PLUS… 10 special winners get an early access pass to Motion Math’s new game for kids 8 and up. Yes! That is their new app that even we haven’t seen yet.This is such a special giveaway that we are running it until December 29th when we will announce our winners during our After Christmas App Frenzy event happening on the 29th of December.
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy unlocks addition for young children. A prequel to Motion Math: Hungry Fish, Hungry Guppy just works on the 5 first numbers in a young child’s life: 1,2,3,4,5. Practice subitizing (instantly recognize “how many”) dots and recognizing written numerals to match given quantities your fish wants to eat. Build number sense and pre-addition understanding by dragging smaller quantities together to build a larger amount. A wonderful early learning math app that young children will not only enjoy but reap many benefits from as they play. As always, Motion Math not only built a fun app for kids with Hungry Guppy, but one that really engages a child with fundamental math concepts.
Today’s giveaway is from Cupcake Digital. Since we are so close to Christmas, they are sharing their delightful “Wubbzy’s Night Before Christmas” app for five lucky kids. This is an app you will want to share with your family (even if you don’t win).
Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas takes your child through the classic Christmas tale with a few new twists and turns. Features include options to use the app as a book with no hotspots, or with full interactivity while the story is read aloud or with just word support. In the app you’ll find flying sled games, coloring pages and a few other surprises. At the end, parents are supported with questions for talking and thinking about the story. Overall, Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas is a fun, colorful story that kids love to listen to.
Today’s gift is 20 promo codes for the iLuv Drawing apps from the “Learn with Fun Apps” team. You’ll find the rafflecopter for the giveaway at the end of the Show What You Know portion of our blog. This contest will end on the 22nd of December – winners announced on the 23rd.
iLuv Drawing Santa – Learn How To Draw Santa, Christmas Tree is featured as our Show & Tell today. This is currently a FREE app. So download today! Read on to learn why getting any of the iLuv drawing apps for your kids is money well spent. Can’t spend the money right now? With 20 promo codes to give away, it looks like there’s a good chance you’ll win one for your kids to use this holiday season!
MyVijan has done it again with updates in their iLuv Drawing series. These apps are consistently recommended by KinderTown as “best apps for getting started on the iPad” for any parent or teacher. We love reviewing and making our own pictures (do we have to share with the kids?) in each of the iLuv drawing apps.
iLuv Drawing Series makes drawing simple and easy. Each of the apps has easy to follow visual instructions delivered in a friendly voice. Kids learn to draw by completing each step-by-step direction and then move on to freehand. There are even 2 pages for free drawing or trying out the drawings on their own. Don’t stop after you are done drawing, the app has many design tools for personalizing your picture.
Where is the learning? Here is where we see the educational value:
Children explore, create and build confidence in their abilities.
Vocabulary used in the app is sophisticated but used in a way that models language and doesn’t confuse the kids.
Images are labeled clearly and reflect kid-friendly concepts to spark interest in more learning.
Children have to follow specific directions to get the desired outcome. We can not make light of how important apps like this are for increasing attention to task in kids.
We have no doubt that you will find your fridge plastered with your children’s printouts. Happy drawing!
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Snowflakes, Snowflakes EVERYWHERE! Enjoy the freshly fallen snow (if you have some at your house) with these snow-inspired activities.
Activity 1: Wreath of Friends (Snowflake People)
What you’ll need:
White construction paper cut into 12 inch square
Take the white construction paper square. Fold the square in half then half again. The third fold is to make a triangle.
Draw either the boy (5 inches tall) or girl (6 inches tall) outline on a piece of paper. Place it on top of the triangle with feet tips at the point (girl) or boy with legs. Make sure arms are touching the sides that will assure that the children will be holding hands. Trace the pattern on the paper and cut them out. By 7 or 8 children should be able to cut themselves but we suggest you do this for the little ones.
Over the years I have done this differently. Once I had the kids put a different costume on each child to have them represent their real friends as well as letting them take the lead.
Here’s a *Bonus* step to further the practice of listening and comprehension skills
Give your child a “clue” about what each snowflake person should be wearing. Below is a list of clues I like to use. If your child really gets into it, ask them to come up with a clue. Share one clue at a time (you can find them below). Work with your child to decorate each child in the snowflake to fit what the clue describes.
