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CTR August 2014

Children’s Technology Review Aug 2014 Volume 22, No. 8, Issue 173 The following is a summary of the issue. The full issue is sent to paid subscribers by email. To get this issue, ...
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How to Make $1 Million on Children’s Apps

Pierre Abel is living proof that you can make a solid living making children’s apps without the help of a big PR firm or licensed characters. You don’t need a fancy studio name, ...
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WordBuilder

Review Excerpt: This app models phonemic sounds with a  human mouth, so children can see the way a mouth moves when making different phonemic sounds. It is important to note that this ...
time

What’s The Time Mr. Fox

Review Excerpt: Children walk Mr. Fox through a ten step daily routine, presented by way of scrolling pages. The day starts with tooth brushing at 7 AM and ends with an 8 PM bedtime. ...
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Three Little Pigs, The: Interactive Book with Mini Games for Kids

Review Excerpt: This app combines a homemade version of the Three Little Pigs with a set of coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and a game of concentration. The pages let children play with ...
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Teachley: Mt. Multiplis

Review Excerpt: Designed to “teach complex multiplication strategies” to children in 3rd-5th grades, the maze-like reward system asks you rebuild bridges that have been ...
soccer

A Soccer (or Football) Sleepover in Brazil

Review Excerpt: This is a 27-screen story about soccer in Brazil with mid-range illustrations, interactive design and music. Activities include a map game, a flag identification game ...
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Skit!

Review Excerpt: Make your own narrated 20 second puppets shows, with this editing and social media tool.  Supported by ads, in-app sales and promotional deals with movies like the ...
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Robotikits: Super Solar Recycler

Review Excerpt: This kit contains three snap-together robots that are powered by a single solar cell (included), and that incorporate common items (e.g., a CD-ROM, aluminum soda can ...
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Piiig Labs

Review Excerpt: Six simple drag-and drop science experiments are displayed on your iPad screen, disassembled. To make a light bulb light up or a volcano erupt, you must drop the parts ...
pepidoctor

Pepi Doctor

Review Excerpt: Pepi Doctor is “designed to help children overcome their fear of doctors” as well as to gently remind them about things like washing hands and brushing teeth. You ...
paint

Paint Double

Review Excerpt: This painting app draws an imaginary line down the center of the screen making it incredibly simple to make symmetrical doodles. The color changes with each touch. Note ...
osmo

Osmo

Review Excerpt: The world of apps and screens meets the world of real tangram blocks, objects like pens, coins or anything else you might have in your pocket, with Osmo, an easy to ...
fire

My Fire Station

Review Excerpt: A great play theme meets a complicated interface that necessitates using hints that require reading, plus in-app sales that are presented in the context of the actual ...
vocab

MindSnacks – Kids’ Vocab

Review Excerpt: Get ready for the SAT early, with this set of timed reading and comprehension questions. The games cover vocabulary development, with new words and phrases. Content ...
matching

Matching! My First Brain Training

Review Excerpt: This is a collection of didactic drills designed to introduced letters, numbers and colors in four languages (English, French, Catalan and Spanish).  Subscribers, please ...
lego

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril

Review Excerpt: There are no surprises with this E 10+  LEGO/TT game; in other words, the gameplay is the same as previous titles, with a new story and characters. You control Iron ...
builders

Little Builders

Review Excerpt: What child — or grownup — wouldn’t want to play with a crane? You start with a bird’s eye view of a village in production, with five areas to ...
kiwaka

Kiwaka

Review Excerpt: A challenging Flappy Birds gaming mechanic (or in this case a flappy pink elephant) meets astronomy facts in this night sky app designed to “develop children’s ...
kapu

Kapu Blocks

Review Excerpt: This simple building activity lets children control a crane that can be used to stack blocks. First, you choose a building block you want to add to the tower and hoist ...
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iStopMotion for iPad (version 2.3)

Review Excerpt: What is it? iStopMotion for iPad is a stop motion/time lapse app that makes it easy to take hundreds of still photos in sequence, and turn them into a movie. Using the ...
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Hurray for Today!

