Here are this week’s Friday Findings! Enjoy!
Ice Hero: The Ice Hero app is a fun game for both kids and adults. With Ice Hero, the goal is to help the penguin find his favorite food – colorful icicles! Players will need to use their strategic thinking skills to get the penguin to the goal. There are plenty of obstacles in the way, and also a lot of special objects that can help players along the way. The game is physics-based and features a variety of mind-bending levels. Kids will love the adorable penguin character and the bright cartoon graphics. There are lots of fun achievements to unlock, and the game has a worldwide leaderboard. If you would like to share a fun physics-based game with your child, be sure to check out Ice Hero! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: FREE ~ See Ice Hero in the App Store
Itsy Horse: The Itsy Horse app is a fun design app for kids, especially those who loves horses. With Itsy Horse, kids can design their very own pony. There are lots of design options, including: 5 different hairstyles, 5 different colors of horses, 4 variations of eyes, stars, hearts & dots that can be added, and much more! When kids have finished designing their horse, they can take a photo and share it with family and friends. There are other modes besides the design mode as well…with the Letter Mode, kids can learn about the alphabet; and with the Free Mode, kids can use their creativity! Kids will also enjoy the music and sounds. In addition to designing their horse, kids can also design race tracks (there are 13 track pieces)! If you would like to share a fun design app with your child, be sure to check out Itsy Horse! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: $0.99 ~ See Itsy Horse in the App Store
Interactive Touch Books: The Interactive Touch Books app provides a great library of books for children of various ages. This app features books to entertain children from 18 months old all the way up to 10 years old! With Interactive Touch Books, kids will have access to a library of 50 highly interactive children’s books from independent authors and publishers. Kids will get three FREE books to start, as well as access to the FREE video section. The Interactive Touch Books app is free to download, though if you want additional books (besides the 3 free ones), you will need to purchase them. All of the books available are full of activities, coloring pages, music, animations and much more! The narration, sound effects, changing colors and fun surprises within the books will keep children interested in reading. There is even an option to record your own narration, as well as share your coloring on Facebook! If you would like to share a fun new library of books with your child, be sure to check out Interactive Touch Books! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See Interactive Touch Books in the App Store
Vocab-a-splat: The Vocab-a-splat app is a vocabulary building game for children. With Vocab-a-splat, kids can learn the meanings of high-frequency words they encounter while reading everyday. The object of the game is to collect enough paint to color the pictures in the Vocab-a-splat Gallery! This app is recommended for children ages 4 through 6 years old. The app features engaging game play that utilizes a slingshot to fling balls at the pictures that match the spoken words – players will try to make 10 matches before running out of balls. Words taught within the app are organized by theme – there are 40 common themes, such as “Family”, “Science”, and “Around the World”. The game features a progressive style of play, as players progress through the game, the targets become smaller and the words become more difficult. There is contextual help available if kids need it, players can tap the gramophone when they need help with word meanings. If you would like to share a vocabulary building app with your child, be sure to check out Vocab-a-splat! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: $0.99 ~ See Vocab-a-splat in the App Store
Cake Pop Maker: The Cake Pop Maker app is a new food-making game for kids. With Cake Pop Maker, kids can make and bake their very own cake pop creations! Kids will mix ingredients together, then put the cake pops in the oven to bake. When the cake pops come out of the oven, it’s time to throw on some goodies and decorations before you gobble them up! The game is simple, kids will drag the sticks to the cakes, mix up the ingredients and bake their cake pops! Decorating is fun…choose your own coating, toppings and extras! There are no in-app purchases or advertisements to worry about either, everything is unlocked. If you would like to share a fun cake baking app with your child, be sure to check out Cake Pop Maker! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: $0.99 ~ See Cake Pop Maker in the App Store