Dexteria Dots – Get in Touch with Math by BinaryLabs – Review



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Dexteria Dots – Get in Touch with Math is a universal app for iOS which Requires iOS 5.1 or later. It has no advertisements and no in-app purchases. Users have the option to provide feedback, tell a friend, or send an activity report via email. These pages are child-locked, however, the math problems required to unlock these areas are about the same in complexity as the app exercises themselves. The “For Grown-ups” area (also child-locked) connects users to additional apps developed by BinaryLabs as well as evidence-based information on the connection between fine motor skills and learning.

What we love…

Options for more or less visual cues making it user-friendly for a wide range of abilities/ages. Encourages a variety of visual perceptual skills – including visual tracking, visual memory, and visual motor planning.

What we’d love to see…

BinaryLabs has become synonymous with fine motor, we were hoping to see a little more variety in the type of fine motor movements involved. Also, slightly more difficult questions to unlock internet access seem appropriate.

Summary

An addicting yet educational app that challenges the math skills of kids of all ages!

Our Rating

Using a game type format, this new app from BinaryLabs encourages basic math concepts of addition, subtraction, and bigger/smaller than values. The opening page is simple but inviting (in the OT world – not overly stimulating J). Easy to understand visual instructions on how to play are found behind the information button (i). Users choose from three activities (combine, separate, or both). Four different levels of play are available, each providing less visual cues to determine the value of each circle.

Beginner – diameter, color, counting dots, and number

Intermediate – diameter, color, and counting dots

Advanced – diameter and color

Expert – diameter only

A visual of the dot size as well as a verbal of the dot value is given. After touching GO, users are timed as to how quickly they can complete the requested dot size. Bonus dots are also tallied for any additional dots completed. Light, calming sound effects sooth users as they combine/split dots while silly sound effects and animations reward users as they correctly complete the requested dot size.

Developers recommended this app for ages 6 – 8. Our 4 year-old tester needed some help to get started but was able to grasp the combination concept at the basic level after a few guided trials (and she keeps going back to it on her own). Our 8 year-old and 10 year-old testers caught on very quickly and thought the game was “a blast”. (And, I have to admit, I found myself playing the levels over and over again just to hear the sound effects).

From an OT’s perspective, this app promotes visual perceptual skills without over-distracting (but still engaging) sounds and visuals.

From a parent’s perspective, this app introduces addition/subtraction concepts and also helps with continued practice and speed with addition/subtraction skills (a nice break from the basic flashcard approach). From a kid’s perspective (and those young at heart), this app is cool! The sounds effects are musical and the animations are crazy!

Dexteria Dots - Get in Touch with Math
Dexteria Dots - Get in Touch with Math
by BinaryLabs, Inc.

Category: Education, Family, Games
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: 50.51 MB

$2.99USD

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"Marica is a married mother of three girls (ages 3, 7, and 9). She works as a school based occupational therapist in Northwest Ohio servicing children with unique needs from ages 3 -22. In her free time ☺ she enjoys learning and exploring with her loving family.


Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolves by Jekolab Srl – Review



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What we love…

bright engaging illustrations and the ability to dress up the big bad wolf.

What we’d love to see…

recipes for the cake and other items that children are asked to make as well as better proof reading of he text

Summary

Fun twist on a traditional fairy tale including the big bad wolf!

Our Rating


Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolves by Jekolab Srl is another fairy tale adaptation in their selection of fairy tale storybooks.  In this universal app for iOS, we meet a nameless little girl who everyone calls “Little Red Riding Hood” due to a sweatshirt that she wears.    The story features word highlighting and narration and can be read in Italian, French, Spanish, English, Portuguese as well as allowing the parent to record their own narration for the story.  There are also a variety of interactions which can be found by tapping around on the pages including the ability to have words re-read, dragging items to a bowl for making of the cake, touching of the red apples and more.

The illustrations in the app are bright and engaging to children – albeit with a bit of a modern flair.  My son’s favorite part of the app was to dress up the “big bad wolf” at the end of the tale.  It was truly an interesting twist of events to see the pack of wolves and Red Riding Hood along with Grandma having a feast.

In terms of improvements, at the beginning of the story Little Red Riding Hood is asked to make a cake.  There is no recipe available so it’s a bit hit or miss as to which ingredients to combine for the cake.   A recipe would be a nice addition here to help children know which things need to be put into the bowl. I would also like to see the ability to drag the clothes on the wolf rather than them just appearing via a tap.

This is a fun twist on a traditional fairy tale with a few unexpected twists. The app contains a parental gate and protection of links.

Turutu Little Red Riding Hood and the wolves
Turutu Little Red Riding Hood and the wolves
by Zofia Kosarzycka

Category: Books, Education
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: 89.67 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.

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.


I Can Name 50 Trees Today (Dr Seuss/ Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media – Review



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What we love…

teaching children about trees in an easy to understand format

What we’d love to see…

Map showing where trees are located; more interaction such as games to test knowledge of trees

Summary

Great information on Trees. wonderful features to encourage literacy skills.

