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mandy N.

Status: Beta reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Entertainment - Games - Lifestyle - Photography - Productivity - Utilities - Other

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2

Description: I have three special needs children that I love dearly. They have learned soo much from apps and love to share about apps that they use as well as apps I use. Children can learn soo much with the iPad when used as a teaching item as well as a fun gaming device :)

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-05-22

User who invited him/her: Jean-Eudes L.

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Her/His app reviews

Story Dice 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really liked this app's ability to help build on creativity. There is no reading needed which is wonderful for my children since they have no to limited reading skills. There is soo much you can do with this app such as story creation and charades. You can make this app your own by figuring out new and interesting ways to use it.
Improvements I would love to see added to this app more symbols and multicolored dice. I would also love to see story starters right on the page for younger children that have a hard time comming up with stories on their own. The multicolored dice would make this app more colorful and bright for younger children.
General review I really enjoyed this app. It offers many story plots with the dice. I really liked that you can change the option of how many dice you can use from one dice to ten. This app can be used in many settings from preschool to highschool depending on how you wish to use this app.

Bo's Dinnertime v 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really liked the interaction in this app. Every page has something for children to do. The app is cute, friendly, and easy to use. My children really loved placing the items needed for each sceen in the app. Bo is a very cute giraffe and is a very cool character different from most other apps that use dogs or cats. The voice is also very well done in this app :)
Improvements I would like to see improvements with how the app interacts with touch. Some of the items can be hard to move at first and can cause frustration to the child. There's a slight delay with moving the items around the screen. I would also like to see when you put the items on the shelf to have them show on the shelf once you place them.
General review This app is very cute and well made. My children really seemed to enjoy the app and found it fun to go shopping and cook with the giraffe. The sound is very well done and easy to understand. I really like the giraffe character and so do my children. This is a fun, easy to use, and educational app. I would highly highly highly recommend this app to others :)

Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables - Spell To Read [text]

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What I liked I really love this app for teaching spelling. The sound is perfect and very easy to understand. The directions are clear and easy to follow along with. The hint button provides very helpful info so your child can figure out the correct letter to use.
Improvements I would love to see this app improved by giving some different background for the app incase blue bothers some children. Also the colors of the keyboard kinda blend in with the blue on blue and may become difficult for children with visual problems. I would like to see the option of turning off the vowel's being a different color in the app. Having the vowels a different color may distract some children using the app.
General review My general opinion of this app is that it's a wonderful app to teach spelling to many ages of children. The app is easy to use and has clear dirrections on what to do. I love the sentences the app provides for the children so they spell the correct word for it's meaning. The hint button provides wonderful prompt for the child using the app. I would highly highly highly recommend :)

The Waterhole - Graeme Base (1.2 iPad) [text]

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What I liked I love that this app helps teach counting along with the story. The pictures are amazing and very realistic just like you could reach out and touch them. The story is very well written and enjoyable for children. The voice is very well done and easy to understand. The mini games included bring an interesting challenge that make this app really enjoyable.
Improvements I would love to see the choice of yourself being able to record the story or for the child to be able to follow along with the words. I would also like to see when you touch each animal that it would count outloud and not just show the number on the animal and make a sound. The mini game of hidden objects is a little difficult to understand on what you need to find. This may be very difficult for young children to find the hidden objects as they don't look the same on the scrolling screen as they do on the picture.
General review This app is wonderful as it includes some very important parts to making a great story app. This app includes mini-games, interaction, very clear picture, and the words are spoken very clearly. The artwork in this app is amazing that even an adult will enjoy looking at the pages. My only complant is that when your child is counting the animals it does not count with them but I still find this to be a highly highly highly recommended app :)

Trucks JigSaw Puzzles [text]

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What I liked I really like that this app has animation when you finish a puzzle. The images are really bright and colorful. The sounds that can be turned off and on add to the fun of the app. I love the option of turning off and on hints so you can make it a little harder for your child so they don't get board with it too quickly.
Improvements I would love to see more options of amount of pieces in the puzzles in the future. I can see children aging out of this app quickly with the limited amount of pieces for the puzzles. I would also like to see how you can choose the amount of pieces for each puzzle as it seems to be a hit or miss of how many pieces you end up with for each puzzle unless I missing a settings option in the app. I have mixed feelings about the pieces fading out so your child can see underneath the pictures as it can get a little confusing of where the pieces are to go.
General review This app is cute, fun, and very colorful for any toddler/ preschooler who loves trucks. My children and myself really love the animations that are at the end of each puzzle and think the sounds in the app are great. This is a wonderful app for fine motor skills as well as a whole lot of fun :)

