List/Grid Monthly Archives: March 2012

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vangogh

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers!

Review excerpt: Based on the book by Laurence Anholdt, this app  layers two types of interactive activities onto the pages, along with some scaffolding features (narrated text, and ...
marvel

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Review excerpt: In this game, you first choose one of 48 Marvel and Capcom heroes and villains, including 12 new selections. You can fight as Capcom’s Strider for example, or ...
tmk

Touch My Katamari

Review excerpt: Katamari comes to the touch screen for the first time, due to the new capabilities of the PlayStation Vita. The idea is the same — roll a sticky ball around a ...
toca

Toca House

Review excerpt: This “app toy” (Toca Boca’s approach to app design) takes place in a house where five zany friends live, one on each floor. You help them with their ...
tick

Tick Bait’s Universe

Review excerpt: This is a power of 10 app, that lets you explore the really big and the extremely small.  You start with a view of a back yard, with a dirty dog named Tick Bait. You ...
GustavTheGoldfish_iPad

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

Review excerpt: Here’s a rare collection of seven short stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss in the 1950s for Redbook magazine. It is being released along with the hardcover ...
raven

Reading Raven

Review excerpt: This iPad app provides step-by-step reading lessons designed to help young children learn to read. It features the Reading Raven companion, who guides children along ...
puzzling

Puzzling Plates

Review excerpt: This app turns the tectonic plates into a jigsaw puzzle that you can drag and drop into place. There are three types of puzzles; each consists of a timed challenge along ...
putt

Putt Putt Saves the Zoo (iPad)

Review excerpt: This title has been rereleased several times over the years (this is the 16th Putt Putt title in our database). In 2008, it was sold at retail computers. In case you ...
pokepark

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond

Review excerpt: A cross between a Pokémon game and Animal Crossing (with a bit of “Carnival Games” tossed in), PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond lets you play as one of four ...
vita

PlayStation Vita (PSVita)

Review excerpt: Clunky but capable Sony’s new portable gaming system offers some exciting new ways to play games, and in some cases, learn. But there’s a lot of drawbacks ...
peek

Peek-a-Zoo

Review excerpt: Here’s another solid Duck Duck Moose app. The idea is to present younger children with a narrated question, such as “who is upside down?” They then ...
say

Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?

Review excerpt: This is the second in the The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series. Cat in the Hat is the host (and the narrator) who takes us on a fictional expedition to ...
fish

Motion Math Hungry Fish

Review excerpt: Motion Math Hungry Fish lets children practice skills like “instant addition” in an undersea setting. We reviewed the free portion of the app — the ...
Untitled

Love You to the Moon & Back

Review excerpt: Love you to the Moon & Back is an ebook designed with “art from the heart” from Sue Shanaha. The 25 screen app is a collection of love-inspired portraits. ...
deviant

Little Deviants

Review excerpt: Designed specifically around the unique attributes of the Sony Vita handheld game system, Little Deviants is a collection of thirty games that provide a good test of ...
letter

Letter of the Day Interactive Activities

Review excerpt: Here’s a set of dry, animated lessons designed to cover letter formation and letter sounds.  The design is simple and direct, with four multiple-choice activities ...
harry

LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7

Review excerpt: Based on themes in the last three Harry Potter books and the final four films, this single game, for nearly every platform, takes you through Harry Potter’s adventures ...
kumon

Kumon Uppercase ABC’s – Learn to Trace Letters

Review excerpt: Carefully constructed and very didactic (controlled) this letter tracing app contains two activities specifically designed to teach children to write uppercase letters ...
kinect

Kinectimals (for iPad)

Review excerpt: With a look and feel that is nearly identical to the Kinect edition of the game, Kinectimals for iPad lets you pet, bathe and teach your large baby cats. The more you ...
kidsfun

Kids Fun

Review excerpt: The app starts with 10 clearly marked icons, each leading to a set of five or so games. Each has a nature or animal theme. Activities include puzzles, matching, coloring, ...
small

It’s A Small World

Review excerpt: The iPad edition of the famous Disney theme-park ride lets you touch-and-explore 16 watercolor scenes depicting various parts of a happy, exotic world where everyone ...
dinosaur

Inside the World of Dinosaurs

Review excerpt: This dinosaur encyclopedia contains a library of 60 animated, roaring dinosaurs, as well as  biographical facts on a set of famous dinosaur hunters. You can either ...
trixie

I, Trixie Who Is Dog

Review excerpt: This is a tribute to a golden retriever owned by famous mystery author Dean Koontz. Like many ebooks, this one follows the familiar three mode autoplay, read myself, ...
game

Game Changer: Game Board for iPad

Review excerpt: GameChanger is an electronic game board that plugs into your iPad, essentially extending it’s touch surface beyond the area of the screen, into a folding board. ...
finger-math

Finger Math

Review excerpt: What to learn a little “chisenbop?” Here’s your app. This app teaches you how to turn your fingers into a calculator. You start be learning how to ...
fifa

FIFA Soccer (Vita)

Review excerpt: This is a portable version of EA’s FIFA Soccer. At points in the game, you can use both the front and back multi-touch screens to navigate. Content includes 30 ...
draw

Draw and Tell

Review excerpt: Now you can think of your iPad or iPhone as a drawing/flannel board and story telling machine. The drawing is paired with a narration feature that makes it easy to do ...
pigeon

Don’t Let The Pigeon Run This App!

Review excerpt: This language experience/creativity app puts a children’s book author (Mo Willems) inside his own app. It also invites you (or a child) to serve as the co-author/ ...
doink

Doink

Review excerpt: Doink is a vecter-based animation experience for iPad. Originally designed as a Flash-based website, the iPad app makes it easy to create simple cartoons, one frame ...
appclix

Disney AppClix

Review excerpt: This iPad peripheral expands your iPad’s ability to take surprisingly clear 7 megapixel pictures, without your iPad. The tiny aluminum-body comes with a self-installing ...
dagedar

DaGeDar

Review excerpt: This virtual racing game lets you battle against friends or evil spirits. Content includes 100 DaGeDar racing balls to unlock, collect and trade, as well as special ...
cars

Cars in Sandbox: Construction

Review excerpt: This app turns your iPad into a limited  construction scene, with eight vehicles that start up with a touch, and move forward or backwards with a swipe. Each comes ...
booksy

Booksy – School Edition

Review excerpt: Elementary teachers, take note: here’s a noble attempt to use the iPad to take reading assessment to a new level. Booksy presents a select group of leveled readers ...
child

Bilingual Child

Review excerpt: Designed to expose very young children to Spanish and English, this app lets you build basic Spanish vocabulary as you interact with Lucy (who speaks English) and Carlos ...
jazz

A Jazzy Day

Review excerpt: Designed to introduce young children to Jazz music and it’s instruments, this app follows two children as they explore the Jazz Big Band, where they discover the ...
mar12b

CTR March 2012 Issue 144: NAEYC’s Tech Position Statement, Toys and Apps

Children’s Technology Review March 2012 Vol. 20, No 3, Issue 144 NOTE TO VISITORS: Children’s Technology Review is an advertisement free, subscriber-supported service designed ...
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