5 Apps for Creative Kids

Your creative kids will enjoy the varied experiences these apps provide and many are free!

Check out our top apps for creativity. Your creative kids will enjoy the varied experiences these apps provide and many are free!

 

Art Class with Dr. Panda

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This app provides virtual creative experiences your child will appreciate. There are six different virtual art activities for your child to experiment with in Art Class with Dr. Panda. Create your own pottery with the virtual lathe. Then fire it and paint it. Fold origami paper to make a virtual pinwheel to play with in the wind. Design a virtual kite to sail through the sky. Arrange colored pegs on a board to make a unique design. The best part is your child can experience the process over and over again, and play with the finished creations. The app is currently free and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Art Maker by ABC’s Play School

Art Maker

Art Maker by ABC’s Play School creates an engaging scrapbook-style environment for children to discover new materials while using their imagination. Children choose from a variety of backgrounds with characters and objects they can easily add, resize, and manipulate. Each picture can be saved in app, assembled into a storybook or transformed into an interactive video your child can narrate and rearrange images. A very informative “for parents” page gives tips and ideas to help you get started. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Draw and Tell HD by Duck Duck Moose

Draw-and-Tell

Draw and Tell brings the best features of drawing apps into one fabulous art experience. Choose from a blank page, your photos, or one of the available backgrounds to start a project. Tools such as crayons, stickers, paint, and erasers can be used while the app records your child singing, talking, and moving stickers around the screen. Not feeling up to creating your own picture? Your child can choose from a variety of coloring pages and drop paint into the lines to create a vibrant scene. This is another top free app from Duck Duck Moose.

 

Faces iMake – Premium!

Faces iMake

Faces iMake encourages creativity, experimenting, learning, and expression in one magical app. Loaded with friendly instructions, first time users will find lots of direction and encouragement built into videos and examples. The whole family will enjoy creating pictures through the manipulation of a wide variety of images–from food to musical instruments. The platform is easy to use and supports collaboration and discovery that “children” of all ages will enjoy using. This is one of our favorite apps at KinderTown! The Premium version is available for $1.99.

 

MoMA Art Lab

Moma

Many museums and educational organizations create apps to accompany their exhibits and collections. This app is a great way to take a virtual field trip to the Museum of Modern Art. MOMA Art Lab features 9 different activities that explore the use of shapes and lines in unique ways. For example, construct a virtual mobile and watch it move. Create a collage and then shake your iPad to reconstruct the it. MOMA matches an artist’s work with the activity to educate children about modern art while creating their own masterpieces. KinderTown really likes the audio directions for each activity, making the app accessible to children as young as four. In addition, there is a light-bulb icon which provides ideas for creating your own original artwork. The app allows children to save their work within the app. MOMA Art Lab is free and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Related Blog Post: Maker-Inspired Apps

 

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Top 3 Apps for 3 Year Olds

Check out these top 3 apps to encourage your child’s natural curiosity.

If you have a 3-year-old in your home you are probably looking for new and creative solutions to add to your repertoire of daily activities to satisfy your child’s eagerness to explore, discover, and problem solve.

 

Top 3 Apps for 3 Year Olds

 

Check out these top 3 apps to encourage your child’s natural curiosity, as well as our free Power Pack focused on ways to interact with books with your 3-year-old. Then download KinderTown and search by age for more app suggestions for your young learner.

 

Grandma’s Preschool (iOS only)

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The app begins with the bus dropping the kids off at Grandma’s school which resembles Grandma’s house. The house is organized like a typical preschool where children can move around and choose a learning activity by tapping on letters, numbers, science experiments, or an art center. Additional activity areas that can be explored include nap time, outdoor recess, centers with books and toys, and a white board for teaching and learning. Children are positively rewarded for their effort with grandma’s dancing, clapping, and high fives. The app has a nice balance of digital play and learning exploration. You may need to monitor and encourage your child to visit the more academically-focused learning areas as the app does not regulate how much time is spent in the play arena. Grandma’s character engages players with her positive spirit and dancing energy, however, some present-day grandmas may not like the way grandma is represented with gray hair and glasses. The app does not require any in-app purchases and is available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

 

Beck and Bo (iOS, Android)

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Beck and Bo delights young children with a dynamic free play environment that always has a new surprise popping up. There is no pressure to complete each thematic area in a specific way, which is something we appreciate about the app. Upon entering the app children will find twelve thematic scenes. Objects or questions are presented one at time in each scene for kids to experience thematic vocabulary. Once a scene is finished they can continue to play in the area or view each object in their own scrapbook. Beck and Bo is a fantastic app for playful discovery that understands how young children learn.

