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

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, Games, Educational, Family
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
Size: 84.7 MB

$2.99USD

Max & Ruby Bunny Bake Off is also available on the following platform:-
Amazon
Google Play
NOOK

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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

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.

David Wiesner's Spot
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 sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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

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 sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 Off the Rails by Freecloud Design -Review

Off the Rails by Freecloud Design -Review




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What we love…

Unique, brilliant, challenging, educational, and extremely fun

What we’d love to see…

I like it the way it is.

Summary

An innovative roller coaster physics app that is sure to entertain and educate kids of all ages.

Our Rating

Off The Rails is a brilliant roller coaster app that allows you to build and ride your very own roller coaster inside a colorful and vibrant theme park. It is created by Dan Russell-Pinson, developer of outstanding and award winning apps such as Stack The Countries, Stack The States, Monster Physics, Collider, Tower Math and Tipping Point.

Off The Rails has players building roller coasters, but in a rather unconventional way. Instead of having players choose tracks and put them together, the tracks are automatically laid out according to the direction the player maneuvers the roller coaster vehicle. It is as if tracks magically appear as you ride on it. This unique way of building a roller coaster makes the process both incredibly fun and challenging. It also requires some knowledge of roller coaster physics, and Dan Russell-Pinson has included a short lesson to help players out with that.

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To build a roller coaster, players first select the control type (twist or turn) and control settings (low, medium, or high) for the coaster. Then, they select a vehicle. At first, there are only two vehicles to choose from: a roller coaster car and a hot rod. There are twelve more vehicles that players can unlock when they earn enough virtual money to purchase them. They cost anywhere from $4 to $50 and include a golf cart, an ice cream truck, a tractor, an airplane, and a robot horse! As you can see, they are not your typical roller coaster vehicles, which makes this game even more fun. Players earn money by having their coasters go through the green colored balls that can be found all around the theme park. Each ball they go through earns them $1. There are not too many of these balls laying around though, so they need to make several roller coasters to make enough money to buy all the vehicles available.

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Along with earning money, players can also complete 75 different objectives as they build. These objectives require having coasters go through other specially colored balls, reach or exceed speeds, and go through other park structures. As a bonus, players who are familiar with Dan Russell-Pinson’s apps will be delighted to find that the park structures and rides are based on his other games.

Players can make and save as many coasters as they wish. They can also ride them again and again. When riding, players can adjust the speed, pause it, change perspectives, and change camera angles.

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As of this writing, my children have already unlocked several vehicles and completed a few objectives. My 8, 10, 13, and 17 year old all love this game immensely and I hear laughter every time they play together. Some of the coasters they create are very short and some are extremely long with lots of loops, tunnels, and dips. The only limit to creating coasters is their imagination.

I am once again impressed and very pleased with a Dan Russell-Pinson app and I highly recommend it to roller coaster fans of all ages.

Off the Rails™ – Freecloud Design, Inc.

Off the Rails® Off the Rails® by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

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Off the Rails@ is a unique game that allows you to build roller coasters in real time by simply tilting your screen. Create loops, .

 

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.

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