Free Apps – March 23, 2018



Free Apps – March 23, 2018

What are free apps? Free Apps – March 23, 2018
Fast Free Five is a collection of quality apps from various genres that we have taken the time to find especially for our readers. We have tested the apps mentioned and can recommend them. They are not ‘Lite’ versions, they are full versions that are free for a limited time only so you’ll need to be fast if you want them at the reduced price. These apps are were free at the time of publishing this article but are subject to change at any time. Always check the price before downloading. If you like these apps, be sure to share this post with your friends. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out this post which includes a number of free apps as well!

Free Kindle Books

You can read these books on your iPads, smartphones, tablets and computers using the Free Kindle Reading Apps. Offers vary in different country Amazon stores, please confirm the Kindle Price (not KindleUnlimited price) before downloading.



Bluebee Pals Bluebee Pals by Kayle Concepts LLC

Price: $FREE

Bluebee Pals app is an interactive app which brings your Bluebee Pal to life! No Bluebee Pal is needed to use the app or you can use your own Bluebee Pal. The app features activities of daily living.



Egg Match Game Egg Match Game by Good Neighbor Press, Inc

Price: $0.99 USD

Young learners (ages 3-8) will have a great time developing visual discrimination with this cute and clever matching system! Learning is more fun with an iPad!

Happy Springtime! Developed for your.



Fiete Math Learning for Kids Fiete Math Learning for Kids by Ahoiii Entertainment

Price: $FREE

The math game Fiete Math makes counting easy for kids to understand. Based on the educational approach of Montessori, numbers are touchable objects that your child can group, combine and cut up.
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Seguin Boards Seguin Boards by Paul Alfred Costar

Price: $FREE

Children will learn and understand the first concept in Mathematics which is to relate the number symbols with it's quantity. The concept is presented in four sections (a) Through the Number Board to.

Normally $8.99

Discover Multiplication And Division
Discover Multiplication And Division
by Paul Alfred Costar

Category: Education, Games, Trivia
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: 23.06 MB

$FREE

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Small Bead Frame Addition Small Bead Frame Addition by Paul Alfred Costar

Price: $FREE

WATCH A DEMO ON THE WEBSITE
The small Bead Frame may be used for multiple purposes like addition, subtraction and multiplication. In this app we have used the Small Bead Frame as a tool to teach static.

Normally $9.99


Avaz FreeSpeech Avaz FreeSpeech by Avaz, Inc.

Price: $FREE

FreeSpeech helps anyone with a language impairment practice and develop grammar skills! Drag and rearrange picture tiles, and FreeSpeech will convert them into a perfectly grammatical English sentence.

Normally $13.99


Teachers' Pack 3 Teachers' Pack 3 by MyFirstApp Ltd.

Price: $13.99 USD

This app includes important activities that help develop cognitive skills, language skills, visual perception skills and fine motor skills among kids aged 2.5 - 7 years. Teachers all over the world are.

Be sure to check out their brand new Moppa Math’s app and watch for a few promo codes!


Moppa Ice Cream Moppa Ice Cream by Jop Wielens

Price: $2.99 USD

Moppa Ice Cream allows kids to express their creativity and expand their imagination by creating bat sprinkled, eyeball topped ice creams which they can feed to 6 bubbly burping monsters.

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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.



Running Noah from Useappility -A Fun App for Practicing Multiplication



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What we love…

Makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game

What we’d love to see…

Ability to limit to x10, individual player profiles, different speed levels

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x.

Our Rating

Running Noah Learning the times tables takes a lot of repetition, which children often find boring. They’d rather be playing their favorite video game instead of practicing math facts. Running Noah from Useability is a new app that uses children’s love of video games to give them lots of repetition of their multiplication facts whilst playing a fun game.

Running Noah is an Endless Runner, it has four episodes each with 12 levels. You need to unlock a level to move on to the next level. The four episodes have different themes and work on 1-4 times tables, 5-8 times tables, 9-12 times tables and 1-12 times tables respectively. The first episode (1-4 times tables) is free, there is an IAP (currently $1.99) to unlock the rest.

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Gameplay

The flood has just begun and Noah is on a mission to save all the animals and get them into the Ark. As the storm waters rise the land is divided into a series of islands by raging streams. To rescue the animals Noah must build bridges across the streams and also collect food for the animals on the way.

