

Tap on 20 different items to create your own music. This is a fun game and my favorite is the singing cat!

 

 

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There is no time limit to complete each game level in this app and you can refresh the screen to change the puzzle/level. There was plenty of time for my son to ask me questions and for himself to think about his moves. I also like that the app gives a generous show of approval (both written and verbal) when the child does something right or completes a game level.

 

Every aspect of this app is outstanding, the graphics is superb with lots of details to discover, the colors are bold and vivid, the kitchen characters are cute, the games are familiar yet challenging and the enthusiastic cheers and encouragement from the kitchen characters provide a truly fun learning experience for the kids. I highly recommend it.

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Mini-U: The Kitchen – PopAppFactory

Mini-U: The Kitchen Mini-U: The Kitchen by PopAppFactory
Category: Education, Role Playing, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, 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: 85.75 MB

$2.99USD

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.

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Mini-U: The Kitchen – PopAppFactory

Mini-U: The Kitchen Mini-U: The Kitchen by PopAppFactory

Price: $2.99 USD

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OverColor – PopAppFactory

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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.


Moose & Zebra. Sweden by DashForward Lab LLC – Review and Giveaway



What we love…

Distinctive color pencil illustrations, a variety of preschool learning activities which introduce interesting facts about Sweden at the same time.

What we’d love to see…

Text highlighting and an activity reset button.

Summary

A kid-safe and unique app for kids to learn about Sweden while practicing important preschool skills.

Our Rating

Moose & Zebra are 2 animal friends who will bring your child explore a different time and place while practicing important preschool skills. In their first app, they visited Zebra’s homeland in Africa and in this second app, they are traveling to Moose’s birth place in Sweden where they will share with your child all things Swedish through 15 interesting activities (and all these for just $0.99).

This is an app where both adults and kids can discover new things together. Did you know that the biggest palace in the world is found in Sweden? Besides that, you will also learn about the Swedish capital, the Scandinavian countries and their flags, the native animals, symbols of Sweden, the Vikings, Swedish traditional dishes and fun trivia like a popular male name in Sweden that means bear.

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The 15 activities in Moose & Zebra (Sweden) are varied and age appropriate for preschoolers – matching, maze, categorization, spot the difference and mistakes, shapes sorting, connect the dots, counting, visual discrimination, size comparison, patterns and left/right orientation. If help is needed in any activity, kids can tap the hint button (with option to turn off) for assistance.

A stamp is given upon completion of an activity and the child will be prompted to proceed to the next activity. You can return to any completed activity and play again but if you wish to replay the activity right after completing it, you will have to move to another activity first and return. A reset button would be nice to have in this case. Nonetheless, navigation between the activities is smooth, you can use the forward/backward buttons on each page to change the activity or choose from the home page.

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The text is read but you can turn it off and do the same to the music background if you wish. Two language options are available – English and Russian, which is great but I feel a text highlighting feature should be added for the benefit of the targeted age group.

On the whole, this is a high quality educational app with an affordable price tag. I love its distinctive color pencil illustrations and the original idea of designing different activities around the theme of a particular country. If you have a preschooler, I’m sure he/she will enjoy learning and playing with this app. For a start, go get yourself the Free Moose & Zebra. Africa!

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Featured App: Minti Kids Dress Up Luca



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Minti Kids Dress Up LucaDo your kids love to buy outfits from Build-a-Bear and dress up their teddies? Then they’ll love the new app from Turkish developer Minti Kids. Minti Kids Dress up Luca is a child safe app with no adverts or in-app purchases. All external links are in a child-locked parents area; this also includes a video demonstration and suggestions on how to play with the app.

Luca is an adorable blue and white teddy bear but he doesn’t know what to wear -can your child help him to find the perfect outfit? Luca has a large wardrobe of clothes and the child can mix and match clothes and accessories to their hearts content.

