Show & Tell: The Lorax – Dr. Seuss

The Lorax – Dr. Seuss

Subject: Science, History

Category: Life Science, Holidays

Target Age: 4,5,6,7,8

Device: Universal

Price (as of publishing): $4.99

View The Lorax – Dr. Seuss on the App Store

We love this book and are so glad that Oceanhouse Media has taken the original text and made each page educationally interactive. The hot spots in this ebook are timed so as not to interfere  with the story line. You have options: Read it Myself, Read to Me or Auto Play. Your child is able to tap on the pictures to learn words or tap on each word to hear it read aloud.

If you haven’t read the story, or watched the movie, you will find this text has a strong environmental theme. The Lorax addresses issues such as deforestation and air and water pollution. The Lorax was a clear choice for us to suggest around Earth Day (reading The Lorax was an Earth Day tradition in my classroom). Over time you will enjoy observing your child’s growth and understanding of environmental issues.

Do you love The Lorax as much as us? Here are two other Lorax themed apps that are fun for the whole family.

The Lorax Garden

The Lorax

Show What You Know

Activity 1: Sprouting Eyes

Children make thoughtful observations about their world during springtime. New plants are emerging from the ground, animals are coming out of hibernation and kids notice these things as they are spending more time outside. A fun question to ask your child is, “Do you have to start plants from seeds?”  See what they say, then try this experiment:

You’ll need:

  1. Potato
  2. Jar or wide glass
  3. Toothpicks

Challenge your child to see if they can predict if you can get this potato to grow without any soil, sun or seeds. Have them help you place toothpicks around the middle of the potato. Fill the glass with water, leaving room for the water to rise when you place the potato in. Set your potato in so the bottom half is submerged in the water. Watch and wait. Enjoy checking with your child every morning and delight in their observations and predictions.

Activity 2: Environmental Number Chart

You’ll need:

  1. Reusable, eco-friendly sack
  2. Large sheet of paper or poster board
  3. Heavy tape or a hot glue gun

Start this activity when you are out with your child at the park or on a walk. Together, collect lots of interesting flower petals, leaves, rocks, seeds, twigs, pebbles, grasses and anything else that you find that is made naturally in our world.

Bring your collection home and lay it out. Take time to discuss the items, how many you have and remember where you found them. Sort all the items into like groups.

On your large paper draw a number chart. The easiest thing to do is make a number column on one side with horizontal dividing lines so your child can easily lay out and attach the right amount of items. For your young child, numbers 1 to 6 will work. For older children who are interested, try simple addition, subtraction or multiplication problems.

Help them to glue or tape the correct number of items next to the number. Find a space in your home for your environmental number charts. Try to find a space where your child can go back to often to practice counting with you – it would make a nice bedtime routine.

 

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4 Fun Earth Day Activities for Kids

Earth Day has always been one of my most anticipated classroom holidays.

Earth Day has always been one of my most anticipated classroom holidays. My favorite children’s book is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, and I look forward to sharing it with my students all year – which is clear as they often ask me why we don’t read all of our books like that all the time.

 

The week is also filled with nature walks, art projects and investigating ways we can recycle better in our classroom. There are so many activities that I never had a chance to do in the classroom due to time or cost. These are a few of my favorite Earth Day ideas plus ones that parents have shared with me as favorites in their home.

 

Activity for Recycling: Crayons Melting In the Sun

 

1. Take all those half used crayons that are sitting in the bottom of your child’s art box and peel of all the paper. Great job for your child to do, it builds fine motor strength.

 

2. Chop up the crayons and add the them to a muffin tin, silicone does work best. Note: line your muffin tin with foil cups if you don’t want to ruin your muffin tin. I recommend mixing up your crayon colors for a kaleidoscope effect.

 

3. If it is a warm day, put the muffin tin outside in a sunny spot and wait for the crayons to melt.

 

4. For faster results: Set your oven to 250 degrees and bake till melted (you might need to give the wax a stir).

 

5. Let cool completely and pop your new crayons right on out!

 

If you are feeling really ambitious use this link to learn how to make recycled paper to color on with your recycled crayons!

 

Activity for Snacking: Dirt Snack

 

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ dirt in a cup with a worm on top! One of the easiest treats to make with your kids.

 

Here is my quick and easy recipe (remember I make this treat with 22 five year olds!): Crush 2 graham crackers and stir into a chocolate pudding cup. Stick in a gummy worm. Enjoy!