Beside every stream is a stone tablet with a number on it, and on the right of the screen are three numbers from the current series of times tables the student is working from. Tapping on the right of the screen brings up three  more numbers and the player has to tap one number from reach column to create a multiplication problem whose answer is the number on the tablet. The player has to think quickly as Noah keeps running, if he gets to the stream before they have completed the problem he falls in the water. If they create the correct problem a bridge forms and he runs safely to the next island. If they create an incorrect problem the bridge still forms but it collapses when Noah runs across, and he falls in the water. After solving three  problems correctly Noah reaches the stranded animal and gets him onto the Ark which completes the level.

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As Noah is always running the player has to think quickly to keep him from falling in the water, but collecting food adds another layer of complexity. All the animals on the Ark need feeding and food (corn, fish, pineapples or acorns) is above Noah’s head as he runs. To collect it the player has to double tap to make Noah jump at the right time. If they collect very little food the food meter turns red and Noah runs out of energy. Players can replay levels to collect food they have missed, and improve their score, and they need to complete the multiplication problems correctly each time to complete that level.

Analysis

Although the gameplay is in essence very simple, completing the levels does take quick thinking, fast recall and good reflexes. Even as an adult with good mental arithmetic skills I found I often had to replay levels to get perfect scores as it is tricky to answer the problems fast enough and time the jumps right to collect the food.

For each times table the problems include multipliers up to 12 e.g. the lowest level could include 4 x 12. Although this was how I learned my times tables, I have noticed some schools now only teach up to x 10. I would like to see an option to limit it to x10, if your child is learning that way. I would also like an option to add multiple player profiles, so that families with more than one child working on their multiplication skills can track their individual progress and let them compete against each other.

The app has an online leaderboard in it- but kids can not sign up from within the app (a good thing) a link is provided so that parents can enter it in a browser and sign up for the leaderboard if they wish to do so. Once they have completed all levels if the enter a parents email address they will be sent a certificate of completion.

I think the game is designed to be fast paced so that children will have to repeat levels multiple times to get high scores, so that they get a lot of repetition which is a good thing. However, some children with slower reflexes or slower processing speeds may find it frustrating that although they know the answers to the problem they can’t complete the problems in time to stop Noah falling in the water, or they can’t  co-ordinate their tapping quickly enough to answer the questions and jump for the food. With this in mind I’d like to see an option to have different speeds – maybe an Easy, Regular and Fast speed so that slower children can still use the app and to give different levels of challenge which would encourage even more repetition as skills improve.

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x. The app is free to download an include the first episode (12 levels) for free – this is a good way to test the app and see if it catches your child’s interest. If it does the $1.99 to unlock the rest of the app is good value. It is child friendly with no adverts, social media or external links.

iTunes Link:Running Noah – Useappility

Running Noah Running Noah by Useappility

Price: $FREE

“…an app that helps kids improve their multiplication skills” BestAppsforKids.com
“…makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game” theimum.com
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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).



Multiply Pizza Pie by FizzBrain Apps -Review



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What we love…

Develops number sense and understanding of what multiplication means. Multi-sensory, no time constraints, can work at their own pace, maths strategies, fun theme

What we’d love to see…

More ability to organize the restaurant accessories

Summary

Multiply Pizza Pie is a great introduction to multiplication as it helps develop the players number sense as they physically tap out the plates and toppings. It helps to turn the abstract concept of a multiplication equation into real life by relating them to food orders. A very useful app for students starting to learn multiplication and for students with special needs or who need extra help to really understanding multiplication

Our Rating

Multiply Pizza PieMultiplication is an important foundational mathematics skill, and one that many students struggle to master. Developing understanding of multiplication and strategies for multiplication within 100, is part of the Common Core standards for 3rd grade math in the U.S.A. Often students are encouraged to use flash cards to learn their multiplication facts by “drill and kill,”  but this doesn’t help them really understand the concepts. Multiply Pizza Pie by Fizz Brain apps is a new Edapp that uses a different approach to teaching multiplication, without rote memorization. Multiply Pizza Pie has a restaurant theme and players practice their multiplication skills whilst serving food to diners in their restaurant. The app allows multiple student profiles and lets the player choose whether to work on x2345, x6789 or on multiples of any individual number from 2-9. The app contains both an animated tutorial and a video tutorial that explain how to use the app. Before they start serving food to their diners, players can select to read the “multiplication strategies.” This gives students skills they can use to work out the more difficult multiples using ones they may already know e.g. using knowledge of  2x to work out questions involving 3x.