First Words Deluxe 5.3 [text]

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What I liked With this app I loved how many different words are included in the app. The app is bright and colorful throughout. I loved how this app introduces spelling to young children along with teaching them the different vocabulary words. The pictures relate well with the word that is presented. I also love all the options included that help allow this app to last longer then others then I have seen.
Improvements I would love to see the options button moved off the home screen. A child can easily press this button and lead the child to the options, additional apps, and other websites a parent may not want their child on. Not all people know how to turn these options off in the iPad or do not wish to turn them off but also do not want their children to be able to access them within an app ment for them. To solve this problem it should be removed from the home screen or add a parent lock to get into this section.
General review This app is fun, educational, and very easy to use. This app can grow with your child when options are used to adjust to your childs needs. My children find this app fun and enjoyable. As the parent I love that my children are learning not only vocabulary words but also beginning spelling.

Shape Pals [text]

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What I liked I really like that this app has the option of turning off the music and voices. The amount of different shapes is wonderful as it is the shapes that a child should know before entering kindergarten. The app is cute and friendly and is geared perfectly to toddlers and preschooler. The stickers are perfect as an extra added goal for the child.
Improvements I would like to see the distraction of the bubbles gone or at least have them poppable as my child is constently trying to pop the bubbles. During the learn part of the app I wish the shapes would change just by tapping them as the slidding action is difficult for some children. I think the sceens are a little "babyish" for late preschoolers but the content is set for toddler to late preschool.
General review This is a wonderful app to help your toddler/preschooler to learn shapes. It's bright and colorful with relaxing music in the background. Some of the shapes are very advanced but are a must to learn before kindergarten. I do think the sceens in the app are more set toward toddler/early preschool but the content is great for older preschoolers as well :).

Screen Time - Media Time Manager [text]

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What I liked I really liked how easy the app was to set up. I loved that the activities for screen time and rewards were already there but that you could also add choices if needed. I loved that there is sounds to let your child know that their time is comming close to an end.
Improvements I would love to see the links leading out of the app hidden or removed for facebook, twitter, ect. I understand some might love this feature but I know as a parent I would prefer not to have child apps have these links. It's a great way to show off the childs accomplishments but at the same time most children should not have a facebook account either.
General review This app is simple and easy to use. You can easily help your child complete task and gain rewards in this app. Set goals for your child so they can earn many different things such as reading time, ipad time, ect. This app makes all this easy and then you can post to facebook, twitter, ect. if you wish as well.

Budget Balance, version : 1.2 [text]

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What I liked I really like the layout of this app. It's very easy to use and is very clear. The reports are helpful since you can see your expenses in three different graph formats. I really love that you can add income and expenses all in one easy to use screen. It's wonderful also that there is a backup and a passcode if needed.
Improvements I found one bug I believe and it's when you click camera and you choose from camera it kicks you out of the app. I would also like to see where you can use the camera a little bit more advanced in the since of saving things like receipts. The camera function was the only part of the app that slightly confused me of what it's function is for. I like that it's there just not completely sure why.
General review Wonderful budget tracker. Very simple and easy to use for just about anyone. This app works very well on your ipod but also works very well with the times two button on your ipad. Many of your usual expenses and incomes are already built right into the app so you can get started very easily :) Highly highly recommend :)

Fido's Treehouse Scavenger Hunt v1 [text]

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What I liked I thought the app was cute and fun. My children enjoyed both the free play and the challenge mode. They found the app fun to play for a fairly long time just hunting around trying to open the different things and making different things move around in the app.
Improvements I would like to see in the free play mode a little more direction of how to open the different things. My older two found it ok but my youngest got frustrated quickly and it wasn't that easy to quickly help him open the items. In the challenge mode it was difficult to understand what for sure you were looking for and some of the items repeated. I would like to see in the future a little easier way of knowing where to go and less repetition.
General review This app is cute, fun, and enjoyable. There is a few little things I would like to see change for ease of use in the future but I still really liked the concept of the app itself. There is a few items that repet which children don't mind but parents notice and a few of the clues are a little hard to follow. Still a great app :)

Thomas's travels in Bookland [text]

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What I liked I really like the pictures in the app and the interactivity when touching many different objects within the story. The words are spoken very clearly and easily understood. The free version gives you a wonderful idea of how the story is going to go. All the colors are very visual.
Improvements I would really like to see the option of the book automaticaly being read to your child or at least where the text will automaticaly come up. It was a little confusing for my children to have to press the button at the bottom to read/hear the story. Although the little characters at the bottom are cute they can become confusing for some children.
General review The story seems very enjoyable. My kids enjoyed listening to it and I right away purchased the full version of the app. My children and myself really liked the interactivity through the app and it was spoken very clearly. We really enjoyed the pictures in the app and thought they were fun and enjoyable :)