 

Now if you want to do some real cooking check out this recipe from Kraft.

 

Activity for a Long Term Project: Plant a Pizza Garden

 

 

I mentioned this activity last week but love the idea so much that I had to share it again. The idea is to start planting with kids by motivating them with a favorite food, pizza.

 

1. Brainstorm with your child what plants are part of their pizza. Take the time to discuss what animals our toppings come from. Make a list and sort the plants from the animals.

 

2. With your list of plants head over to your local Home Depot, Lowes or corner hardware store to look for plants and seeds. Herbs are going to be the easiest to grow but tomatoes and peppers are always fun. If you have the space in your backyard or window sill pick up a few “pizza” plants to grow.

 

3. In a prepared garden space plant your new plants. Make a little list for the fridge of what you will need to do to take care of the plants, with watering and weeding being the two most important things.

 

4. Enjoy caring for and tending to the garden together as a family.
Read more details here

 

A great book to go along with this project is Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.

 

Activity for Homeschool Parents and Teachers:

 

Amazing STEM lesson plan on “too much trash” from Little Kinder Warriors

Click here to read more 

 

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New Apps in KinderTown: Little Things, Alphabuild, Happi Spells and more puzzle apps

New apps in KinderTown this week feature puzzle apps for all ages and interests.

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Little Things

Subject: Science, Math

Category: Investigation, Logic

Concept: Logic Games

Age: 5,6,7,8

Price: 2.99

Device: iPad

Little Things is a stand-out “I Spy” game for the iPad. Progress through a variety of levels searching for small images within larger objects. Gameplay is not easy but hints are helpful for easing any frustration. Log on through game center to keep track of your scores and collect badges right in the app. Little Things is an app that both parents and kids will love to play.

Happi Spells HD

Happi Spells

Subject: Language

Category: Reading

Concept: Spelling

Age: 5,6,7

Price: 1.99

Device: iPad/iPhone

Happi Spells is a delightful crossword puzzle app. Move small letter tiles into blanks labeled with easy to understand pictures. Challenge is to identify the picture correctly and spell the word. The goal is to earn the maximum amount of snails and unlock more puzzles. 48 crossword puzzles, with more to come, makes this app a lasting one. Words are not easy and the letter squares are small, so we recommend this app for older children for independent use.

Alphabuild

Subject: Langauge

Category: Writing

Concept: Pre-Writing

Age: 4,5,6,7

Price: 0.99

Device: iPhone

Alphabuild increases letter knowledge while kids build letter forms to earn stars and top scores. Gameplay is addictive with levels that really challenge you to think fast and react quickly. Letter knowledge is reinforced as the user must understand how letters are constructed to be successful. An excellent game for all experienced iPhone users.

Animated Puzzle

Subject: Math

Category: Logic

Concept: Logic Games

Age: 6,7,8

Price: Free (in-app purchase)

Device: Universal

Animated Puzzle is being recommended by KinderTown for its potential to challenge puzzle lovers. The app has an in-app purchase, but gives you two free games to get a good idea of how the puzzles are played. Touch and drag puzzle pieces into the correct spaces in the picture. The challenge comes in as many spaces are moving across the screen. You have to accurately place the puzzle pieces and some of the animation is quite quick. Puzzles are wonderful challenges for kids to develop reasoning skills. Check out Animated Puzzle and see if it is a good app for your child.

1+2=3 Jungle Puzzle

Subject: Math

Category: Logic, Number Sense

Concept: Logic Games, Addition & Subtraction

Age: 4,5,6,7

Price: Free (in-app purchase)

Device: Universal

1+2=3 Jungle Puzzles integrates addition and spatial reasoning to entertain and educate your kids. This app uses pop-up, $1.99 (at time of review), in-app purchases to unlock puzzles. It is worth taking the time to play through it, make sure your kids will like it and then upgrade. Three levels with repeating puzzles, starts the not-yet-adding child with basic puzzle games, slowly builds the 2nd level with simple addition problems 1-5 in a supportive way, and then turns them loose to adding and fitting in pieces by the 3rd level. A good app for families with multiple young children or for the child who just loves puzzles!

 

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Show & Tell: Montessori Letter Sounds HD

Montessori Letter Sounds HD

Subject: Language

Category: Pre-Reading, Reading, Writing

Concept: Letter & Sound Recognition, Phonics, Letter Writing

Target Age: 3,4,5,6

Device: iPad

Price (as of publishing): $2.99* on sale!