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Gameplay

The player is working in a restaurant and receives a food order e.g. the diner wants 5 pizzas each with 4 pepperoni on it. The player taps on the pizza 5 times to throw out the required number of pizzas, then taps on each pizza four times to get the right number of toppings. Once they have prepared the food they tap on “ready”. If they have made a mistake with the toppings the incorrect plate(s) are highlighted. Extra plates or toppings can be removed by swiping. Counting out the plates and tapping out the toppings add a tactile element to working out the equation that is similar to using manipulatives in the classroom.

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When the order is correct they move to to making the guest check – to do this they have to create a multiplication sentence. The diner is charged $1 per topping so to calculate the check they multiply the number of plates by the number of toppings on each plate. If they do this correctly a check is created and they earn the money they have charged the customer, if it is incorrect they can try again until it is right.

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 They then serve the completed order in the restaurant by throwing the food to the customer. My son found this hilarious as he discovered he could also bounce the meals off the walls until it arrived at the customer. As the food is served the narrator counts the numbers of toppings served, so if 4 pizzas each with 6 toppings are delivered they would count 6,12,18,24 – further reinforcing multiples of 6.

 

Rewards

The restaurant is initially unfurnished and players can use the money they earn from food sales to buy furniture, artwork, decorative features and accessories.

The players start only serving pizza in an Italian restaurant, but as they play they can unlock new toppings, new dishes and new restaurants .  When they unlock a new restaurant they automatically start serving in it, and don’t have the option to go back to the previous restaurant. The new restaurant is a blank slate with none of the furnishing from the previous establishment. The restaurants currently in the app are: Italian, Japanese, Mexican, American, Middle Eastern, Chinese, French, Indian, Ethiopian, Polish and Fusion.  Once they have unlocked all  ten of the restaurants this allows free play mode and they can then choose which restaurant to use.

Having the restaurants to furnish is a fun reward, but I did find a few issues with it. The restaurant scene is quite small so gets crowded with furniture quickly, and there appears to be no way to remove old furniture to replace it with new choices. Because you can earn money quite quickly when practicing higher order multiples, you can run out of things to spend it on as you have no room to display new purchases. However, the money does transfer so you can use it to decorate your new restaurant when you unlock it. I also found that sometimes moving a piece of furniture caused it to duplicate, so you could have 3 identical paintings and 4 identical tables which could be frustrating when you have only a small place to decorate.

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Reporting

The app records which group of multiples the student worked on for a particular date e.g [x2345], [x7], [x6789] and how many problems they did for each set. This can be viewed as a daily, weekly or monthly report, which can be emailed to a teacher or parent. Because the app uses errorless learning there is no indication of “right” or “wrong” answers (the student has to complete it correctly to be able to finish the problem). There is also no indication of whether they got the multiplication sentence correct on the first try or if they needed multiple attempts. The reports are useful to show what the student has been working on, but won’t give any indication or whether or not they have mastery of that multiple.

Summary

Multiply Pizza Pie is a great introduction to multiplication as it helps develop the players number sense as they physically tap out the plates and toppings. It helps to turn the abstract concept of a multiplication equation into real life by relating them to food orders. The app uses multiple senses as the student hears the order, feels the numbers as they tap out the toppings and sees the problem as a written sentence,  a maths equation and as physical objects. I like the fun cartoon-like illustrations and how all the gameplay ties into the restaurant theme as students see real-life applications for using maths skills. This app would be very useful for students just starting to learn multiplication and for students with special needs or others who need some extra help in really understanding multiplication. My daughter is almost at the end of 3rd grade and has been working on learning multiplication this school year, I wish the app had been available at the start of the school year as I think she would have picked up the concepts more quickly. At this point in time she knows most of her multiplication facts within 100 but just needs more practice to know them 100%. At the stage she is at the gameplay was a little slow for her, but what she found really useful was the strategies for using familiar multiples to work out more difficult ones. After playing the app I have seen her using these strategies to solve problems and even teaching them to her brother, and that alone is more than worth the cost of the app!

 

iTunes Link: Multiply Pizza Pie – FIZZBRAIN LLC

Multiply Pizza Pie Multiply Pizza Pie by FIZZBRAIN LLC

Price: $2.99 USD

Multiply Pizza Pie is a super fun math game that helps children master multiplication facts while building strong number sense! It is the OPPOSITE of "drill and kill"!

Children throw out pizzas.

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).



Dragon Shapes – Lumio Geometry Challenge By Lighthouse Learning – Review




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What we love…

bright, colorful high quality graphics, engaging gameplay, fully narrated, fun, challenging and educational

What we’d love to see…

Addition of multiple player profiles, even more levels!