 

Monkey Preschool Explorer (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire)

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The Monkeys provide an all new entertaining app that is simple for children to navigate, includes interesting graphics, and incorporates exploration as the center theme. The Monkey Preschool Explorers app provides a mixed review of early childhood concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes, letters, and association skills. One game includes Milo the Monkey driving a jeep through the jungle and children have to tap on the lower case and upper case letter indicated. At the end, children can play a fun racing game and choose a hat for Milo as a reward. The developers of Monkey Preschool have a “Thups Knack” system which changes the difficulty of the game as children play. The app costs  $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

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From Doodles, to Drawing, to Writing!

Foster your young author and illustrator with the activities in this week’s Power Pack.

 

In this week’s Power Pack you’ll find activities and apps that support your inventive author and illustrator.

Drawing PowerPack

At this beginning level of storytelling, children can begin to combine their drawing and writing skills to show meaning. Apps included in this Power Pack are:

Sago Mini Doodlecast for Kids

Read KinderTown's review of Sago Mini Doodlecast

Drawing Together!

Read KinderTown's review of Drawing Together!

Handwriting without Tears

Read KinderTown's review of Handwriting without Tears

To find the Power Pack, download KinderTown onto your iOS device.

 

Then:
-Select the Power Pack icon from the menu at the bottom

-At the top left, select the level PreK

-Choose “Experiencing Language” from the list of skills.

-Login and View the Power Pack

 

We think this is a great opportunity for the world to see the power of the iPad for early childhood learning. Access the Power Pack through the KinderTown app (remember, you must be signed in),  and select the Power Packs icon from the bottom menu to check them out!



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Summer Learning Apps for Your Preschooler

Check out these great apps to keep your preschooler’s skills alive this summer.

 

Check out these great apps to keep your preschooler's skills alive this summer.

Summer Learning Apps

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

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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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5 Must-Have Apps for 6- and 7-year-olds

Six- and seven-year-old children are a sponge for learning. Their academic growth is exciting to watch. Use these apps to encourage and challenge them!

Six- and seven-year-old children are a sponge for learning. Their academic growth is exciting to watch. Use these apps to encourage and challenge them!

 

Rocket Speller

Rocket Speller offers children an engaging space scene in which to practice spelling. Read Kindertown's review.

Spelling skills are emerging as children are learning to read and write more complex words and sentences at this age. Rocket Speller offers children an engaging space scene in which to practice spelling. The app presents words to students and they must reconstruct the word. In addition, each word is presented with a picture to reinforce vocabulary development. Rocket Speller has the option to have the word displayed (visual hints), so students are reconstructing the word in order to build visual memory of the letters. Children like how getting a few correct answers leads to different choices for designing their own rocket ship and eventually blasting it off into space. From an educational perspective, Rocket Speller combines naturally occurring letter sounds together such as ck, ee, ea, and or. Rocket Speller offers some nice options for parents. There are several different categories of words to choose from, or you can mix them all together. Parents can choose to have the narrator say the letter name or sound. KinderTown recommends choosing the “sound” option when working on spelling words. Parents can choose between capital or lowercase letters to form the words. KinderTown recommends choosing lowercase for activities involving common words that mostly appear in lowercase print. Rocket Speller has five different levels that provide options for visual and audible hints, and smart technology that can determine when a child is having difficulty and provide assistance called Adaptive Assistance. Rocket Speller is $2.99 and available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Todo Math

Todo in Spanish means “all” and is designed to inspire play with all the early childhood math concepts. Read the KinderTown review.

