Grandma’s Beach Fun by Fairlady Media – Review


What we love…

fun beach themed app with seven mini games and two interactive mini games which have kids learning and having fun all at the same time!

What we’d love to see…

beachball themed activity, naming of objects in the sand art or even storytime at the beach

Summary

Overall, this is a fun beach themed app which is great for the summer or perhaps even a snowy day when kids are wishing for a nice sunny day.  It has good educational content which has kids learning and having fun at the same time.  Best for preschool or early elementary school ages.

Our Rating

Grandma's Beach FunGrandma’s Beach Fun by Fairlady Media is a fun new beach themed app which has you joining Grandma and Grandpa on a trip to the beach – sans the sand in your car on the way home!  The app has seven educational games ranging from: find the beach gear, beach art, word rhyming, umbrella matching (fun twist on typical picture matching), math (shake the coconut trees to add numbers up to 12), word find (beach themed!) and my kids favorite tide pool critters.  This app, aimed at the preschool and early elementary age children includes math; literacy via reading, spelling, rhyming; water sports, art using beach shells and fireworks.  Skills practiced include fine motor, working memory, cause and effect.

This is a cute app which had a lot of enjoyment for my kids.  Grandma and Grandpa are back again – this time with a great beach themed app – perfect for anytime especially those long car rides during the summer or perhaps a rainy day outside.  There are seven educational games which include: math, literacy, memory, creativity and more as well as videos about beach animals and water sports, make your own fireworks and help Grandpa avoid obstacles while water skiing!  One of my favorite things about Fairlady Media games is the parental control which allows you to turn on and off specific mini games if they are too hard or too easy for your child – this meant that my older son who has mastered the addition and found it “too easy” was still able to enjoy other mini games like the airplane rhyme, waterskiing jump, and even the beach themed crosswords.  My older son enjoyed the waterskiing jump and airplane rhyme the best out of the mini games .  When we packed Grandma’s beach bag we also talked about why each item was important like sunscreen, a towel or even a pail and shovel.  My kids really like this series of apps, although I personally can’t imagine my grandparents going water skiing.  The umbrella matching was a fun twist on a typical memory match game with the umbrella animating to display the item and then the umbrella’s disappearing as the items were matched.   The app interspersed more fun activities like waterskiing, the touch tank and art with harder activities like the word find or math.which kept my son interested.  He liked that you could touch and drag across to highlight the words within the app and as a mom I liked that you could turn the hints on and off.  The fireworks activity was a fun way to cap off the app.

I’d love to see a fun beach ball themed activity – one of my favorites with my kids when we go to the beach is to toss it around.  We also enjoy building sandcastles – similar to the art where we were able to take different objects to make a picture. It would be great if the different objects, like shells or driftwood were named as you made the art.   I’d also love to see a beach themed story of some sort added to the app so kids could either listen or practice reading it.

Overall, this is a fun beach themed app which is great for the summer or perhaps even a snowy day when kids are wishing for a nice sunny day.  It has good educational content which has kids learning and having fun at the same time.  Best for preschool or early elementary school ages.


Grandma's Beach Fun Grandma's Beach Fun by Fairlady Media

Price: $2.99 USD

Join Grandma for fun in the sun! Choose rhyming words to cause airplane acrobatics, match up items under the umbrellas, go waterskiing with Grandpa, solve some coconut math, create crazy beach art, find.

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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.


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, 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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Build With Grandpa

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.


Listen Hear 1 and Listen Hear 2 by Freida van Staden – Review and Giveaway



Listen Hear 1 and Listen Hear 2 by Freida van Staden, are designed to enhance the listening skills of children aged 4 years and above. These apps focus on the ability to listen to the difference between sounds and can be used to enhance auditory attention span, focused listening, speech sound development, vocabulary, language and literacy.

What we love…

The ‘fun’ games ‘Find Me’, ‘Follow Me’ in Listen Hear 1 and ‘Tap Dance’, ‘Pairs’ in Listen Hear 2.

What we’d love to see…

Minor menu and smileys improvements.

Summary

The apps are easy to use and very useful for improving children’s listening skills. Some of the games are especially great for fostering thinking skills.

Our Rating

Listen Hear 1 focuses on listening and attention through the use of 6 exercises and 2 games. The 6 listening exercises cover Short & Long Vowels, Tricky Consonants, Speech Sounds, S Blends and the Alphabet. Kids learn to associate the sounds with these letter symbols as they tap the pictures or letters of the target sounds and this reinforces their reading skills.

To do the listening exercises, you can choose to work with sounds or words – left smiley for sounds and right smiley for words. Then a series of sound/word prompts will be given and kids have to decide which of the target sounds each prompt belongs to. When the correct target sound box is chosen, the sound/word will appear in the box.

In the ‘Find Me’ game, the child needs to listen to one, two, three or four words/sounds at a time and find all the associated pictures/words. Sounds to be identified include those made by an object/animal/natural phenomenon, spoken name of an object/number/shape and letter sounds.

In ‘Follow Me’ game, the child needs to listen and remember a sequence of items, then repeat it by tapping the items in the correct order. This is a great game for improving listening and memory skills.

Listen Hear 2 is an extension of Listen Hear 1 and includes listening to sentences and matching sounds. The listening exercises cover Steps (s and l blends) and Word Families and they are played the same way as those in Listen Hear 1.

For the kids, the games in Listen Hear 2 are probably the highlights in this app. All the 5 games – ‘Tap Dance’, ‘What am I?’, ‘Pairs’, ‘Where are they?’ and ‘Rhyme’ are fun to play even as they work on letter sounds, rhymes and the function/feature/sound of various items and more.

