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Pangolin Sea Puzzle App for iPad and iPhone for Preschoolers

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REVIEW of Pangolin Sea Puzzle App Full HD Version

Here’s a fabulous new app available for both the iPhone and iPad! This Pangolin Sea Puzzle App is designed to engage children five years and under, but can still be fun for older siblings that are elementary aged. In our household both my 4 year old son and my 8 year old daughter usually share the iPad and play a lot of the same games much of the time. Both of them gave this Pangolin Sea Puzzle app a try and liked it a lot! We found that my youngest played on it the most for longer periods of time as he was completely engaged and loved the feeling of success when he completed a puzzle!

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Description from the company:

Sea puzzle, is an under water puzzle game for kids up to 5 years old.
During the enchanting underwater trip, where fish, crabs, cuttlefish, whales are exposed, the game improves coordination, concentration and spacial sight. 

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I was very impressed by the unique design for this app and would recommend it to parents who have little ones they want to entertain, and yet still be using something with great educational value. It has tons of sea creatures and underwater elements to explore during the app. The skills the kids are using to complete these sea puzzles are important developmental skills and this app does a super job of keeping kids focused and determined to complete each new puzzle while still having lots of fun! Pleasant music accompanies the app and encourages kids to keep playing and completing new puzzles as well. What a great app!

**Click Here to see a mini video review by my 4 year old son and mommy! (you must activate quick time to view it)

You can try out the LITE version of the Pangolin Sea Puzzle App or make a purchase of the full HD version Today! Enjoy!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy and  renumeration in exchange for an honest review. However, I only share items I feel are of value and interest to my family and my readers.

 

Alphie The Squid Game App for Iphone, Ipad and Ipod!

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Need a great game app that the whole family can enjoy? Check out Alphie the Squid!  I received a chance to try this app as a review in exchange for my honest opinion.  I learned this game app is not only fun for kids, but even lures and captures the attention of teens and adults! Give Alphie the Squid a try and you’ll get to follow a cute baby squid while it travels through the glorious ocean depths coming up against many obstacles along the way. This baby squid is a fast learner on how to survive the ocean’s various demands. It can camouflage itself, hunt its prey, spray its ink and even use hypnosis against its prey. Once it has finished eating,  it grows bigger and stronger and increases in speed.

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I was very impressed with the graphics and animation in the Alphie the Squid game app as well as the various “boss characters” as my teen son calls them that were the predators Alphie had to go up against throughout the game. One of the intense encounters is with sharks. It was also interesting that they touched upon the importance of ocean currents and how that affects the sea creatures daily lives and choices. They need enough strength to handle these currents safely. As a player you will go through different levels having anywhere from one to three stars and must pay attention to how much strength you have to accomplish different tasks. You definitely don’t get bored playing this game! It keeps you on your toes and children seem to love it! I had my friend’s son play it as well as my teen son, my 3.5 yr old son and  7 yr old daughter. I played around with it a bit too. We seemed to be gathering a crowd! lol.

My daughter had so much fun playing this adorable Alphie the Squid game app that she didn’t want to get off! She had been trying so hard to keep getting to the next level. lol. I love that it has such beautifully colored scenery and soothing music playing during the game. There are so many different sea creatures your child will get to see by playing this game. I’m going to be teaching an animal science class this year and I may mention this game to the parents to check out for their kids to enjoy playing and observing the nature and environment that sea creatures live in.

Alphie The Squid is a terrific game for kids and adults alike. It is a great compliment to marine science studies kids may be learning in school or homeschool! I would recommend Alphie the Squid to anyone interested in family friendly entertainment. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5!

For More Information:

Visit the Alphie the Squid Website
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You can buy and download this Alphie the Squid game app on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. The first 4 levels are available FREE on Google Play and Amazon. You will need to purchase the game app to get to play the other levels.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Disclosure: I received a free game app of Alphie the Squid in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I only share items of interest or value to my readers.

Kids Academy Co Preschool Apps for #iPad and #iPhone

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Learning Apps for iPad and iPhone from Kids Academy Co

It’s been a good experience for my 3 year old son to learn and explore educational tasks in the fun learning apps from Kids Academy Co. My 7 year old daughter seems to enjoy them too for extra practice. The have many varieties for your family to try including the three apps included in today’s review.

Disclosure: Please note that Love2EncourageYou received monetary compensation in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of others. However, I only share reviews on items I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers.

  1. Kids Puzzles Preschool Math Games for Girls and Boys

  2. Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games – Free for Toddlers and Preschool Children

  3. Learn To Read & Write Kid’s Puzzles

Here’s a glimpse at each app we reviewed:

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Kids Puzzles Preschool Math Games for Girls and Boys: This app gives the student one tracing game (which is adorable) to try with three chances at the writing practice for learning numbers. You get to trace each of the three numbers twice in a row for additional practice. It’s super cute as the child traces over the numbers collecting fireflies that are then placed in a jar for the child once the number trace is complete. Both my children liked this jar with the fireflies game for practicing math. They felt tracing this way was easy to practice and a lot of fun. My 7 year old would have liked the paid version even more to unlock more numbers right away to keep her engaged longer, but my 3 year old loved the free version and just kept playing it over and over again gaining that helpful writing and number practice.

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Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games – Free For Toddlers and Preschool Children: This app includes three games. One was rhyming words and pictures with mazes. Another impressive game was learning upper and lower case letter recognition, phonics, and spelling. It kept the kids attention and covered multiple educational skills in language arts. Finally it included the math tracing numbers game with the fireflies like the app above.  All the games in the app have value in education and are smooth and easy for kids to try. The game prompts the child with a pointing hand to click on the word “continue” when ready to go to the next page or section of the game app.