Todo Math is a free app designed to practice early childhood math skills. Todo in Spanish means “all” and is designed to inspire play with all the early childhood math concepts. It includes 20+ multi-level games. It has two different types of play, free choice and mission. In mission mode, the app gives a brief overview of each game and guides your child through each game one at a time. In free choice mode, all games are presented and your child chooses which one they would like to play. It includes multiple levels of math games and adaptive play, where the games automatically adapt to your child’s skill level. Other options for children are the Mathematical Missions, designed to motivate children to engage longer with the mathematical concepts. Parents, you can sign up for a parent account which will provide you with a more detailed look at how your child is progressing through the app. Compared to most apps, Todo Math does contain a worthwhile amount of free content practicing many different areas of math for children ages 3-6. There are additional in-app purchases to access more content.

 

Endless Wordplay

As children begin to learn to read they begin to notice patterns in words and how words relate to one another. Read the KinderTown review!

As children learn to read, they begin to notice patterns in words and how words relate to one another. Endless Wordplay practices this skill in a fun way! The lovable monsters are back! This time, with a focus on reading rhyming words. The monsters travel around a map with stops along the way. Once the monster stops, his mouth opens with a rhyming word. The word is sneezed out and the letters are scattered. Your child must reconstruct the word. The letter sounds are made when the letters are touched, and the word is read when the word is reconstructed. The app does require the child to reconstruct the word in letter order. The words continue to be presented and all relate to a rhyming family: ran, can, pan, tan. Once a series is complete, a sentence is presented with the rhyming words in context and the monsters act it out. The app is free and does have in-app purchases ($4.99) to buy more rhyming families once you complete the 3 free rhyme families. A great app for the beginning reader in your family.

 

Scribble Press

Scribble Press is a must-have app for the family who loves to read, story-tell and create books together. Read the KinderTown review!

Scribble Press is a must-have app for the family who loves to read, story-tell, and create books together. Like other book creation apps, you can easily add your own photos, your child’s picture, a title and text to create a book. Scribble Press walks you through creating a story by providing lots of ideas from the start, and supports your child until you are ready to add your finished book to an eBook reader, or my favorite–printing your very own book! Choose from book templates, or create your own book from scratch. Your child is sure to love the rainbow pen, stamps and stickers included in Scribble Press. If your child needs inspiration, there are over 50 story templates. The app encourages younger learners by providing complete stories where they only need to fill in the important details. Endless possibilities – endless fun! For the parents of young children, you will need to work with your child while using this app, since reading and typing skills are needed. Scribble Press is $3.99, and if you would like to have your child’s book published and mailed to you, there is a fee for that service. Scribble Press is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

 

Thinkrolls

In Thinkrolls, rolling character balls take the stage as your child solves increasingly complex problems to allow their character to progress through the maze. Read the KinderTown review!

In Thinkrolls, rolling character balls take the stage as your child solves increasingly complex problems to allow their character to progress through the maze. There are two levels of game play, easy and hard. Easy is recommended for children 3-5, and hard for children ages 5-8. KinderTown recommends that all children begin at the easy level to understand the goals of the puzzles. Your child does not have to spend a long time at this level to be ready to move to the harder levels, but this will set them up for success. A blinking “redo” symbol flashes in the corner to assist your child when they are stuck and unable to complete the challenge. The challenge is then reset with the maze. The challenges in the mazes come in the form of obstacles. Some unique obstacles include fire blocks, ice blocks, balloons, and KinderTown’s favorite, the jelly block. The jelly block allows your character to jump up from one area to another. Another child tester favorite was the fire block. Watch out! If your character rolls into the fire block, it will turn black and burnt, which our child testers loved! However, the goal is to not become burnt. Children eventually solved the puzzles after experiencing the burnt characters. 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 squelch the fire. The app offers an amazing amount of content in the 90 levels of easy game play and 90 levels of hard game play. Be sure to read the Chapter descriptions in the settings section for parents in order to have a complete understanding of all the challenges presented in each level or chapter. There are nine levels of game play included. Thinkrolls is a truly unique app priced at $2.99, available for iPhone and iPad, and is recommended for children ages 3-7.

 

 

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Stuck Inside: There’s an App For That!

Snowy, Rainy, Cold… Stuck Inside? Try these apps for those kinds of days.

 

Stuck Inside? Try these apps for those kinds of days.

Stuck Inside Apps

Color Zen Kids

Color Zen Kids is a puzzle game based on a very bright and colorful animal theme. Read KinderTown's review.

