Build With Grandpa by Fairlady Media – Review

Build With Grandpa by Fairlady Media – Review



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What we love…

fun building themed app that appeals to kids from toddler through early elementary school.  I loved that both of my kids could play the app and design different things.

What we’d love to see…

ability to turn off spelling words mini game – this was hard for my toddler although he liked everything else

Summary

Overall, this is a fun construction themed app that has a wide appeal to kids that allows them to design different houses from start to finish and then take a photo of their creations!

 

Our Rating

Build With GrandpaBuild with Grandpa by Fairlady Media is universal app for iOS designed to help kids with a variety of building as well as teaching them about environmental re-use as kids knock down buildings, drive a construction truck and design a new home to be built.  The app includes six mini educational games which require choice of equipment from a field, addition which items add up to x number, painting, decorating, designing a house and more!  It appeals to preschool, toddler and elementary school depending on which things your kids like to do with the app.  Skills practiced in the app include, math to number 9, literacy through reading and identifying words, design, creativity, landscaping, problem solving, cause and effect.  It also teaches skills about construction and how you go through the process of building something.  This is the 13th app in the app store by Fairlady Media and among my younger son’s favorites.

It was interesting to see my toddler play with the app – he was more into demolishing the old house and clearing the lot as well as dumping the gravel from the truck.   Since he’s only 2 I didn’t expect him to be able to do the higher level games which required addition or foundation words.  My older son on the other hand was interested in the process — and followed along with the app from start to finish and really enjoyed building a house from design to final build.  The two of them had played at various points – so my younger picked the design of the house while my older finished it up.  Both my kids equally enjoyed the different construction related video’s.  My younger son didn’t capture the idea that you could raise and lower the boom with the wrecking ball whereas my older son was much more deliberate with his actions.  To be honest, I was happy to see an app that appealed to both of them. My older son loved painting the house in primary colors and adding the windows, doors and finishing touches.  He loves doing art and design so I wasn’t surprised by this request. My older son would ask Siri if he didn’t recognize a piece of equipment used in the house and enjoyed parking the equipment after finishing the foundation.  I enjoyed both kids narrating the app and telling me what they were doing.

In terms of improvements, I wish that I could turn on and off activities that either my kids liked or disliked or were too developmentally difficult (like math for my 2 year old!) and still be able to play.  My older son would have liked a paintbrush so he could do more detail work when finishing the house up.

Overall, this is a fun construction themed app that has a wide appeal to kids that allows them to design different houses from start to finish and then take a photo of their creations!  There are no in-app purchases or advertising other than for other Fairlady Media games in the app.

Build With Grandpa
Build With Grandpa
by Fairlady Media

Category: Education, Family, Educational, 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: 87.81 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.
Article: Museums: Teaching Your Kids to Love Learning

Article: Museums: Teaching Your Kids to Love Learning

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Museums: Teaching Your Kids to Love Learning

Kids are curious from an early age, with many children anxious to understand new concepts and figure out the way things work. The whole world is something to be explored with new adventures around every corner. Fostering that love of learning is important for future success in your kids’ educational career.

Children need hands-on, exciting forms of education if they are to maintain their natural desire to learn. So, to start your kids off on the right foot, here are a few reasons you should be taking your kids to museums.

Museums Make Lessons a Reality

You may be able to tell your kids about things like history, science, art, and culture; however, having something explained verbally is a different experience than being able to see and possibly even touch objects related to the topic. Rather than trying to verbally explain the importance of art to your kids, take them to a local art museum. Let your kids see and understand what art is, what goes into making art, and maybe even sign them up for an art workshop. The key is making your lesson exciting and tangible rather than an abstract, verbal concept. A child cannot learn about art without seeing it.

The same can be said for any other topic. No matter how much you tell your child about WWII, nothing brings history to life like seeing the remnants of the past in an exhibit. With museums as part of life lessons, your kids will learn that education is hands-on, fun, and applicable to real life.

Museums Have Modernized for Education

With the increasing research on education and how kids learn best, more and more museums have modernized to maximize educational takeaways for kids. Children learn in different ways; some are better able to understand new ideas and concepts with hands-on experiences. Because of this range of learning styles and abilities, museums cannot rely on one form of passing along information. Instead, they have begun to implement things like hands-on exhibits for kids that learn more in a more tactile or kinesthetic way.

They may offer an app for kids who prefer to “teach” their parents with the extra information available or kids who do better when their lessons are turned into games. Some museums even have virtual tours online for children who may be unable to physically visit the museum. Regardless of your child’s preferences or needs, there will be something for them at your local museum.

Museums Cover Many Different Topics

There are museums for history, art, science, specialty collections, culture, and just about anything else you could imagine. Your kids could be educated through a museum-hopping road trip if you really want to put forth the effort. With this variety, you can teach your kids to appreciate all the different subjects they will be covering throughout their educational career. You can do at-home mini lessons to precede each museum visit, focusing on a different subject each time.