View Montessori Letter Sounds HD on the App Store

The opportunities for children to engage in pre-reading exercises in this new world filled with apps are incredible. A favorite of ours is Montessori Letter Sounds. The activities are based around the Montessori method and strongly encourage playing with sounds “phonemes” to make meaningful connections about letters, reading and language.

Here are 4 reasons why this app is exceptional:

1. Set up to let kids only access activities they are ready for – The app keeps track of each player’s progress with shooters and marbles. Levels are locked and the app will not let a player advance without displaying mastery.

2. Method of feedback is very encouraging for children – Direct feedback in the app comes from self-correction.This approach of self-correction is a key element in the Montessori method of teaching and helps children gain confidence and autonomy.

3. Game play is sophisticated and thoughtful – Research shows that children can successfully learn to read before they know letter names. With that in mind, the app slowly introduces repeated letter sounds throughout 4 levels that start with children playing with sounds and increases in sophistication to building words.

4. Parents raved about the app –

  • They said their kids loved recording themselves saying new words, making name tags, and tracing and smoothing out letters in the sand. (note: letter formation may not be the same as what your child is learning in school)
  • The app did wonders to motivate their reluctant hand-writers. It successfully allowed the children to practice handwriting without arm twisting.

Show What You Know

Have you been to a parent teacher conference and heard language like phonics, phonological awareness, segmenting, word families or blending? These technical terms are used to describe parts of reading instruction. The issue is that you would only know what they mean if you went to school to be a reading teacher or read some technical books on how kids learn to read.

Activity 1 (for parents): Phonemic what? Brush up on your “technical” learning terms

(This week’s activity comes from the creators of Reading Kingdom, the online reading program that’s disguised as a game.)

Dr. Blank, one of the creators of Reading Kingdom, has taken the time to give parents a quick answer to their questions about this technical language. She explains “phonological awareness” as:

“… a cluster of skills that are considered to be essential precursor skills for phonics (i.e. sounding out.) They are language related to, but are not, by themselves, meaningful language. For the most part, they are skills that allow a person to talk about language, think about language or play with language.”

Read more about phonological awareness and find ways to help your child be a stronger reader at the Reading Kingdom blog.

Activity 2: Don’t play with your food – play with sounds

Young children, who are not yet reading, benefit from sound-play. This kind of play should feel silly. It is not about your child manipulating sounds perfectly but that they are listening to you and playing with sounds in a safe, free environment.

Ways to play with sounds – try it while cooking dinner tonight!

Rhyming: saying a word and making other real and pretend words that have the same ending.

Example: I like to eat rice – dice, mice, nice

Blending beginning sounds: put a break in between the first sound in a word and the ending and having your child tell you the word. This can be fun if your child and you take turns playing with blending in a sentence.

Example:

Parent: I am making  /p/… asta for dinner. What are we going to have?
Child: Pasta!

Alliteration: a string of words that all start with the same letter.

Example: The fabulous fox has furry feet.

 

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Email with Your Child | Guest Post

Email with Your Child | Guest Post

Email is not just for adults anymore! I should know because I spent this fall asking 4-year-old children to send emails to their parents. And do you know what? Not only were they able to send emails, but most children kept coming back to write more.

 

Emailing is basically a digital form of writing notes. Note-writing is encouraged by early childhood educators to promote writing with a purpose. Beyond simply practicing letter formation, creating messages for others is an authentic way for children to experience the power of writing. Offering your child the chance to send emails is a way to combine authentic message making with the highly engaging lure of technology. As you interact with your child during this process, you can focus on many literacy skills including letter formation, sounds, spelling and message making.

 

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After sending and receiving almost 300 emails with preschoolers, I have learned a few things about emailing with young children so that it’s an engaging and beneficial experience for everyone.

 

10 Suggestions for Emailing With Your Child

 

Before Your Start

 

• Talk with your child about the difference between sending an email and sending a letter. What tools do you use for each? How do you send them? Ask him to write a letter and mail it to your home. Then send an email to yourself. Ask your child, “Which do you think we will receive first? Why?”

• Create a list of“safe people that your child can email. This may include relatives and playmates’ parents. You can even set up email addresses to come up as the name that your child calls them (i.e. Uncle David or Scott’s Mom). Your child should always know the person to whom he is sending an email.