Color Zen Kids is a puzzle game based on a very bright and colorful animal theme. This app will keep your child thinking and problem solving in order to arrange the colors to pass each level. The way it works: each screen presents colors and shapes. Your child’s job is to rearrange the colors and shapes so they combine and disappear to leave only the color on the outside. If you make a mistake, the game resets. There are no points earned and no score, which makes the app child-friendly. The motivation and challenge of the games is solving the puzzles in order to gain a new puzzle. There are 100 levels of gameplay, so there are plenty of puzzles for the $2.99 price. Color Zen Kids is appropriate for children ages 4-8. Adults, you may love it too! Color Zen Kids is made for iPhone and iPad.

 

Art Class with Dr. Panda

There are six different virtual art activities for your child to experiment with in Art Class with Dr. Panda. Read KinderTown's review.

Create your own pottery with the virtual lathe. Then fire it and paint it. Fold origami paper to make a virtual pinwheel to play with in the wind. Design a virtual kite to sail through the sky. Put colored pegs on a board to create a design. There are six different virtual art activities for your child to experiment with in Art Class with Dr. Panda. The best part is that they can experience the process over and over again, and play with their finished creations.

 

Jelly Jumble!

Jelly Jumble! is a clever game that is based on a story about a young boy who is sent away to stay with his Aunt. Read KinderTown's review.

 

Jelly Jumble! is a clever game that is based on a story about a young boy who is sent away to stay with his Aunt. He makes friends with a blue monster named Soran, and they work their way through the forest having different kinds of adventures, which present the challenges for the puzzle game. The app is a multi-faceted matching game for kids. Each level has a new task or way children need to match the items presented on the grid. For example, collect as many strawberries as you can. Along the way, children can collect stickers for passing levels. While kids play this game they are strengthening their logical thinking skills. The app is appropriate for children ages 3-8, and is $1.99.

 



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Magnificent Musical Apps

Read KinderTown's blog post about their favorite educational musical apps.

Monster Music Pro

Monster Music has developed an app in which the youngest child can compose a song using movable monsters. Read KinderTown's review.

Monster Music has developed an app in which the youngest child can compose a song using movable monsters. Each monster represents a sound in a song and is placed in a composition area, where it can be moved around to create a song with other monsters. The app is simple enough for a 3-year-old to compose their own song. The playback shows the bar sliding across the screen and the monsters making their corresponding music as the song plays. Experimentation is at the heart of this app, and the app provides a place to save all the musical creations. Monster Music Pro costs $2.99, is available for iPhone and iPad, and is appropriate for children ages 3-8.

 

Jelly Band

Jelly Band uses monsters who appear in color and a black and white stage as the musical playground for kids. Read KinderTown's review.

Jelly Band is the rock band stage for kids. Jelly Band uses monsters who appear in color and a black-and-white stage as the musical playground for kids. There are two different stage areas in which kids can create their own rock band. The monsters play a wide variety of instruments from drums to electric guitar to flute. The main focus of the app is experimentation and creation of different combinations of sounds into a song. Songs can be replayed or mashed together to create a longer piece of music. The app costs $1.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

My First Orchestra

Download My First Orchestra

This app focuses on teaching children about the orchestra. After a short introduction, a picture of a full orchestra is shown with several touch spots for children to select an area that they would like to learn more about. After choosing an area or instrument, the app goes to an interactive learning page, which contains a diagram, picture, musical examples, related composers, and a short paragraph that can be read aloud. There are 40 different pieces of music integrated into the app. The app costs $4.99 and is available for iPad only. My First Orchestra App HD is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

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New iPad? Get Started With Free Apps!

If you are new to the iPad world, starting with a few free apps is a good way to get your feet wet.

 

Read KinderTown's reviews of free educational iPad apps.

By downloading free apps, you can take a look at the landscape of apps and features without spending a lot of money. Don’t be afraid to delete the free apps that are not a good match for your child. Check out these high-quality free apps. Finding free educational apps can be challenging. Check out these free apps and download the free KinderTown App to search for free apps to find even more recommendations!

MOMA Art Lab

MOMA Art Lab features 9 different activities that explore the use of shapes and lines in unique ways. Read KinderTown's review.