Heidi story collection - 3 in 1, Version 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really like all the options that come with the app such as Heidi reading the app and advanced reader. I also really like that they have a parent/introduction to the app included. All the little extras are really neat such as spot the difference, joke, ect. When the story is read aloud it's very clear and easy to follow.
Improvements The first screen when you enter the app seems cluttered. I'm not sure if it's the different languages for the title, the different parts of the app, and everything else on there but it's distracting. I think there really should be a page for the whole introduction thing such as an about app screen maybe.
General review The story's themselves are wonderful, cute, and enjoyable. My daughter really enjoyed this app. The bits and bobs are really neat and offer a whole "game" section to the app for extras. The reader's of the stories are wonderful and I think they did a very nice job.

Find them all: looking for animals [text]

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What I liked I really like the visual of the animal that your child is supposed to find along the way. The realistic pictures that come up when your child find the picture is wonderful. I also like that the name of the animal comes up along with the repeat of the word for the animal. I also like that the settings are locked from the child. I think learning the animals and the touching, pointing, seeking, ect is important for special needs children. I can definatly see this app being used for special needs children as my children love it and they are special needs.
Improvements I would like to see american english included in the app. The accent is different along with how some of the words are said. Although I like to see what's comming in the future for expansions my children wanted to know why they can't have it now. I would like to see the upcomming additions added to the parent section rather then right on the flip screen of sceens. Adding a print option would be really cool to be added. My kids love the animals and being able to print them off would definatly be of interest for them :)
General review This app is fun and enjoyable. My children love searching the different areas to find the animals. There is many different animals to find. The pictures are clear and realistic. The snapshots of the animals are fun to look at even after your child finds all the animals. Fun to play over and over again

Cinderella : 3D Pop-up Fairy Tale v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I love the interactive parts of the book. My children loved helping Cinderella clean the house and all the other parts throughout the book. The story is very familiar which is always wonderful to see as my children can relate to it much better then unfamilar ones
Improvements I would like to see the home button moved or smaller because my children kept pressing it. I would also like to see where the book would change pages automaticaly when your done with the page. I would also like to see the text highlighted as it is read aloud. My children also had a hard time decifering between the narated parts and the fairy godmother talking. I would love to see where there was a tad bit more of a voice change between these two parts.
General review This story is fun and enjoyable to listen to. The interact parts of the story are very well done. I did find a few little things that I would like tweeked but nothing to big to harm this wonderful story. My faviort characters have to be the mice in the story because they are soo cute :)

Ride a Pony with Kate and Harry v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really like the interactive parts of the app. Being able to dress up the different horses and then ride them while touching different items along the way are really neat. The colors are done very well and are really eye catching. I also like how the info for how to play is done in pictures easily.
Improvements I would really like to see more choices for dressing up the animals. I would also like to see where you could possibly dress up Kate and Harry as well. I think the replay value is low without adding more to it. I don't like how the characters never talk either.
General review I believe replay value is low. I believe if more is added to the choices for dress up my rateing would increase. I think if voice was added to the characters and then more costumes the age bracket would increase along with longer playablity.I really like the interactive parts of the app though :)

Wubbzy's Train Adventure [text]

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What I liked I really enjoyed the story, the games, the coloring all of it. This app has many things for your child to do and explore. The familar character of Wubbzy is an extra added bonus to a wonderfully done app. The options are very nicely done as well and I really like that you can choose just the book for your child as well :)
Improvements There's not much more I could imagine being added to this app. I just really hope ot see more in the future maybe with different characters such as Wubbzy :). The only thing I would like to see changed is that a little wubbzy pops up in the right hand corner leading you to other apps. I would much rather see that only in the options out of childs sight :)
General review I really love this app. It is very well done with familar characters all our children love and adore. The app has so many different things to do and explore along the way. This app is perfect for beginner readers as well since the words can be read individualy as needed or read aloud. I would highly highly highly recommend this app :)

Hedgehog Book v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really like how this app has your child following directions all throughout the app. It helps build on your childs imagination with the stories and teaches them things along the way as well. I love that it is interactive and that your child needs to do each of the things to move on with the story.
Improvements I would love to see where the app didn't stop reading just because your child moves the correct item to the right spot. I would like to see where it will finish the sentence first before moving onto the next page. My children get a little anxious and start moving things before it finishes.
General review I really like this app. It is fully interactive and fun. The three stories are wonderful and your child can learn a lot from each of them. This app helps with learning directions, helps build imagination, and more. All my children loved this app right from the start :)

