List/Grid Tag Archives: fine motor skills

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
monster

Where’s My Monster?

Review Excerpt: Where’s My Monster is the second release from Martin Hughes (see also Monster’s Socks, CTR Editor’s Choice, July 2012). The narrative is drawn from ...
panda

Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2

Review Excerpt: This cooking simulation follows last year’s Dr. Panda’s Restaurant. You become the cook in this island restaurant, trying to feed an endless flow of new ...
cursive

Cursive Writing Wizard – Trace Letters and Words

Review Excerpt: This app turns your iPad into a highly customizable cursive writing tutorial that takes up where Writing Wizard (CTR, Sept 13) leaves off. A suite of parent/teacher ...
count10

Count up to Ten: Learn Numbers With Montessori

Review Excerpt: This collection of leveled activities includes counting, 1 to 1 correspondence, a numeral tracing activity and an augmented reality activity, with a cloud-based reward ...
fingerpaint

FingerPaint Duel

Review Excerpt: The idea is to race to see who can most accurately fill in a target shape. You start with a simple circle, and end with a rather complicated picture of an animal. It ...
wizard

Writing Wizard

Review Excerpt: Designed in France by the creators of the highly regarded Word Wizard, this app is designed to help children trace letters and numerals in your choice of three handwriting ...
petcafe

Sago Mini Pet Cafe

Review Excerpt: Looking for a great first-app for a toddler or preschooler? Three fail-safe activities playfully pull children to a setting where they can discover the first math and ...
Pikmin3

Pikmin 3

Review Excerpt: In this third edition, set in an alien world, you take command of three explorers and a legion of plant-like Pikmin creatures in a fight for survival. Using the Pikmin’s ...
cat

Williamspurrrrg

Review Excerpt: Like a game of twister with your fingers, this multi-touch puzzle game lets you attach mustaches, fedoras, bowties, and other accessories to cats of all types and sizes. ...
tocabuilder

Toca Builders

Review Excerpt: Block play comes to your iPad, with the help of six playful anthropomorphic machines — the builders — and a 60 by 60 square grid. You start with a 60 by ...
shinyparty

Shiny Party

Review Excerpt: Four matching games introduce shapes and visual discrimination in this app featuring two modes of play: story and game. In the story mode, children discover the games ...
playlab

Play Lab

Review Excerpt: This free app is best described as a playground full of interactive toys. The free version of the app includes six games; 12 more are shown in the menu, but are faded. ...
pirate

Max’s Pirate Planet – A Board Game Adventure

Review Excerpt: This is a pirate-themed, turn-based, pass and play board game for up to four players. The game board is shaped like the planet. You start by choosing a game piece and ...
kidsboats

Kids Boats

Review Excerpt: Kids Boats is a maze game where you try to steer a boat along a river without hitting things. The idea is to provide a setting where children can practice fine motor ...
drawbug

Happy Draw Bug

Review Excerpt: This is a set of guided drawing lessons that makes it possible to see the lines you are supposed to draw before you draw them. It’s another example of a pedagogy ...
dexteria

Dexteria Jr.

Review Excerpt: Three simple, highly structured activities could be useful for introducing someone to multi-touch screens. For example, Pinch the Pepper lets you try out your emerging ...
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 ...
ipieces2

iPieces Fishing Game

Review Excerpt: Here’s a free app, for 1 to 4 players that works in tandem with a $10 set of spoon-sized plastic fishing poles. You start by picking a country (USA, UK or Canada) ...
apptivity

Apptivity Hot Wheels

Review Excerpt: Two special Hot Wheels cars (sold for $20) use a technology we first saw last fall (see Disney AppMates, CTR Nov. 2011). The cars are sold only in Apple stores, and ...
cpd

Children’s Picture Dictionary

Review excerpt: This talking picture dictionary contains 1,700 words accompanied by pictures and spoken sentences. Children can swipe through the pictures, just exploring, or they can ...
ben10

Ben 10 Galactic Racing

There are quality racing games abound, but not with the comedic antics of Nickelodeon’s Ben 10 gang. The latest PSVita version looks and sounds more real than ever, with 25 tracks ...
umi

Team Umizoomi

Review excerpt: This one player problem solving adventure features Milli, Geo, and Bot from the Umizoomi Nickelodeon show. In order to rebuild a submarine, children move through 25 ...
pillow

Pillow Pets

Review excerpt: Based on the children’s line of plush pillows from CJ Products, the idea is to collect accessories for your pets by completing each level. You also help pets find ...
lego

Lego Life of George

Review excerpt: Lego Life of George lets you test your pattern matching skills under the pressure of a stop watch, providing you have a camera equipped iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad 2, ...
Picture 4

Cataline HD

Review excerpt: This 60 level physics game from Singapore lets you try to launch a kitten to catch fish. In order to advance to the next level, you have to calculate the angle correctly. ...
Picture 4

Nash Smasher!

Review excerpt: This 23 screen book is about Nash, a 7 year old boy who likes to break things — a theme that any child can understand. Each page has one or multi-stage hot spots, ...
Picture 1

uDraw GameTablet

Review excerpt: The versatile Wii Remote can become a graphics tablet when it is snapped inside the uDraw GameTablet from THQ (www.worldofudraw.com). The $70 Wii-only tablet will be ...
kitty

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Review excerpt: Based on the movie of the same name, this one player exploration game lets you become one of the main film characters, who must find evil Kitty Galore and her gang. ...
letterwriterspace

Letter Writer: Space

Review Excerpt: The second of two letter tracing apps (the first is Letter Writer: Oceans), this App combines a set of lower case letters with real space facts. For example, after you ...
letterwriteroceans

Letter Writer: Oceans

Review Excerpt: The first of two letter tracing apps (the second is Letter Writer: Space, that deals with lower case letters), this App combines a set of upper case letters with real ...
toystory

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Review Excerpt: In this game, you play as Buzz, Woody or Jessie as you run, ride and fly through scenes inspired by the film. For example, in one scene, you jump along the cars of a ...
stitch

Disney Stitch Jam

Review Excerpt: In this game, challenges are presented as side scrolling adventures. In order to advance, you have to exactly match each beat, presented in 10 locations such as a tropical ...
dino

Dino Surf (App)

Review Excerpt: Based on the Webosaurs.com virtual world, this app features 3D versions of the Webosaurs’ characters including Stretch, Pterry, Horns and Rexxy. Players can race ...
Picture 1

Little People Farm Toys

Featuring good music and bad design, this preschool app starts with a view of a farm that was modeled after the original Little People farm toy set. Various items launch short animated ...
sound

Sound Shaker

Want to see a 21st century rattle? Innovative and easy to use, this bite-sized App engages young children with music in a way that could only be done with a motion sensing device like ...
cocnaut

CocoNaut

Review Excerpt: This game utilizes your iPhone or iPod Touch’s accelerometer so that you can steer a flying monkey into the clouds by leaning your screen left or right, while ...
beatles

Beatles, The: Rock Band

The clean rhythms and addicting melodies of The Beatles map perfectly to the Rock Band format, in this best edition yet of Rock Band. While the format is the same as previous editions, ...
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