Many museums and educational organizations create apps to accompany their exhibits and collections. It’s a great way to take a virtual field trip to the Museum of Modern Art. MOMA Art Lab features 9 different activities that explore the use of shapes and lines in unique ways. For example, create a virtual mobile and watch it move, or create a collage and shake your iPad to reconstruct the collage. MOMA matches an artist’s work with the activity to educate children about modern art while creating their own masterpieces. KinderTown really likes how the activity directions can all be read aloud to children making the app accessible to children as young as four. In addition, there is a light-bulb icon which provides ideas for creating your own artwork. The app allows children to save their work within the app. MOMA Art Lab is free, and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Scribble My Story

Scribble My Story encourages children to develop their writing skills. Read KinderTown's review.

Scribble My Story encourages children to develop their writing skills. Open-ended templates of mini-books are provided for your child, and they can fill in the missing parts of the story. The “All About Me” template is especially popular with children. Children can illustrate their story and save it within the app. Fun stickers, different markers and stamps can also be used. The app is great for beginning writers, and offers additional motivation over pencil and paper. This app is great for children who are learning to compose stories, typically Preschoolers, Kindergartners and First Graders. The app reinforces the connection between reading and writing by creating mini-books that can be reread. Children can also create their own stories by using a blank mini-book. The app does have in-app purchases, so be sure to be aware of how your child is using the app. The app is free, and appropriate for children ages 4-7.

 

Sushi Monster

This completely free app made by Scholastic is a fantastic example of how apps can transform somewhat boring academic tasks, like memorizing facts, into learning activities. Read KinderTown's review.

This completely free app made by Scholastic is a fantastic example of how apps can transform somewhat boring academic tasks, like memorizing facts, into learning activities. In Sushi Monster, the monster in the middle of the screen displays a number. Outside of the monster are two rings. Your child must move numbers from the outer ring to the inner ring to “make” the number. For example, Sushi monster might display the number 14, and the plates on the outer ring display 11, 1, 7, and 7. Your child must choose which plates to “feed” to the Sushi Monster in order to make the number 14. The app progresses through 7 addition levels and 5 multiplication levels. There is a wonderful amount of content for free! Kids love to see the Sushi Monster gobble up the numbers and along the way they are developing important number concepts. The app is free, and appropriate for students learning their addition and multiplication math facts, typically ages 5-8.

 

WWF Together

WWF Together is beautifully created with stunning pictures of endangered animals. Read KinderTown's review.

WWF Together is beautifully created with stunning pictures of endangered animals. This app is one that would be valuable to sit with your child and discuss “endangered species” through pictures. Each endangered animal is displayed through origami and includes information on creating your own origami creatures.The app also provides a few interactive activities that coordinate with some of the animals featured in the app. The app includes facts about the animals, but these are not read aloud. There is a 3-D interactive globe which pinpoints exactly where endangered species exist, and children can calculate their distance from the species. Our child testers loved discovering the videos embedded within the app of endangered animals. This app is appropriate for children ages 4-8 and is a wonderful learning experience for the whole family.

 

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Best Building Apps for Kids

Building promotes creativity, imagination and spatial awareness.

Building with blocks has long been a favorite activity for kids and parents alike. Building promotes creativity, imagination, problem solving, and spatial awareness. Check out these best building apps for kids.

 

Toca Builders

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Toca Builders is a virtual 3D playground where kids can use characters to build and create their own unique world. Each character has a different creative talent in the virtual world. For example, Jum-Jum loves to spray paint(a favorite by our child testers), and Connie is able to lift and move blocks. Your child can create several different play-based worlds within the app to add to or adapt later. There are not any words or dialog in the app, so sit with your child and discuss the characters and their abilities or perhaps create a story about the characters as your child manipulates their world. Toca Builders feels like Minecraft but is appropriate for children ages 4-8. Children use this app to demonstrate their creativity skills as well as developing their understanding of 3D environments. Be sure to check out the For Parents section within the app for more ideas. Toca Builders costs $2.99. The possibilities are as endless as your child’s imagination in the Toca Builders world.

