Dr. Panda Town by Dr. Panda Ltd. – Review

Dr. Panda Town by Dr. Panda Ltd. – Review



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What we love…

open ended creative play that helps kids in a variety of community settings use imaginary play skills

What we’d love to see…

a rack for clothing, ability to kick and play with the soccer and basket ball

Summary

Dr. Panda Town is fun and just enough different from other apps on the market which make it enjoyable for my kids to play.   Each of the three areas are fun and have unique content like a water scene inside the park or a picnic or even shopping at the grocery store.

Our Rating

Dr. Panda TownDr. Panda Town by Dr. Panda Ltd is the first free app with in-app purchases or IAP offered by Dr. Panda games.  Dr. Panda was founded in 2012 and has a number of apps available for iOS and Android with great open free play options.  This app includes in-app purchases for a park and a supermarket as well as a home setting.  For purposes of this review, I will review both the park and supermarket settings contained within the app.  The app opens with Dr. Panda pulling up to the town in his yellow car.    If you try to open up the park or supermarket and have not purchased them a parental lock pops up before taking you into the iTunes store which requires you to enter your year of birth.  Of note, I got the app bundle on one device and had to “restore” my purchase on my second device to be able to access each of the three places.  We used language to describe each of the actions which made it great for practicing language.

Inside the house, there is a living room, kitchen with variety of foods as well as the ability to cook and mop the floors.   Upstairs in the home is a bathroom and a kids bedroom. My kids in particular liked the attic where they found treasures like a rocking horse and antique television.   The characters are down at the bottom by the Dr. Panda logo and you can add and move them around within the different portions of the app.  I also liked the recycling in each of the locations as well.  Inside the grocery store reminds me a lot of Dr. Panda Supermarket with items to place inside your basket as well as different items like soap, toothpaste and milk.  When we played, I actually gave my younger son a “picture list” of items for us to place inside the basket prior to checking out.

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My toddler also  liked the soccer ball and wanted to “kick” it with the characters – something we couldn’t figure out how to do, we also tried to bring it to the park to play with as well as the basket ball but couldn’t make it work.  We also cooked on the grill outside.  My toddler loved the park – he enjoys going to the park and he loves Dr. Panda Ice Cream so he was delighted to see the ice cream stand in the park.  My son’s favorite part was dispensing each of the candies from the machines as well as eating the cookies.    Inside the park there is a variety of playground toys like a see-saw, slide and even clothing to change into as well as a picnic.    We enjoyed giving dog a ride in the boat – although he needs a life jacket!  Playing in the skate park was fun as well going back and forth.   My toddler loved the animations of the airplane and motorcycle as the characters rode them.

Up in the attic it would be fun if the television played promos for other Dr. Panda apps – right now there are a variety of random images with characters from the app but no real cohesive things shown.  My toddler also wanted to “talk” using the phone which currently just rings and lets you take it off the hook.  My older son asked if we could decorate the treats inside of the supermarket as he is getting older and likes to help me cook — perhaps a baking app might be in the future?  Other enhancements might be using money to put into the slot for the candy or to pay for the vending machine and cafe in the park.  I’d love to see some of the items we make in other Dr. Panda apps incorporated here to give kids a taste of some of the great fun they can have with other apps.  I would also like to see a clothing closet or rack for all of the different outfits to change into – perhaps this could be on the bottom with all of the characters?  My older son also wanted more “healthy” options for the picnic including fruits and veggies so we must be doing something right!

For me, once I tested the house, I knew I wanted more and got the combination of the supermarket and park for $2.99 IAP because my kids hate being locked out of anything.  That makes them all the more determined to use it!  In app purchases are protected with a parental gate which requires your year of birth and then you are pulled to iTunes.

Dr. Panda Town is fun and just enough different from other apps on the market which make it enjoyable for my kids to play.   Each of the three areas are fun and have unique content like a water scene inside the park or a picnic or even shopping at the grocery store.

You can download it free with in-app purchases on Google Play.

Dr. Panda Town
Dr. Panda Town
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: 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
Size: 149.51 MB

$FREE

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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 sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
Building, creating and more – toys for my 3 year old boy

Building, creating and more – toys for my 3 year old boy

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As a mom of two, I always struggle with what the “right” toy is for my three year old son.  Should I get him something that is educational or should I defer to his favorite of cars and trucks and things that go?  We have some older toys from his brother who is now 8 and are among his favorites.  Below are some of our favorite toys for 3 year old boys which I’ve categorized by type.  I also try to get science based toys which fit into the STEM theme as well.

