Review Thinkrolls 2 by Avokiddo- a Physics Puzzler Meets Ball-Rolling Platform Game for Children



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What we love…

Bright colorful graphics, engaging characters and fun game play, Easy and Hard levels cater to a variety of ages

What we’d love to see…

Challenger level

Summary

Another well-made quality children’s app from Avokido. Thinkrolls 2 continues where the original left off with the same engaging gameplay and 235 new levels introducing 7 new elements using concepts such as buoyancy, electricity and gravity. Thinkrolls 2 makes physics puzzlers accessible in a fun way to children as young as 3. Highly Recommended !

Our Rating

Thinkrolls 2 - Logic and... iconThinkrolls 2 is the sequel to the popular physics puzzler for young children Thinkrolls from Greek app developer Avokiddo. It is a combination of a ball-rolling platform game, maze and physics puzzler. The player needs to navigate increasingly complex mazes, past a variety of obstacles. Thinkrolls 2 adds 235 new levels divided between Easy and Hard modes, and introduces new concepts including buoyancy and electricity.

Thinkrolls are balls with character, one looks like a sheep, another Elvis another Little Red Riding Hood. There are 28 ThinkRolls in all, some are unlocked at the start, others unlocked during game play. The Player chooses a Thinkroll to play with, and their Thinkroll chases another Thinkroll through mazes, collecting cheerios as they go. At the end of each chapter they catch the other Thinkroll and feed it the collected cheerios which unlocks it.

The app is divided into 7 Chapters and each chapter introduces a new element. In the later levels of each chapter the maze includes not only the newly introduced element, but also the elements from earlier chapters. Players learn not only solve the current problem, but to also think ahead to what they will need to do in the next steps. At any time if a player gets stuck they can press the replay button to go back a step.

Elements

Accordion
The Player can use the accordion to move up and down, open pathways, build bridges and create stairways. Like a real accordion it only opens on one side and even plays a little music !

Water & Barrel
The mazes include water obstacles that the player has to navigate, they learn whilst Thinkrolls sink, barrels float and can be used to help the Thinkroll get safely across the water.

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Sometimes the egg is an obstacle that needs to be broken to get past, other times it needs to be treated carefully so it doesn’t break because the player needs it as a stepping stone. Players learn how different surfaces affect whether the egg breaks or not when dropped, and learn how to break an egg by jumping on it or dropping objects on it.

Fan
The powerful fan will lift a Thinkroll or other object in the air. Players learn to switch fans on and off, in combination with moving other objects, to help their Thinkroll successfully navigate the maze.

Wormhole
With this Sci-Fi twist Thinkrolls and other objects can be teleported past maze walls by entering a wormhole. You need to time it carefully though so you get through before one wormhole closes and an other opens up.

Battery
When switched off a battery can be a useful stepping stone but don’t let your Thinkroll touch it when live or they will get a nasty electrical shock.

Light bulb
Players work on improving their visual memory skills by looking ahead and remembering their planned moves when the light goes out. If they get stuck they can always tap the bulb to briefly turn it back on.
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I tested out Thinkrolls 2 with my 7 year old twins and 11 year old son and all 3 were enthusiastic about the app. Although the Easy mode is designed for 3-5 year olds my 7 year-olds like to play the Easy mode first to learn about the new elements, before moving on to the challenge of the Hard mode, the 11 year-old likes to go straight to Hard mode. In Hard mode I had to really think about some of the levels, and even found at times I had to replay a level to solve it. I love how the Easy mode makes this app accessible to kids as young as 3, but the Hard mode makes it engaging and challenging enough that my 5th grader enjoys playing it. This app is great as it is, but I think a nice addition would be to add a “Challenger Mode” after all the Hard levels are completed. This would let the player play the Hard levels with limited lives, and the Player would be challenged to complete a Chapter without losing their lives.

Overall, another well-made, quality children’s app from Avokido. Thinkrolls 2 continues where the original left off with the same engaging gameplay and 235 new levels introducing 7 new elements using concepts such as buoyancy, electricity and gravity. It works on problem solving, memory, observation and planning ahead. Thinkrolls 2 makes physics puzzlers accessible in a fun way to children as young as 3, but has enough challenge to keep older children engaged too. Highly Recommended!

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Price: $3.99 USD

Calling all future scientists! Boys and girls, it's time to put your best thinking cap on! Navigate your Thinkrolls through 270 levels of science-filled mazes in this fun logic puzzle game. Parents, take.

 

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).


Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off – A Family Fun Easter Baking Activity : Review and Giveaway



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What better way to get your kids excited about baking than a fun bake off with the lovable bunny siblings, Max and Ruby? In Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off – A Family Fun Easter Baking Activity by Cupcake Digital, kids will enjoy baking and making delicious food with Ruby while being amused by Max’s constant antics. Grandma is on hand to help operate the oven and she even contributes a few slightly more complicated recipes for kids to try out.