 

What You Need

 

• Invest in a quality drawing app that will allow your child to create messages using both pictures and writing, and then email it using a mail program. (If you have multiple email accounts, make sure that the default account is the one you would like your child to use.) 

Drawing Pad is one of my favorites. It has pencils, paints, stamps, and you can import existing photos. It has a mail button that is easily accessible so that your child can email his compositions with your guidance. Once emails are received, your child can type responses in a mail program or compose more in the drawing program.

 

Teaching Moments

 

• After your child has created a message in a drawing program, ask him to read you the message. Sometimes scribbles have meaning that we might not realize. Show your child that you believe he can write.

• Practice name writing. Ask your child to print his name, whether it is drawn with a finger or printed using a keyboard.

• If your child says they can’t write, ask him to draw a message and then ask him to tell you about it. Then, write/type a message in conventional writing. As you type, talk about the letters and sounds in the words. For example, you might say, “You want it to say “I like ice cream.” Okay, for I, I will write the letter “I”. See, this is an I. L-l-l-l-ike. That starts with an “L”. Here is the L.”

 

To Make Everything Go Smoother

 

• Encourage relatives to respond in specific ways so that children have a reason to respond. For example, Uncle David may write “I love ice cream, too! My favorite is strawberry. What is your favorite flavor?” Children have a hard time writing back when the reply consists of messages such as “Great job, honey.” Or “I love you, and miss you so much!”

• If your child eagerly types or prints long strings of letters, offer a translation below so that people who receive the message can respond appropriately. For example, after the text “cjdieskjfiejaldnvkiefd”, you could type “Ryan says, “I love you, Uncle David. I like ice cream.” This can help well-meaning adults who can’t interpret our little one’s scribbles.

• When an email response is received, encourage your child to look for letters or words that they recognize before you read the message aloud. Printing out copies of email exchanges can also give children exposure to words and letters on an ongoing basis.

 

For Inspiration

 

For reluctant message makers or those ready for something different, encourage them to select a photo to write about. You can do this in the Drawing Pad app by importing photos from your photo library. Stop during the day to snap a picture, or make a suggestion about a topic for an email your child could compose later. For example, “Maybe I could take a picture of you eating your ice cream to email to Uncle David.”

 

Remember that the purpose of emailing is to work with your child to use literacy skills and to connect with the special people in your child’s life. Most importantly, have fun writing with your child as you work together to send messages.

 

This guest post was written by Emily Bigelow.

 

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4 Ideas for a Memorable Spring

As the last of the spring breaks finish up around the country, parents and kids are finding themselves in the homestretch of the school year. As the days get longer and warmer, I am sure you are finding out your kids get squirmier, but parents feel it too! Work days drag as you just want to be out in the park or having a leisurely lunch outside. Spring is a great time of year but it really challenges our stamina. So what can we do to keep ourselves and our kids happy and healthy in these beautiful few weeks of spring?

4 ideas to make your spring memorable

Plan time for play  Spring is busy and time goes by quickly. Use your calendar app to actually schedule in family playtime – even better if the location is: the backyard. Get out the soccer balls, baseball mits, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk. Even if it is just 30 minutes of play, get everyone involved in it. Parents, please, turn off your phones and PLAY!

Explore  That might mean a trip to a local museum or taking in an outdoor concert. It could also be encouraging your child to pursue an interest she has. How about exploring space by camping out one night and stargazing, getting out the magnifying glass and investigating insects, or even creating a pizza garden? Don’t forget that your iPad can be a great resource for helping your child pursue a developing passion. “There’s an app for that.”

Apps for exploration

 

 

Space: There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System

Dinosaurs: Ultimate Dinopedia

Cooking: ABC Food!

Music: Meet the Orchestra

Build a book  We promote a lot of reading at KinderTown and we are not going to stop now! Books, whether eBook or paper books, are vital for children’s linguistic and cognitive development (and a whole bunch of other stuff too!). Use one of these fabulous book making apps to encourage your child’s creativity. Extra treat for the parent – you will be able to watch your child’s confidence build by successfully creating something from start to finish.

Start with paper and pencil or make your stories right in these two fantastic book making apps

Scribble Press

Picturebook: School Edition

Create a machine  And if you do, please send pictures! Kids do not need many supplies to create something amazing. If it is building a rocket, a soapbox car, or just a contraption to do something goofy like shut their door from their bed – kids love creating things. Parents, you can find yourself being very hands on or just helping to gather the things your child needs and supporting all the ideas. Need a little inspiration?