The Friendly Ogre [text]

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What I liked I love the black and white pictures with only some color added in. I also like that your child can push the screen and it starts doing different things before reading (although I would like to see this even during reading). Very different from other book apps so it stands out amongst a large selection of stories for young readers.
Improvements I would like to see where you can turn off the music only. It can be overpowering with the reader and distract some children. I would also like to see where your child could push the words to have them talk or have something pointing to the mouth when first using the app. The credit video should also be available in English :).
General review I really like this story. It is different from most book apps out there for young readers. I love how they use black and white primary with only some color in each scene. The story is friendly and easy for young readers to read or listen to. My daughter really enjoyed sitting reading and listening to this story :)

Tomo Garage 1.0 [text]

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What I liked The app is friendly and cute. I love how you have to find the letters quickly to gain stars. The app is layed out nicely and I really like that in the garage you can see your items you found along with them being said aloud. The music is well done: not too loud our too soft or annoying.
Improvements I would like to see more direction of what your child is supposed to press next. It got a little confusing starting out on what they needed to do to play. In the garage it would be really neat to play with the items not just see a card come up. I would also like to see where your child must get the letters in order when finding them.
General review The app is cute and friendly. My children and myself really like playing around with it. I love that it is teaching my children words in many formats: the word, finding the letters, and being said aloud with picture. The speech is clear in this app even with the accent :)

Meet the Insects: Village Edition (1.0.0) [text]

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What I liked I love the layout of the app. The layout with all the pictures, videos, and info are done very well. There is so much info within this app about bugs that you can learn just about all you would need to know about bugs and more. The observation journal is an extra bonus to make this app even more interactive.
Improvements On the little magnifier glass at the top of the app it's a little confusing about what it is for. There is some color blocks that make it seem as if you would be able to color with them but yet when you click them they do nothing? I understand it's a search button just not sure what the other part is for.
General review This app has a lot of info in it about insects. There is so many different things to learn and explore within the app including videos, pictures, ect. There is a quiz in the app to see what you have learned which is really nice to see what your children are learning. Wonderful app that I would highly recommend :)

SIMPLY MISSY HD [text]

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What I liked This is not a short app lots to to listen to and explore along the way. I love how the little sparkly button appears where your child is to press so no reading is needed. The bubbles throughout the app were probably one of my children's favs. Little Missy is very cute as well and is fun to move back and forth along the screen.
Improvements I like how it highlights the words but I would like to see where your child could read it too. In the beginning even with the little sparkle thing it's a little confusing on what you are supposed to do. I like that this is not a short app but at times it can get a little long for some children. I would like to see the ads for soon to come moved to a different screen as well. Some children with special needs especially do not understand that they can not have that app as it is not released yet and can cause many problems for mommies and daddies :)
General review Cute fun and inviting app for younger children. Lots of different things to push such as bubbles, buttons with different sounds, and different choices along the way for the many categories in the app. Little Missy is a cute little girl that your children will enjoy :)

Claustrophobic, v1.1 [text]

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What I liked I really like the simple controls of the game. Just tilt your device this way or that and get the balls on the screen. The colors and the music in the game are relaxing and not overly noisy. You can adjust the music and sounds easily on the settings option if they are too loud.
Improvements I would love to see what exactly you are pushing on the screen. There is no titles or explanations to what you are pushing such as settings, game, ect and then when you get inside of the settings it still doesn't say what they are until you press it. I would also like to see where the screen shrinks a little less frequently for younger or inexperienced users.
General review This app seems to have a calming effect on you while playing the game. It is fun and enjoyable simple to use app. It's not the easiest to win but practice makes perfect and over time you will get better. Not badly priced at 99cents if your looking for a quick easy game to play :)

flippi memo v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really liked the pictures in this app. They are cute and friendly with nice bright colors. The music in the background is calming and also inviting. The game is simple for anyone to use with no rules or time limits or set structure to the app. The very young to the very old could use this app easily.
Improvements I would like to see some type of set structure to the app even if the original was there but then only flip two cards at a time, more cards, less cards, ect. I would also like to see where you could change the colors in the background or the card sets even maybe. I would love to see where you could turn on/off the music as well.
General review I believe this app has potential but is not quite there yet. It has a great layout but right now is just a simple matching game that you could easily do with some cards anywhere. If some more was added to it I would defiantly bump it up a rating or two :)

He is Risen, An Easter Story [text]