When shopping for a new toy I try to use the following criteria

  • usability – is it a toy that my son will play with once and be done?
  • durability – is the toy durable enough to last through multiple play sessions and not be broken?
  • learning – will my child learn something from the toy – either by reading or creative thinking skills like a puzzle
  • “fun factor creative toys” – will my kids have fun using it even if it creates a mess?
  • imaginary play – does the toy encourage imaginary or role play?

Let's Play House! Dust! Sweep! Mop!My kids love sturdy wooden toys, and I have found Melissa & Doug toys to be a huge hit over the years.  The content of the toys is timeless and typically there is an educational twist to what they are doing.    Plus, sometimes they even help out mom and dad with chores!  I call that a win all around!  My nephew got this cleaning set over the holidays, and it was fun to see my three year old play with it.  Guess what is on his birthday list?!?  I keep hoping he will help me tidy up or at least sweep up the constant messes that he seems to make.

 

 

Big Building Bag (classic) (80 pieces)I also like to look at learning types of toys, especially since I know preschool will be just around the corner.  We regularly work on letter recognition and colors.  In this category I like simple 5-6 piece puzzles, building blocks like Mega Blocks which are easy to stack and sort by color or counting, and even things like arranging them by size.

 

 

 

 

Toys that target imaginary play are important to consider as well.  My son also loves to dress up – so a few costumes might be a good fit here while we learn about different types of “jobs” in the community.  He currently has a dress up costume for a firefighter and construction worker and we have seen lots of great pretend play from these.  He also loves cooking in the kitchen, I like to present all types of foods for his play kitchen beyond the traditional meat and potatoes to include vegetables.  This tote from Learning Resources has a variety of fresh fruits and vegtables which then we use to talk about why we need to eat our veggies at dinner – which are unfortunatley not a favorite!  I love watching my son cook – and he’s now even more intersted in helping me prepare healthy snacks like carrots and apple slices.

 

 

 

VTech   Call & Chat Learning PhoneAs a tech mom, I also like to look at “tech toys”.  We introduced a tablet to my younger son at the age of 2.5 – earlier than I would have liked, but we limit #screentime and try to ensure we balance out learning in other ways.  We also have had fun getting toys like a pretend remote control which helps him work on numbers and colors.  He has an “old school” flip phone that he pretends to call me on from daycare on occasion which is fun as well.  When using the iPad I try to limit him to educational type stories or learning type apps.  We also love listening to music on the iPad and getting up to dance.  Be sure to check out our app reviews here at The iMums for some great apps to add to your device.  We also have some great tech toy reviews as well including a Bluebee Pal named Hudson that my son adores who reads stories to him from books on our iPad.

 

My son loves all things that move and go.  Little People are among his favorites.  He likes to intermix the Little People along with farm animals so it can make for some pretty creative combinations when he is playing.  By far his favorite though is his racetrack.  We practice patience – using the “on your mark, get set, go” as well as turn taking skills when he plays with other kids.  Most of the time, if my son is given the choice of toys to play with he will almost always choose something that can go.  He enjoys a variety of cars, trucks, and construction vehicles.  This year, I know I am looking at some Tonka Trucks he will be able to play with outside as well as a few of the lights & sounds trucks which are among his friends favorites.

 

 

 

6 Count Washable FingerpaintLast but not least are the “fun factor toys”.  Many of these toys fit into the “messy” category and include things like paints, bath toys and more.  We use crayons, markers, finger paints, chalk to make fun art related creations.  The most important piece here for me is a smock, and then we can move on to good “clean” fun!   Kids learn and practice so many skills when doing artwork like grasp as well as figuring out spacing on a page.  These may not be my favorites given the mess factor but I do love all of the artwork they create.

 

 

 

No matter what you choose, your three year old will love it.  My son loves sitting with me and playing toys no matter what the day.  Seeing him have enjoyment during play on his face – is simply priceless!

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 Grocery Shopping Made Easy from Peapod by Stop & Shop – Review

Grocery Shopping Made Easy from Peapod by Stop & Shop – Review




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What we love…

easy to view nutrition facts, online shopping when I want and delivered at home.

Summary

Great alternative to traditional grocery shopping especially if you are pressed for time.  I loved the nutrition facts and how I could easily keep track of my running total.