What we love…

Fun and varied recipes for both boys and girls.

What we’d love to see…

Labelling of ingredients and display of simple recipe directions in words.

Summary

A fun app for kids to make and bake virtual food with their favourite bunny characters while learning new baking vocabulary words and developing their fine motor control.

Our Rating

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In the popular TV series, Ruby is often seen making some kind of food in the kitchen and it is this same kitchen where your kids will be playing in the app. Fans will be happy to see familiar items from the show appearing in the app like Max’s Earthworm Cake (with Red Hot Marshmallow Squirters) and Ruby’s birthday cake for Grandma, and will be even more thrilled when they get to learn how to make them.

This app offers 12 recipes of varying levels of difficulty, from pretend food like Ant and Acorn Pancakes to simple recipes like scones. Besides food, there are also recipes for lemonade, ice cream and gelatin salad.

3 recipes will be offered each time, one from each character. Once a recipe is chosen, your budding bakers will be guided through a series of measuring, counting, cutting, slicing, grating, scooping, pouring, mixing, stirring and decorating to produce their bunnylicious treats. Do watch out for the mischievous Max though, as he will be trying to distract with offers of ants, rocks, worms, dirt and mud to be included in the food preparation! When the food is ready to be served, kids can feed them to the bunnies. (In case you’re wondering, no one in the app actually eats Max’s weird food.)

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Each successfully completed recipe is then recorded in the recipe book which kids can go back to if they want to savour their goodies later on. It would be great if kids can also choose which tasty treat they want to make from this recipe book.

Another item on my wish list is to have all the ingredients used in the app labelled so that we can sneak in some vocabulary words. Having simple instructions displayed in words will also expose kids to the verbs and units of measurement used.

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As a bonus, this app also includes a Paint section with 6 Max & Ruby Easter and spring themed coloring sheets. There are tons of coloring tools (water color, crayons, chalks, spray paints, bucket paint) and stickers for kids to choose from.

Kids can take a picture of their masterpiece and share it. The eraser tool is pretty cool too as you can enlarge the paint area for cleaner removal of unwanted colors.
 

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Of the 12 recipes, my youngest enjoyed making Max’s recipes the most. He also liked to spill ingredients or break the eggs in the egg carton on purpose just for the fun of it but he continued to follow through the whole process after that. I like that he listened to the instructions and asked for the names of some of the ingredients. I may just have a baker in the making!

Overall, this is a fun app that will get preschoolers excited about baking and in the process, learn some cooking vocabulary words and develop their fine motor skills.

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Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off – A Family Fun Easter Baking Activity – CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC

Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC.
Category: Entertainment, 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: 84.7 MB

$2.99USD

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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.


David Wiesner’s Spot by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Review



What we love…

fantastic graphics, variety of different worlds you can explore using a simple “spot”; taking the ordinary everyday objects and making exploration extraordinary

What we’d love to see…

ability to interact with some of the elements more, currently they are stationary and unless you can pinch/zoom you can’t “play” with them; ability to storybook what you see within the app spots

Summary

This app takes an ordinary spot and turns it into the extraordinary using the power of your iPad, impressive graphics and provides an experience that will have you and your children exploring for hours.

Our Rating

David Wiesner's SpotDavid Wiesner’s Spot by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an iOS app that provides an immersive experience using the pinch and zoom concept to explore.  The app starts with a ladybug which you pinch and zoom and you are transported into a world with a variety of different objects to explore.  Pick the ladbug and you are brought down in to the mysterious world of the ladybugs house and a ladybug metal shop.  Pick a pencil with a spot on it and you are brought into a winter wonderland where you can examine snow on a crystal by crystal basis.   This is an app that truly takes the iPad from a tablet to the extraordinary through the use of an app.  Spot is based upon a series of books by David Weisner.  It stimulates creative thinking (what happens if I go here instead of there), storytelling (what am I seeing here), exploration (what happens if I touch here versus there) all wrapped up inside one app.

I loved this app as did my seven year old.  We spent hours exploring the different areas within the app and exploring the different worlds.  There are five different worlds and a variety of entry points that allow you to go in.  The graphics in the app are superior and really tap into the power of the iPad as a tablet.    My son enjoyed finding a variety of objects including the “dust bunny’s” underneath the green chair, or the rain scene from the ladybugs from a simple newspaper photo that you could zoom into.  I loved the critical thinking skills that it employed as well as some of the zany scenes, our favorite was the cat parade route which was certainly something you would never see in real life but the details and scene were amazing.  The graphics and detail of taking ordinary objects like a pencil or sandwich and allowing you to pinch and zoom within the app set this apart from any other app that I have ever used on my iPad.  I sat with my son many times as he explored the app and asked him to describe to me what he was seeing.  Then we talked about if what he was seeing was “real” or not – do dust bunny’s actually look like  real bunnies or what does snow really look like inside.