Child #1 Bedtime theme: ”I’ve already had my bath and I’m ready to go upstairs for the night”
Child #2 Snow Day (#1): “I’m putting on my ice skates and going to the frozen pond to skate.”
Child #3 Snow Day (#2): “I’m going out in the snow to play and build a snowman.”
Child #4 Party Day: “ I’m going to my friend’s birthday party.”
Child #5 Rainy Day: “I must go outside in the rain.”
Child #6 Beach Day: “I’m going to play in the sand and swim in the ocean.”
Child #7 Halloween Day: “I’m ready to go trick or treating on that special night of the year when the
ghosts and goblins are out.”
Child #8 Picnic Day: “It is Spring and I am going to the park for a picnic.”
Get creative and come up with places to put the snowflakes that are relevant to your child. We like hanging them from the ceiling as they take on the feeling of snowflakes. It almost looks like a snowstorm when the ceiling heater fan comes on.
Today’s giveaway is from GazziliWorld. Not only do we have two video reviews for your viewing pleasure. They have shared promo codes for free downloads of their awesome series of educational apps!
Today we have 4 codes for GazziliScience and 2 codes for GazziliShapes. The winners get to choose their apps in a first come, first serve basis. This is a quick giveaway – the contest runs for one day only. You’ll find the videos and rafflecopter below!
Today’s Giveaway is from Night and Day Studios. Ed Emberley’s Shake & Make, a unique puzzle app for kids, is FREE for everyone to download.
But wait – There is more!
Night and Day Studios has shared promo codes for us to giveaway. Instead of dropping them in the post, we are using the rafflecopter below to make things a little more fair. Like, tweet, comment and share to be entered to win an educational app! Since we have so many codes we will run this giveaway for 3 days.
An app that engages your child’s memory and spatial reasoning skills. See artful creatures and objects (taken from Ed Emberley’s books) and commit the shape to memory. The pieces then fall apart with the shake of your iPhone and you have to put the pieces together. The games are short and have an optional timer for adding challenge. Our kid reviewers really got into the app and came back to it often.
Help Parker find his missing cat and win a free app and T-shirt of your choice fromSpinlight.com.
Spot the cat. Score a shirt.
To celebrate the Kindertown Spinlight App Sale, our friends at Spinlight Studio are generously donating two app-inspired T-shirts and a couple of their award-winning apps! To win yours, simply:
1. Join the club at Spinlight.com. (It’s free and painless. We swear.)
2. Find the five places Pixel is hiding on the Spinlight website. (Hint: he’s the furry one in the Santa hat.)
3. Report the locations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two winners will each receive one (1) T-shirt and an app of their choice from Spinlight.com. This is a one-day-only event, so you’ve gotta hustle! Winners will be selected at random from all correct replies received by midnight (CST) on December 18th.
Now to the deals (Sales run from December 18 – 19)
One very lucky winner will get a free app, 2 buttons and a darling plush toy of the main character. Even if you don’t win, all three of Marcel Widarto’s apps are ON SALE today! Wonderful apps for kids working on spelling and math fluency.
Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop is a great app for reinforcing sight word fluency. Learn over 200 dolch sight words thoughtfully broken up into 24 levels with 3 different activities. “Flashcard” shows and speaks each word with an option to turn on “quiz mode” and read words yourself and tap to hear if correct. “Word Challenge” quizzes your child to find the word from a series of 4 choices and “Spelling” gives your child a spelling word to type out. Parents can easily see their child’s progress in the app and create custom lists for their child’s needs. An excellent app for reinforcing the spelling lists your child is working on at school.
Math Facts Fun is a math operations fluency app that provides all the content you need with all the features you want. Practice fluency with 3 games that include flashcard number problems, multiple choice problem solving and a fill in the answer with an in-app calculator. Each activity focus on specific number families and includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The features in the app include logging in and seeing the progress of multiple children, and customizing the operations your kids practice, including special number groups of “tricky problems.” In this app there is no playful application of math in real situations. The fluency practice is valuable for supporting kids with playful study for the math experiences they have in the classroom.