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What I liked I love the pictures in the book. They are bright, colorful, and very well done. The three different ways of reading are great for many ages. I love the read and learn as it really helps out beginner readers. The story itself is very well done especially for the age groups this story is for. I also love the extra activities it includes.
Improvements I would love to see the activities added to the main menu so they are more noticable. The menu screen is great but if they were included along with the ways to read I think the kids would be able to find it easier. I also would like to see in the read to me where the pages advance themselves without having to push a button.
General review This story is very well done. The pictures are very well done in the story and the three different ways reading are great for kids espcially the read and learn. The activities are done many different ways to include the younger and older readers in them :)

Matryoshka! deluxe [text]

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What I liked I think the characters are cute and friendly in this app. I love the little noises they make as you take apart and move each character. I also like how the "adult" stuff is locked in the app so children don't get onto stuff they shouldn't be in within the app :)
Improvements My kids found it a bit tough at first to get the characters apart for some reason but once they figured it out they moved right along. Maybe some directions at first would be good to have included. I would also like to see where you could turn off the music in the background but keep the sounds.
General review The app is cute, friendly, and easy to use. There is many different characters included that include many different sounds to explore. Wonderful starter app for young toddlers/early preK but may get a bit boring for any older then that. Defiantly worth the 99cents :)

Animal Planet Hide & Seek Pets [text]

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What I liked I really like all the info this app includes in it about the 6 animals it includes. There is a lot to do in one app from tracing to counting to learning a lot of facts about the animals which is really cool. My children really liked to play around with the app seeing what all they could find.
Improvements I would like to see the animal list expanded. Not sure where the hamster comes into play other then the beginning of the app on the wheel and in a few of the games. My children kept trying to land on a hamster and there wasn't one. When going into the games at the top of the screen the one title learn seems more like it should be in the options screen for adults as when it says learn it insinuates that you can learn about the animals not a "parents corner" type of thing.
General review This app includes some common household animals and info about them in a child friendly way. Your child can learn about the animals, paint, play music, trace letters, learn numbers, and much more in one app. The app is set up very well and is fun for many ages of children :)

Wubbzy's Animal Coloring Book [text]

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What I liked This app is very cute and friendly. I love the familiar character of Wubbzy. There is a lot of options for kids to choose from in the app with all the different kinds of writing utensils and stickers. There's a ton of colors too which is great for kids.
Improvements I'm not sure of the point of the enlarge button in the corner. I know for my kids it's kinda distracting for them. Maybe adding that in the "more" area as an option for parents to decide if they want it on or off. I would also like to see more of an opening to the app instead of going right into it like a home page.
General review Very cute and friendly app. So many different colors to choose from along with stickers and different writing tools for kids to explore. My children just loved being able to color Wubbzy and his friends in this app. The sticker assortment is so much fun to add more friends to the picture :)

Live Puzzle! Forest Animals [text]

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What I liked Love the interactive pictures in this app! The pics move even before the puzzle is created which is so cute!. I really like that there is multiple levels to this app as well so kids of all ages can play it. I also like that the word comes up when the puzzle is finished to incorporate reading as well :)
Improvements I would like to see where the word is read aloud at the end as this would be even another extra bonus to this app :). Even though I love that the pics move before the puzzle is completed I would also like to see where in settings this could be turned off as for some kids it can be really distracting for them.
General review So cute and so friendly! Love this app! Many different levels to choose from so it can grow with your child or be used with multiple ages. I love that the word comes up when the puzzle is all done to incorporate reading as well. The moving pictures before the puzzle is even done is amazing and fun :)

Magikid Train v1.7.1 [text]

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What I liked I think the concept of this app is cute. The pictures are cute in the app. There is many different categories for the app for children to explore and grow with. I really like how there is a speed setting and different levels in each category. I'm glad to see the app expanding with more coming soon :)
Improvements The settings are hard to understand. I'm not sure what the raindrops with colors, shapes, ect are for as they don't seem to do anything when you press on the arrows above them. There really needs to be some more instruction in this app as I had to explore everything to see what it did. Also wondering if there's a way to turn off the music?
General review This app is cute and has lots of possibility. There is many different categories and levels for children to learn and grow with. The instruction of how this app is missing and that can make things a little confusing to start off with but once you've got it your good :)

The Amazing Digestive Journey [text]

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What I liked I really like the layout of the app and the idea behind it. It does offer a lot of information about the digestive system. I could see many more apps about different parts of the body made like this app. This could be a bonus to students that are learning about the digestive system.
Improvements I would really like to see more instruction throughout the app without having to go straight to the emergency phone. There is some weird things such as sledgehammers that would play no part in a real doctors office so doing things with them is really confusing as to where they would even go. Also some of the emergency calls are even vague. Right now I'm stuck on the first one cause he won't take the milk :/. There should either be a time limit before instruction is given or just hints. It says take it it out of the fridge and give it to him but it went into my inventor now I can't get it :/
General review This app offers a lot of information about the digestive system. I really like the quiz they have on the body parts of the digestive system especially since it is in two different levels of play. I think this app needs some more tweaking to become a 5 start app by offering more direction on what to do but other then that great app!

