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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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.


One Present, Please by Rain Boot Media LLC – Review



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What we love…

beautifully illustrated original text perfect for Elfie to bring and share with my kids that had mini games and seven different presents to keep my kids engaged

What we’d love to see…

a way to lock out the presents so you can’t open them all at once as well as an “easy mode” for some of the hidden objects as my younger child would lose interest. I’d also love to see it tie into the “12 days of Christmas” theme as well.

Summary

Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated app which really reminded me of Christmas and the tempting urge to open my gifts before the “big day”! I also liked that it encouraged Jake to give back a special surprise at the end.

Our Rating

One Present, PleaseOne Present, Please by Rain Boot Media LLC is a universal app for iOS which has seven days of holiday fun that culminate in opening a new present each day with a gift.  This Christmas themed app includes an original, interactive storybook which includes a storyline about why Jake feels he should open the present and then the challenges he must complete to accomplish them.  You can either “read to yourself” or “read along” and have the text narrated by Jake and his mom.

The story features beautiful illustrations with a young Jake who has beautiful blue eyes and a grin as he tries to bargain with his mom to open a Christmas gift.  The app also has you searching for objects like a “pear on a chair” or a “fish on a dish” to find the first gift.  You can pinch and zoom to make the image larger to make it easier to find the hidden objects.  After you successfully complete the task you get to open the gift – complete with the sound of ripping paper. You turn the pages with a candy cane and as you find the hidden objects they turn purple in the scene. My older son’s favorite present was #2 since he got to play the piano.  The app does try to pace you and encourages one present a day, however, you can override this and open all seven presents in one day.

I loved the illustrations in the app as well as the storyline which appealed to both my 8 year old and 2 year old.   The mini games were a bit too challenging for my 2 year old, but his older brother was quick to help him.   The story also has a fun storyline and I liked the mini games sprinkled in which made the app fun to play like the piano and memory game as well as “playing” the present.  My older son’s favorite part of the app was that his friend Elfie brought it and he didn’t get into “trouble” that night.  Elfie has been making a lot of messes here – and I was excited to see him sitting on the iPad instead of in a pile of cotton balls or diving into the dirty laundry.  I also liked that my son really had to look to solve the hidden objects and complete the mini games.  The storyline was great too – especially when Jake gets a special gift that he can give to someone he loves at the end of the story.  I also liked the realistic narration in the app as they switched between Jake and his mom. I also liked that it made my son think critically as he looked for the hidden gifts.

 

In terms of enhancements, a few times my younger son would get frustrated with the mini games especially when we really had to look around to find a hidden object.  I also wish there was a way to “lock out” the app from being able to open all of the gifts in one day.  The topic of the app is limited to Christmas but it’s a perfect app to be able to install annually. My older son asked me why it didn’t match up to the 12 days of Christmas — he thought it would be fun to have a few additional stories instead of just a weeks’ worth.

Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated app which really reminded me of Christmas and the tempting urge to open my gifts before the “big day”!  This seemed to satisfy my older son from wanting to find his gifts as we looked for each of the objects in the hidden object and the bonus was that I didn’t have to clean up after Elfie for a few days.  Huge win!

One Present, Please
One Present, Please
by Rain Boot Media LLC

Category: Entertainment, 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: 178.36 MB

$1.99USD

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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.


At the Zoo With Grandma and Grandpa by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

fun zoo themed app which includes 8 educational games including spelling, math, animal sounds and a puzzle

What we’d love to see…

animal facts cards for each of the animals especially ones you haven’t seen before, perhaps a mini game where you draw the spots on a leopard or stripes on a tiger and the ability to feed the animals

Summary

Who doesn’t love spending time with their grandparents?  This fun zoo themed app is sure to delight and had my son learning animal names, spelling and math and he learned about a new animal each time that he played.

Our Rating

At the Zoo With Grandma and Grandpa At the Zoo With Grandma and Grandpa by Fairlady Media is not your traditional go to the zoo and see the animals type of app.  In fact it’s much more fun and educational!  The app features 8 mini games which you plan along as you meet new animals – some that my older son had never even seen at the zoo.  You also practice matching, addition, puzzles and more!  This is the 10th app by Fairlady Media and the first that features both Grandma and Grandpa as central characters within the app.  The app features over 50 animals from around the world and is designed for elementary aged children.

Educational games within the app include:

1) Animal Sounds: What animal sound do you hear behind the curtain?  Pick one from an assortment of 3.

2) Fix the sign: Use the letters to fix the sign – it must be in the correct spelling order, you move the letters at the bottom to match the letters on the sign and has a zoo themed twist using types of animals.

3) Spot the Difference: Which fish in the aquarium is different?  Tap to choose the right one and see what might be different about it as well as the name.

4) Tram Math: How many people are on the tram.  You can either finger tap count or see that each car has a certain number in it to solve the problem.

5) Jigsaw Puzzle: Put together the pieces of an animal and learn about them.  Does the animal live on the ground or in a tree?  What is it called?

6) Fossil Dig: Who doesn’t love getting dirty?!?  Use your finger to help find the fossil and don’t get dirty in real life!

7) Match the sign to the animal: Using your eagle eyes, determine which sign goes with each animal type.  I loved that the animals in this game were both ones we knew like alligator and other times a Tasmanian devil!

8) Feed the Penguins: Move the penguins to find the fish and feed them.

