Learn to Read with uKloo!

We received uKloo for Christmas, and my children have been enjoying the game together.

 

We received uKloo for Christmas and my children have been enjoying the game together.

Children love scavenger hunts, and my children are no different. 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 Review

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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.

 

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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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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

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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Top 5 Summer Learning Apps

What better way to end the school year than with educational apps? Check out my top picks for learning this summer!

 

What better way to end the school year than with educational 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.

 

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.

 

Stay tuned this summer for more learning opportunities from KinderTown!

 

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Learning Changes (with iPad)

“Everything Changes with iPad”, and we couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to learning.

 

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

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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TenMarks: Online Summer Learning

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

 

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.

 

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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Gardening: Indoors With Apps

We are growing seedlings inside to start for our garden.

 

Some time ago, I wrote about the science project I conducted with my children. We grew seedlings inside to start our garden. My children excitedly watched as the seeds sprouted. We used our iPad to take pictures, and I analyzed with my older son why one of the sprouts seemed to be leaning toward the window.

 

They received the book How a Seed Grows as a gift, and we have read it several times. We reviewed the pictures of the seeds later toHow a Seed Grows remember how the seed started and progressed. We also used the app Popplet to make an organizational chart about how seeds grow, which included drawings, our own pictures, and color-coding.

 

After reading How a Seed Grows, my children and I talked about how the story connected to our own experience and how the seed in the story was different from our seeds. Making connections to the story and distinguishing differences is a great thinking activity for reading together with your children.

 

Popplet

Popplet is an open-ended app in which you can create your own graphic organizer. Read KinderTown's review.

Popplet is an open-ended app in which you can create your own graphic organizer. It is a great tool for lots of different subject areas and simple enough for younger kids to use with guidance. I like how the app only offers the most simple and useful tools and doesn’t overwhelm kids with tons of options. We used the pictures we took in Popplet and added descriptions to form a visual representation of the process of how a seed grows. Popplet could be used for many different purposes, such as a pre-writing, re-creating a timeline from a book, describing a character from a book, or recording facts you’ve learned about a topic. Popplet is a fabulous learning tool!

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Happy Little Farmer

This app is adorable and you will fall in love with it! Read KinderTown's review.

Welcome to your own personal fruit and vegetable farm! This app is adorable, and you will fall in love with it! Kids take on the role of the farmer and complete the tasks associated with growing food. The background music plays familiar nursery rhyme tunes. From the menu, children choose the garden, tractor, or monster area in which to play. Children are engaged in play but certainly learning about how food grows in an age-appropriate way. They can dig the holes for the seeds, plant the seeds, water the plants, harvest the vegetables, and even chase the unwanted bugs away. The app does not contain narration, so, parents, talk to your children about what is happening as they complete all the interactive areas. Children earn stickers along the way for extra motivation and are able to navigate the app independently.

 

The experiential learning will continue throughout the summer and fall as our seeds are transferred to our garden and we harvest the fruits of our labor in the fall.

 

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Turn your Plastic Easter Eggs into Hands-on Learning

Before you throw the plastic Easter eggs away, turn them into a learning activity.

Easter baskets, Easter candy, and a few new spring trinkets entertain my children this week. Easter grass and plastic Easter eggs are scattered over my house as the kids enjoy the aftermath of a busy weekend with family and friends, and several Easter egg hunts over the past few weeks. But, before you throw the plastic Easter eggs away, turn them into a learning activity. If your kids are like my kids, then they seem to never grow tired of the hiding and finding of the eggs.

 

Upper Case and Lower Case Matching

 

Before you throw the plastic Easter eggs away, turn them into a learning activity. Learn more at the KinderTown blog.

My daughter attends a local preschool and has begun to identify many letters. At her recent parent conference, her teacher shared her progress, and suggested we work on matching all of the upper case and lowercase letters. To create the game, I write with sharpie upper and lowercase letters on either side of the Easter egg. Then hide them around the house. I’ll be sure to include a few I know she knows for review and building confidence as well as a few she isn’t sure of yet. The easiest upper case and lower case letters to match are those that look visually similar such as Uu, Ww and Cc. Letters that are not as visually similar are more difficult to learn and recognize as the upper and lower case version, such as Ff, Gg or Nn.

 

This game will be perfect for her, and I’ll follow it up with a writing activity, and time on her favorite phonics app, abc PocketPhonics. I’ll space the activities out and repeat them over the next week or two. This is a great learning combination for anyone still learning the upper- and lowercase letters. I’m tapping into multiple senses and experiences to solidify her learning. To find out about more great apps for learning letters, download the free KinderTown app.

 

abc PocketPhonics

PocketPhonics brings three important language skills together into one app. Read KinderTown's review.