Review Excerpt: The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library — based on Oceanhouse Media’s (OHM) tried-and-true design — keeps growing (23 titles as of June 2014). Hurray ...
traindragon

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Official Storybook App)

Review Excerpt: This app contains an ebook, coloring activity, and two arcade-style games. The coloring book contains six pages that can be filled in or saved. The two games are:  ...
hoopa

Hoopa City

Review Excerpt: Think “Sim City” for preschoolers, and you get the idea of Hoopa City, an app that represents a new direction for Tribeplay’s “Dr. Panda” ...
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Hitstory Kids – Columbus Sails

Review Excerpt: Designed to playfully introduce a very young child to historical ideas, this is an animated, interactive historical cartoon. The guitar-accompanied music is repetitive ...
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Dinosaur Mix

Review Excerpt: It’s a fun idea — to mix and match parts of a dinosaur. In this case, however, the parts are random and there’s no logic to the way the parts do or ...
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Bubl Tap

Review Excerpt: Bubl Tap is a digital rattle for your iPad. It is specifically designed to stimulate infants, babies or toddlers. Is it possible for an app to be too responsive? This ...
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The Bubble Bomps

Review Excerpt: Featuring 22 verticle-scrolling page transitions, this is a story about a boy named Jacob and his block friend Elo as they have a day of fun. You can touch some items ...
blek

Blek

Review Excerpt: Blek is a leveled puzzle game that starts with a simple challenge — to sketch an inch-worm-like line that loops its way across the screen while avoiding black ...
axel

Axel’s Chain Reaction

Review Excerpt: In the story, Axel is fidgety and distracted, but also creative as he struggles to get the world to understand him.  Axel wants to create an impressive kinetic sculpture, ...
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CTR July 2014: How to Make $1 Million on Apps for Kids, Plus 53 Fresh Reviews

NOTE: The complete issue is available to paid subscribers.   Children’s Technology Review July 2014 Volume 22, No. 7, Issue 172 Happy summer! I wish it meant less work, but June ...
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Working With the Press: Do’s and Don’ts

Here’s a presentation I gave last week at the Dust or Magic AppFest at the Co.Lab in San Francisco. It might help you better understand how to pitch new products to us.
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App Bundles, Better Searching and Test Flight Come to iTunes

IT was a nice day for Toca Boca yesterday, whose name came up twice during Apple’s annual WWDC meeting in San Francisco. With Apple’s new iOS, announced yesterday at the ...
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Zac And Zoey – The Hunt For The Secret Treasure

Review Excerpt: The first of a planned series of animated adventure appisodes, this app is free with adds, plus the option to pay $1.99 to have the ads removed. It features two twins, ...
wear

What Do I Wear? – Touch, Look, Listen

Review Excerpt: The fourth in the “Touch, Look and Listen” series from StoryToys, this stand alone app contains 65 common clothing items grouped into 11 categories — ...
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Toca Town

Review Excerpt: Toca Town lets you touch, tap and swipe your way through a small town, with five buildings and one park; each offering hidden surprises and a cast of 21 characters. ...
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Strange and Wonderful World of Ants

Review Excerpt: Three reading levels in the same book? Why not? While we’re at it, why not let a child pick the level they like, from any page? First published in 2011, The Strange ...
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Sounds for Fun – s, b, m, t, h, c

Review Excerpt: In this musical introduction to letters and letter sounds, each letter is introduced musically in rhyme, followed by a multiple-choice quiz, and a chance to trace the ...
shutterbugs

Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp

Review Excerpt: In this free app from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The idea is to show children how to describe movement and motion while virtually visiting animals in ...
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Sago Mini Space Explorer

Review Excerpt: The third in a series (see also Sago Mini Forest Flyer and Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer), this app uses a follow your finger design, where you help a character explore merely ...

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