Our Rating

 

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DISCLAIMER: Thank you Peapod for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Peapod, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

As a busy mom of two, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day! Enter Peapod. I find myself constantly doing this or that, making a grocery list on my phone only to go to the store and forget the most important thing on my list! We are a family of four – and both my husband and son have life threatening food allergies. That unfortunately can make grocery shopping very time consuming, because you have to read every label to ensure that it is not made with the ingredient or “made in a facility which manufactures with”.

With Peapod,  I got my grocery order done online, hit the submit button, picked out a time to have my order delivered and presto. My shopping was done for the week. Price wise, I shopped sales and used coupons and it was fairly similar in price to what I pay on a weekly basis at the grocery store, except I didn’t have to go out into the store, wait in line, load it in my car and head home! I had all the items I needed for a weeks’ worth of lunches and dinners unloaded and in my refrigerator and ready to go in moments. After you place your first order, by entering your Stop and Shop card it will create a list of items you ordered to make it easier to order again in the future and they even have a spot where you can see items you bought in the past that are on sale.

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I loved how easy it was to look at the nutrition facts for each of the items I placed in my cart. One thing I have learned over time is that sometimes, a manufacturer will change the ingredients or how an item is manufactured without telling you. By simply clicking on the item in the Peapod cart, I could quickly scan the nutritional label to see if it was safe for my family.

 

 

 
CerealI created the order on my time, and even used my iPhone to walk around and do an inventory in the kitchen of needed items like dishwasher tablets, dish detergent, salad dressing and more! I could add items to my menu on the fly and sat at my kitchen table and menu planned for the week. One of my other favorite features was the “sale tab” – I simply looked at the items on sale and incorporated them into my menu planning. For example, ground turkey was for sale, so I made a turkey meatloaf with sautéed spinach and sweet potato home fries for dinner one-night last week. We also got some really fresh fruit as well – the fruit was all in good condition – except for a grapefruit which had seen better days. Peapod customer service was awesome and refunded the item back to my credit card with no questions asked and apologized for the inconvenience. The wait was short, the service was friendly and I talked to someone in Illinois. She saw that I was a first time customer and explained more about coupons and how to use Peapod to get discounts on shipping by having orders made three days ahead.

 

 

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During the delivery, I got an email when the driver was on the way as well as a text message. I was able to go downstairs, open the door and have my counters ready for them when they arrived. I also ordered some bulky items like toilet paper and paper towels, since I was running low at home. Those came in and went straight under my counter – no further unpacking needed.
I did some price comparisons at our local grocery stores, just to show you how prices compared for the week that I did my shopping trip. Locally, we have Market Basket, Shaw’s, Stop and Shop (owners of Peapod) and Target. I was pleasantly surprised to see the pricing for the items was similar, and in many cases since I shopped sales and used coupons at Peapod lower. The driver when he arrived, spent time taking my items from the totes in the back of his truck and loading them into plastic grocery bags. I could tell the items had been categorized by type, because they were sorted into bags with a few items rather than the way I usually have my reusable bags packed at the grocery store. He came into the house, and immediately pulled out my eggs so we could check to see if they arrived intact – unfortunately we had one crack but he said, it’s okay – we will refund the item on your order. I put my coupons in an envelope and he took them after helping to unload the groceries and was off in less than 10 minutes.

Meat and produce were fresh and easy to put away after arrival.  Items like cereal, paper towels and the like were placed in a bag and ready to unpack.  I did appreciate that all of the items were put into bags – although I did wish the driver could have used my reusable bags.  Coupons were doubled up to $0.99 and I had some from our Sunday paper as well as some I printed off.  It was so easy!

After unloading my groceries into my cabinet – I had a fully stocked pantry and refrigerator and was getting dinner ready within the hour.  I call that a HUGE win!  I found some great coupons online including a $15 off your first order. I also loved that I didn’t have to worry about “unneeded items” or impulse purchases that my kids might have put in the basket too. I kept on budget and the cost was what I planned rather than a “surprise” if I missed writing down an item.  I’m currently working on another Peapod order – they have earned a new customer!


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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 Toca Life: City by Toca Boca – Review & Giveaway

Toca Life: City by Toca Boca – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

delightful characters, plenty of things to do and discover with surprises along the way, excellent for speech and language therapy

What we’d love to see…

more city buildings including a workplace, pets and some items to be more interactive, basketball to return after shooting it in the basket, easier way to unpack a bag of goodies, a way to get from Toca Life: Town to Toca Life: City within the app

Summary

Another great app from Toca Boca that highlights some fascinating aspects of city life.