 

Bloxy World

 

BloxyWorld

Bloxy apps allow your child to build with blocks in order to create objects that they can play with in the virtual world. For example, build an airplane and construct an airport so your plane can land and take off again. In addition, children can build freely with the blocks. When a creation is complete, children can also upload them to Bloxy World or download other creations to play with or to inspire their own ideas. Parental permission is requested each time one of these actions is performed. There are over 330 bricks included in Bloxy World. Children can also use their theme collections for space, castles, trees, cars and a special girls’ world. Other features include the ability to add speech bubbles to the mini-figures and a snapshot feature to take pictures of the creations. Bloxy World is free to download but does have in-app purchases for selected blocks. KinderTown recommends the Buy all Bricks feature for $8.99. Bloxy World is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

BeBop Blox

BeBop Blox

For the youngest builder, KinderTown loves BeBop Blox. In BeBop Blox, children are presented with 12 different puzzles to build. Once the puzzle is chosen, the parts spin around the screen, and kids drag the matching pieces to complete the puzzle. For each matching piece, a musical phrase is played. Each added piece adds an additional musical sound to create a song that accompanies the puzzle. When the puzzle is completed, a song is played, and there are four additional sound effects that can be added to the song. BeBop Blox is a beginning creative environment for the youngest builder. BeBop Blox is suitable for children ages three through five and costs $1.99.

 

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KinderTown Loves Tiggly Shapes!

Using the iPad to learn about shapes provides another avenue for exploration and learning.

Shapes are one of the core learning concepts for early childhood development. Using the iPad to learn about shapes provides another avenue for exploration and learning.

 

Tiggly Shapes

Tiggly combines the digital world with physical manipulatives that are so important for young children. I value hands on learning, and when I saw the Tiggly Shapes I was instantly in love! Tiggly Shapes are hands on 3-D learning shapes (square, circle, star and triangle) that interact with the free Tiggly Shapes apps on the iPad. They are rubbery, durable and easy to grip for little hands. I think this concept is right on target for early learners and I could not wait to try them with children. As I suspected our kid-testers loved them too!

 

Most recently, Tiggly added a bilingual feature allowing you to choose two languages to engage with while playing with the Tiggly apps. Let me overview three of the free apps that go with the Tiggly Shapes. Also, if you aren’t up for purchasing the Tiggly Shapes you can use a lite version of the apps for free. Tiggly Shapes and their apps are appropriate for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. KinderTown rarely recommends apps for children this young, but we feel strongly that the hands on component of these shapes is appropriate for children as young as 18 months when used alongside an adult. Parents, please note that you must match the shapes to the screen when the app launches to allow the Tiggly shapes to sense the screen. Also, check out the parent section in each app for additional information. Tiggly apps are only made for the iPad.

 

Tiggly Safari

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Tiggly Safari invites children to match the correct shape to the outline of the shape shown on the screen. After matching the shape, the app shows the shape, and the coordinating word. Then the shape is made into a safari animal, all while hearing the animal sound in the background. In multi-language mode the name of the shape is said in both languages that are selected. Also, the word is shown in both languages. As the app progresses, multiple shapes are combined to make animals and different orientations of each shape are shown. Tiggly Safari is the app I would recommend using first with your Tiggly Shapes.

 

Tiggly Draw

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Tiggly Draw allows your child to create characters from the Tiggly Shapes. Add a funny face, a mustache or silly feet, and then save the creation to your camera roll. The shape characters come alive with animation and sounds after they are created. Choose from 10 different backgrounds, and the character combinations are endless. Parents, have fun sharing your child’s work with friends and family. In addition to learning about shapes, your child is developing vocabulary associated with character parts as well as giggling over their silly animations.

 

Tiggly Stamp

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Tiggly Stamp is an open-ended creative play scene to use with the Tiggly Shapes. Each time a shape is “stamped” on the screen it becomes an object to play with in the scene. Your child may create an animal, decoration or flower. Many of the scenes presented have a theme often based on the time or year. My favorite feature of Tiggly Stamp is the recorder. This is especially great for developing oral language and interacting with your child. Tell a story about the scene with your child and the voice recorder will record all your interactions. Play your story back or delete it and create another one. This will surely be something you will want to treasure as a parent. I love listening to my child tell the story and I like knowing that I have preserved the sound of her young voice. A great keepsake for any parent or loved one!

 

 

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