Tiny Hands Raccoon’s Treehouse – Review




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What we love…

Bright, colorful, graphics with engaging characters and games that change slightly with each play

What we’d love to see…

addition of important vocabulary such as naming the colors, shapes, vegetables and household objects

Summary

Overall this is a very well-made, engaging educational app for toddlers and pre-school aged children which works on important skills including: sorting, classifying, memory, visual perception and hand-eye coordination. I would definitely recommend downloading the free version to try it out for yourself.

Our Rating

TinyHands Raccoons Treehouse Full Version, Educational learning games for babies toddlers and preschool kidsTinyHands Raccoon’s Treehouse is a fun, educational app for young children. it is available in 2 versions – a full version and a free lite version. Neither version has any adverts or in-app purchases, the lite version has a child-locked app store link to the full version. The lite version includes 3 mini- games and the full version has 12 mini-games.

The games work on important pre-school skills such as sorting by color, shape, size and pattern, matching, pairing and memory. Each game is randomized so it is slightly different each time the child plays which adds to the replay value. When they complete a game the child is rewarded with a short animation from that scene.The app features errorless learning- if the child chooses the wrong object they just get to try again until it is correct. If the child is having difficulties the app will show them what they need to do.

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Games in the free version:

Build-  Baby Raccoon’s toys have fallen apart and he needs the child’s help to rebuild them. These are simple puzzles such as putting a door, truck bed and wheels on a dump truck.  They need to fix 3 toys to complete the game.

Pairing- It’s laundry time! Mama Raccoon is doing the wash, the child helps her by matching each of the 8 clothing items to its outline as they put them in the washing machine.

Sorting– It’s harvest time on the farm and the child helps Farmer Raccoon by picking the fruit and putting the right color fruit in each crate.

Additional Games in the Full Version:

Matching Polycubes– Raccoon is in the bath and a bunch of tiles are missing from the bathroom wall – the child needs to match the blocks of 2-4 tiles to where they are missing from.

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Clothes– Help Sister raccoon to get dressed- she is wearing a necklace with a shape on it. The child must pick all the parts of her outfit that show the same shape.

Place-  Raccoon is relaxing at home, but a variety of objects are out of place, the child needs to put them all back where they belong.

Matching Shapes- A watering can has several different shaped holes in it, the child must put the correct shapes in the holes (like in a shape sorter toy). Once they are in the right place the watering can can be used to water the flowers.

Classifying – Mama Raccoon is in the kitchen she needs to put away food and kitchen objects in the fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards. The child needs to help her put them in the right place whilst ignoring animals and objects that don’t belong, such as an owl and slipper.

Sorting Size- It is dinner time in the Raccoon household, all the family members have different size plates and the child needs to serve them the right portion size for their meal.

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Matching Shape and Pattern– Raccoon is camping in a patchwork tent but it has a bunch of different shaped holes. The child mends the tent by picking the right patches that match both for shape and pattern.

Series – Papa Raccoon is in his workshop where he has a bunch of tools to put away. He keeps them stored in size order and the child needs to help him hang them up in the right order.

Memory – Out in the vegetable garden there are 12 plots each marked with a sign. Once the signs are turned around the child must remember where each crop was and find the pairs.

The games feature bright, colorful, graphics with engaging characters and and I like how they change slightly with each play. They work on important pre-school skills including: sorting and classifying, memory, visual perception and hand-eye coordination.

The app currently includes no spoken or written language, but I would love to see the addition of important vocabulary such as naming the colors, shapes, vegetables and household objects.

Overall this is a very well-made, engaging educational app for toddlers and pre-school aged children. I would definitely recommend downloading the free version to try it out for yourself.

Tiny Hands Raccoon’s Treehouse Free Lite Version


Raccoon Treehouse: learning games for toddlers Raccoon Treehouse: learning games for toddlers by TINYHANDS APPS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING GAMES FOR BABIES TODDLERS AND KIDS CORP.

Price: $FREE

*** Fun EDUCATIONAL game for toddlers of AGE 3 and up
*** SORT, MATCH, CLASSIFY and BUILD by shape, pattern, color and everyday objects
*** Developed with certified child psychologists
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Tiny Hands Raccoons Treehouse Full Version


TinyHands Raccoon Treehouse - Full Version TinyHands Raccoon Treehouse - Full Version by TINYHANDS APPS EDUCATIONAL LEARNING GAMES FOR BABIES TODDLERS AND KIDS CORP.

Price: $9.99 USD

*** Full Version of the App - No further purchase required ***

*** Fun EDUCATIONAL game for toddlers of AGE 3 and up
*** SORT, MATCH, CLASSIFY and BUILD by shape, pattern, color and everyday.

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).


The Snow Queen, Animated Story by Saturn Animation Studios Inc. – Review



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What we love…

A version that stays true to the original version. Beautiful illustrations and engaging narration.

What we’d love to see…

Shorter loading time for the pages and read-along text highlighting.

Summary

A superb storytelling of The Snow Queen, a classic tale about how a girl’s purity and innocence of heart triumph over the evil.

