Wonders of Water: App Connections

Explore these great apps about water for virtual water fun as we continue through Wonders of Water.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Explore these great apps about water for virtual water fun as we continue through Wonders of Water.

 

Tiggly Submarine 

Read KinderTown's review of Tiggly Submarine.

Tiggly Submarine works with Tiggly’s new hands-on product Tiggly Words. Tiggly Words includes hands on vowel letters that interact with the iPad screen to make a multimedia experience for early learners. Travel through the underwater scene and select the correct vowel to complete words such as crab, fox, hen, and sun. Tiggly Words does a wonderful job of introducing the vowels to children in the context of beginning words. Understanding the vowels and their coordinating sound is an important pre-reading skill. Tiggly Submarine is appropriate for children who are beginning to learn to read, ages 4-7.

 

Science Museum Splash

Read KinderTown's review of Science Museum Splash.

 

Science Museum Splash is all the fun and splashing of tub time for your preschooler, without mopping up your bathroom afterward. Does an item sink or float? Test it and find out! Tip your iPad side to side to see the water move, and wipe away the virtual steam. Change the temperature of the water. Want to start over again? Pull the plug and watch the water disappear down the drain.  If you are feeling brave try out each of the items in your own bathtub! Science Museum Splash is free and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Sprinkle Jr.

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Have fun with the virtual water, and your child will develop problem solving skills in the process. Children must spray water to unlock or solve the problem presented. Each scene includes movable items in the scenery that help you extinguish flames or achieve a goal such as picking the fruit from a tree and feeding it to the animals. There are 30 fun levels included. Sprinkle Jr. is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway
Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony (6/12)
Wonders of Water: Grab Bag (6/16)
Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day (6/17)
Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire (6/18)

 

Next series: Discover the Sun.

 

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Wonders of Water: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is Wonders of Water. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is Wonders of Water. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtags #KinderTownSummerCamp and #WondersofWater. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!
Lanette

 

Wonders of Water Giveaway

Take photos of your family enjoying water activities by posting them to social media with the hashtag #WondersOfWater or uploading them below.

 

Related Blog Posts

Wonders of Water: App Connections (6/15)
Wonders of Water: Grab Bag (6/16)
Wonders of Water: Demme Learning Day (6/17)
Wonders of Water: Closing Campfire (6/18)

 

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Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp!

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go!

 

Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go!

 

Each of the weeks have a creative and educational theme. Join us each Friday for our opening ceremony where you’ll find the projects and activities for the week. During the next week, you can do some of the activities for yourself, and post how it’s going and what you’re proud of! Then, on Thursday, we’ll have a closing ceremony, and you can print out your certificate of achievement.

 

Register here to join in for a week, a month, or a day of fun and learning. Share your creations with us using #KinderTownSummerCamp, and the specific hashtag for the weekly theme (like #WondersOfWater) to be entered to win the weekly giveaways!

 

Please answer the following question to access the registration form.

In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Demme Learning/KinderTown does not intend to collect, and will destroy, any personal information entered into our website by children under the age of 13.

Are you at least 13 years old?

 

KinderTown Summer Camp Themes:

 

Wonders of Water (June 12-18)
Discover the Sun (June 19-25)
America (June 26-July 2)
No Place Like Home (July 3-9)
Under the Sea (July 10-16)
Sports of All Sorts (July 17-23)
The Great Outdoors (July 24-30)
How Creative! (July 31-Aug 6)
Master Builders (Aug 7-13)
Around the Kitchen (Aug 14-20)

 



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Summer Learning Apps for your Preschooler

Trying to keep your preschooler learning this summer? Check out these great apps to keep their skills alive this summer.

Trying to keep your preschooler learning this summer? Check out these great apps to keep their skills alive this summer.

 

Writing Wizard

Writing wizard

Use this app with children who have been introduced to their letters this school year. It will solidify their knowledge of letter names and formations. Writing Wizard offers 5 different fonts to choose from. Choose the one your child is most familiar with.  Next, the app has 5 different areas for learning and engaging with writing. The first area involves tracing familiar shapes such as circles, crescents, and crosses. This area is a great place to start for children who are just beginning to write and use a pencil or crayon, usually around the age of 3.  The areas include upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and a “My Words” section.  All of the different learning areas have many different options for parents to customize the experience for their children, including changing the size, difficulty, and whether to show or hide the model. There is even a setting for left-handed writers.

Children love the different types of markers used to trace the letters such as rainbow, tiger, and bugs! After the letter is correctly formed, children love playing with the pictures that fly off the letters before the next letter appears. This feature keeps children engaged and offers a change to “play” while learning. KinderTown especially likes the “My Words” section for children as they advance their writing skills. Parents, customize the words in this section to include your child’s name, their favorite food, their siblings’ names, and other important beginning words your child is motivated to practice over and over. Another wonderful  feature within the app is the ability to print off practice sheets for your child. A  great way to make the connection between the app and paper and pencil. The app is $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.  An app that will grow with your early learner!