Furthermore, most museums offer some form of kids event or workshop. You can sign your kids up to learn to paint, get up close and personal with fossils, meet a Holocaust survivor, or learn to build a simple machine. Hands-on lessons are crucial for engaging children and cultivating intrigue and curiosity.

Museums are a wonderful way to bring education to life. Younger children respond very well to seeing physical depictions of what they learn, and it can even help them retain more information. By taking your kids to museums, you are helping them maintain the innate love of learning each child is born with and, eventually, giving them a leg up in their formal education.

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About the author

Joyce Wilson loved being a teacher, and though she has recently retired, she hasn’t lost that passion. She continues to educate (and help educators) by mentoring teachers in her area. She is also the co-creator of TeacherSpark.org, a resource for teachers to gather fun, engaging lesson ideas and activities.

 Art Gurus by Colto –  Review

Art Gurus by Colto – Review



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Art Gurus by Colto is a drawing app geared towards children under five years old. In this app, a scrollable classroom scene unfolds where we find some items that are missing color. Children are invited and encouraged to decorate, color or draw on these items as they wish and see their creations added to the scene.

What we love…

Simple to use, fun to see art come alive on the scene, it encourages creativity and imagination.

What we’d love to see…

More stickers, black crayon and pencil tool.

Summary

A simple drawing app that encourages children’s creativity.

Our Rating

When children tap on the items, a set of three drawing tools appear: crayons, stickers and a magic wand. The crayons come with 15 colors, perhaps to keep the little ones from being too overwhelmed. However, I noticed that black wasn’t one of them, and I wish this was included as it is standard in many crayon boxes. Like the crayons, there are only a few stickers to choose from, 18 all together. I like the selection they have, but would like to see more added in a future update. The magic wand is a tool that decorates items instantly. It can be pressed repeatedly to see the item decorated differently each time. In addition to these great tools, I would like to see colored pencils included for finer drawing or writing.

I like this app because it is very simple for little ones. It encourages them to be creative, and seeing their creations appear in the classroom is great motivation. I like that they are able to save a photo of the whole classroom by clicking on the camera icon on the page. There are external links in this app, but children are prevented from accessing with a parental lock. Be aware that if your child can read, he or she can easily open the parent lock.

I would recommend Art Gurus for very young children who like to color and who are just beginning to draw.

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Art Gurus

Art Gurus Art Gurus by Colto
Category: Education, Family, Educational, 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: 24.32 MB

$FREE

 

 

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.
 Tiny Cyan – How Many Colors Can You Make by approviders ltd – Review

Tiny Cyan – How Many Colors Can You Make by approviders ltd – Review



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What we love…

teaches mixing of primary colors

What we’d love to see…

a help button if a child can’t figure out the color combination

Summary

Fun app that encourages the playing with of colors which gets more complicated the more you use it.  Encourages critical thinking and experimenting to make the right color combinations

Our Rating

Tiny Cyan – How Many Colors Can You Make by approviders ltd is a universal app for iOS which helps children understand how colors can be created by three colors (red, yellow & blue).  The app helps kids understand primary and secondary colors by encouraging them to mix them together.  The app starts with simple mixing of colors and then moves on to more complicated mixing and matching.  The app encourages critical thinking and experimenting to help kids understand how colors are made.  The app is designed for toddlers and preschoolers, but would be great for anyone interested in art and experimenting with different color combinations without the mess of real life art.

My son loved mixing all the colors together to see what would happen.  He loves to do artwork and thought it was fun to see what colors he would create.  I liked that it was in real time and didn’t make a mess!  As each level got progressively harder – the color mixing got more complicated.  It went from primary colors to secondary colors and more colors were required to be mixed together.  After successfully completing each level you got a checkmark and then were able to unlock the next level.  If you had trouble with a level you could easily go back and re-do the level as many times as you wanted.

Did you know that all colors are created by 3 colors (red, yellow, and blue) In this app your child will learn how to create primary and secondary colors and more.  Each level gets harder and sometimes, you have to unmix the colors in order to move forward within the app by touching the colors to break them up.  I loved that it encouraged him to be creative and test out different color combinations and that if he made a mistake – it was easy to fix.   I loved the simplicity of it – showing that just a few colors made a rainbow!

At times, my son mixed the colors all together and they turned black.  He got frustrated with this a few times as he couldn’t figure out the exact match.  I would like to see a “help” button if a child gets frustrated after missing the color combination more than twice.   Also – a few times the screen splashed off my iPhone 6 during gameplay and the buttons were hard to hit.  I did not experience this with my iPad mini so I’m not sure why it happened with my iPhone.

Overall, this is a fun app which teaches kids about how colors are made.  My son enjoyed experimenting in the app and then again when he was coloring with markers and tie dying to see what different combinations he could make! My son loves to mix paints together and this was a much simpler — and less messy way for him to do so in a digital format that encouraged experimentation!

Tiny Cyan
Tiny Cyan
by approviders ltd

Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 48.03 MB

$3.99USD

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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.

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