Our Rating

I’ve always love Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for providing a progressive role model for girls. It’s a tale of how the brave and faithful Gerda overcame obstacles and winning over various characters to help her in her quest to find and save Kay from the Snow Queen. Her love for Kay also set him free from the evil magic mirror slivers in his heart and eye.

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There are many versions to the tale, differing in how the magic mirror came about, the relationship between Kay and Gerda (siblings in some adaptations and friends in others) and the characters who helped Gerda (the river, the rose tree, the Old Lady, the crows, the Prince and Princess, the little robber girl, the reindeer, the Lapland and Finland women), etc. It is a long tale and quite frequently it is shortened for younger children.

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A superb simplified version can be found in the new app, The Snow Queen, Animated Story by Saturn Animation Studios Inc. It stays true to the original story but uses simpler words (choice of English or Russian) to present the tale to children of all ages. Confident readers can turn off the narration (there is a separate control for the sound effects) and read by themselves while younger children can opt for the autoplay mode. What is missing for now is a read-along text highlighting option.

Lightly animated with appropriate sound effects and supported by interactive activities that enrich the story as it is being told, there are no random actions that would distract the reader from immersing himself in the story. Interactive activities include playing with snowflakes, musical glass splinters and flowers, rub and reveal images, puzzles and more. There is something to touch and play with on every page.

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I really like the engaging narration and the rich illustrations. The 8 puzzles included are nice additions to the story, especially the page where kids help to complete the task of forming the word ETERNITY, a task given by the Snow Queen and if completed, will allow Kay to leave the Snow Queen’s palace.

Even though The Snow Queen’s main character is a girl, I knew my 7 year-old son would enjoy it since he loves stories about heroines (like in Frozen and Brave). However, his attention did wander off when he had to wait for each page to load. The story itself is long (34 pages) but he finished the whole story the first time with me. His subsequent reads were shorter and it’s great that the app remembers where he has stopped the last time and the page menu also allows him to go to specific pages easily.
 

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The story of Kay and Gerda tells kids that true friendship and sincerity can melt even the coldest and harshest of hearts. It is a tale that all kids should be exposed to and here is a superb storytelling of the classic tale with beautiful illustrations, non-distracting animations, suitably-placed interactive activities and engaging narration. It is an adventure story involving many colorful characters which will appeal to both boys and girls.

The complete animated and narrated story is free with interactivity turned on for the first 10 pages, a $1.99 in-app-purchase will activate the interactive activities on the remaining 34 pages. Download the app now to enjoy this beautiful classic.

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The Snow Queen, Animated Story – Saturn Animation Studios Inc.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. by Saturn Animation Studios Inc.
Category: Games, Books, Family, Puzzle
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, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 418.9 MB

$FREE

 

 

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.


Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning- Review



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What we love…

Presents important multiplication and division concepts in a way even young children can understand, bright, colorful, engaging math app.

What we’d love to see…

Addition of narration and more levels.

Summary

Overall, a well designed supplementary maths app that gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts and by teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related.

Our Rating

Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide BasicsLumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide basics is the latest educational app from British app developer Lighthouse Learning. The iMums have previously reviewed Dragon Shapes, Shapes Arts and Fruity Fractions from Lighthouse Learning, and Lumio Farm Factor has a very similar format- bright, colorful graphics, multiple levels and short video clips appearing periodically between levels. Farm Factor has 2 sections: Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide, each section has 30 levels. A free lite version is available with 4 free levels in each section and a single IAP to unlock the full app. A full version is also available with no IAPs, this review is of the full version. It is child safe with no adverts and all external links are behind parental gates.

The app is designed to teach children how multiplication is related to both addition and division. In Mystery Multiplication the child is taught to think of multiplication as shorthand for repeated addition of the same number e.g. 5 x 7 is the same as 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7. In Veggie Divide they are taught that multiplication and division are opposites, and that you can use your knowledge of multiplication to solve division problems. Because they teach multiplication and division as an ongoing process, I would strongly recommend doing all the levels in Mystery Multiplication before moving on to Veggie Divide.

The student is first taught to represent multiplication problems using boxes and vegetables. For instance they might have 6 pumpkins and 3 boxes, if they divide the 6 pumpkins evenly each box contains 2 pumpkins. So 3 boxes of 2 pumpkins represents 3×2 and this is the same as 2+2+2. Once they have mastered this concept they are taught that you can also represent a multiplication problem using rows so 3×6 could be represented as 3 rows of 6 peppers.

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Veggie Divide concentrates on the concept that multiplication and division are opposites. As in Mystery Multiplication it represents the problems using boxes or rows of vegetables. This time under each visual representation are 2 related problems, for instance 2 rows of 7 peppers can show both 2×7=14 and 14 ÷ 2 = 7. Each problem has missing factors and the child needs to fill in what is missing to complete the 2 equations.