TeachMe Toddler

teach me toddler

TeachMe Toddler is a mixed-practice review app that presents questions in a multiple choice format.  The app reviews concepts such as shapes, letters, letter sounds, colors, and vowel sounds. The app has a nice progress  reporting area where you can check how your child is progressing through the skills. For every 4 questions answered correctly, the child earns a sticker. This feature excites children and motivates them to continue answering the questions. KinderTown likes how if children choose the wrong answer, the little mouse tells them why the answer is incorrect.  Children must continue until they select the correct answer and do not earn a checkmark towards a sticker when they incorrectly answer the question.  In addition the app allows for multiple children to have an account so it can be used in preschools or for multiple children in one home.  TeachMe Toddler is $0.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-4.

Kindergarten Bingo

KBingo

Kindergarten Bingo practices three different skills: shapes, letters, and numbers, through an interactive Bingo board. The app allows for up to 5 players to play the game together.  Children must listen closely to the narration, as it tells what to identify in the app, like a “green crescent,” or the letter “M.” This is a great way to help your child prepare for following directions, and improve their listening skills. Parents, visit the settings to change the default letters from capital to lowercase, and choose how high you would like your child to practice their numbers (up to 100). Also, parents, you can choose to practice the letter names or the letter sounds. Both are valuable skills for children. The app also has a nice practice area with flashcards that need to be used with an adult because the app does not provide feedback for the child. The app does say the correct answer aloud when tapped, but a parent will need to help their child correctly identify what is pictured on the flashcard.

 

 

Learning Wand

Craft stick or Paper Towel  tube

Markers/Crayons

Construction Paper

Construct a special wand. Decorate the paper towel tube or craft stick. Make a special star for the top.  Let your child lead in how they would like to decorate their special learning wand.

Tell your child that they are going to use their special wand to find letters around your home. Ask your child “Can you find a letter in the kitchen?”  Children should use their special wand to search for a letter.  If they can’t identify all the letters, don’t worry. Tell your child the correct letter name once they have found a letter.  If they need assistance, give them clues. After finding a few letters in the kitchen, switch to another area of your home. By doing this you are raising your child’s print awareness. They are discovering where letters exist within their environment.  For older students, you could ask the question “Can you find a word in the kitchen?”   You can also repeat with numbers. “Can you find a number in your bedroom?” Use your special learning wand throughout the summer to continue to identify letters, words and numbers in their environment.

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Attention Teachers! [Free Printable]

Everyone is getting ready for summer, but don’t forget to include learning in your summer plans. You’ll find our Top 5 Summer Learning Apps listed in this PDF. Check it out now!

Are you a teacher? Do you know a great teacher?

Teachers, simply print the letter for parents, and share the news about KinderTown.

Please use this free printable to share with all of the teachers that you know. Spread the word that KinderTown is a great way to learn about educational apps for kids. And KinderTown is free. What better message to pass along to your teacher friends!

Print and Share today!

Sincerely,
Lanette Walters
Digital Curriculum Reviewer

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Top 5 Summer Learning Apps

Check out my top picks for learning this summer!

As parents and children look to the end of the formal school year and on to summer, Educators are recommending that children of all ages engage in learning activities throughout the summer. What better way to do that than with educational apps? Check out my top picks for learning this summer!

Barefoot World Atlas (Social Studies)

arefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Read KinderTown's review.

Barefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Open to a globe dotted with images that just beg to be tapped. Read and listen to fun facts by touching the images on the screen. Looking for more depth? Search by country and region to learn facts that give you a look into the lives of people and places around the world. This app is completely worth the price of $4.99 and will be appreciated by both the adults and children ages 4-8. Find a time to sit with your child and enjoy Barefoot World Atlas together.

 

Human Body by Tinybop (Science)

The Human Body is an app made for exploring and asking questions. Read KinderTown's review.
The Human Body is an app made for exploring and asking questions. There is animation to accompany the six different body systems. Encourage and answer your child’s questions while exploring, and they will direct their own learning. Tap different parts of the brain, and an animation pops up depicting what that area of the brain controls. The app is not narrated, so parents need to provide the support for learning. In addition, the app offers a parent section and an option to set up multiple profiles for different children. Children can record questions while using the app, and parents can respond to them. Tinybop has even made a helpful parent guide to accompany the app. We highly recommend downloading it and using it with your child. It’s perfect for answering the tough questions your child may ask about their body.

 

ThinkRolls (Logic)

In Thinkrolls, your student must navigate mazes with rolling character balls, accomplishing different challenges that will activate their reasoning skills. Read KinderTown's review.

