List/Grid Monthly Archives: October 2012

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zoomy

Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope

Review Excerpt: This handheld digital microscope displays images of up to 43x magnification. Features include: designed to fit easily in a child’s hand; one-touch photo and video ...
moon

Who Stole the Moon

Review Excerpt: In the story, a boy dreams of being an astronaut, so he watches the moon at night through his skylight. The pages are designed so a child can take part in the story, ...
tortoise

Tortoise and the Hare, The (iPad)

Review Excerpt: The Living Books have been reborn on the iPad. The first of three titles, The Tortoise and the Hare joins three others: Mercer Mayer’s Little Monster at School, Marc ...
tocaband

Toca Band

Review Excerpt: In Toca Band, you start with an empty stage, with seven spots waiting to be filled. You get your choice of sixteen musicians to mix and match. You discover that some ...
farm

To the Farm!

Review Excerpt: In the app, children spell the names of 16 farm animals, letter-by-letter. There are two spelling modes: Easy Spelling and Spelling. There’s also a sentence reading ...
tizzy

Tizzy Seasons

Review Excerpt: Designed to let children freely explore four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter). In Spring, children can feed the birds in their very own birdhouse, plant ...
social

Social Express, The

Review Excerpt: The Social Express is set of eight video-based lessons delivered on either computer or iPad, for children with a condition such as autism, Asperger’s or ADHD. It claims ...
pal

Pumpkin Pal

Review Excerpt: In this app, children first choose from five pumpkin shapes. They can then either freely carve (with an adjustable-width knife) or they can select different eyes, noses ...
white

Pokémon White Version 2

Review Excerpt: Good news for Pokemon fans: two versions of Pokémon for Nintendo DS, with backward compatibility with previous Pokémon games. Our seasoned players gave them both a ...
conquest

Pokémon Conquest

Review Excerpt: Step into the role of a young Warlord linked with a Pokémon and use your abilities in battle to defeat rival Warlords, conquer castles, recruit allies and build their ...
black

Pokémon Black Version 2

Review Excerpt: Featuring some new sharing options and new worlds to explore, this is one of two Pokémon titles that our testers called “the same game, with different covers.” ...
pixeld

Pixel’d

Review Excerpt: In this app, you can draw with lines, geometric shapes or fill with different (mostly Disney) branded backgrounds.  Features include three drawing layers on the canvas; ...
pictureme

Picture Me Trick or Treat

Review Excerpt: Using the iPad’s camera, this electronic edition of the printed Picture Me book lets you put up to eight of your own photos inside the story, peeking out of windows ...
now1

now!Board Portable Interactive Whiteboard

Review Excerpt: Looking for a whiteboard alternative? Learning Resources has a $500 option, providing you already have a projector, screen and a Mac or Windows computer. The now!Board ...
mozart

Mozart Interactive

Review Excerpt: The first of a multi-chapter suite of apps (this first chapter is free), this is an animated musical adventure designed to get children interested in music. Much of ...
heckerty

Meet Heckerty

Review Excerpt: This eBook for iPad tells the story of Heckerty, a zany, rather silly witch who is trying trying to improve her beauty for a passport photo. She’s not helped ...
lego

LEGO Creationary Halloween

Review Excerpt: Here’s a game of LEGO Creationary with a haunted Halloween theme. Like the original title (see CTR August 2012) the timed guessing game lets you earn points by ...
pumpkin

Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The

Review Excerpt: “One day in the pumpkin patch, the strangest little pumpkin hatched.” And so begins this 16 screen story, about a square pumpkin, who — by the end ...
leappad2

LeapPad2

Review Excerpt: This year’s edition of the LeapPad, called the LeapPad2 Explorer, looks and feels the same as last year’s LeapPad. But the apps feel more responsive, and ...
sesametv

Kinect Sesame Street TV

Review Excerpt: We’ve all grown used to the notion of watching TV. Now it can watch you back, providing you have one of two Kinect titles — Kinect Sesame Street TV, or Kinect ...
natgeotv

Kinect Nat Geo TV

Review Excerpt: We’ve all grown used to the notion of watching TV. Now it can watch you back, providing you have one of two Kinect titles — Kinect Sesame Street TV, or Kinect ...
puzzle1

Kids Preschool Puzzle

Review Excerpt: Designed to teach one of 14 languages through simple puzzles, this collection of 60 standard-variety touch and drop jigsaw puzzles are grouped into six common vocabulary ...
train

Jakks Pacific Power Trains Auto Loader City

Review Excerpt: Here’s a new twist on train sets, and an entirely different price range. Power Trains are hampster-sized motorized trains that run on 2 AAA batteries that last ...
innotab2

InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet

Review Excerpt: This year, VTech (www.vtechkids.com) is competing directly with LeapFrog with three AA battery powered portable platforms: the MobiGo 2 ($60), the InnoTab 2 ($80) with ...
imagntron

IMAG•N•O•TRON

Review Excerpt: This augmented reality (AR) app requires two things in order to work: a camera equipped iPhone or iPad and a copy of the printed (real) book: The Fantastic Flying Books ...
harry

Harry Potter for Kinect

Review Excerpt: Pulling from all the Harry Potter movies, this Kinect game lets you jump into the screen with Harry, Ron and Hermione to explore Hogwarts. The game uses Kinect’s ...
harry

Harry and the Haunted House (iPad)

Review Excerpt: Mark Schlichting’s classic (first published as a Living book in 1994, and as a printed paperback) finally comes to iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) from a new company ...
dora

Dora: Where is Boots?

Review Excerpt: Billed as a “Hide and Seek Adventure” this app was inspired by the classic lift-the-flap books. The nine screen adventure hides something red in each page. ...
princess

Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure

Review Excerpt: In this game, you start by choosing an avatar — in this case Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle or Tiana.  Each has a magic wand with different abilities, and ...
ants

Counting Ants Math Adventure

Review Excerpt: This side-scrolling math game lets you collect numbers scattered on the screen, that meet a specific criteria. Players jump from platform to platform collecting the ...
ipad-flood

Math to the Rescue

Review Excerpt: Math drill meets a rescue theme, giving children the chance to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts, covering 1st grade through 5th grade. ...
Children's Technology Review
November 2012, Vol. 20, No. 10, Issue 151

Welcome to Fall 2012 and Happy Halloween!

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