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Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com You may remember I reviewed LumiKids Park in February. Here’s another digital play space by developers, Lumos Labs, and it’s just as fun and just as educational. It’s available in iOS and in Android. From the developer: ** WATCH FRIENDS CONQUER THEIR FEAR OF THE DARK: What’s making that noise in the dark? Shine a light on the bushes to empower your new friends and observe their emotional responses as they conquer their fears. ** HELP WITH BED-TIME ROUTINES: Help the backyard critter with an everyday self-care routine - the sleepy squirrel needs to brush his teeth and get ready for bed. ** LEARN ABOUT QUANTITIES AND WEIGHT: The gang of raccoon bandits is hungry! Help them get to the pies inside of the house by using the right platforms. Try grouping the different sized raccoons to find equal quantities and weights in order to balance the platforms. ** EXPLORE SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Explore flocks of colorful bugs that all fit together like a living puzzle. Figure out how to arrange the bug flocks on to the leaves, seeing how the flocks fit together based on spatial arrangements. ** USE PROBLEM SOLVING AND LOGICAL REASONING: The garden gnomes need your help making their dazzling mushrooms in their underground factory. Using critical thinking and deductive reasoning, identify what pattern they want you to paint on the mushroom and plan how to use their painting machines to create that pattern. What I liked: Free is very generous and will be much appreciated by parents looking for something fun but developmentally appropriate for their children under 5. I also liked the way the app has obviously been well planned. Exploring at night is so much fun, and not scary with a light and friendly critters to meet. Helping racoon bandits steal pies by working out how to lower them is fun too - and kids will incidentally learn lots about balancing and equal quantities. There are heaps more problems to solve and critters to interact with, and the art work and animation are truly engaging. You can see what I mean in the video below. Where to find it? iTunes Australia iTunes USA Google Play I’ll be adding this app to my List of iPad Puzzle Apps for Kids. You may like to check out my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page.
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App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com When your under-fives are ready for a little screen time, here’s an app they can both have fun with, and learn from. LumiKids Park is available for iOS and for Android. From the developer: In LumiKids Park, your child can have fun with these adaptive and intuitive activities: Sorting: Sort squirmy little water critters into their correct water puddles based on color, shape and size, using cognitive flexibility as the sorting rules periodically change. Visual-motor coordination: While feeding the flying “nom nom” critters, combine the use of several visual-motor coordination skills such as visual processing, motor planning and motor control. Attention: While playing hide and seek, keep track of multiple darting critters as they hide, in order to find them - requiring a specific type of attention called divided attention. What I liked: Free is always wonderful, and I really appreciate the LumiKids Park emphasis on fun. Kids will definitely giggle along with the cute characters they encounter. Children can learn so much through play - there are sorting/matching games, hide and go seek, and little critters much like Pacman to feed. Inside the park a tap from your child’s finger makes things happen - swings swing and even the sun and clouds change. I was also pleased to discover the activities would slightly vary depending on a child’s age. Parents are asked to put in a name and age for the child. This makes LumiKids Park much more flexible and targeted. The activities seem intuitive, but I think children will gain most benefit by a parent playing alongside them, talking things over, counting perhaps, and wondering aloud. Where to find it? iTunes Australia iTunes USA Google Play Check out my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page. I’ll be adding this app to my List of iPad Puzzle Apps for Kids.
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Children’s iPad App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Toca Life: Town is not just a useful app for parents and teachers to use with kids, it’s lots of fun too. From the developer: - 21 characters to play with. Do you recognize any of them? - 7 locations to explore - park, pond, store, police station, restaurant, house, apartment - 30 different dishes to cook in the restaurant - Go on adventure - light a campfire and sleep in a tent - Control day and night - 5 different animals to play with - Open game play with no rules or stress - Kid-friendly interface - No third-party advertising - No in-app purchases Toca Life: Town is made for kids as young as 3 yet can capture the imagination of those much older. It's filled with surprises and exciting things to do - there are no limits, just fun! Come play! There are so many places to explore and elements to interact with in this app. Each part of the town presents opportunities for kids to discover effects and causes, to play out scenarios, The game starts with a map and kids simply touch where they want to go. After that it’s up to their imaginations and your purposes as to what happens. There’s a store where players can shop for groceries, homes to visit, a park to play in - and inside each, there’s a range of things to open/shut, turn off/on, wrap, cook, eat etc. Alas, I found myself doing “naughty” things like flushing a toothbrush down the toilet and throwing the teapot in the bin. In the police station, I locked the sheriff in the jail! (See image above.) If you’ve run Professional Development sessions for teachers where you’ve asked them to role play being kids, you’ll understand my evil inner child wanting to create havoc. I am sure kids will want to do this too. What a wonderful opportunity for some vocabulary extension and language development! I think that’s the beauty of this app: it will be enjoyed by kids for the play and dramatisation opportunities it offers, but it can also be incredibly useful for educators. Particularly for teachers and parents working with a child who needs to develop language skills or explore real life situations via an app. iTunes Australia iTunes USA Check out all my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page.
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Children’s iPad App, ShapeKit by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Here’s a great app that combines learning and fun. It reminds me a little of the plastic tangram sets we had in Kindergarten classes - they were very popular. The kids loved to create their own pictures with shapes, and tell stories about them. While doing this, unbeknownst to them, they were developing spatial reasoning and shape awareness. From the developer: Play with shapes, build them into characters and bring them to life through animation. Features + Choose from a spectrum of shapes and colors. + Merge shapes together and add joints, eyeballs, sparks and more to build your shapes into animals, robots or anything you can imagine. + Learn the names of shapes and what makes each shape special. + Create an unlimited number of projects on separate canvases. + Choose different background colors to set your scene in the desert, the sea, the sky, outer space or beyond! + Simply play with shapes or switch to Animation mode to record your characters in motion. Save your animations as movie files. + Export screenshots and movies to share with friends and the ShapeKit community, via Facebook, YouTube, email and more. What I liked: While this wasn’t an app I could completely use from the start, I felt much more confident after I had gone through the excellent, well-thought-out tutorials. And I loved that a tutorial was there when I (inevitably) forgot something. Making an animation is fun and creative. Although the resulting video is very short (4 seconds) the app might well lead kids to want to explore more animation apps, and animation generally. The colours are attractive and there’s a range of them. Kids will adore the googly eyes too. I think children will need patience to create with this app. I found it a little bit fiddly to edit shapes. But if you know kids who like techy toys or students who are interested in animating, this might be just the app to get them started. It’s great that their animations can be emailed and shared with friends too. iTunes USA iTunes Australia You might also be interested in Creating with Kids and iPad Apps. Check out all my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page.
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