Try out these two apps that are sure to spark your child into making their own machines

Casey’s Contraptions

Bug Builder

Happy Spring!

Carolina Nugent | Education Director | KinderTown

 

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New Apps in KinderTown – Letter Writer Space, Matching Cards, Pins and more

New apps in KinderTown this week include a colorful reading app called Peepers: I Say…You Say, 2 creativity apps: Pins and Hello Crayon and a few more for your young child.

Visit the education blog every Tuesday to see the new apps approved by KinderTown!

Peepers: I Say… You Say

Subject: Language

Category: Reading, Vocabulary, Comprehension

Concept: Reading

Age: 5,6,7

Price: 1.99

Device: Universal

Peepers: I Say… You Say is a delightful eBook that teaches opposites in a repetitive, cute and colorful way. Your child may need some parent support to use the interactive part of this app. If opposites are new to your child start by listening to the story. The interactive story shares the first sentence, complete with a wacky peeper, and you need to finish the second sentence by sliding the word that is the opposite. Spend time learning about each of the peepers too. A fantastic language experience for kids!

Letter Writer Space (Kindergarten ABC’s)

Subject: Language, Science

Category: Writing, Physical Science

Concept: Pre-Writing

Age: 4,5,6

Price: 0.99

Device: iPhone

Letter Writer Space is a “stellar” environment for children to practice writing and tracing letters. Writing can be very stressful for young children who struggle with fine motor skills or patience. Letter Writer Space provides a motivating place for children to trace letters alongside rockets, plants and stars. Take time to play alongside your child and read about all the interesting space facts.

Hello Crayon

Subject: Art

Category: Creativity, Drawing

Age: 3,4,5,6

Price: Free

Device: Universal

Hello Crayon is both a drawing and coloring app. Draw with crayons, markers and paint brushes in a variety of colors. Choose to work on one of the app’s backgrounds or use a photo from your device. There are also coloring pages in the app for when you do not want to create your own picture. This app does have some options for purchasing other materials and coloring books for $.99 each. Make sure to talk to your child first about what the pink shop button at the top of the screen is for.

Matching Cards Lite – Breek

Matching Cards HD – Breek

Subject: Math

Category: Logic

Concept: Logic Games

Age: 3,4,5

Price: 0.99 / 2.99

Device: iPhone / iPad

Matching Cards is a classic memory game built for 1 or 2 players. Choose any combination of images from music, farm, zoo, or sea animals. The two player feature easily helps kids know whose turn it is and the app even keeps track of the score. This simple game is perfect for the car or while waiting. Parents, kids love to chatter away while using these kinds of apps, so use it to give yourself some down time and just chat with your little one.

Pins

Subject: Math, Art

Category: Logic, Creativity

Concept: Logic Games

Age: 5,6,7,8

Price: 0.99

Device: iPad

Pins is a simple yet versatile app that can be used in many different ways. The app is set up like a pin-board with 8 colored pins. Drag and drop the pins on the board to create pictures, model math problems, play tic-tac-toe or what ever else you can think of. To remove the pins, a shake of the iPad sends them all falling or you can remove them one at a time by dragging them off the board. The app is designed with a lot of precision so younger, less dextrous children might struggle, but overall it is a wonderful, creative play app.

If you haven’t tried this app – you should!

Color Collector – the preschool treasure hunt game

Subject: Science, Art

Category: Investigation, Colors

Age: 3,4,5

Price: 1.99

Device: iPhone

Color Collector encourages your child to search for colors. Take pictures by tapping a large circle in the middle of your device to learn the color of what you just found. After finding 3 colors, you get a little surprise. This app encourages discovery and investigation while reinforcing basic skills. Parents love that the pictures are not automatically saved in iPhotos. This is yet another highly motivating early learning app from Tickle Tap apps.

 

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Bag Game | App Review & Activities

Bag Game is an excellent addition to the folder on your device labeled: car trips.

Bag Game

Bag Game is an excellent addition to the folder on your device labeled: car trips.

 

You should have at least two players. One player to choose from the abundance of images arranged by category and hide it in the app’s brown paper bag. The second player to ask questions in hopes of figuring out what is in the bag.

 

Read KinderTown's review of Bag Game.

Sound familiar? It’s 20 questions for your iPhone (or iPad – the app is universal).