Other mini games/interactions:

1) Draw the stripes on the animals using your favorite crayon color

2) Having a snack with Grandpa is just the best because you never quite know what to expect 😉

3) Move the seal to balance the ball on his nose.  How long can you keep it in the air?

4) What trip to the zoo is complete without picking out a souvenir to store and play with in your toy box?

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I loved that this app introduced my son to new animals especially ones that were not traditional at the various zoos that we have visited around the country.  Having a variety of animals and games made the app fun and interactive.  We also really liked that both Grandma and Grandpa participated in the app – this was fun because we usually only see one or the other.  The graphics are fantastic and clear and my son learned something about a new animal each time that he played meaning that he kept playing to keep learning – a huge win!

One enhancement I would like to see is “animal facts” – perhaps you could add in cards at the end of the app that you earned with facts about some of the more unusual animals like the Tasmanian devil which would include a photo, animal sound and a fact or two about them.  My son also loved being creative and “drawing the stripes” aka decorating the animals with crayons and asked if there could be a game where you draw the spots on the animal or stripes on a tiger within specific lines.  My son also asked if we could feed the animals to learn more about them as well – we recently learned that a turtle at the aquarium liked brussel sprouts which encouraged my son to at least touch them!

There is no external advertising or in-app purchases beyond Fairlady advertising their own apps.  Internet access is not required to play the app.  External links are protected with a parental gate which requires your year of birth.  You can access the settings and turn on and off the games depending on your child’s ability level which allows you to target specific skills or make it easier for younger kids.  You can also turn on and off the music.

Overall, this is a fun zoo themed app that introduced my son to some exotic animals we had never seen before. My son enjoyed playing the app over and over again and learned something new each time if it was an animal or perhaps how to spell an animal name.  Huge amount of replay value and the app can target younger or older kids depending on the options you choose for the mini games.


At the Zoo With Grandma and Grandpa At the Zoo With Grandma and Grandpa by Fairlady Media

Price: $2.99 USD

Do you know what a Malayan tapir is? Let’s go to the zoo to find out! Fix the animal signs, color a zebra, add up the visitors, solve puzzles, feed the penguins, put on a seal show, dig for fossils, .

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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.


Dr. Panda’s Carnival by Dr. Panda Ltd – Review



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What we love…

fun carnival games and confetti graphics, the graphics were crisp and sharp and my son enjoyed most of the mini games

What we’d love to see…

more true carnival type games as well as the ability to pick the mini games which can be harder for younger kids

Summary

Overall, this is a fun carnival type of game, but I would like to see more games as well as the ability to turn on and off mini games and instructions.

Our Rating

 

Dr. Panda's CarnivalDr. Panda’s Carnival by Dr. Panda is another great addition to the Dr. Panda lineup of apps. This app features Dr. Panda with his friends the cat, hippo, pig, monkey and the dog playing with ten different activities including dress up, photographs, face painting as well as a snack making activity. This app does require some fine motor skills especially for the throwing the ball mini game and catching the ducks.

The app is one that features some of my favorite carnival games including: Ferris wheel, catch an object (duck), throwing a ball to knock down cans, a duck to ride, haunted house, fun house mirror, decorate your own lollipop, making popcorn, face painting, riding the paper boat, dress up the animals for a photo.

My son loved the carousel ride with the airplanes as well as the flying duck and catching the ducks with the fishing pole.  I liked the crisp graphics as well as the paper craft – which ranged from the flying confetti to the shaped balls for tossing and decorating the lollipop.  The graphics were crisp and creative.  I also loved that each time you opened the app the activities were slightly different – meaning there was a different game or food option to make which means that the game won’t get stale for children.  My son did enjoy collecting the stars for activities like catching ducks and getting the toys.

My son got very frustrated trying to knock down the cans using the paper balls. I tried it as well and although I have good fine motor coordination, I found it to be much easier on the iPad for this particular game versus my iPhone. My son also wished for more different dress up options at the fun house game.  He liked painting the animals faces, but wanted to dress them instead of just using a hat and glasses.  For example, my son wanted to color in the heart on the dog’s shirt but he couldn’t because you could only paint the face.    My son also wanted a color palette similar to what we had seen in the face painting for the spray on the lollipops.  One of my favorite suggestions he made was a “fireworks” show at the end after you completed the activities as the day was over – that’s always his favorite part of going to a carnival.  He also asked me why you couldn’t “eat” the food by licking the lollipop or eating the popcorn after you made it.   It would be nice to have a menu where you can pick specific mini games to ensure they are a good fit for your child.  I would like to see instructions for some of the games as well as more games/booths to play with.

Overall, this is a fun carnival themed app which will appeal to kids from preschool through early elementary school.  The mini games are fun as are the carnival games, but it seemed like more content would be necessary to “complete” the game.  My son (7) enjoyed the app, but grew frustrated at a couple of the mini games when he had trouble completing them.  Some of the mini games like the slide have wide appeal, while others like the tossing of the ball or catching the ducks can feel frustrating to younger kids if they have trouble with that particular skill set.  There are no external links or in-app purchases.

Dr. Panda's Carnival
Dr. Panda's Carnival
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, Games, Family
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: 233.81 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.

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Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse by Dr. Panda Ltd

Price: $3.99 USD

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I live in a big treehouse all by myself, and I need you to help me make.


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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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