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Learn To Read & Write Kid’s Puzzles: There are three mini games in this one: Easy Mazes, Rhyming Words (which also uses mazes) and Upper and Lower Case Letters. I’m impressed with the options to trace letters and all the praise and fanfare the game gives the child when they are done. It drops streamers and you see and hear the trumpets blast. Very cute! My son was repeating the cheers of praise saying, “Excellent!” or “You rock!” This free version allows you to play upper and lower case letters to trace. The feature for doing rhymes with a maze is super cute too that the kids seemed to enjoy. It would help young readers practice spelling 3 letter words also. Adorable animal characters and fun sounds help engage kids and hold their attention.

Overall Summary: My children enjoyed trying these colorful and educational apps from Kids Academy Co. Each FREE version app from Kids Academy Co. includes about 3 mini games. Within each free version, they usually include three letters, numbers or 3 chances at writing practice. You can see other free apps or paid versions available from Kids Academy Co. scrolling at the top of the home screen for your convenience if you wish to experience some of their other fun learning apps. You can purchase these apps for a small fee and unlock the full versions of these games. The paid versions of these apps would be an inexpensive and great addition to any homeschool curriculum, or for moms who want their kids to get some daily practice on much needed skills in a fun, entertaining and portable way. The free versions are very helpful and certainly enjoyable for toddlers and lower elementary age kids, but somewhat short. I recommend trying the paid versions for the value and the small cost.

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Disclosure: Please note that Love2EncourageYou received monetary compensation in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of others. However, I only share reviews on items I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers.

Disneynature – Explore App: Disney Magic At It’s Best!

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Experience the wonder of nature

Here’s a noteworthy app to get for your kids or to play yourself! The new Disneynature – Explore app from iTunes was created just in time to enhance the new Disneynature Bear movie coming out soon. You start your adventure with a bear as it asks you to roar like a bear or even grunt. Next it will have you trying to catch fish in a stream with the bear. My kids were completely captivated by it’s use of both the microphone and the camera to interact with the game. You can choose your activities, go on missions and more to learn all about these beautiful creatures!

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Great Educational Value

The game proceeds to have butterflies, chimpanzees, lions and other unique animals as it asks you to get up and move around the room or outside in your yard as it asks you to search for things. It gives directions such as left or right, asks you to take pictures of things that are certain colors, and even has you aim at the sky to see tons of butterflies in the sky or on your ceiling.  It has a wonderful educational value! Disneynature – Explore app would be a good addition to a homeschool science program as it also includes tons of tips and info about the animals you are discovering. It even includes a journal mode that would be good for older students.

Play With Supervision

This free Disneynature – Explore app is greatly entertaining for young and old and will be lots of fun both indoors and outdoors – provided you have an adult watching the child at all times. WARNING: This app can cause you to get distracted by the commands and you wouldn’t want a child to walk towards danger because they are so involved in playing the app. Disney stresses that a child must be supervised while playing this app and that needs to be heeded for safety reasons.

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Highly Recommended Free App

It is still amazing to me what technology can do and how many fun ways you can create an interactive environment for children to learn and explore and enjoy God’s creation. My kids really love all the unique ways you get to interact both indoors and out with this Disneynature – Explore app. They especially enjoyed the chance to earn pins for discovering different animals or accomplishing missions. Disney really hit a home run with this app! Love it! I highly recommend trying this completely free app called Disneynature – Explore today! Visit your iTunes store and search for “Disneynature – Explore“.

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– Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Free Kids Apps from iTunes: Including The Very Hungry Catepillar

Greeting my friends!

I hope you are having a super day filled with the Lord’s blessings! I had a long night with my little guy having a high fever and letting him sleep with mommy for comfort most of the night. He is still asleep fighting off whatever is attacking his little body. Poor sweetie. I hope each of you are in good health and are not facing the heart tug of seeing your little ones under the weather. It’s always such a tough thing to be a mom and not be able to help your child feel better faster.

One of the things I try to use as a distraction or something to cheer them when my little ones are sick is to pull out my Galaxy Note II and let them play on a new free app we find together. I usually focus on ones from the Google Play Store, but there are all kinds of great apps out there for you to choose from in a variety of places and for a variety of devices. I decided to list a few here today for you to enjoy that were of interest to me from the Free iTunes Educational Apps section for Apple iTunes. Being a homeschooling mom of three, most of the apps I choose to let my kids play have to have some sort of educational focus to them. 🙂 Can’t help it…it’s who I am. Lol. I hope you have an AMAZING day today and take advantage of this great list of free iTunes educational apps.

Free Kids Apps from iTunes –  Educational Apps for Kids:

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I am particularly fond of apps for kids that help them improve their reading skills. This app called Word Wonderland (Primary) Full has gotten some very insightful reviews  – even from teachers – that explained how you can not only make a separate account for each child you have (great for homeschool families), but also as a classroom teacher this is an amazing blessing so every student has their own name attached to an account where the teacher can place them on the appropriate skill level and track their progress. You can even choose which skills you want each child to focus on. From reading all the current reviews, it sounds like most kids love learning with this app too since it offers different challenges on each level. I haven’t gotten to try it yet, but I’m very much looking forward to it once I have an iPad to use with my daughter’s daily school work. For those of you who own an iPad – I suggest looking into this app and giving it a try. 🙂

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Many Blessings,

Rebecca @ Love2EncourageYou