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Endless Numbers

Review Excerpt: Following the success of Endless Alphabet (CTR Feb 2013), this free version of Endless Numbers (also called Endless 123) introduces numerals in the context of simple ...
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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 ...
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Curious About Letters

Review Excerpt: Two activities  — upper/lower letter matching, and letter tracing, feature the Man with the Yellow Hat and Curious George. Subscribers, please log into our database ...
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Crackers and Goo

Review Excerpt: Use patterns to solve spatial puzzles, in this math app with 16 challenge level and record keeping features. The idea is to drag colored squares into place, using patterns ...
penguin

Club Penguin (for iPod Touch or iPhone)

Review Excerpt: Disney’s popular virtual world, Club Penguin, first came to the iPad in December of 2013. But this April 2014 update (for which the ratings apply) now includes ...
bugart

Bug Art

Review Excerpt: Here are five bug-themed activities that look a lot like past Little Bit Studio apps. Only this time, you can be the bug designer, creating a custom shell or wing decorations ...
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 ...
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Animal Band

Review Excerpt: This musical exploration experience turns your iPad into a musical bandstand, featuring eight sleeping animals. A tap wakes them up, and causes them to sing a song. ...
insects

Alphabet of Insects

Review Excerpt: Inspired from the 2007 book by Palm Publishing and the Smithsonian Institution, this Bug Alphabet book features 26 bugs; one per screen, with two paragraphs and clear ...
may14square

CTR May 2014: Let’s Go Geocaching

Children’s Technology Review May 2014 Volume 22, No. 5, Issue 170   Literacy Theory Meets iPads In the image below, literacy researcher William Teale sees a yet -to-be-released app ...
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In Defense of Edutainment: A 1998 Challenge to Seymour Papert

April 17, 2014. This week I had the pleasure of visiting Marina Bers at Tufts University; where I saw an early version of ScratchJr running on an iPad. Bers is a former student of ...
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Orbotix Announces SPRK for Schools

Colorado based toy maker Orbotix today announced the launch of SPRK (pronounced spark), a curriculum designed to appeal to educators.  Content includes apps like Draw-N-Drive; one ...
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Apple’s Letter to Parents About In-App Purchases

On April 9, 2014, I received the following email from Apple’s iTunes.  It represents a much improved effort by Apple in the past 12 months to take care of families and parents. How ...
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 ...
caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends, The: Play & Explore

Review Excerpt: If there was an award for the world’s most beautiful early math workbook, it might very well go to this app. This is the first time the art of Eric Carle has been ...
tynker

Tynker

Review Excerpt: Inspired from MIT’s famous programming language (currently Scratch 2.0), Tynker is a set of self-paced challenges and tutorials designed to introduce the basic ...
snack

Sneak a Snack HD

Review Excerpt: This app was one of the nice discoveries of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Judging. Sneak a Snack, an English/French title designed in Canada, made the top 20 list for good ...
slice

Slice Fractions

Review Excerpt: Combine “Cut the Rope” style problem solving with a side scrolling venue that gets progressively harder, and you get the idea of Slice Fractions — ...
rollingpea

Rolling Pea

Review Excerpt: This 29 screen animated storybook tells the story of a boy with an unusual name (Rolling Pea) who must try to rescue his brothers and sisters from an evil dragon. The ...
fashion

Pretty Fabulous Fashion Activity

Review Excerpt: Sixteen coloring and problem solving activities provide a nice variety of fashion-themed activities, despite being a bit clumsy at points. See also Meerkat Puzzles for ...
nutjob

Nut Job, The (The Official App for the Movie)

Review Excerpt: The Nut Job movie comes to an app, with four activities and a narrated page-by-page storybook. In the story, you join Surly the squirrel as he helps the squirrels get ...
musicsuper

Music Superheroes – Learn Music While Having Fun

Review Excerpt: Music teachers take note (pun intended). These five, carefully leveled,  music-related games help younger children (preschool and early elementary) discover tempo, ...
monsterabc

Monster ABC – Learn With The Little Monsters

Review Excerpt: This is a phonics drill app that asks you to match pictures to initial sounds. Successful answers are rewarded with interesting monsters — the more words you unlock, ...
science

Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity

Review Excerpt: Best described as a science textbook on a tablet, Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity (aka Meet Science 1) is the first of a series from NCSoft’s iActionBook ...
meerkat

Meerkat Puzzles

Review Excerpt: Fifteen self-correcting, rainy day puzzles await in a single app, offering both variety and some tried-and-true problem solving opportunities. You catch and count bats, ...
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 ...
colorcars

Coloring Book: Cars and Trucks for Kids!

Review Excerpt: This coloring book app offers three free black line images of cars, and teases children with locked images of others. The age gate isn’t effective, or honest. ...
10fingers

10 Fingers +

Review Excerpt: Counting with your fingers comes naturally for most children (and adults), and it certainly gives the general concept of “base ten” a nice grounding. The ...
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CTR April 2014: Slice Fractions, Research Questions and Lessons in AppCraft

Children’s Technology Review April 2014 Volume 22, No. 4, Issue 169  Welcome to April 2014 Your April CTR (sent to paid subscribers) will skim you through some noteworthy apps, ...
petdoctor

Toca Pet Doctor

Review Excerpt: Ideal as a child’s first app, Toca Pet Doctor starts with a waiting room full of 15 critters, each with a problem. The worm is tangled into a knot, the cat has ...
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Things That Go – Touch, Look, Listen

Review Excerpt: The third title in StoryToys’ series of visual dictionaries, Things That Go,  lets children discover 55 vehicles, grouped into 11 categories like trucks, diggers, ...
creation

The Story of Creation

Review Excerpt: A bible story comes to life, in the context of a solid “Living Book” shell. Content consists of ten (10) fully animated pages, touch and hear text that is ...
circus

Shiny Circus

Review Excerpt: As a former elementary teacher, I love to find apps like this one. In the story, the Shiny Circus has come to town and Charlie, Alice and Ralph (three animals) are going ...
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. ...
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Red in Bed

Review Excerpt: In the story, the rainbow wakes up in the morning and goes out to color the world in its own hues. When Red feels sick, the other colors help by taking up some of Red’s ...
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Pierre et le Loup (Peter and the Wolf)

Review Excerpt: The worlds of animation, film and interactive media collide in this orchestral blend of games and videos, based on Peter and the Wolf by Sergueï Prokofiev. Content ...
disguises

PANGO Disguises

Review Excerpt: Part of the Pango series, this app lets you control story elements in five short adventures, each featuring Pango the raccoon. Each story element is introduced through ...

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