Invite the alphabetized animals from the Wee Alphas iPad app into your room and create a wild and wonderful habitat for discovery. Alexander the Angelfish, Biki the Buffalo, and their furry, feathered or finned friends create wall-to-wall wonder. Find each letter of the alphabet (including your own) hidden in these quirky characters. A handy-dandy key lists them all by name.
$40 value and a wonderful gift for a lucky winner.
Have you seen Wee Alphas yet? If you have a child who is one the road to learning letters, this is a MUST have app for your iPad.
Here’s the Giveaway! Enter early and often. This giveaway will run from Sunday through Tuesday. We will announce the winners on Wednesday morning.
Today’s Giveaway comes from iMagine Machine, the developer of many wonderful apps. Their newest, Wince – Don’t Feed the WorryBug, plays the starring role in this HUGE giveaway.
Wince-Don’t Feed the WorryBug is an adorable character with a problem. Wince worries A LOT. So much that he attracts a worry bug who just loves to feed on all those worries. Join Wince as he helps us all learn how to deal with worrying. This eBook is a great addition to your social emotional apps. There are little features tucked into the story, like a recording feature to share your worries and images that pop on the screen to add to your child’s understanding of this abstract concept. Overall, a thoughtful app that presents a well loved traditional book to help children make sense of an important emotional concept.
Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will win:
- two plush toys (Wince and The WorryBug)
- two books (the traditional Worry Woo book and supplemental activity book)
- one code for the Wince app
Other lucky winners will receive codes to download Wince-Don’t Feed the WorryBug. We will run this giveaway for three days Saturday through Monday. Share often!
Skill: Counting, Number Recognition, Letters and Sounds
Age: 3 to 6
Our review today is from a member of the KinderTown parent/teacher review team. Here is what Libby thinks of Alien Buddies:
Alien Buddies is a wonderful app for the pre-school/Kindergarten set. There are four activities to choose from, but as a teacher I like the matching game the best. Children learn to identify colors, shapes, letter names and numbers by placing a cute, alien character into a matching spaceship based on visual or spoken cues. The look of trepidation on the aliens’ faces and exclamations of delight as they take off always make my students smile. With different levels of difficulty, the app has great re-play value and can “grow” with your child.
There are a few items on my wish list:
The games are very short (just 10 items each) and children can navigate back to the opening screen too easily, where they can change games, access the parent setting screen and even go to the app store.
It would be helpful if adults could choose the difficulty levels and also receive feedback on children’s progress.
I would also love a phonics/letter sound option on the letter matching game.
Even without those extra features, Alien Buddies provides great play and educational value for the price.
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Activity 1: Barn & Animals
This is a game to help develop your child’s spatial thinking.
On the board there is a barn and numbers. Your child must help the farmer get all 10 animals back into the barn in the evening.
Start by creating a simple game board. Draw the barn and randomly place written numbers. Each number represents a different animal. Your child must help the farmer by gathering the animals in numerical order. You go from animal 1 to animal 2 to animal 3 and so on until all the animals are in the barn for the night. The second rule is that your child must not cross any lines. To win they must get all 10 animals back to the barn without crossing any lines.
When you make your own board the barn can go anywhere, and the same for the animals. You can begin with 10 and go up to 15 to increased challenge. Each time you play you can create a new board. Let your child make the board for you to play. Easy? You might be surprised. Feel free to replace barn with thematic objects like: christmas tree & presents, birds nest & baby birds, spaceship & alien buddies.
Activity 2: Follow the Leader
Follow the Leader J M Brodrick
In this version of Follow the Leader you will make a path that does not twist or swerve. You will deliberately outline geometric shapes by walking them. While walking each shape tell your child what shape you are making. You might announce what it is: “A square-follow me I’m The Gingerbread Man!”
Beaches are the best place to play. Your feet can drag through the sand and the shape emerges behind you. As always, have your child be the leader sometimes after they get the hang of it.
A bit about Libby:
Libby Curran has more than 20 years experience as a First Grade and Special Education teacher. The author of over a hundred engaging easy readers, she won national recognition for her work in early literacy as a 2012 People Magazine Teacher of the Year. Libby is dedicated to finding the very best apps to engage and motivate all children and help them to learn.