In Thinkrolls, your student must navigate mazes with rolling character balls, accomplishing different challenges that will activate their reasoning skills. As the levels progress, children have to use visualization skills to predict the cause and effect of several moves in the puzzle. Concepts about physics and chemistry are sprinkled along the way when children must make decisions about the moving gear box, figure out how to make the balloon pop, and move the ice to quench the fire. The app offers a huge amount of content in the 90 levels of easy game play and 90 levels of hard game play. Chapter descriptions in the settings section will give parents a complete understanding of all the challenges presented in each level or chapter. Thinkrolls is a truly unique app priced at $2.99, available for iPhone and iPad, and is recommended for children ages 3-7

 

Learn with Homer (Reading)

Learn with Homer is a full “Learn to Read” series of lessons for kids. Read KinderTown's review.

Learn with Homer is a full “Learn to Read” series of lessons for kids. The app features letter sound instruction, sight word introduction, read aloud stories, and a mixed review of concepts presented. The app does a nice job of mixing reading instruction, a review of previously-taught concepts and the reading aloud of real books which are all key components to learning to read. The developers of Learn with Homer conducted research using their app on children who were beginning to read and showed that the use of the app 15 minutes a day led to an increase in their beginning reading skills. Learn with Homer is free to download but does include in-app purchases to buy additional lesson content.

 

Hungry Fish by Motion Math (Math)

Hungry Fish helps your child learn how to build quantities. Read KinderTown's review.

Hungry Fish helps your child learn how to build quantities. Addition is provided in this version with options to buy activities for subtraction and negatives. As always, Motion Math does a great job of introducing how to play the game through thoughtfully scaffolding strategies on familiar counting techniques. Multiple children can save their progress and easily navigate between easier and harder levels. Overall this app provides a beautiful environment to learn and practice the different ways to create quantities.

 

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Learning Changes (with iPad)

The iPad is a great tool for connecting with our children when things are changing.

Everything Changes with iPad, and we couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to learning. This video captures the feelings and actions that many families have today. For some the feeling is uncomfortable, others exciting, some nervous. Whatever the feeling is, we are all aware of this change. The pace, the feel, the stimulus, the visuals, the sound; it’s all vastly different from how we as parents grew up and how we were raised. It can easily feel uncomfortable and scary. We are now navigating how we use the iPad as a tool and how it can benefit our children.

KinderTown was excited to see two of the app developers that we have reviewed featured in the video. Originator, who developed Endless Reader, Endless Alphabet, and their latest app, Endless Numbers, which is featured in the video. Also Montessori Letter Sounds is prominently featured with children and parents using the iPad together: the best way to experience an app!

Overall, KinderTown is really excited to see multiple representations of parents, children, and family interactions in the video; from children working together on the iPad, to parents reading a story across the miles, to families taking pictures outside together. The iPad is a great tool for connecting with our children when things are changing.

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Top 3 Creativity Apps for Kids

Try this creative on and offline painting combination.

My daughter loves to paint! I hate messes. …Not a great combination. I do make an effort to set aside time to explore despite the mess Try this creative on and offline painting combination.that it sometimes creates. I always try to control the mess, use lots of paper towels, and hope for the best. Using Paint is an awesome way to be creative, and there is something about the experience that children love! My daughter exclaimed while painting, “I’m an artist.” I love encouraging all of the different things she can be and do. This sentence alone was worth the mess. Try this creative on and offline painting combination.

Wreck This App

Wreck This App is a great app to encourage creativity in students who may need a little guidance, or the permission to let loose. As the name implies, this virtual journal invites children to make a mess with the pages.  Each page gives the user a prompt in order to think as an artist  or start into an artistic direction with their own thoughts and ideas.  Wreck This App is based on the book Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. The app is Wreck This Appintentionally created in black and white and has a simple interface that children ages 4 and up can easily use.  The journal does not read the prompts to you, but younger children are able to navigate the tools once the prompts are read aloud to them.   Add a photo of dirt, garbage or stains, trace your toes, or document a boring event in detail.  This app makes your child think in many different directions and they can use words, photos, or drawing tools to express their answers.  If your child doesn’t like the creation they’ve made, they can easily erase it and create another one. The app does have options for easily sharing to social media so parents will want to monitor their children when using the app, or disable these features on your iPad.  Wreck this App is available for $4.99 for iPhone and iPad and will be a creative digital journal your child can come back to again and again.

Art Set

Art Set

Art Set is a virtual canvas for kids. My favorite feature about this app is that the tools and canvas appear as if they were painted with real paints and watercolors instead of looking digitized. This is a great app to use with students after they have used paints or watercolors on paper. This could also be used before to plan out what type of painting the children will create. There are a lot of different types of tools in the app, but children quickly learn how to manipulate and find their way around the art tools. The app is so sophisticated that it has pressure sensing tools as if your child were creating on real canvas. Explore oil paints, pastels, fluorescent colors or wax crayons with your child.  Art Set is $1.99 and appropriate for creative kids ages 4-10.