‘Tap Dance’ lets you choose words that begin with each letter of the alphabet; ‘What am I’ gives you a clue and you need to identify the correct picture (e.g. You can use me when it rains – umbrella); ‘Pairs’ is a sound matching game with different types of sounds (e.g. letter sounds, words, musical instrument, sound effects) to match; ‘Where are they?’ asks you to select a setting that corresponds to a place described (e.g. James has a sore tooth – dentist) and finally ‘Rhyme’ is a matching card game which asks you to find pairs of rhyming words. These games are great for encouraging thinking skills and the reinforcement of the correct answers at the end of the games is another strength of the apps.

These apps have been designed with simple graphics that are perfect for the useful exercises. The two apps would definitely be very beneficial for any child learning to listen, read and write. They are very easy to use so both children and adults can feel at ease throughout the app and its exercises. We specifically like the ‘fun’ games such as ‘Find Me’ and ‘Follow Me’ in Listen Hear 1 as well as ‘Tap Dance’ and ‘Pairs’ in Listen Hear 2.

We would love to see an improvement on the Help screens provided. Although the apps are quite simple in concept, only certain exercises have help options, not all. Additionally, the left and right smileys used in some of the exercises should have text on them reinforcing what they are used for. The other smileys used in the app should probably have a sound associated with them to explain whether the exercise has been completed successfully or not.

Overall, we believe Listen Hear 1 and Listen Hear 2 are very useful apps for children to improve their listening skills and we would definitely recommend them. The exercises and games make the learning a fun and enjoyable experience.

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Developing quality listening skills at an early age is a great advantage for speech sound, language and reading development.

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Catherine is a mother of a little miss almost 3 years old. Originally from France she now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She loves to explore their beautiful city with her daughter and sharing their adventures with other parents. Catherine has a passion for social media, blogging, technology and food. Before the arrival of her daughter, Catherine was studying and working in the field of IT and still loves all things tech! She loves finding new apps for her daughter to learn and play with and share great apps with other parents.


Rhyme to Read By Rhyme to Read, LLC – Review



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What we love…

builds upon itself via a series of books with the words reinforced from earlier books as you advance throughout the app

What we’d love to see…

interaction and testing of understanding for the word concepts.

Summary

Great app for a struggling or emerging reader that will help you as a parent work with your child on key early literacy skills

Our Rating

Rhyme to Read by Rhyme to Read, LLC is an iPad only app designed to help your preschooler through early elementary aged student learn skills that will help them learn to read.  The program which does include in-app purchases  to purchase up to twenty books individually or via a bundle if you choose to buy them all at once.  The app features word families with similar sounds (cat, sat, pat) and helps children to understand different reading patterns.  Children should be able to recognize letters and understand how sounds go together before beginning the reading process.  Each book builds upon the previous one, so if you enjoy using it you should buy the package via one in-app purchase rather than buying the volumes individually as they build upon each other.  The app was originally a set of print books by Sarah Hines and Lynn Klairman, the cost of the print books was too expensive to maintain so they decided to turn them into an interactive app to help reach a wider audience. The books teach a variety of sight words and practice the previously learned sight word patterns as they progress within the series.  At the end of each “book” you can see a list of sight words listed in the program thus far (which gets longer with each book) and then a list of word families that have been learned.

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Rhyme to Read’s books are phonetical and teach word families which means that children learn patterning of words rather than sounding out each individual letter.  For example, “at” is turned into “Pat”, “Cat”, “Rat” with just the first letter of the word changing. Each set of words is also color coded to help your children learn and remember word families “at” for example is blue and then as you advance within the app, new word families come up in new colors but the color for each stays consistent throughout the app.

I liked that each book built upon the previous one and focused on word families so the learning was carried throughout the app.  The illustrations were simple but helped to get the point across and helped children focus in on the text.  The stories within each book repeated and built upon a pattern and at the end of each book there was a list of pattern words.  I took these words and made flashcards out of them to help my son better understand them and keep them fresh in his mind.

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In terms of enhancements to the app, I would like to see a bit more interaction.  Currently you can read the stories and see the visuals of the words, but my son required additional help including flashcards to help reinforce the learning.  Many children may be able to understand the words the first time around, but I know my son needed a bit of extra help.  I also wish there was a multi user mode so that the app can be used with multiple children which means that books later on won’t be unlocked until your child reaches them.  It would also be nice if there was some sort of a “test” to ensure that your child has mastered the concepts before moving them on to a harder book.

If you are looking for an app to help an emerging or struggling reader, Rhyme to Read may be the key to your challenges.  This app is very much parent and child focused and will require you to spend time with your child both in the app and outside to ensure that content is being mastered.  I know in addition to reading within the app, I made flashcards as well as found other books to help my son with the concepts of the sight words we covered.  This app is currently on sale for 30% off so I would encourage you to try out the free version and if you like it, purchase the pro version to work with your children.  Trust me, you won’t regret helping them get these important early literacy skills.

Rhyme to Read full - teach beginning reading with phonics and sight words and word families (English Version)
Rhyme to Read full - teach beginning reading with phonics and sight words and word families (English Version)
by Rhyme to Read, LLC

Category: Education, Books
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: 72.78 MB

$7.99USD

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Rhyme to Read - teach beginning reading with phonics, sight words and word families (English Free Version)
Rhyme to Read - teach beginning reading with phonics, sight words and word families (English Free Version)
by Rhyme to Read, LLC

Category: Education, Books
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: 72.84 MB

$FREE

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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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