 

There’s a lot of educational value in this app. Did you know:

 

• Children build reasoning skills as they test conclusions through asking questions.
• Parents foster vocabulary development by going through the pictures in the app and asking questions like: “Would you use that in a kitchen?” or “Where can we find that in our house?”
• >Children make sophisticated connections about categorizing, a very important skill, when they are able to notice and talk about the similarities in organized sets of objects.
• It is a challenge for young children to answer these kinds of questions with a simple yes or no. They have to take time to think to themselves and make sense of the question being asked.

 

Enjoying watching your kids get inspired with Bag Game. We hope you take time to play along, ask your kids questions and join in on the fun!

 

Activity 1: Go Fish! for 10

 

What You’ll Need:

• Deck of Cards.
• At least two people.

 

I grew up playing cards and still bring a deck of cards with me on vacations or trips for those quiet, relaxing moments with friends. With memories of playing Go Fish! and war in the backseat of the car with my sister, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share a fun twist on the classic Go Fish! that your kids are sure to love.

 

To set up the game:

 

Prepare your deck of cards by removing all the face cards and 10s. Deal five cards to each player. Pile the rest face down. Look through your cards and If you have two cards that add up to 10, put them down. Pick up as many cards as you need to have 5 cards in your hand.

 

How to play:

 

Everyone in this game needs to take turns. On your turn:

 

• Ask a player for a card that goes with a card in your hand to add up to 10.
• If you get what you ask for, put down the pair, and draw a card.
• If the card you draw makes a new pair of 10, put it down.
• As you use up your cards, draw more cards.
• Once you have no pairs that equal 10 in your hand the next person gets a turn.

 

Play until the deck is used up. The player with the most pairs wins.

 

Make it easier:

• For younger children you can use cards 1–5 and make pairs that total 5.
• Make a cheat sheet for what numbers make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7…)

 

Activity 2: 10 Supplies to Keep for Outdoor Playtime

Every spring I challenge myself to find more activities and lessons that my class can do outside. My students always love a chance to be in the sun, even if it is to write a story or to lay in the grass and listen to a good book. “Extra recess” seems excessive to principals (and some parents) but it’s the best reward ever to kids, and any lessons that use movement and outside play are precious.

 

I am sure that you also look for ways to encourage meaningful play in your home. That is why instead of a 2nd activity I am sharing with you a list of 10 items that spark creative play. Put these items in a bin and let your child choose from the bin or use freely during outdoor play time:

 

1. Sidewalk chalk.
2. Bubbles.
3. Dice – especially if you have a big, soft pair.
4. Beach Ball.
5. Yarn (not for sewing!).
6. Foam or rubber balls of various sizes.
7. Water bottle filled with water (good for drinking & squirting).
8. Old camera or kids camera.
9. Bean bags or balloons filled with: sand, corn, seeds, flour (the balloons will break!)
10. Muffin tins or egg cartons (for collections)

 

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Apps for Easter? Here are our suggestions

Do your Easter traditions involve getting together with family and friends for egg hunts, pictures with bunnies, and gorging from baskets of jelly beans? No matter what traditions you have in your home, these apps will be a sure hit with the kids. Great for the car ride, a goofy group of grandkids or to use while coming down from a sugar high.

KidsMag Easter Edition

$1.99 for the iPad

KidsMag Easter Special Edition takes the traditional children’s magazine and makes it come alive with thematic, interactive games. The Easter Edition has your children listening to Easter stories, sequencing pictures to learn how to bake cookies, matching colors, looking for missing parts of pictures and plenty of other opportunities to be creative. 16 pages of activities refresh with a new game or look at the shake of the iPad. We love how kids get absorbed in the KidsMag apps.

Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Rosemary Wells

 $0.99 for the iPhone & iPad

Get up and moving with Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! Sing along in 4 different languages (English, French, Spanish and Japanese) while you bend and stretch with this classic children’s song. The art work is done by Rosemary Wells of the favorite Max and Ruby children’s book series. After you have practiced each language, try and record your family singing the tune. Take a giggle break to tickle and tap to learn the body parts in the song.

Easter Egg Matching

$0.99 & Universal (works on both the iPhone and iPad)

Easter Egg Matching is a great addition to your family’s Easter party. The simple matching game gets wild as kids try to beat each others times and scores. The easy to use design and interface makes this ideal for the little ones in the house. 3 levels of difficulty and an option to connect with game center adds a thrill for older users. If the sounds of cracking eggs becomes too much, turn off the sounds from the settings button on the main page. A great little app for spring!