Wubbzy and The Princess [text]

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What I liked I love all the options in this app. There is a lot of different things to do through out. I like how in the options you can control not only the music but the voice and sounds too. You can also control if you want to see when new apps are released. This is a wonderful option to be able to turn on and off with kids.
Improvements I would like to see during the read and play that it would read it aloud and then let you play in the app. I would love to see a few more videos released for the app as an extra bonus as well. I really to hope to see more of these type of apps in the future with many more familiar characters :)
General review Very cute fun and interactive book for your children. My kids just love Wubbzy and this is a wonderful addition to some of their other wubbzy apps. There is so much to do throughout that it will take a very long time for them to get board with this one :)

Sound Tap Quiz 1.0.5 [text]

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What I liked I really love all the different noises there is in this app. There is such a range with everything and the pictures are very well done. The settings are great that you can choose many different formats such as sounds only, words, ect. The option also of how long of a quiz is great :)
Improvements I found one flaw in the app that I'm not sure how often it happens. I pressed the back button on transportation to go back to the options screen (where you choose what's included in the quiz) and it kicked me out of the app. I also see where you have the two options: Mix animals and mix all. I would love to see here where you can choose different ones you would like to use such as household and transportation or more :)
General review Great app! My kids just love this app and it's wonderful for teaching sounds of different common items. I've had a board game like this that came with a cd and they loved it so glad to see it in an app! :). I would highly recommend this app to anyone trying to teach sounds to their children :)

My Rockin Fairy - Music Game for Kids by Twiny Vine V. 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I really love all the colors and sounds this app includes. There is many different things to push to explore different sounds and beats. My kids loved the calming colors of this app and loved pressing all the different things. They really liked when they found out they could press her charm and change the sounds below.
Improvements I would love to see where you could get different characters in this app or dress her up in different outfits. I would also like to see the voice changed from robot sounding to human voice instead. I seen the original price is $2.99 and I would really expect a lot more for a app priced that high. At 99cents it's perfect. The only issues I ran into are it did shut down on me twice when the menu button got pushed and a few times the directions wouldn't stay up when I pushed the button. Also I think there should be some type of music or sound on the menu screen :)
General review Cute, friendly, colorful both visually and sound wise. My kids loved pressing each of the different things to see what kind of sounds and music they could make. Simple and easy for a young child to use but still fun for the older girls as well. With a little work this would be a five star app no problem :)

Good Night Wubbzy Bedtime Counting [text]

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What I liked I love how there is options for read to me, read and play, and just a book. The bonus features are great with all the extras such as the videos, paint, ect. The games fit the app very well and are educational. My kids favorite has to be the tooth brush one :)
Improvements I would like to see where the app doesn't end up talking over the instructions in some of the games. It would be great if there was a button for instructions or if they were read aloud before being able to start the game. I also would love to see an option of read to me and play. Where the app will read to the child and then they can play on the page :)
General review My children and myself love all the Wubbzy apps! They are all fun and very unique from other book apps on the market. This app especially has wonderful, fun, and educational games attached to it that help preK- to early elementary learn time, teeth brushing, and more :)

Fraggle Rock Game Day [text]

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What I liked Defiantly loving that you can play and hear the story read aloud! I really like all the interactive areas of this app. I'm so glad to see games and coloring as well in the apps as I think it really keeps the child coming back again and again to a reading app.
Improvements Can you make more!!!!!! It's so hard to find much more to improve on in an app like this as it is done so well. I guess I would like to see more games/coloring sheets added in the future :). It might also be great to have one page at the end of the story dedicated to the "characters" of the story wither it be fraggle rock or anyone else. Such as when the cartoon was made or how the story came to be :)
General review Love it! I didn't expect I wouldn't. Always wonderfully done with great stories and the extra bonus of games and coloring in the app. My kids always want to play and read each and everyone of them over and over again. The work really great from my youngest to my oldest each and every time :)

Spellyfish - Short A Words (v1.0.0) [text]