Our Rating

 

 

I Can Name 50 Trees Today (Dr Seuss/ Cat in the Hat) by Oceanhouse Media.  This app is a great app for people wanting to learn about trees – it’s a bit like an encyclopedia app where The Cat in the Hat helps teach Dick and Sally about Trees all over the world. he app tells simple information like the parts of the trees. A close up picture is shown of the leaves and the bark for every tree.

Features of the app include:

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Touch the name of the tree and you are told what it looks like and where it it found. many great fun facts are learned as well.

My daughter’s Girl Scout troop was earning their tree badge and had to learn to identify different types of trees by their bark and leaves. This was a fun way for them to learn about trees that are not in our area and my daughter loved that she knew some trees from up north where she grew up and where her grandparents live.

Oceanhouse Media has great features in their book apps. this app has the following features: Two reading options (read to me and read by myself), words are highlighted as they are read, tap pictures and they are named aloud with the word highlighted, record your own voice and share it. OM also has parental controls with a locked parental gate which ensure that little fingers do not get into areas that they should not be.

This is a great resource book for kids learning about trees or who are really interested in trees. It unfortunately, did not keep my daughters interest as well as some of OM’s other book apps. I would highly recommend for learning trees but this app is not going to be most children’s favorite Oceanhouse Media book app since the story is more educational in nature versus their traditional type of app.  It would be great for learning for a home schooling family, someone who enjoys nature or even those going on a nature hike to understand more about the trees around them.

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Suzanne is married with one fantastic 12 year old daughter. Suzanne is a school speech language pathologist in the public schools and enjoys her job tremendously. She and her family have recently moved from North Dakota to Texas and are enjoying the wonderful climate change this move has provided. Suzanne has always been the power user of new electronics in her schools and loves to teach others what she has learned. She shares her knowledge of appropriate apps with coworkers and families.


Wungi Knights by Peter Hofstede / Wungi Games- Review



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What we love…

Imaginative play, child free to play and explore in their own way, bright, colorful graphics, gentle play, fun medieval knight theme.

What we’d love to see…

More detailed graphics, saving progress when you close the app, parents screen with instructions.

Summary

A fun imaginary play app best suited to preschool- aged children, who will enjoy exploring the Kingdom, building a castle, flying on a dragon and playing mini-games.

Our Rating

Wungi KnightsImagine flying on the back of a dragon to a faraway land, where a Princess sends you on a quest to build her a beautiful castle. Your child can act out this fantasy with Wungi Knights, the newest universal app from Wungi, developer of Wungi Pirates. The app is designed for young adventurers from 3-6 years old and is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or social media. There is an app store link, but it is well- hidden and protected by a child -lock which you have to tap 5x to unlock. The app has no written or spoken language so can be enjoyed by non-readers.

In Wungi Knights the child gets to play at being an knight in shining armor. A wicked wizard has demolished the Princess’s castle and the knight can bring a smile back to her face by rebuilding it. Scattered throughout the Kingdom are blocks needed to rebuild the castle- some just require tapping on to collect them, others you need to play a mini-game to earn them. When each block is returned to the castle it magically becomes part of the castle- maybe a wall or a tower, the keep or the well. The knight can use these pieces like a building set, to build any kind of castle he wishes. There are 20 pieces to collect and the Princess counts down from 20 to let the player know how many pieces there are left.

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The Knight can explore the Kingdom in three different ways- on foot, horseback or flying on his pet dragon. My kids did find working out how to fly the dragon a little tricky and it would be nice to have a parents screen with instructions in case a child needs help. To move the the horse, dragon, or knight the chid needs to tap the screen. The horse is the simplest, he moves along the path and tapping increases his speed. With the dragon tapping increases his height when flying, tap in the middle to go forward, to the sides to turn. With the knight tapping near his body/feet gets him moving forwards, to the side lets him turn, and below him makes him move backwards. With the knight on foot you can even explore inside the castle you have created.

There is no “right” order to collect the blocks, do the mini-games or build the castle – the child is free to do it whatever way they wish. They can complete the castle by just doing mini-games, by just collecting blocks or a combination of the two. The mini-games include feeding the dragon cupcakes; working on sorting skills by picking fruit and putting it in the right baskets; shape matching when brewing a potion with the witch; completing a puzzle to make a sword; sword fighting with a dummy, and brushing the horse. My favorite mini-game is archery practice – the child gets to aim and fire arrows at 3 targets which fall over when they are hit, but instead of sharp tips these arrows have rubber suction cups just like a child’s play archery set.

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I like the imaginary play opportunities Wungi Knights provides, that the child is free explore it as they wish, and that they can build a different castle each time. Although it is a tale of knights, Princesses, dragons, witches and wizards; it is done in a very gentle way making it very suitable for preschool age children. The graphics are bright and colorful but not as detailed as in some other apps- sometimes they are a little pixelated at the edges. If you close the app you lose the blocks you have collected, I would like it to save the progress.

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Overall, a fun imaginary play app best suited to preschool and kindergarten aged children, who will enjoy exploring the Kingdom, building a castle, flying on a dragon and playing mini-games. It is an imaginary play app, but does also include some educational elements: working on matching shapes and colors, puzzle solving and hand-eye co-ordination.

 

Regularly $2.99 this app is on an introductory sale for 99c- a great time to buy!

Wungi Knights – Peter Hofstede

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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.

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).

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