PocketPhonics brings three important language skills together into one app. In abc PocketPhonics, children learn to recognize letters, hear letter sounds, form letters by tracing, and use the letter sounds to build words. Encourage your child to repeat the sounds made by each letter. Parents are able to create multiple users, have control over the font, letter types, what letters their child can work on, and how flawless the writing needs to be. PocketPhonics tracks each user’s answer and will not advance a user unless they first demonstrate mastery of the basics. KinderTown recommends the use of a stylus to help in the transfer of letter formation from the iPad screen to handwriting on paper. There is a Lite version to try to see if this app is a good fit for your child.

 

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Watch Spring Bloom with Apps

As Spring arrives, children start to spend more time outside. It’s a great time to talk about all that is happening in nature.

As Spring arrives, and children get to spend more time outside, it’s a great time to talk about all that is happening in nature. Last week, my daughter and I took a trip to the seed store, had a helpful conversation with the owner, and returned home to plant our seeds. My daughter wanted to grow specific plants for the garden so she could enjoy the fruits of her labor. The owner of the shop explained it was too early to plant certain kinds of seeds, and guided us in the best and most fun way to plant seeds inside to watch them grow. He also suggested Peat Pellets to aid in growing, and we watched the pellets expand by adding water to create the soil. My daughter kept saying “I didn’t know we could plant seeds inside!” We predicted how long it would take the seeds to sprout, and talked about the essential items for seeds to grow: sun, water, and soil. We chose a sunny spot to keep the plants, and my daughter is keeping watch over them. I know this is a valuable hands-on learning experience she won’t forget.

 

Gro Garden

Gro Garden is your child’s virtual garden. Read KinderTown's review.

Gro Garden is your child’s virtual garden. Drag the seeds into the holes and add fertilizer. Stir up your own compost pile and add rain to your garden to make it grow. Tap to pour on the sunshine and rain. There is not a right way to play the game, rather, discovering how to make your garden successful through interacting with the different components is the goal. Feed your fresh vegetables to the characters in the app, and start the process over again. The app does not include narration, so parents you will want to supply the vocabulary and guide the discussion about growing plants. Gro Garden is appropriate for children ages 4-8 and is available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Plants by Kids Discover

Plants is a wonderful non-fiction app for the iPad. Read KinderTown's review.

Plants is a wonderful non-fiction app for the iPad. Children can take an in-depth look at the process of photosynthesis, and adaptations that plants make in the environment. This informational app includes sections such as “Plants as Art,” “Unusual Plants,” and “Plants Around the World.” Plants by Kids Discover includes animation, videos, puzzles and games for children to learn about Plants. Check out their website for a Lesson Plan to help you learn along with your child. Kids Discover is $3.99 and available for iPad. This app is appropriate for children ages 3-8.

 

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Maker-Inspired Apps

KinderTown nods to the Maker Movement with three apps that encourage using tools, making plans, and creating a final product!

Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe

Ropes, pulleys, belts, and gears to combine and play with! Read KinderTown's review.

Ropes, pulleys, belts, and gears to combine and play with! My son really loves the challenge offered by this app, and it has quickly become one of his favorites. I like that it works on problem solving and engineering thinking skills.The app introduces the quirky characters, Pettson and Findus, and they serve as the student’s guide in creating crazy inventions. Each invention challenge involves the use of simple machines. Students must match the pieces up into the correct order to make the machine move and complete a task such as helping the bunny reach the carrots. Each challenge slowly becomes more complex as children understand how each machine part works. A star is earned for every invention that is completed correctly. There is also a “versus” section where two children can challenge each other to complete the task as a timer ticks away. In the settings section, you can increase or decrease the level of difficulty. Children will love this introduction to how simple machines work together. Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 6-8.

 

World of Goo

The World of Goo is sure to inspire the messiest builders. Read KinderTown's review.

The World of Goo is sure to inspire the messiest builders. The heart of this app is playing with the gooey, stretchy substance. Students must stretch the Goo to complete a task such as making a bridge or reaching a higher object. Each challenge has a goal of a certain number of moves (or times you stretch the Goo) to complete the task. This is truly a unique game, and the graphics are captivating. The overall game is organized into chapters and tells a story as you complete the tasks. You have to try the World of Goo to fully appreciate the experience it provides. Playing with the Goo feels like a surreal cinematic experience! The World of Goo is $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine

The Goldie Blox app is inspired by the Goldie Blox toys. Read KinderTown's review.

The Goldie Blox app is inspired by the Goldie Blox toys. If you haven’t heard of them, they are engineering toys for girls made in appealing pastel colors. The app works to teach beginning animation skills. Children are given step by step directions for drawing simple shapes in different spaces in order to make an animation when played consecutively. The app is focused on creativity and uses photos, colors, shapes, and stickers to make a movie. Students can browse other creations for ideas, or watch the tutorials to learn new techniques for animation. The app is focused on children ages 4-8, and is free. Check out the Goldie Blox toys as well! From this app, you can print your creations and use them with the Movie Machine Toy Set. This combination would make a great gift for the girl inventor you know!

 

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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.

 

 

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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