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5 Great iPad Apps for Kids

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Kids Use iPad Apps for Learning and Fun

It’s a daily ritual for this family to make sure all the iPads are charged, so the kids can enjoy them the next day. They get access either during their free time after schoolwork for homeschooling is done, or as part of their homeschooling when it is an educational app on the iPad or a learning game they want to play. I allow a large variety of apps included in their daily routine to sharpen their skills in reading, spelling, math, science, geography, art, music, Bible, history and learning to speak Spanish.

Often times though, the kids learn just as much in the way of new skills such as public speaking, creating stories with script writing, and drama by playing apps and games that incorporate the microphone and camera functions of the iPad. They love to be actors and actresses in their own little plays or movies and will many times include each other as part of the show! I love to see this type of cooperation, creativity and interaction with my kids! They’ve even pulled me into a few of the video creations and story albums they’ve made over time. It’s all lots of fun!

Below, I’ve listed a brief explanation beside each of five fun and potentially educational apps. These are apps that my kids specifically wanted me to share with you today because they are some of their top favorite iPad apps to play!

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5 Great iPad Apps for Kids

Here are 5 great apps I believe your family would benefit from trying out today!

  1. Action Movie FX (FREE! However, we love the Star Wars version which gives you one free and then it’s very cheap to buy extra effects! Love the results! Kids become the stars of their own movie and you’ll see their acting and posing talents blossom before your eyes!)
  2. Neko Atsume Kitty Collector (FREE) This adorable app gives your child the opportunity to set out food and toys to attract stray kittens to come and play or eat in your backyard. You can also earn an expansion to have the kitties come inside your home with the free fishes (money in the game). You can take pics of your kitties and put them in albums. You can collect gifts from the kittens too that allow you to get more toys and food, or the home expansion if you hadn’t earned it yet.
  3. Super Why Phonics Fair (Purchased in a bundle, but also sold separately) In this app, there is a multitude of attractions or rides the child can go to. Each attraction assists in helping the child learn Phonics concepts and they earn virtual rewards or sticker prizes. Great for PreK to early elementary age.
  4. Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (FREE) Great for early elementary age and up. There are Light side and Dark side battles your child can participate in. You get data cards that unlock new characters from the Star Wars movies to play with. It depends which character you choose as to what type of battle you have. You can choose which move you want to use or the weapon/skill you use in battle to defeat the enemies.
  5. Disney Dream Treats (FREE) This is a matching game app that allows you to create your own personalized characters using the camera or pics you already have in your photo album. Disney characters like Ariel from the Little Mermaid host the games and you match up a variety of treats trying to get three or more in a row in order to earn points to reach your goal. It includes bonuses and other incentives to raise your score. It is not a timed game so this makes it less stressful for kids and more enjoyable. When you earn 3 out of 3 stars for every 5 or so levels, it unlocks coins to help you purchase free costumes for your personalized characters. My kids love that part! It dresses up your child’s character like a Disney tourist with Mickey Ears hats in different styles, the green Aliens from Toy Story, Ariel, Jack Skellington, and others.

Looking forward to hearing about more great kids apps? Stay tuned for more App posts about Our Top Picks for Preschoolers, Homeschooling Friendly Apps, Free Apps and Games for Kids and more!

Do you have a favorite app or game for the iPad that you’d like to share with the audience here at Love2EncourageYou? Please leave a comment and tell us about your best suggestion for iPad apps for kids or education. I’ll be happy to reply. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions.

 

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

Lego Fusion App: Top Christmas Toy Of the Season

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New Lego Fusion App Coming Soon!

*Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this review. My family purchased annual passes to Legoland, FL and as annual pass holders we received a free perk invitation to attend a pre-launch experience of the new Lego Fusion app.

