Apps for Spring

Talk about what is happening outside this spring and then follow up your conversations with these apps.

Spring is a time for children to head back outside and re-investigate the world around them. Talk about what is happening outside and then follow up your conversations with these apps.

 

Plants by Tinybop

Plants

Plants by Tinybop is a fabulous app to explore, play, and learn about plants this spring. The app is based on three biomes: the grasslands, tundra, and desert. Once inside the deciduous forest, the seasons change, the weather changes, and children can interact with the plants and animals. The app allows for multiple logins, so children can explore at their own pace. The learning within the app is based on what your child explores within the biomes. While the app does provide labels in the various biomes for plants and animals, it does not provide facts about each one within the app. Also, the app does not include narration, so be sure to talk to your children while they are using the app. Be sure to explore their wonderfully created handbook about plants for parents on their website. It provides a purposeful way to explore the app and facts about the different biomes as well as further websites to explore. Plants by Tinybop is a truly unique educational app for children ages 4-8. Plants costs $2.99.

 

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GazziliScience

GazziliScience

GazziliScience introduces young kids to science topics in engaging and kid-friendly play. In the app, kids progress through 6 science learning areas that teach through discovery and narration. Explore sections such as “Plants,” “Water Cycle”, and “Seasons” this spring. After completing each area, go to the Gazzili fun page, where you use prizes earned in the game to build a unique contraption. GazziliScience costs $1.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-7.

 

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Dr. Panda Veggie Garden

Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden

Dr. Panda Veggie Garden playfully gives kids the tools to be gardeners. There are 12 fruits and vegetables to grow. Over 30 activities, such as plowing, digging, picking off insects, and planting seeds, are sequenced appropriately for growing each type of produce. The app is more geared towards amusement and working through 1- and 2-step tasks than learning the sequence of growing fruits and vegetables. Each task is fun and easy for kids to work through, but there is not much free play in the games. In addition, there is not any language provided for your child. Be sure to supply rich vocabulary and questions while interacting with this app for your child to gain the most out of the experience. The app costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

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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.

 

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island

Ansel and Clair take your child to their own virtual world and adventure. Read KinderTown's review.

Ansel and Clair take your child to their own virtual world and adventure. Ansel and Clair encourage you to keep your island clean, thereby earning points to sustain your island with water, sunlight and trees. There are 18 missions to unlock and earn prizes in order to keep the island world running smoothly. All of the missions focus on sustaining the world, such as planting trees, adding a bike path, planting grass, recycling trash and reducing pollution. The missions make a great connection to real-world problems. Little Green Island is $1.99, appropriate for children 4-8 and only available for 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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Apps with Virtual Play: Plants, Jello, and Dots!

These creative apps all feature virtual play and cover a broad range of subjects from plants to math.

One of the advantages of the iPad is the ability to virtually play with a variety of colors, shapes, and spaces. These creative apps all feature virtual play and cover a broad range of subjects from plants to math.

 

Plants

Plants by Tinybop is a fabulous app to explore, play and learn about plants. Read KinderTown's review.

Plants by Tinybop is a fabulous app to explore, play and learn about plants. The app is based on three biomes, the grasslands, tundra and desert. Once inside the Deciduous forest, the seasons change, the weather changes and children can interact with the plants and animals. The app allows for multiple logins so children can explore at their own pace. The learning within the app is based on what your child explores within the biomes. While the app does provide labels in the various biomes for plants and animals it does provide facts about each one within the app. Be sure to explore their wonderfully created handbook about Plants for parents. It provides a purposeful way to explore the app and facts about the different biomes as well as further websites to explore. Plants is a truly unique educational app!

 

Cursive Writing Wizard – Trace Letters and Words

Cursive Writing Wizard includes three different cursive fonts, Zaner-Bloser, D’Nealian and French. Read KinderTown's review.

Cursive Writing Wizard includes three different cursive fonts, Zaner-Bloser, D’Nealian and French. Once you choose your font, there are five different areas for practicing cursive. The areas include practicing cursive lines, capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers and words. Cursive Writing Wizard also includes an area to create your own words such as your child’s name, spelling words or favorite words. KinderTown likes how the letter name is said and the coordinating sound is given when practicing the formation of the cursive letters. The beginning area develops fine motor skills and works to prepare children for cursive writing. KinderTown recommends using a stylus to mimic the movement and feeling of cursive writing that would be completed on paper. The app does a really nice job of varying the style that the pen completes the writing in. For example, you child can write with rainbows, beads, hearts, or cupcakes. After correctly forming the letter, the style that your pen is using, for example hearts, come alive and children can play and move the hearts around the screen. This is an excellent brain break and keeps the child’s interest. Children can even shake the iPad to make the objects dance! Parents check out the reports section to view the letters and activities your child has completed. Also, the app has the ability to add different users so multiple children in a household or classroom can use the app with individual reports collected. This app is packed with content and well worth the price of 3.99 and is appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Dexteria Dots 2

KinderTown loves the creative approach to numbers that Dexteria Dots provides. Read KinderTown's review.

KinderTown loves the creative approach to numbers that Dexteria Dots provides. Dexteria Dots designed a game in which players are developing visual tracking, visual memory and visual motor planning skills through manipulating different size dots within the app. While playing with the dots, children are learning math concepts such as comparing numbers, counting, addition and subtraction. In addition, fine motor skills are used to slice and connect the dots on the screen. The unique design relates the size of the dots to the numeric value. For example, a 4 dot has twice the diameter of a 2-dot. There are two different games inside Dexteria Dots 2, Make Equal Dots and Compare Dots. In the Make Equal Dots Game, children are challenged to use all the dots to make two equal dots. In the Compare Dots game children combine dots to see which side of the screen is larger. As the games advance the numeric representation on the dots disappears developing visual memory and discrepancy. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children learning addition and subtraction concepts who are approximately 4-8.

 

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