Apps That Teach Telling Time Concepts Through Games

It’s never too early for your child to become aware of telling time; read our reviews of quality apps that teach these concepts in a fun way.

It’s never too early for your child to become aware of telling time: time of day, when certain activities occur, what time of day you eat breakfast, or what time someone arrives home from work. Also, because of the digital age in which we live, be sure that you have both analog and digital clocks in your home and have your child compare them at different times of the day.

 

Telling Time App Reviews

 

Todo Telling Time

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Todo Telling Time is an app that includes six games that develop time-telling skills. There are three levels of game play included in each of the games. KinderTown likes how concepts about the clock are developed in several of the games, such as counting by 5s and arranging the numbers on the clock. Todo Telling Time also includes games about time that include understanding the days of the week, the months of the year, and the calendar. The app also includes a fun quiz section that parents can use to inform them about their child’s development of these skills. The app is priced at $4.99 and contains three levels of content that should last from approximately kindergarten through second grade.

 

Interactive Telling Time – Learning to tell time is fun

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Interactive Telling Time presents time in a variety of interactive ways. Your child can learn about digital and analog clocks by playfully experimenting with artful clocks. Watch day and night modeled as your child interacts with hours and minutes. The app provides a variety of games for children of different ages in your home or classroom. Older children will be able to set the clock to the minute in the Set the Time! game, while younger children will enjoy assembling the clock in the Play Puzzle game.  Time and clock vocabulary is thoughtfully presented in the app. There is a quiz section that provides the parent with an assessment of their child’s knowledge of time. The app does have a fun aquarium play area where students can earn stars to buy fish or objects for their aquarium. This is a lite version to try out for free but it has ads and pop-ups; proceed with caution before handing that version over to your child. The app costs $2.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Quick Clocks – Telling Time

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Quick Clocks has three different areas for learning. The first section, Find the Clock, shows your child the time, and they must select the correct clock, all while being timed. The app records your child’s time, and then they can compete against their personal best score. This app is great for kids who like competition or obtaining a goal. The second section allows your child to set the clock to the given time, again while being timed to see how many problems they can complete in a given time frame. The last section is called Question Time, where the child writes the time with their finger and the app tells whether the answer is correct. The app does have the ability to have multiple users and remembers each user’s scores in order for them to compete against themselves. Each section has 3 levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The app costs $1.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad.

 

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Top 10 Must-Have Math Apps

This week we present an array of math apps to help students learn essential concepts, from preschool to high school.

Must-Have Math Apps

 

Motion Math Pizza

Motion Math: Pizza! (iOS only) teaches children beginning economics by simulating a pizza shop. While using the app, children are learning about economics, setting prices, and serving customers through simulation. Parents, follow up the use of this app with conversations about why certain things cost more money than others and how your family makes purchasing decisions.

 

Bugs and Bubbles

Bugs and Bubbles (iOS only) is an engaging app for younger children. The randomized practice offers multiple ways to practice beginning math skills in a visually rich environment. Counting, upper- and lowercase letters, and sorting are all presented with a fun garden theme.

 

Pet Bingo

Pet Bingo – by Duck Duck Moose (iOS only) is a math fact practice app that includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, anddivision. This app can be replayed for a long time and could be used with multiple children in your house. Children earn rewards for completing math facts correctly in order to care for their virtual pet.

 

Quick Math

Quick Math – Multiplication Table & Arithmetic Game (iOS only) offers basic math fact practice with a simple, clean interface. KinderTown’s favorite feature about Quick Math is that you can write on the screen with your finger and it will recognize the answer. Quick Math has also developed the apps Quick Fractions and QuickClocks that provide similar practice of the concepts.

 

Dragon Box Algebra

Dragon Box Algebra 5+ (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone) is an app that develops algebra skills with approachable problems for children starting at age 5. (There is a second Dragon Box app for more advanced students, called Dragon Box Algebra 12+.) Both apps create problems that must be solved visually in order to make the quantities on both sides of the screen equal. This app is excellent for preparing students for algebraic thinking.

 

Splash Math

Splash Math (iOS, Kindle, Android) is a series of apps that are made for each grade level. The Splash Math apps cover an entire year’s worth of math skills. Through the app, randomized practice is presented to your child. The app also offers parent features such as progress reports and the ability to customize the skills your child is practicing. This app serves as a great reinforcement of concepts your child has already learned in math.