I’ve pretty much learned to hold high expectations from Lego when it comes to newly released toys. The coming release of their new app and building toy called Lego Fusion is no different – we are absolutely doing somersaults in anticipation of it’s release this Thursday, August 14!  What’s all the excitement about you ask? Just read on to  to learn more from our annual pass holder sneak peak experience at Legoland, FL this past weekend. You’ll see a glimpse of what is sure to be a HUGE HIT with kids and adults too! We predict the Lego Fusion app and building kit is going to be a TOP CHRISTMAS TOY this season!! So far I’ve heard it will be available for purchase in stores and online at Lego.com and Toys R Us.

Starting off with your Lego Fusion app experience, it appears you’ll need a tablet or any Android device. Let me suggest starting with the largest screen you can get such as an iPad or iPad mini if available in your household. The game (Lego Fusion App) will become very addictive quickly and you’ll wish you had a larger screen than your phone to play it on in the long run. For those who only have their phones to use the app on, this will get lots of play time from not only your little ones, but most likely from you as well.

Why do I think it will be such a hit? For starters, the app and building kit comes in four different varieties which I personally think was a brilliant move on Lego’s part. For the boys, you have 3 choices with the Town Master, Castle Towers, and Create & Race versions. For the girls, I know they will love the Lego (Friends) Resort Designer version as well as the Town Master version that we got to test as a family this weekend. My daughter loved the Lego Town Master version of the Lego Fusion app so much that we not only stayed at the event right up until the very last minute of our time slot, but she keeps asking us if we are going to pick one up when they release this coming Thursday. Lol. Honestly, it is a total must have as far as my husband and I are concerned. We know how important family friendly games are, especially something that incorporates logic or other educational value such as the new Lego Fusion app and building kits.  As a homeschool parent, I totally recommend this app/kit!

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The other reason we feel Lego Fusion is a perfect fit for families and a must-have game this year, is for the simple pleasure of enjoying a game that has somehow successfully grasped the concepts of the popular Animal Crossing video game with the just as popular Roller Coaster Tycoon pc games. Add that to the fun at the beginning of the game when you get to actually build with the legos to start the app experience, and you have quite a fun and imaginative interactive game! We are impressed to say the least!

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My daughter began her experience by building a small one wall section of a house with a door. The app then scans your wall and creates an entire house out of it for you to use to begin your Town Master app experience. (If you don’t want to build the wall for your house, you can skip that part and just choose one of the selections they already have available for you inside the app.) Next you get to have a blast exploring the town, collecting coins and buying new buildings that have trade worthy items such as a book stand, or bike shop. The town people have thought bubbles above their heads to let you know what they want or wish to trade. You can help the town’s people by putting out fires (like a fireman), and doing tasks that make their “happiness level” increase. It’s pretty cool and certainly kept my 7 year old engaged the entire time. She didn’t want to stop! 🙂

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Overall, the new Lego Fusion App and building kits are getting two thumbs way up from the Love2EncourageYou family. We can’t wait to try the other versions and expect we will enjoy them just as much. I would anticipate this being a major contender in the Top Christmas Toy or Apps of the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season. It is entirely possible that certain kits – most likely the Lego Friends one, will even sell out rather early, so I suggest grabbing them while you can.

Launch dates: (a little bird at Legoland, FL shared with us they anticipate launch for the August ones to be this Thursday, August 14!)

  • Town Master – August 2014
  • Battle Towers – August 2014
  • Create & Race – August 2014
  • Resort Designer (Lego Friends) – September 2014

Have fun this week as the launch of this new Lego Fusion app comes out on Thursday! We invite you to share your thoughts with us too in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear what you and your kids think of these unique app/toy kits!  I’ll be posting more review style posts about these Lego Fusion app/kits in the weeks to come as I am able. Thanks for reading!

Want to learn more and watch some short video teasers of the new Lego Fusion apps? Just visit here to see all four!

– Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

*Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I chose to review this experience on my own and was not asked to share this. I felt this would be an interesting post to share with my readers. 🙂

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