Here are this week’s Friday Findings! Enjoy!
Whiz Racer: The Whiz Racer app is a car racing game with a twist. The cars have a special source of power…brain power! Kids will be able to prove that they have the smarts to defeat Professor E by solving math problems to power their cars to high racing speeds. There is a Game Store that features all sorts of racing boosts to be achieved and unlocked. This app has 5 different racing tracks, 8 unique challengers (including math genius, Professor E), and 8 paint jobs to choose from to design your car. Kids will be able to save their best times and keep trying for better times and scores. The goal of the game is for children to solve each math question as quickly as possible and then the correct answers will add power to their car making it go faster. If you have kids that would enjoy a racing game – be sure to check out Whiz Racer, because it is an awesome math practice app as well! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Price: $1.99 ~ See Whiz Racer in the App Store
PaddleDuck Color and Story App: The PaddleDuck Color and Story App is designed to help your toddler to discover and explore by tapping and coloring the page while reading a happy story. The story features Paddle Duck and tells the story about how he got his name. It’s like two apps in one – a coloring app and a storybook app! Toddlers will be able to watch as the black and white images transform with color until the pages are completely filled in with colors. Little ones can tap the illustrations and a surprise color will appear bringing the story to life one color at a time. As your little one taps a color on the color palette, that color will appear in the illustration and they can learn the name of each color as well. If you have a little one who likes to read and color – be sure to check out the PaddleDuck Color and Story App! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Price: FREE ~ See PaddleDuck Color and Story App in the App Store
Crossword Puzzles for Kids: The Crossword Puzzles for Kids app is a great app to teach children the basics of solving a crossword puzzle, and is geared towards children ages 3 through 10 years old. If you have kids that enjoy puzzles or word games, you should check out this app as crosswords are both educational and fun. This app would be a great tool to help build your child’s vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing skills, and more! The app features 48 crossword puzzles with more than 300 words of different categories – including animals, foods, clothes, colors and many more. There is even a color-coded letter system that will help children figure out which letters go where in the puzzle. If your kids like word games and puzzles – be sure to check out the Crossword Puzzles for Kids app! 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 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: $0.99 ~ See Crossword Puzzles for Kids in the App Store
ABC Wheel: The ABC Wheel app is designed to be an entertaining and instructive alphabet game for children between the ages of 2 through 6 years old. This game features 4 different activities that allow children to become familiar with the letters of the alphabet using various techniques. The 4 activities include: 26 puzzle (with 4 different backgrounds), find the letter (recognize letters in the alphabet), write the letter (choose between 6 different writing colors), and an interactive slideshow with many different motives. Children will be able to hear the letter sounds as they touch the letters. Some of these activities are timed and children will be rewarded with coins of gold, silver or bronze depending on how quickly he or she solves the activity. The coins may be used to win cute prizes, such as animals. In addition to the four main activities, there is also an exciting wheel of letters (similar to the old alphabet wheel toy) that children can interact with in free play. If you have little ones who could benefit from an alphabet game – be sure to check out the ABC Wheel app! 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 5.1 or later. Price: $2.99 ~ See ABC Wheel in the App Store
Build a Scare: Build a Scare app is a fun app that lets kids build monsters with a game of chance! How many arms will your monster have? Or how many legs? Let’s spin the wheel and find out! Kids will be able to create a unique “Scare” monster every time by spinning a wheel. First, kids will choose their background. Then, they will choose the monster’s body. Now, it’s time to spin the wheel to decide the rest. Kids will spin a wheel numbered 1 to 6 to choose the number of arms, legs, eyes, noses, mouths and ears to place on their Scare monster’s body (spinning for each body part separately). Kids of all ages will enjoy building their Scare monster, the artwork is colorful and bright and the background music and fun narration match the game perfectly. When kids have finished creating their monster, they can choose to magically turn it into a jigsaw puzzle! And, of course, kids can also save their Scare monster to their Camera Roll to share with others as well. If you are looking for a fun new app for your kids – be sure to check out Build a Scare! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Price: $0.99 ~ See Build a Scare in the App Store
Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure: Come along with Lola and Lucy, two adorable bulldogs, as they travel on a daring adventure across the United States of America! This app is an interactive storybook for kids of all ages and reading levels and tells a heartwarming tale. The app features 29 beautiful pages that are fully narrated with read-along text. Each page has interactive surprises – and there are even 13 unique mini-games within the story! There are multiple reading modes to serve the needs of all children: “Read To Me”, “Read By Myself”, and “Autoplay”. In addition to the multiple reading modes, there are also two versions of the story – a “Picture Book” and a “Chapter Book” – so that your kids can “grow up” with Lola and Lucy. Another neat feature is the interactive map of the United States of America that lets you revisit landmarks along Lola and Lucy’s Journey. If you are looking for a fun new interactive storybook for your kids – be sure to check out Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure! Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Price: FREE ~ See Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure in the App Store