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What I liked I really like how they say the whole sentence for the word along with pictures before they try to type out the word. The pictures in the app are wonderfully done and are very inviting for children. The options this app have are wonderful in that you can choose the keyboard and upper/lower case letters as well.
Improvements I would love to see in the future more words added or where you can insert your own words for a more extensive app. I would really like to see future apps that involve more then just "A" words. This would really make a great app for older children learning to spell words that would be on their spelling lists.
General review I really like this app for beginning spelling. I do wish it moved beyond just "A" words but defiantly gets your child started on spelling. The scenery is wonderful in this app and the pictures that go with the sentences are really great to show your child what the word means :)

Tic Toc Time: Break down the day to learn how to tell time [text]

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What I liked Very cute graphics in the app. My kids loved the characters in the app. The app includes a lot of activities to learn time. Teaching time is a hard concept for some kids to grasp and this app will help a lot with teaching them to read and understand time.
Improvements It seems to take a long time to load. Not sure if it's just my ipad but the delay can drive some kids crazy. I think it's priced a little high at $4.99 and think the $2.99 would be a better price set as there is so many time apps on the market at lower prices. I would also like to see a way to turn off the music and not all sounds.
General review Cute, fun, and easy to use app that is wonderful for teaching time to children. Reading time can be a tough concept to teach but this app will help a lot with that. My kids really loved the characters in the app and wanted to play it again and again.

Math Mathews : Mental Math 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I like the game format of this app. My kids really enjoy being able to catch all the little dots in the game. It's similar to some older games but with added math skills. I love how it makes them think quick but not to quickly that they just get sloppy. The different levels of skill is also great.
Improvements I would really like to see the game slow down a bit when your collecting the coins. It seems to go by way to quickly where most of the time you barely can even see the screen you just jump around hoping to hit something. Also while it's fun collecting the coins what is the goal with them? I may be missing something but it's something my kids asked me too.
General review Great app especially for the price. I would like to see it slowed down just a bit as it seems to speed by to quickly to see the screen clearly when collecting coins but the math skills it includes are wonderful. Your child needs to think quickly but not so quickly they don't have a chance to get it correct.

Jack and the Beanstalk a Mathematical Adventure - HD V1.1 [text]

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What I liked I love how the story integrates math into it. There is so many different type of math skills included for what seems to be at about a 2nd to 3rd grade level but with help younger kids could even work on them. The story is well read and very cute. My kids really loved the pictures in the story.
Improvements It can be a little confusing of what all the buttons are for in the app. Maybe having a few less would be better. Also when doing the math part it's hard to know if the answer is placed correctly. It seems more like it's an about guess such as when measuring the beanstalk. It would also be helpful to have a help option. Also it seems there may be something wrong with the counting beans on the stalk as my kids and myself couldn't get the answer to go in?
General review Cute and well written story with math skills built into the story. The math skills seem to be on a 2nd to 3rd grade level but with adult help younger kids could work on some the skills as well. A few little tweaks in the app could make this a wonderful app. :)

A Day in the Zoo - 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked I really like the bright and colorful pictures in this app. The app covers many different animals and scenes. The interactive activities are wonderful the target age group. I also like the option of turning off many different things in the app such as sound, voice, ect.
Improvements I would really like to see where the story reads and then your child can press the items on the screen but only one at a time. My son has a very bad habit of just pushing all over the screen so you can never really hear what each thing is saying. Also if you could hide the settings, back, and ? so only parents can push out of the play screen since the age group is toddler age I'm sure many would like that feature.
General review Cute, fun and friendly app for toddlers to early preK age. There's many different scenes and activities for your child to enjoy. The option of turning off the sound/music is great if you just want your child to have a quiet activity or if you just want them to be able to hear the words or music only.

Lola's ABC Party 2 [text]

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What I liked I love all the different activities this app has. I love how there's so many things that teach your child about reading, spelling and more all wrapped up into this app. It's great that the words are sounded out afterward to teach your child how to spell/sound out words.
Improvements Some of the activities seem a little advanced for Kindergarten level such as find all the fruits where your child must be able to read each of the words or have someone else read them off to them. I can see where categorizing things would be part of Kindergarten but might be better if there was an option of words or pictures.
General review Love this app. There is so many different parts of learning all wrapped up into one app. Great app for kindergarten and maybe even a little higher as well. The activities are fun and enjoyable for children so it encourages them to learn and keep playing longer :)

Monsieur Bear's ABC [text]

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What I liked I like how there is many different words/pictures for each letter. I also like how the bear sounds out the letter and says a sentence that includes the letter that is shown. I like that your child can not just click out of the app (even though I'd like to see it harder) this is a nice addition.
Improvements Not sure I really like the phrase "who pooped?" seems out of place in the app and kind of inappropriate :/. Anytime my kids pressed on anything it tried to have them do a simple math problem that two of my kids could figure out very easily. I would like to see where to go out of the app it was more difficult.
General review This app is cute and introduces sounds to young children. I also like that it comes in many different languages to introduce how letters sound in a different language as well. This app could be helpful to some learning a new language or teaching a young child letter sounds in different languages.

