List/Grid Monthly Archives: December 2012

Original Source: FTC Report on Children’s Apps

QUOTE TO NOTE: The first kids’ app report found that approximately 6% (23) of the apps reviewed indicated that the app allowed users to purchase additional content through an in-app ...
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FTC Updates COPPA; Starts July 1 2013

The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids’ privacy protections and give parents greater control ...

CES 2013 Map – LVCC and Venetian

Here is a map of CES 2013. Kids at Play is in N264. The KAPi Awards will in the Venetian 7 PM Thursday at the Venetian. Click on the map for a larger view.
tocahair2

Toca Hair Salon 2 Comes to Kindle Fire

This is an important announcement, because it is the first non-iOS Toca Boca app, that we know of. Here’s the text of the press release: TOCA BOCA RELEASES TOCA HAIR SALON 2 ON ...
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Tablets for Kids: 12-12-12 Timescast

I was sandwiched between the Superbowl and the Pope — not bad bookends. Go to about half way for the segment that accompanies the New York Times coverage of children’s tablets.
wonderbook

Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Review Excerpt: This is the first game for the new Wonderbook accessory, a physical printed book that comes to life on-screen. Each page acts like a giant QR code, which triggers events ...
wiiu

Wii U

Review Excerpt: Here’s what you need to know about the Wii U game console and controller. The console (the box that connects to your HD TV) is backward compatible with both your ...
balloons

Where Do Balloons Go?

Review Excerpt: This eBook + creativity activity explores a question every child has pondered: Where does a balloon go when it escapes into the sky? The 17 screen story is authored ...
webkinz

Webkinz Friends

Review Excerpt: Webkinz World has arrived on your iPad, but be prepared to part with some real money, unless you have a lot of time to wait. The app follows a familiar in-app sales ...
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VINCI Tab M

Review Excerpt: Designed for the very first users of technology (children aged 18 months to 4 years) Vinci Tab M is the little brother to last year’s red-handled Vinci Tab, with ...
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VINCI Tab II

Review Excerpt: The VINCI Tab II is a custom-made tablet for young children (ages 1 to 4) that comes bundled with a set of highly didactic custom-made apps. The device is easy to hold, ...
trains

Trains by Byron Barton

Review Excerpt: The design of this app is similar to Boats, also based on the printed version of the Byron Barton book, and lets children interact with many types of trains and train-related ...
tabeo

tabeo

Review Excerpt: Pre-loaded with 50 children’s apps, this is a 7 inch Android tablet. Called tabeo (all lower case) the 7-inch tablet has 4 GB of storage, and 50 pre-installed ...
hero

Super Home Hero

Review Excerpt: This app illustrates the importance of children helping at home, with jobs like taking out the trash or folding the laundry. There’s not much to actually do in ...
storybot

StoryBots Starring You StoryBooks

Review Excerpt: JibJab has dramatically increased their StoryBots apps, but be warned — these apps do a great job pulling you in for free, and then do everything possible to get ...
rideapony

Ride a Pony with Kate and Harry

Review Excerpt: This open-ended experience lets you decorate your own pony using a set of clear multiple choice menus, and then take it for a ride.  There are no in-app purchases or ...
ranger

Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions

Review Excerpt: This collaboration of Moonbot Studios (see: Morris Lessmore) and the editors of Ranger Rick Jr. Magazine mixes real information about Lions (how they eat, sound and ...
quick

Quick Images

Review Excerpt: The app starts with six types of numerical representations, such as “Ten Frames” and “Rekenrek”  models which are used in many school curriculums. ...
busytown

Peekaboo People starring Busytown

Review Excerpt: This app features an elevator with closed doors. If you touch the doors you discover one of 13 characters hiding inside. The characters appear at random, including a ...
present

Peekaboo App – Peekaboo Presents

Review Excerpt: Designed for toddlers, this simple app hides 13 gifts inside a bouncing present under the Christmas tree. When tapped the present opens to reveal animated characters ...
otter