Summary

Highly recommended- Dragon Shapes is the best kind of educational app: players will have so much fun solving all the tangram puzzles that they won’t realize they are learning important mathematical concepts at the same time.

Our Rating

Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version)first reviewed Dragon Shapes back in October 2013 and loved it, and with a major update to version 2.0 it is even better now!  It has more puzzles, new settings, new rewards, an option to play against the clock, a new parents guide and best of all it is now fully narrated.

There is a free version with in-app purchase for a full unlock, and full paid version without IAP. All external links are in the locked parents section.

Dragon Shapes is a Tangram app with a difference, it teaches geometry using a series of 80 tangram puzzles and also incorporates a story about the legend of the first Shape Master. The story is told as a series of short animated movies between sections of puzzles.

Druzzle the Dragon lives in the village of Tan in ancient China. One night whilst watching smoke rising from the chimneys in the village, Druzzle sees smoke in the shape of the dragon; he follows it and gets lost. The village folk are distraught and want to find him, the only clue is some dragon scales of different shapes that he left behind – will re-arranging them give a clue? They arrange the scales to form a butterfly and one brave warrior follows it on a quest to get Druzzle back. To succeed in the quest he must solve many different puzzles and become the Shape Master! As the player works their way through the tangram puzzles, they too acquire the skills needed to become a Shape Master. For each puzzle they can earn up to 3 lightening bolts, and at the end of each section they can see how close they are coming to being a Shape Master, both in terms of number of puzzles completed and number of lightning bolts collected.

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There are 4 sections, each containing 20 puzzles. In the parents section there is an option to switch on or off puzzle locks, if the locks are on the player must complete the puzzles in order, if off they can do them in whatever order they wish. The locks can also be reset. This is useful if a new player is using the app. I’d love to also see multiple player profiles added- I have several kids who all like to play this app, so it can be hard to keep track of who is on what level.

Each section includes 20 tangram puzzles in a theme: butterfly shapes, water shapes, mountain shapes and starlight shapes. As the player completes the puzzles they also learn mathematical terminology, and learn about the properties of different geometric shapes. The puzzles start very simple, such as putting 2 triangles together to make a square, and increase in complexity as you move through the levels. If the player gets stuck tapping on the light bulb symbol will reveal hints one step at a time, the hints can be switched off in settings if you wish. If they make it through an entire level without using any hints they earn a dragon scroll. A new addition in this update is that the app is now fully narrated – this is a great improvement, as it now makes the app fully accessible to children who aren’t yet proficient readers.

The tangram puzzles use various sized triangles, a square and a parallelogram. The player is given the correct number of pieces, but may need to rotate them to solve the puzzle. The puzzles are simple in the early levels and gradually evolve to very complex ones in the higher levels. As they complete the puzzles players learn how different shapes relate to each other, and how you can create one geometric shape using others, for instance you can create a pentagon using five triangles. They also learn that there is more than one way to create a particular shape using combinations of shapes. For an additional challenge in the final section, starlight shapes, players learn to “copy shapes” by re-creating a shape without a template to fit the pieces in.

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The app is designed for 6-10 year-olds, but I believe it will appeal to a much wider range of ages than. With the addition of narration it will appeal to some younger students, and the tangrams are fun an challenging enough that many adults will enjoy solving them -I know I do ! This is an app my whole family enjoys playing, and that has stood the test of time, all of my children were excited to learn that there were 30 new puzzles to solve and couldn’t wait to try them out.

By playing the app students learn to look at shapes in a whole new way. They work on spatial awareness, visualization and rotation skills as well as learning terminology and attributes of different geometric shapes. Dragon Shapes is the best kind of educational app: it has bright, colorful high quality graphics and engaging gameplay; it is fun, challenging and educational. Highly recommended! Players will have so much fun solving all the tangram puzzles that they won’t realize they are learning important mathematical concepts at the same time. A great educational app made even better with the new update !

Full version: Dragon Shapes – Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) – Lighthouse Learning

Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge (Full Version) by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $2.99 USD

Solve geometric math puzzles and unlock the legend of the Dragon Shapes Geometry Challenge with this Lumio math app.

This version has no in-app purchase and will work with the Volume Purchase Program.


Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge – Lighthouse Learning

Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge Dragon Shapes - Lumio Geometry Challenge by Lighthouse Learning

Price: $FREE

Solve math puzzles and unlock the legend of Dragon Shapes!

'Highly recommended... fun, challenging and teaches new skills' - theimum.com

'Drop dead gorgeous apps you don’t want your .

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.

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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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