Plume's School - Saving Christmas [text]

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What I liked Plume is sooo cute! The voice is excellent. I love that there is a free mode included in the app. I'm very happy to see that here is a lock on the settings page to keep little fingers out of it lol. There is so many skills for children to work on in this app. It's wonderful.
Improvements There really isn't much here to wish for or improved upon! The amount of challenges is huge so it will defiantly keep a child busy for some time. Maybe some more types of challenges and some added math type skills? I would also like to see an app like this for older children such as 8yr+ :)
General review Plume is adorable. The voice in the app is excellent and very real. There is so many challenges in this app that it should keep your child busy for some time. There is two modes of play: Play! and Free Mode that makes this perfect for some children that just want to play certain things and not others :)

Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols [text]

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What I liked I love how you can change the background color of the screen during the song. There is a wonderful song selection in this app. I love that it's a real voice singing not a robotic sounding voice. The count down to the singing is great especially for kids just learning some of the songs so they know when to start.
Improvements I wish you could see the falling snow on the blue and red backgrounds. It really blends in and then you can hardly see it. I would like to see the more info locked somehow so children can't get into it such as a press and hold feature as seen in some apps. For auto play it says "auto play off and auto plan on" I think you mean to have auto play on.
General review Cute, friendly app that has a wonderful selection of songs. I really like that you can choose to have the song sung with you or without you. The word highlighting is done very well and seems to keep up with the song just right. Also like the ability to change the background color in the app :)

Simplex Spelling Phonics - Rhyming With CVC Words (v 2.0.0) [text]

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What I liked I love the amount of instruction included in this app. It's very easy for adults and children to know how to use this app in a simple easy to use way. The words are great for the age range that this app is for. I also like how all the words are used in a sentence for your child as well.
Improvements I would like to see where you could add additional words if needed. Some schools may have some more to add so it would be great if you could manually add them along with your own sentence. I would also like to see where you could change from a female or male voice as I have seen in other apps.
General review I really like this app for my kindergartener and even my other two children for extra practice. This app seems to help them out a lot with some skills they are needing. The app is set up great and is very easy to use. The instructions are very clear for everyone :)

The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor Version 1.0.3 [text]

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What I liked Love the options of listen, read, and record. This makes for a great starter series for new readers and young ones who need the books read to them or are just learning to read. Love the selection of free books that are included without any purchase. :)
Improvements Would really like to see a complete app without the in-apps. I know for this type of app that might be difficult but I know in-apps really turn me away from apps a lot. I would like to see an auto advance instead of the arrows on the "listen" selection.
General review Cute and fun books for early readers. There is a great selection of free books already included for you. although I'm not a fan of any kids app that has in-apps I would still suggest this one with this great selection to start off with. I really hope to see a full inclusive app in it's future :)

Kilubu : Magic Potions 1.0.1 [text]

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What I liked Very cute app. Love how there is a recipe book to follow and try to make all the different potions. Love the different interactive items on the screen beyond the items used for the potion. I also like how it scores you on making the potions. It's fun to just mix a few and see if you end up with some super cool recipe without the book :).
Improvements Sometimes the 5x wouldn't show any recipes but the always came back later. :/. Not sure if it's a glitch or not. Would love a few more interactive items in the background. I like that there is some but would love to see them do a few more things such as the jumping box having something pop out of it when touched. Would love to see more added in the future!
General review I think this is a great app! It's fun to play around with and I see room for expansion in the future hopefully! :). The app provides a lot of entertainment making the different potions and seeing what happens to the alchemist while mixing all the things together at different settings :)

Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity (v1.0.1) [text]

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What I liked I love all the activities this app includes. There is so much to learn and explore in this app about magnets and electricity. The app is very user friendly with the instructions that it includes. The little characters are very cute and the app is bright and inviting.
Improvements I would love to see in the future more science apps like this. There's so much included it's hard to find room for improvement in this app. I wouldn't mind seeing a version for younger children that might just need basics to start out with but otherwise app is great!
General review This app is awesome! So much info included with mini games, glossary, experiments (that you can do at home) and learning all wrapped up into on fun app. This app is great for just about anyone to learn more about electricity and magnetism. Really great for school-aged kids!