List/Grid Tag Archives: spatial relations

hoopa

Hoopa City

Review Excerpt: Think “Sim City” for preschoolers, and you get the idea of Hoopa City, an app that represents a new direction for Tribeplay’s “Dr. Panda” ...
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Toca Town

Review Excerpt: Toca Town lets you touch, tap and swipe your way through a small town, with five buildings and one park; each offering hidden surprises and a cast of 21 characters. ...
sagospace

Sago Mini Space Explorer

Review Excerpt: The third in a series (see also Sago Mini Forest Flyer and Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer), this app uses a follow your finger design, where you help a character explore merely ...
monument

Monument Valley

Review Excerpt: This is a set of ten optical illusion maze puzzles that is ideal for a child in need of a challenge. Your goal is to move a tiny figure (named Ida) through a series ...
toycars

Dr. Panda’s Toy Cars

Review Excerpt: This app contains eight vehicles in two cities (about 8 screens, each) that you can “drive” by touching the screen. The vehicles follow your finger.  As ...
facciamo

Facciamo (Let’s Faces!)

Review Excerpt: Based on the art of Antonella Abbatiello, Facciamo (translated “Let’s Face It”) is like an interactive painting, with nine visual face experiments. ...
explore

Disneynature Explore

Review Excerpt: Want to see a fish in your living room? Or the Bear chasing it? This is an augmented reality experience designed to accompany one of the Disneynature movies. It combines ...
bebop

BeBop Blox

Review Excerpt: Twelve well designed, musical shape puzzles offer a playful, drag-and-drop building challenge, one shape at a time. The preview feature shows children the outline of ...
shapeart

Shape Arts: Geometry Creations

Review Excerpt: Every good early elementary classroom has tangram puzzles. This app takes the idea up a notch, with a nice set of geometric creatures; each made from seven shapes. You ...
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Rules of Summer

Review Excerpt: Eighteen paintings are first presented by a rule, such as “never leave a red sock on the clothesline.” Why? Because it might attract a giant red rabbit. ...
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 ...
double

Double Double

Review Excerpt: This collection of eighteen black and white visual puzzles challenges your conception of right side up and upside down.  You learn that shifting your point of view ...
sonic

Sonic Lost World

Review Excerpt: Sonic is fast and fun, in this co-op or competitive two player racing game. We tested the Wii U version. In the story, Dr. Eggman has harnessed the power of six menacing ...
ovecolor

OverColor

Review Excerpt: This visual brainteaser asks you to copy a model, using a set of geometric overlays. The puzzles start easy and get harder; or you can easily jump to a harder level ...
jack

Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow

Review Excerpt: As with many ebooks, you start with the choice of two confusing options — “Read and Play” and “Read by Myself” (ironically, both require ...
flipflap

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm

Review Excerpt: Inspired by the original storybook app, Animal SnApp: Farm, Axel Scheffler’s Flip Farm contains 12 animals; with 121 possible combinations that create silly, simple ...
frozen

Frozen: Storybook Deluxe

Review Excerpt: This app makes a nice extension of the animated Disney movie “Frozen”, with some additional early reading practice and spatial problem solving opportunities. ...
truck

Build a Truck

Review Excerpt: In this app, you assemble and decorate a truck, and then drive it through one of three tracks, collecting as many coins as possible. It is fun to see how fast you can ...
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Annie’s Picking Apples 2: Learning Games

Review Excerpt: In the app, children help Annie the squirrel pick apples, prepare pies, and put together puzzles in 27 worlds which are arranged like a board-game. Features include: ...
ocean

Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer

Review Excerpt: Like “Forest Flyer” (CTR June 2013), where you fly a bird around with your finger, Ocean Swimmer uses the same game mechanic using a little fish, with more ...
buildplay

Build and Play 3D – Rockets, Helicopters, Submarines and More

Review Excerpt: This is a set of nine puzzles that feel like they snap together. It comes from the Romania-based Croco studio, which has become known for excellent drag and drop experiences ...
tocacars

Toca Cars

Review Excerpt: Unlike typical driving simulations, where you tilt the controller left or right to act like a steering wheel, the Toca Boca treatment takes a different approach. The ...
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Symmetry School: Learning Geometry

Review Excerpt: Symmetry School is part of the Spraoi School, a series of educational apps from Ireland designed to support CCSS (Common Core State Standards) math education. Each app ...
chicken

Peppa Pig Happy Mrs. Chicken

Review Excerpt: This collection of six games features Peppa Pig and his animated animal friends. It is one of several Peppa Pig apps. The games include: Jigsaw Puzzles (four puzzles ...
toybox

Disney Infinity Toy Box App

Review Excerpt: This open-ended construction kit expands the Disney Infinity cluster of toys and and video games, onto your iPad. It also represents a portal to toys and video games, ...
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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 ...
matryoshka

Matryoshka! Deluxe for Kids

Review Excerpt: Inspired by the classic Russian nesting dolls, this app features ten sets of 65 dolls. Children must open all the dolls, find the smallest one, and then identify the ...
pigeon

Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go!

Review Excerpt: More bite-sized than “Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App”, this collection of five activities offers plenty of sillyiness, good big band music and variety; ...
miniu

Mini-U: The Farm

Review Excerpt: They say “creativity works well with structure.”  This app lets you create your own farm by dragging and dropping items from a straightforward collection ...
jetpack

Jetpack Journeys

Review Excerpt: Jetpack Journeys is an open-ended flying simulation with no wrong answers. You become one of five astronauts and steer them around the screen using a compass to find ...
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Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty: A 3D Popup Book

Review Excerpt: This StoryToys’ rendition of Sleeping Beauty contains 35 story-related puzzles to solve. As with other StoryToy titles, each page pops up as a 3D stage, presenting ...
wario

Game & Wario

Review Excerpt: Game & Wario is a collection of games designed speficially with the Wii U GamePad in mind. Games include Pirates (look left, right, and above to block arrows fired ...
planes

Disney Planes

Review Excerpt: This one or two player flying simulation,  based on the Disney animated film, takes players above the world of Cars for an adventure with four flying characters (Dusty, ...
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 ...
playdoh

PLAY-DOH Create ABCs

Review Excerpt: The genius of Play-Doh is that you can make anything at your own pace, and failure is not an option. That’s not the case with this Play-Doh inspired app. Each ...
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 ...
forestflyer

Sago Mini Forest Flyer

Review Excerpt: In this app, children use their finger to steer a bird around a forest, where they discover 32 different animated routines. You start by touching the birdhouse, which ...
tailor

Living Stories: The Brave Little Tailor

Review Excerpt: A Brothers Grimm interactive fairy tale comes to your iPad in this eBook, with pages that turn into jigsaw puzzles. The reading level is good for older children or adults. ...
preschoolmaze

Preschool Maze 123

Review Excerpt: Following Toddler Maze 123, Preschool Maze offers 16 more mazes, each with different themes that include pirates, aliens and penguins and more that you must help to ...
mazement

Mazement

Review Excerpt: This is a ball rolling maze game where you tilt your iPad in order to move from one level to the next. Along the way, you avoid holes and pick up items to score points. ...
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