Holiday Coloring Pages Free by theColor.com

 Free & Universal (works on both the iPhone and iPad)

Holiday Coloring Pages has over 100 free coloring pages sorted into 40 different holiday categories. Choose from 32 colors. Just tap to fill in the white space and the pictures come alive. Save to photos and share your work with friends and family. We do not consider this a clearly educational app, but see parents using this app as a tool for talking about different holidays, the people in the pictures and what they are doing. Know that there is a lot of free content but some pictures are locked and must be purchased with an in-app purchase. Kids love making pictures with this app and sharing them by writing and sending their own emails.


 

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New Apps in KinderTown: Swapsies, My A – Z, Magic Doodles and more

New apps in KinderTown this week feature apps that spur creativity. Create custom animations with Magic Doodles, personalized ABC flashcards with My A – Z or brand new careers with Swapsies.

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Swapsies

Subject: Social Studies

Category: Community

Age: 4,5,6

Price: 1.99

Device: Universal

Swapsies is a self-directed, dress-up and exploratory experience for kids. Learn about the clothes, vehicles and tools that people in our communities use. Play as a police officer, baker, engineer or any mix of 10 occupations. Explore with a variety of in-app adventure games or take a quiz to see if you can answer all the questions about each community helper. Another fantastic early childhood experience from Spinlight Studios!

Magic Doodles HD

Magic Doodles HD Lite

Subject: Art

Category: Creativity, Drawing

Age: 5,6,7,8

Price: 2.99, Free

Device: Universal

Magic Doodles HD sparks both ideas and creativity with thoughtful prompts that are transformed into entertaining animations. See an incomplete picture and read the prompt at the top to find out what missing piece you need to add. There is no speech, but you can read to your young child or they can experiment with the app to figure out what is missing. You might be drawing an object to be juggled, your dream cake or something to be crushed by an elephant. Press play and see your drawing grow, fly or break apart as part of an animation. In future updates we hope to see more art tools added to the 8 colors and 3 line sizes.

My A – Z

Subject: Langauge

Category: Pre-Reading

Concept: Letter and Sound Recognition

Age: 3,4,5

Price: 1.99

Device: iPhone

My A to Z encourages children to see their ABCs everywhere! Use your iPhone or iPad to take pictures of objects around your world. The My A to Z app lets you take and load pictures, sort them by letter, label and record yourself talking about the picture. Use this app as a family or let your child swipe between pictures and letters all by themselves. Our favorite part is that your child gets to listen to themselves and a loved one while learning lots of ABC words.

Don’t worry we didn’t forget to find some fantastic Math and Science apps too!

A day with a difference

Subject: Math

Category: Measurement

Concept: Measurement, Sorting

Age: 3,4,5

Price: 1.99

Device: iPad

A day with a difference is a model for how to merge a book style app with direct questions to help children master important early learning concepts. You meet two important characters, Mr. Big and Mr. Small. They need your child’s help to sort and compare the different things in their homes. After a few story pages with colorful pictures and clearly spoken text, your child will be asked to choose between bigger & smaller, same & different, more & less, longer & shorter. The games are short and involve simple tapping which makes this a great app for young children.

GazziliPuzzles

Subject: Math

Category: Logic

Concept: Logic Games

Age: 3,4

Price: 1.99

Device: Universal

GazziliPuzzles is a delightful puzzle app. 6 puzzles are presented to kids with increasing difficulty. Puzzles are colorful, cute and kept our review team kids interested. We appreciate all the built in hints and positive feedback. One special feature is that the app takes the time to teach children how to tap on each piece to turn it to fit. With only 6 puzzles it is not a long lasting app, but the quality and enjoyment for kids makes this a worthwhile purchase.

Guess This Animal: Teaches and Quizzes Animal Facts

Subject: Science

Category: Life Science

Age: 5,6,7,8

Price: 1.99

Device: iPhone

Guess This Animal teaches your child simple facts about 32 different animals. Simple digital images of the animals with limited interactivity are presented on the screen while Ranger Nora shares facts. After listening and learning about the animals, test yourself in the “guess” section of the app. See a few animals in a variety of habitats, listen to Ranger Nora describe one of the animals and tap to identify it. The app is not highly sophisticated but an excellent tool to use when doing an animal project at school or for the kid who can’t learn enough about animals.

 

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