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Alison H.

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- iPhone4S

Description: Alison, her husband and their son live in the Midwestern part of the United States. They love playing outside, using the iPad (and all things electronic) as well as spending time together as a family. She is one of the four Mums at The iMum.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Teaching kids ages 3-5

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-11-02

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

Total review Karma: + 2     ?

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Her/His app reviews

The Ant and the Grasshopper v1.1 [text]

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What I liked the ability to drag objects around on the pop up three dimensional pages like candy The illustrations and the pop up pages within the book were colorful and easy to read. The music is a nice accompaniment to the story. I also liked how the fable was turned into a story with the ant and the grasshopper.
Improvements Word highlighting for early readers to help them follow along with the story. It would be nice if all the pages had some interactivity to them. Also, it would be great if the story from the page could be re-read just in case a child touches the page in error as you don't get the instructions. I might consider making the book slightly longer to have less text on each page. Being able to touch each item on the table of contents would be helpful as well - since right now they don't appear to do anything.
General review Story is okay, but needs more interactivity on each page, word highlighting as well as the ability to re-read pages to be rated higher than a three. I would also like to see some demonstration of what children are expected to do with the candy for example rather than just assuming they will know to put it under the grasshopper.

Lulu in the Amazon [text]

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What I liked Bright illustrations that were easy to see on both iPad and iPhone. Interaction with characters added to the story.

Liked the map and needing to complete tasks
Prior to moving on to the next step in the app. Navigation was easy and we liked touching the various characters
Improvements Lock out of social media links, this is a kids app and they should not be as accessible. Word highlighting during the story and the ability to have a specific page re read to you easily. Postcards were a little confusing as my son wanted to look at them and would loose his place in the story.
General review Good app, more of one a parent would do with a child due to all of the external links. Provided a strong plot for the story with beautiful illustrations. Good for early elementary school kids and older. Would be nice to have word highlighting for younger readers.

Fire Station 1.0 [text]

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What I liked I liked the videos, the ease of navigation and the way that things were explained in a clear concise way
The illustrations were clear and everything was explained well. My son especially enjoyed looking at the video of the inside of the firetruck and learning about all the different parts
I also liked that the videos were embedded within the app rather than depending on YouTube to stream which means you can use the app wherever and not worry about your data allowances.
Improvements More interactivity like allowing the bunny to try on the fireman's clothes or aiming the firemans hose and reinacting the various items that are seen within the app
A reminder that children should not hide if a fire alarm goes off in the house or at school and that they need to find a trusted adult. I would also like information about fire safety to be included as well.
General review I liked the app as did my preschooler. I would say this app is aimed at preschool and early elementary school children especially boys who are fascinated with the fire department. It would be nice if it contained interactive games for them to interact with the app and try out the things that they learned within the app. Loved the fact that there were no in-app purchases, that the videos were built directly into the app

Live Puzzle! Forest Animals [text]

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What I liked Easy to use with an integrated parent lock to prevent little fingers from getting into social media. I liked the variety of levels ranging from very easy to hard enough for a teenager. I also liked the language choices as well as the twelve pictures which were consistent from level to level. The graphics and animation were bright and easy to match. I also liked that you could turn on and off the music.
Improvements Stickers or a reward system for completing each series of puzzles. It would be great if the animals varied from level to level so that kids could learn additional content. Pinch and zoom would be nice when spinning the pieces to fit them into the puzzle. It might be nice to stop the animation when putting the puzzle together as my young tester found it distracting.
General review Live Puzzle! Forest Animals by Kidoteca is an interactive universal app for iOS that is designed for children from toddler through elementary school and afult. The app contains jigsaw puzzles and once they are completed – they are animated with the name of the animal displayed as well as spoken. The app practices fine motor, problem solving, hand-eye coordination as well as the ability to find hidden objects in the forest.