PlayART

PlayArt

PlayART makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an interactive Art Museum. Add a background of Monet; add artistic elements of Van Gogh; and empower your child to take on the feeling of famous painters to create their own pieces. In the My Museum section, kids can save their masterpieces. Within the app, children can decide which painter’s elements are their favorites and save them to their own personal pallet.  Children can also add their own paint to the background of notable painters, or start with an empty canvas. The app includes 160 elements and 48 canvases from 8 famous painters.  The app is completely kid-safe and does have options for sharing to social media, but they are locked.  We wish that the app contained more information about the well-known artists themselves, so parents may have to supply the information once children are exposed to the painters.  This app is sure to pique their interest in prominent painters’ work, and they’ll enjoy the process of creating their own unique paintings like the famous artists.

KinderTown’s Favorite Paint

 

Washable Crayola Paint with Glitter

Paint Brushes

Paint PaperTry this creative on and offline painting combination.

Paper Towels

Water

 

Try using a few of the apps above to inspire your child’s inner artist, then move to the paints and paper.  Use a cup of water to rinse, and encourage your child to explore the different colors and brushes. Let them freely explore and paint.

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TenMarks: Online Summer Learning

I learned about TenMarks and I wanted to share this valuable resource with you.

Summer is just around the corner. I know that I am planning some of the yearly activities that my kids enjoy. I’m also looking into new opportunities that might be a good fit for my children. I learned about TenMarks and I wanted to share this valuable resource with you.

TenMarks Education

TenMarks is an innovative online education company run by Amazon. The amount of content that they provide for free is impressive. The program is marketed as a supplement for schools and homeschoolers. They offer both free and premium web-based packages. It can be utilized for homework, after school programs, remediation, enrichment, or practice during the traditional school year. In addition, they offer a free summer learning program for students to keep their skills sharp or to address areas of remediation. I am planning on using the program because my son enjoys math and I think he’ll enjoy the online practice.

As a teacher, there are a few features that stand out that I think make this program attractive. TenMarks’ interactive platform connects teachers, students, and families in order to individualize math instruction for the student. Allowing students to work at their own level and pace increases student engagement and learning outcomes. The adaptive program provides extra support for students who need to spend more time on a concept, while those who are ready for more challenging work can move ahead. The immediate feedback helps students track their progress and keeps them actively involved in the learning process.

The online program offers videos, hints, and interactive worksheets. Concepts are broken down so they can be read and dealt with more easily. The work flow is easy to read and audio is available for students who benefit from both visual and auditory instruction. As tasks are completed students gain access to the Reward Zone where they can play games and print certificates, an incentive I know my son will love.

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Learn to Read with UKloo!

We received the game UKloo for Christmas and my children have been enjoying the game together.
Children love scavenger hunts, and my children are no different. We received the game UKloo for Christmas, and my children have been enjoying the game together. I have a 7-year-old reader, and a three-year-old non-reader. They work together to solve the scavenger hunt in this game, and a spirit of cooperation is needed to be successful with the game.

uKloo

The game and app uKloo was made by a mom who was challenged by her son’s reluctance to read. He would  hide from her whenever it was time to read. She thought perhaps hiding the “reading” or words would work for his learning style, and uKloo was born. As a teacher, the key to the game is the picture word chart that helps children link a visual picture to common words. Through repetition and their experience playing the game, the words start to stick. This game also serves as a great reinforcement of common words your child may already have learned to read. With summer right around the corner this would be an excellent game for your beginning reader to play, to keep their reading skills strong without them realizing that they are practicing those skills. The hook for kids with uKloo is finding the cards. Marching all over the house finding the clues and reading them was the big attraction for my kids. Use the Picture Helper chart for assistance in reading the words when your child gets stuck. This game has also received rave reviews from parents of special needs children who are learning to read because of its unique approach.

uKloo

Now, there is an app to pair with the early learning reading game. uKloo the app works like the hands-on game. The app works to build familiarity with basic sentence structure and high frequency words. The app invites children to find the uKloo card hidden in the scene by reading the short and simple clue. Two different scenes are provided, a farm scene and a market scene. Prompt your child to use the picture clues for what word might be in the sentences that they need to read, or use the helpful book icon to display the visual picture prompt chart. Parents, you can adjust the level for your child  (1-10) and the amount of correct answers needed before receiving positive reinforcement. As the levels increase, the sentence structure becomes more difficult and the words are less repetitive. Your child will feel successful learning to read because of the repeated phrases and words on the clues. Unlock surprises along the way for reinforcement for your child.   Use the ? button to find helpful hints. uKloo is free and appropriate for beginning readers ages 4-6.

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