Our Rating

Toca Life: CityFirst, there was Toca Life: Town, a sweet and quiet little suburban community.  Now, Toca Boca has brought us Toca Life: City, a hustling and bustling metropolis with a myriad of delightful residents and four places to explore: The Food Courts, The Shopping Mall, The Salon, and the Loft Apartment.  This app is best suited to children aged four to eight although older children may enjoy playing with the app beyond that.

There is no shortage of food choices in the Food Courts.  It is located outdoors and houses seven restaurants where you can have sushi, rice bowls, burgers, pizzas, fish and chips, noodles, and desserts.  There are tables and chairs for dining in, as well as condiments to use.  If you would rather take out, you can easily pack your food by placing them on the designated packing areas.  If you want to pack more than one food at a time, place them first on a tray before placing them on the packing area.  You can also pour drinks and serve them.  Cups, bottles, and glasses empty as the beverages are consumed.  Food disappears in flash when they are eaten.  Beware of the of the ketchup bottle – you will find that it is no ordinary ketchup bottle!

The shopping mall is located just west of the Food Courts.  You can buy groceries to stock up your fridge and pantry at home.  You can take a look at all the different pets in the pet store and bring one home with you.  You can shop for kitchen appliances and other household items.  You can buy toys for the little ones.  You can also shop for some new clothes, which you can try on before you buy!  Out of cash?  Don’t fret!  There is an ATM nearby that will give you as much cash as you want.   Now here is the kicker, if you want to pay the clerk, make sure to place the cash next to the register.  This will make the register ring and open up.  If you place the cash next to the clerk (thinking you are handing him or her your payment), the clerk misunderstands and eats it.  Haha!

Tired of your hairstyle and want to try something new?  Stop by the hair salon, just north of the Food Courts and northwest of the Shopping Mall.  This salon has a new, state-of-the-art hair machine that transforms your hair into any length, any style, at just a push of the button.  If you want to change your hair color, just grab one of the colored hairsprays and presto!  There also combs, brushes, and scissors, but these do not really do anything except what you want them to do in your own imagination.

Finally, after a long day, it’s time to go home and get some rest and relaxation.  The Apartment Loft is located at the east end of the city.  It has a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a balcony.  You can play a game on the TV in the living room, or pop in one of the DVD discs to watch a movie.  You can cook on the stove and oven, and depending on what you cook, you can see your food turn into a nice darker color.  There is much to explore here as there is in the other areas of the city.

Toca Life: City comes with a host of new characters and you can take them anywhere in the city by clicking on the “people crossing” sign on the bottom right of the screen.  Scroll through the characters and choose the one you want.  If you gave them a package of food from the Food Court or a gift bag from the shopping mall, they will still have it in hand.  This way, you can bring home all the items you bought.

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My little girl saw the trailer for Toca Life: City about two weeks before the game was released and was eagerly anticipating it.  I am happy to say, it did not disappoint her.  She was delighted with the new characters and enjoyed checking out all the different things she could do in the city.  She had plenty of stories to tell and I could hear her voicing the different characters and pets she chose.  She even played it with her older siblings, which generated even more giggling and laughter.

There are a few things she and I would like to see in future updates.  We would love an office or workplace.  Most people commute to the city to work, so we need a place of work.  My daughter would like the pets and some of the objects to be more interactive: for the plants to grow as they are watered, for the chopsticks and other utensils to pick up food, for some appliances to light up or make noises, etc.  She would also like more bedrooms and beds in the apartment loft.  She also pointed out that the basketball hoop in the toy shop was fun, but as soon as you shoot the ball, the ball disappears in the trash can located under the hoop.  She would like to be able to get the ball back and shoot some more.  She would also like an easier way to get things about of bags.  A package is easy to open because you just click on it, but a bag is harder because you have to drag the items out of it, and sometimes you just end up dragging the whole bag instead of getting stuff out.  Finally, if there is any way to get from Toca Life: City to Toca Life: Town within the app, it would be fantastic!

There are so many things to do and discover in Toca Life: City.  It will entertain children while giving them opportunity to use their imagination, their speech, and their storytelling skills.  Clearly, it is another winner from Toca Boca.

Toca Life: City
Toca Life: City
by Toca Boca AB

Category: Education, Entertainment
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
Size: 240.4 MB

$2.99USD

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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.

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