Otter on his Own

Review Excerpt: This app follows a familiar Oceanhouse Media script. Start with an original book, and let children touch the illustrations or words to hear them read out loud, and labeled. ...
nimbus

Negative Nimbus

Review Excerpt: This is a side-scrolling timing game that requires fine motor skills to get through a level. As a rain cloud drifts over a meadow, you turn on or off the rain, to make ...
nabi

Nabi 2

Review Excerpt: This year’s edition of Nabi, called Nabi 2 (http://www.nabitablet.com), aka the “Fuhu NABI NABI2-NV7A 7-Inch Tablet”, comes with a better screen, faster ...
vehicle

My First App Vehicles

Review Excerpt: This puzzle app contains eight vehicles that can be mixed, matched and turned into either a set of jigsaw puzzles or a pinball game. The illustrations come to life when ...
turtle

Move the Turtle: Programming for Kids

Review Excerpt: Designed to introduce Turtle programming concepts (remember those from the Apple IIe days), this app provides a series of challenges that require entering LOGO commands ...
mg

MG

Review Excerpt: If there was such thing as an iPod Touch for Google’s Android operating system, this would be it. MG gives you access to a large and growing library of Android ...
meep

MEEP! Tablet

Review Excerpt: MEEP! ($150, Oregon Scientific, http://www.meeptablet.com/us/) is a 7 inch, Wi-Fi enabled Android tablet that comes with its own custom app store. The idea is to give ...
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Maze Adventures

Review Excerpt: Offering six sets of themed mazes, this app is an exercise in spatial problem solving. To solve a maze, you use your finger to trace a path through the maze, guiding ...
palace

Magnificent Travelling Palace, The

Review Excerpt: This storybook app takes children on an adventure through India. As with many ebooks, there are three modes: auto play; read it to me; and read it myself. Some of the ...
jackal

Learn Spanish: Little Blue Jackal

Review Excerpt: Want to expose an English-speaking child to the sound and rhythm of Spanish? This app is centered around a 20 or so screen fable-like story of a little jackal (chacalito) ...
Kurio7

Kurio 7

Review Excerpt: Kurio comes in three sizes — 7 inch ($150), 8 inch ($250) and 10 inch ($350). The onboard management system lets you create custom profiles for up to eight people. ...
kindle

Kindle Fire HD

Review Excerpt: Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is a viable children’s tablet, especially considering it falls into the same price range. Features include parental controls, a front ...
innotab

InnoTab 2s Learning App Tablet

Review Excerpt: The boundary between the toy tablet, and the real tablet, keeps getting thinner. Case in point — the InnoTab 2s Learning App Tablet ($100, www.vtechkids.com): ...
geo

Geo Challenge

Review Excerpt: This app covers the 193 countries recognized by the United Nations. Activities include Spinning Globe (touch a flag to get basic information), a jigsaw puzzle game and ...
funky

Funky Barn

Review Excerpt: Sort of like the sims, only with a farmland full of animals, crops, trees and more, this game lets you take care of farm animals, and collect things like milk, eggs ...
freeflow

Flow Free

Please note – we mistakenly called this Free Flow in our December issue. The correct name is Flow Free. Review Excerpt: The goal of this app is to connect large colored dots on ...
pooh

Disney Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander

Review Excerpt: Winnie the Pooh takes on a modern, collage-style look with this collection of five generic games. Activities include a Simon-says game with musical animals, a coloring ...
digits

Digits, The: Fraction Blast

Review Excerpt: This math app provides a playful experience with some of the concepts behind Singapore Math; namely numbers can be broken into parts, as long as you understand the common ...
crossword

Crossword Puzzles for Kids

Review Excerpt: The name says it all — this crossword puzzle app contains 48 crosswords with more than 300 words in different categories including animals, food, clothes, and ...
chinese

Crazy Chinese Flashcards

Review Excerpt: Ready to learn some basic Chinese vocabulary? In the game, your Chinese flashcards are going crazy and are flying all over the place. You need to catch them all quickly ...
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