What occasion is Luca getting dressed for now? Does he want to go out and play? Help him choose a shirt and shorts- maybe today he would like the orange T-shirt and blue shorts? As well as shorts and t-shirts he also has a selection of shoes, hats and accessories to choose from. If Luca is in a playful mood maybe he would like to wear a Santa hat, a pirate eye patch, or a cowboy hat?

Once Luca is in the perfect outfit for the occasion, the child can take a photo of him to save in their photo gallery. As well as taking a picture of him in his room they can also take him on an adventure and take pictures of him in their favorite places. Maybe they want a picture of Luca with the family pet, playing with their dolls, or visiting the beach? They can even add him to their own artwork by taking a picture of him with their masterpiece in the background. The child can pinch and zoom to make Luca appear bigger or smaller in the picture, and move him around- or even have him just peeking in at the edge of the picture.

Children can let their imagination soar mixing and matching different outfits for Luca to wear and then taking pictures of him on his adventures. After all that playing Luca is getting tired and ready for bed so it is time to pick out a pair of PJ’s and take a picture of him lying down ready for bed. After all Luca’s adventures it is a great time to sit down with your child and go through the photo gallery and talk about his different outfits and the different places and games he has been playing.

Built to entertain kids while improving their creativity ‘Minti Kids Dress Up Luca’ also promotes kids being giving and generous via helping Luca. A fun creative app designed for children aged 2-6 years, Minti Kids Dress up Luca is on an introductory sale for a limited time at 99c down from $2.99 so now is a great time to buy it!

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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).


Lola’s ABC Party 2 Kindergarten Practice by BeiZ – Review & Giveaway



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Review by Alison

What we love…

randomization of the various games which ensure children are engaged in the app

What we’d love to see…

language choice behind the parent lock, hints when children get questions wrong multiple times as well as a peek function

Summary

Engaging game for preschoolers and early elementary school children that rewards them for successfully completing early learning skills important for school

Our Rating

Reviewed by Alison
Lola’s ABC Party 2 Kindergarten Practice is a universal app for iOS designed by BeiZ. BeiZ is a game studio who has offices in China and Finland and has designed a number of games for iOS and Android. This app is aimed at older preschoolers and early elementary aged children and focuses on fine motor, spoken and written language. The app starts with four activities including: flying a kite, making a picnic, making dessert and a fruit basket. Upon successful completion of ten questions in each section, the child is rewarded with an item such as a kite, sandwich, fruit basket and creating ice cream cones! The app allows you to practice skills in US English, British English, Suomi and pycckmn. The app states that after completion, your child will have learned up to 160 new words via spelling, and spelling. As you complete all of the activities, children can see their creations and get excited about the picnic.

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Lola’s ABC Party includes practice necessary to prepare children for kindergarten including: word identification using both a visual and spoken word, spelling out words using phonetic spelling, visual identification of words with a common theme “find all the x” items. After successfully answering five questions in a row, children are able to pick from a reward which builds out a scene for them from objects that they choose. After ten correct answers you get to build a sandwich in one of the mini games. One of my son’s favorite games was writing out letters using the trace function which required that you stay on the dots to successfully complete the tracing. I also liked that when you were spelling a word, it required you to sequentially place them in order rather than just putting them in as you “found them.”

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In terms of enhancements, I would like to see language choice included in the parental lock section so that children can’t accidentally change the language. I would also like to see the ability to have hints when children get “stuck” rather than keep taking away choices from the field or just saying “oops”. My son was frustrated with the “drag the missing letters” game as he wanted to see the image so he could connect the word with the spelling, it would be nice to have a “peek option” to reduce frustration. It would also be nice to have a parental report section showing parents areas that children may need to work on.

The app includes no in-app purchases and there is a parental gate which hides access to social media and external links to iTunes and the internet.

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My son loved creating his own picnic after successfully completing each of the four activities and flying a kite – so much so that he wanted us to make one in real life!

The paid version is currently $1.99 and you can buy it Lola’s ABC Party 2 – Kindergarten practice – BeiZ“>here!

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Lola's ABC Party 2 - Kindergarten practice
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Category: Education, Family, 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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 51.87 MB

$2.99USD

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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.

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