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The first time student attempts any problem in the left sidebar there is a short animated clip of how to solve this type of problem along with written directions. The student can see this again any time by pressing the i tab, but there are no verbal directions. This is really useful for reinforcing the learning, but the child needs to be a confident reader to fully utilize it. I used the app with my 7 year old son and daughter, who both enjoyed it and were successfully able to do both the multiplication and division problems with the app. However, I did need to help them with the app solely because they couldn’t confidently read the directions, so I would really like to see narration added. The app spends a lot of time teaching children how to represent equations pictorially, and how to understand the relationship between addition, multiplication, and division, but less time practicing solving equations, so I would like to see more levels added with extra equations to solve.

I think this is a very useful supplementary math app for teaching multiplication and division. Unlike mosts apps for these subjects it does not teach math facts, but instead concentrates on getting the student to understand the fundamentals of what multiplication and division really mean, and how they are related to each other and to addition. Learning these concepts and learning to visually represent the problems are very useful as it gives children important tools to let them solve new problems. I do think children also need to learn math facts (e.g. the times tables) as this is important for being able to answer questions quickly, so I wouldn’t use this as the only method of teaching multiplication and division, but as a supplementary app that really increases the child’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts it is a valuable learning tool.

Overall, a well designed, bright colorful supplementary maths app with high quality animation. I like how it gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts. By teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related which, I believe, makes learning division less daunting. In a future update I would like to see the addition of narration and more levels.



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

Ready for a crunchy, farm-fresh math treat? Solve satisfying veggie number problems and unlock two harvest adventures as you progress.

'Bright, colorful, engaging app... Gives children an opportunity.



Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $FREE

Ready for a crunchy, farm-fresh math treat? Solve satisfying veggie number problems and unlock two harvest adventures as you progress.

'Bright, colorful, engaging app... Gives children an opportunity.

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).


News: Todo Math for iPad Makes Summer A Time of Learning Gain



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Todo Math for iPad Makes Summer A Time of Learning Gain
Award-winning iOS exclusive education app is now available for free on the App  Store with 10 new games, adventure mission play mode, progress reports and  more

Berkeley, CA – June 19, 2014 – LocoMotive Labs, an award-winning  educational app developer, today announced a major update to the Todo Math App for iPad, now available for free only on the App store with 10  new games and a mission mode play feature that offers guided curriculum based activities for more engaged learning. The widespread availability of Todo Math, a suite of 18 multi-level math games and 30+ curriculum based activities, is aimed at combating summer learning loss for graduating preschoolers and kindergarten students.

Studies show when children aren’t given high quality enriching learning experiences during the summer months, they experience “Summer Learning Loss” or “Summer Slide.” Most students lose about two months of
grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months, according to the National Summer Learning Association.

“We believe that parents, when given the right materials, are empowered to sustain and accelerate their child’s learning over the summer,” says Sooinn Lee, CEO and co-founder of LocoMotive Labs. “In conjunction with the National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Learning Day on Friday, June 20, we are excited to provide Todo Math for free (with in-app purchase) to fight summer learning loss experienced by all students.”

Todo Math offers games and activities to help children, ages four to seven years old, master foundational math skills preparing them for future academic success. Designed by game developers and teachers, Todo Math is a research-based, classroom-tested and aligned to international standards and the U.S. Common Core State Standards. As children continue to practice math using the Todo Math App, parents can feel confident that their child’s math practice will transfer to the classroom and real-life.

“Few parents have the time and money to spend time searching for individual math apps for their children,” says Alison Hirst of the popular iMums app review site. “Todo Math offers parents an exceptional and comprehensive all-in-one math app that children will love to play all summer long.”

Todo Math Features:

• 18 multi-level games (and more in development) Number Tracing, Counting, Tallies, Cookies, Falling Blocks, Equation Maker, Word Windows, Patterns, Quick Addition, Quick Subtraction, Quick Multiplying, Quick Facts, Little Farm, Same or Different, Matrix, Days and Weeks, Train Time, and Ferris Wheel are all included.
• 30 + curriculum-based missions for adventurous (and fidgety) players who need longer-sustained periods of learning.
• Two different modes of play: mission and free choice.
• Multiple means of representation. That’s a fancy way of saying we use clever digital manipulatives to convey math concepts in lots of  different ways.
• Three player profiles with progress reports included.
• Custom settings for lefties and kiddos with dyslexia.
Free with Three In-App Upgrade Options:
• Free includes eight multi-level games, three curriculum-based missions and the beginner levels to ten new multi-level games.
• Todo Math Double Pack for $19.99 includes preferred pricing to access all missions and free choice games.
• Mission Only Access for $11.99 includes 31 unique missions perfectly tailored to keep kids deeply engaged in the learning process.
• Free Choice Only Access for $9.99 includes 18 multi-level mini games. Great for children who thrive on unbridled free play!

Locomotive Labs designs exceptional assistive and play-based learning applications to empower kids with special needs to be independent learners. The LocoMotive Labs team is comprised of award-winning game designers and developers closely collaborating with parents and educators to elevate digital learning experiences for children with special needs. Headquartered in Berkeley, California, LocoMotive Labs is is backed by K9 Ventures, NewSchools Venture Fund and Kapor Capital and can be found on the web at http://locomotivelabs.com

Todo Math Todo Math by Enuma, Inc.
Category: Education, Family, Games
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: 223.98 MB

$FREE

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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