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Samantha L.

Status: Reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad3- iPhone4S

Description: I'm a single mother to a special needs preschooler with several health problems, including a muscular problem and global developmental delay. I also work extensively with my youngest sister who is 10 on her schoolwork and other learning activities. She has a learning disability. I personally love to read and play games.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-06-18

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

Total review Karma: + 2     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Matryoshka! deluxe [text]

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What I liked I love the graphics and ease of gameplay. It's cute without being overly toddler-infield, and easy to use (love having to press and hold to get into the parents section!!) with or without an adult's help. I played it myself before I brought my toddler in to play with it and handed it off to him without a word to see what he'd do. He picked the monster set, moved them around and took them apart, then worked to put them back together. He did need me to step in and help him figure out the order to put them back together in, but only needed minor prompting to do it himself afterwards.
Improvements I would like to see a few more sets, like a multicultural family or a class of students with differing abilities, but that's just because I like to work these into a lot of activities we work on. Also, the animations at the end of each set (and at the end of the challenge) are a little too long for my impatient kids, so it would be nice to either shorten the animations at the end of have a setting to change length or turn them off altogether. It would also be nice to label the characters, either in my own voice or a prerecorded voice included, to work some on speech and language skills.
General review This is a good app to work on skills like identifying sizes, working on sequencing based on the sizes, and some minor fine motor skills/coordination. I would recommend it for ages 2 and up from my own experience, but it could be used for any age when ready to work on these skills. I'll certainly be recommending this app to all our therapists and teachers.

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends [text]

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What I liked I really enjoyed this story app: it has a great message for kids about helping our friends out. The games included are well thought out and easy to use. The characters are familiar ones from the previous stories and the show, so my kids are drawn to play with this storybook app more than the ones about unfamiliar characters. Nice bright colors throughout the app, easy to use interface. I love the grown up corner at the end of the story, with questions to get kids thinking!
Improvements I'd like to see more questions if possible in the grown ups corner at the end of story, esp some to work on things like improving attention to detail and memory. I'd also like to see another game added if possible. Maybe a puzzle, or a problem solving type app where they could try to fix the broken keyboard (that would be one I may pay extra for as an in app purchase, even).
General review This was a great app. I had to work hard to find even one thing to improve upon or add in the future. Everything seems very well thought out. The app works well for both my 3 year old special needs son, and my 10 year old sister who just needs a bit more practice reading. It's certainly worth the $2.99 for the familiar characters and story with a good friendly message. The games and coloring pages are a good bonus to have in there, as well.