 

Math Doodles

Math Doodles (iOS only) is a puzzle app that brings a visual perspective to math thinking. This app contains many complex concepts and spans a wide range of skills. Your six-year-old child could use this app as well as a high school student because of the ability to change the type of puzzle pieces presented from simple dice to Roman numerals.

 

Operation Math

Operation Math (iOS, Android) has created two apps, Operation Math and Operation Math Code Squad. Operation Math simulates high-tech, intense math missions for children to undertake. Operation Math Code Squad follows the same ideas, but up to 4 players can play at the same time. There is a timer feature in this app, and if your child does not like the feeling of being rushed or timed, this would not be a good match. Operation Math Code Squad is an example of how apps can involve multiple players in order to practice math facts.

 

Motion Math Zoom

Motion Math: Zoom (iOS only) moves your child along the path of learning numbers, place value, and number relationships with this thoughtful app. By the use of analytics, the app guides your child at his own pace through a variety of number quantities with the goal of helping him manipulate a number line and make connections between 1’s, 10’s, 100’s, and eventually decimals. The game appears simple as numbered balloons float on the screen, but the swiping, pinching, and tapping will keep your kids on their toes.

 

Cash Cow Deluxe

Cash Cow Deluxe (iOS only) uses gameplay to help kids become proficient at manipulating money. Tap small coins to make quantities of 5, 10, 25, or 100 cents. The more coins you make, the more the cash cow earns to save the duck’s farm. The app offers several modes of play including arcade, relaxed, endless, practice, or story modes.

 

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Pre-Reading Skills: Beyond Letters and Sounds

Preschool and Kindergarten students learn to identify letters when learning how to read.

Preschool and Kindergarten students (ages 4 to 6) learn to identify letters when learning how to read. It is also valuable for children at this age to practice rhyming, identifying letter sounds, segmenting words into individual sounds, and identifying syllables in words to support and strengthen their beginning reading skills.

 

Read with Doc McStuffins: Letters and Sounds

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This app offers five pre-reading activities for preschoolers. It’s much more than an app to practice letters. The app focuses on the following skills: tracing and matching lower and upper case letters, recognizing letters and letter sounds, listening and matching rhymes, determining syllables, and hearing beginning, middle and ending sounds in words. The activities are expertly created and simulate lessons in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. The app will grow with your child as he learns the letters and gains reading skills. The animation and characters in this app come to life (no surprise from Disney) to motivate your child and help him focus on learning the skills. KinderTown is impressed with the quality of the content provided by the app. Our child testers enjoyed the balance of rewarding activities with the learning games. This app ranks at the top as one of the best we’ve seen for preschoolers.

 

Parents, watch your preschooler interact with the app and then simulate the activities in the real world with your child for extra practice. For example, the app uses common words to determine the number of syllables in a word. Ask your child questions like, “How many syllables do you hear in the word macaroni?” “How many syllables are in the word banana?” To imitate the rhyming games, ask your child, “Which word rhymes with cat, bat, or wagon?”

 

Check out the Power Pack: Letters and Sounds: Ages 5-6 for more tips about how to effectively use apps to help your child learn pre-reading skills, as well as hands-on activities you can do with your child.

 

Do you have a kindergarten or budding learner who investigating letters and sounds? This Power Pack is for you!



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Coding Gift Guide for Kids

We’ve recently talked about apps that promote coding skills, so here are some less techy gifts that will inspire that same higher-level thinking and problem-solving required for programming.

 

Learning to code can be delightful and captivating. Read our reviews of some less techy gifts that inspire problem-solving.

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by: Linda Liukas

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Hello Ruby is a captivating story about a little girl named Ruby who has to solve a puzzle. She is spunky and bold. She is given a map to solve the problem and must travel to different locations in an adventure world. Along the way she is solving different clues in order to gain the rubies she needs. The book is organized into chapters and each chapter includes a problem to solve and introduces a special character.  In the back of the book, there are activities to complete with your child that go along with each chapter and use the type of thinking skills presented in the chapter. For example, Ruby learns how to repeat the task of connecting sticks with rope to create a ladder, and uses that skill to solve the problem of reaching the ruby. Overall, the storybook is delightfully crafted and appeals to children ages 6-9, with parents interested in facilitating learning activities.