I did find myself at times wishing I could interact with some of the elements more.  For example, my son wanted to zoom in and play with the dust bunny’s under the chair or the cat’s in the alley during the parade but there was no way to do so.  I also loved the quirky features like the mouse propelled cat car during the parade scene.  I’d also love a camera feature within the app that allowed you to take photo’s within the app and create a storyboard that could be used after using the app to tell the story of where you went.  We used the regular camera roll for the purposes of our storytelling, but it would be nice to have a layout so you could explain in a thoughtful process of what you explored.

This app takes an ordinary spot and turns it into the extraordinary using the power of your iPad, impressive graphics and provides an experience that will have you and your children exploring for hours.  In the parental gate, which requires a specific motion to enter you can access a free parent and educator guide to help you work with your child to get the most out of the app.

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David Wiesner's Spot
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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: 601.48 MB

$4.99USD

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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.

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.


Up to 100 by Marbotic – Review



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What we love…

fun game that engages children to learn about numbers using a traditional app as well as the added wooden numbers portion

What we’d love to see…

hints for the rooster level problems if they are answered wrong repeated times;  introduction to wooden numbers for the parent

Summary

This app helped my son be able to demonstrate the one and ten position of numbers in the span of less than a week.   It is best suited to preschool to early elementary school age.

Our Rating

 

Up to 100Up to 100 by Marbotic is an iPad only app that takes tablet based learning to a different level by allowing you to use wooden numbers to press on the screen for learning.  The app is aimed at preschool age and slightly older and helps your number learn number sequencing (find the missing number), understanding two digit numbers (the ten and the one place); recognizing a number written out in either cursive or print, understand the pronunciation of numbers and the ability to manipulate quantities of numbers.  The app has narration available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

We tested the app using both the traditional style with moving the numbers and touching them as well as with the tactile wooden numbers and hands down we enjoyed using the wooden numbers more.    In the understanding the ten and one places – there are three levels (chick, hen and rooster) each has progressively more difficult.  The chick allows you to experiment by dragging or touching numbers to the screen and visually displaying them.  The hen displays a number and then you have to either use the number strip or the wooden numbers to tap on it as well as saying the number.  The rooster shows the number of dots to represent each of the numbers in the ten and one spots and then you have to fill in the information correctly.  It was similar in the numbers section with the chick section allowing you to manipulate the numbers, rooster showing a series of numbers with one missing that you had to fill in and the rooster showing a spelled out word.

I liked that the app used simple concepts such as a ten box and a one box with dots to show the progression of numbers as well as having three different levels of difficulty.  This meant we could experiment with concepts prior to having to demonstrate them.  The app was easy to play and provided instructions as you played,   The parent area allowed you to change the settings for your children including the showing of the number bar, beads in color versus black and white, numbers in letters and the toggling of the numbers slide.  For the most part we left the numbers slide on even when using the wooden toy because it helped my son to sequence his numbers.  I also really liked that I could choose the range of numbers allowing us to focus in on specific ranges of numbers.

In terms of improvements, I did find that if I didn’t position the “6” or the “9” properly with the wooden toy they would be misread by the iPad – I’m sure this was due to the positioning of the rubber dots on the back of the wooden numbers.  Also in the rooster level of the ten and one places if you got the number wrong multiple times, it would just fly away the number rather than giving a hint or eliminating the number of items available.  I’d also like to see a few instructions included in the box with the wooden numbers as when I opened it – it was simply a box of numbers.  Even an overview of – how hard to press as well as the suggestion of how to use them with your child would have been very helpful.

The app has a parents corner which requires the solving of a math problem in order to enter.  There are no in-app purchases or advertisements in the full version of the app.

We really enjoyed practicing our math skills with this app especially when using the wooden toy.  Although it’s not required to use the app, it helped my son make the connection between physical numbers and numbers on the iPad and helped him become more engaged.  I think it also improved his understanding of the one and ten spot of numbers as we were able to replicate the experience off our iPad – something we couldn’t really do without using our fingers to count before.  This app is best suited to preschool through early elementary school age and the three levels means it will grow with your child.

RRP of the wooden toy is 34,99 € plus shipping which varies by country.  The wooden toy can also be used in 10 fingers + and More or Less : Learn addition and subtraction.


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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.  In addition the wooden toy was provided for review purposes and further testing of the app.

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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