List/Grid Monthly Archives: November 2012

tocatailor

Toca Tailor

Review Excerpt: Toca Tailor lets you design and style outfits for four “discerning and quirky characters,” by choosing patterns, adjusting hemlines or lengthening the sleeves. ...
tiny

Tiny Drivers: Schoolbus

Review Excerpt: Tiny Drivers: Schoolbus introduces the letters of the alphabet by way of a nicely illustrated school bus and a good metaphor (picking up letter sounds). There are two ...
speedster

Speedster

Review Excerpt: Speedster is one of a series of Worx Toys vehicles that come with clear plastic shells so you can see the insides light up in response to movement or a sequence of code ...
sort

Sort and Stack Toys 3D

Review Excerpt: Jigsaw puzzles apps — where you drag and drop the pieces into place–  abound. But few are designed as well as Sort and Stack Toys 3D. Designed in Romania, ...
saturn

Solar Walk – Saturn

Review Excerpt: This is the free, teaser version of Solar Walk (CTR July 2010) which focuses only on Saturn’s view of the solar system. The full version of the app ($.99) gives ...
snowwhite

Snow White

Review Excerpt: This is a digital retelling of the classic Disney story. Created in Spain, the large, 1.6 GB app features typical page by page, touch the hot spot design, with eight ...
Skylanders

Skylanders Giants

Review Excerpt: Big news for little kids. Sixteen new plastic Skylander figurines have been released for Fall 2012, and eight of them are Giant-sized, with “Giant” being ...
shadowmove

Shadow Move

Review Excerpt: We’ve all seen a shadow, but can you guess the shape behind the shadow? This collection of 50 spatial puzzles uses shadows as clues, and it really gives you a ...
pyramid

Pyramids 3D—Wonders of the Old Kingdom

Review Excerpt: In this app, you start with a helicopter view of the plateau where the pyramids, tombs and the Sphinx are located— at Giza near Cairo, Egypt. As you “fly” ...
hospital

Play Hospital Pediatrics

Review Excerpt: Designed to make visits to the doctor’s office easier for a child to understand, this doll-house-like experience contains five rooms, including a waiting room, ...
pet

PetWorld3D: My Animal Rescue

Review Excerpt: Originally designed for PC, this is the first in a series of 3D animal simulation and animal apps. The app lets you take care of the different animals in the Sunflower ...
mont

Montessori Geometry

Review Excerpt: The app, designed for children from 5 to 10, lets younger children explore shapes, beyond the usual circle, triangle and square. For older children, there are 3D shapes. ...
minymoe

Miny Moe Car

Review Excerpt: Miny Moe Car is a simple driving simulator that lets the kids drive a car. Children can steer, accelerate and brake, and use real dashboard functions like tuning the ...
micro

Micro Chargers Time Track

Review Excerpt: These tiny battery powered cars make even Hot Wheels seem giant. About the size of a penny, the Micro Racers get their power from two AA batteries stored in the starting ...
marvin

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

Review Excerpt: Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! ($2.99 for Apple and Android) features a clean, uncluttered design, plus excellent text scaffolding that is typical of most ...
littlebig

LittleBigPlanet Karting

Review Excerpt: Sackboy, or Sackgirl, returns in “the fastest LittleBigPlanet” adventure yet” with an E for Everyone rating. After Sackboy defeated the Negativitron, ...
letscount

Let’s Count

Review Excerpt: Designed to teach children to count, this app contains four counting exercises each dealing with jellybeans. You can arrange towers from short to tall; place the right ...
ispot

iSpotPro Themed Edition

Review Excerpt: Two pictures are shown, side-by-side. Can you spot the subtle differences? This tried-and-true format is applied repeatedly in this app, with 75 leveled puzzles based ...
nemo

Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue

Review Excerpt: Inspired by the original Disney-Pixar animated film, this Frogger-like game challenges you to steer a fish in a bag across different obstacles, in order to join Nemo. ...
messi

FIFA Soccer 13

Review Excerpt: Our testers, all real soccer players, liked this year’s FIFA Soccer and have been playing the Xbox version nearly non-stop since it arrived. New features for 2013 ...
xmas

Don’t Open Before Christmas

Review Excerpt: Similar to Doyle & Cummings’ first ebook, Nash Smasher!, this second app once again features a small boy headed for trouble. This time, 8-year-old Seymour ...
disney

Disney Creativity Studio

Review Excerpt: The Disney Creativity Studio consists of both an app and a $50 stylus. Note that the app is free with the purchase of the stylus (a download code is included in the ...
build

Build and Play 3D – Plane, Train, Robot and More

Review Excerpt: In this app, children snap together nine machines and vehicles by dragging and dropping the various pieces into place. Incorrect answers just fall back to the side; ...
bubble

Bubble Guppies

Review Excerpt: Based on Nickelodeon’s preschool school series, this collection of  games lets you join the class with the Bubble Guppies: namely Molly, Gil, Deema, Nonny, OOna ...
snapp

Animal SnApp: Farm

Review Excerpt: Old MacDonald gets a British twist (boots are called “a Welly”, for example), right from Nosy Crow (see also Cinderella) in this make-your-own nursery rhyme. ...
abc

ABC House

Review Excerpt: Seventh in the series of the ABC apps from Peapod Labs (see also Music, Food, Baby Zoo Animals, Wildlife, Play and Go), ABC House turns your iPad or iPhone screen into ...
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NYTimes Timescast Segment on Tech Infused Play

Last week I did a TimesCast to discuss some of the toys we’ve been reviewing. It is the third segment in the show (about 1/2 way through).
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Press Release: Night & Day Studios Merges With Scrollmotion

For Immediate Release Night & Day Studios Becomes One of the Largest Independent Kidsʼ Mobile App Companies in the World Chooses an Unconventional Approach to Growth PORTLAND, ...
nov12b

CTR November 2012: Why the iPad Mini is “Just Right”

Children’s Technology Review November 2012 Vol. 20, No 11, Issue 152 CTR is subscriber supported. ($30/year for 12 issues).  LETTER FROM THE EDITOR For Kids, the iPad Mini is ...
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