 

Robot Turtles: The Game for Little Programmers!

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Robot Turtles is a board game for kids that revolves around the concepts of the Logo programming language. Players as young as 4 can dictate the movement of their turtle on the board by using cards that give commands to the turtle. The commands tell the turtle to turn, move forward, or side to side. The goal is for your turtle to reach its own jewel. The game has other components that can be introduced gradually once your child has a basic understanding of how the game works, such as obstacles, repeat cards, and lasers. These additional components make the game interesting and challenging for older children. Lastly, Robot Turtle has done a great job of making programming understandable for parents, and providing clear directions in the booklet that accompany the game. I especially appreciated the Quick Start Guide and the additional resources provided online. The game is well developed for parents as well as children.

 

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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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Enrich Your Child’s Language Experience with Power Pack Ideas!

Check out our latest Power Pack, Experiencing Language PreK, for ages 4-5.

 

This Power Pack will help your preschooler prepare to read well by encouraging critical thinking and reflective questioning.

This Power Pack will help your preschooler prepare to read well by encouraging critical thinking and reflective questioning. These are the building blocks for reading comprehension.

 

Apps in the Power Pack include:

 

The Land of Me – Story Time

Read KinderTown's review of The Land of Me

 

Stella and Sam Story Pack

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Pixel and Parker

Read KinderTown's review of Pixel and Parker

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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Vocabulary Power Pack for 2nd Grade Ages 7-8

Do you have a second grader at home? If so, then your child’s homework probably consists of some combination of sight words and phonics to bolster and train their minds in one of the most grueling efforts they’ll ever experience in academics: learning to read.

 

Use the techniques in this Vocabulary Power Pack to support your more independent learner.

Use the techniques in the Vocabulary Power Pack to support your learner at this level. They won’t stay in the trenches for long! Believe it or not, they are on the path to using their growing reading skills to learn about more sophisticated topics.

 

Access the Power Pack through the KinderTown app (remember, you must be signed in!) to read the full review. Below are some of the apps included in the Power Pack:

 

The Opposites

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Bluster! Deluxe

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Word Games for Kids Futuba

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Power Pack: Letters and Sounds Ages 5-6

Do you have a kindergartner, or budding learner, who is investigating letters and sounds? This Power Pack is for you!

 

Do you have a kindergarten or budding learner who investigating letters and sounds? This Power Pack is for you!

Check out the apps we recommend for learning letters and sounds, and a few offline activities you can explore with your child, like Letter Jump, and Letter Stories. Access the Power Pack through the KinderTown app (remember, you must be signed in)! 

 

This Power Pack features the apps:

 

abc PocketPhonics

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My A-Z

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Starfall ABC’s

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Power Pack: Storytelling

This week’s Power Pack focuses on Storytelling for children ages 5-6.

 

In this Power Pack, you’ll find activities and app recommendations that support your child by translating all their creative stories into print.

Children of this age frequently tell stories aloud that you probably wish were in print. Their creations are often humorous and fantastic. In this Power Pack, you’ll find activities and app recommendations that support your child by translating all their creative stories into print. As you spend the next weeks and months focused in this area, your child will develop stronger oral storytelling abilities with more experiences seeing how stories can be communicated with text and images.

 

Apps featured in this Power Pack include:

 

Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure

Read KinderTown's review of Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure

Story Wheel

Read KinderTown's review of Story Wheel

 

Toontastic 

Read KinderTown's review of Toontastic

 

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Vocabulary 3K Power Pack

At KinderTown, we’re excited to share with you our next updated Power Pack, Vocabulary 3K.

 

In this Power Pack you will find activities and app recommendations that support your child’s rapidly increasing vocabulary.

In this Power Pack, you will find activities and app recommendations that support your child’s rapidly increasing vocabulary. As you spend the next weeks and months focused in this area, your child will develop a greater familiarity with rich language through songs, stories, asking questions, and talking. We weave the activities into the natural time you would spend with your child at home.

 

Apps recommended in this Power Pack include: Boats by Byron Barton, Wheels on the Bus, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App.

 

Access the Power Pack through the KinderTown app (remember, you must be signed in)! Then:

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

-At the top, select the level 3K

-Choose Vocabulary from the list of skills.

-Sign in and View/Print the Power Pack


 


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