Here are this week’s Friday Findings! Enjoy!
Mayan Mysteries: The Mayan Mysteries app is designed to teach children about the Mayan culture while playing with puzzles. This app will put your child’s puzzle skills to the test as they travel through history and uncover the adventures in Mayan Mysteries! Kids will be able to explore the world of the ancient Mayan people and learn about the civilization. Some of the features included in the app are: visiting ancient Mayan cities and sites, uncovering and analyzing artifacts, decoding glyphs, exploring the mysterious Mayan calendar, learning about the Mayan math system, and even solving puzzles and gathering clues to track down a secret thief (game)! The gameplay in the app is designed for children who are in the 5th through 9th grades. This app will test children’s reading comprehension, geographical knowledge, science skills, and math skills. There are over 12 hours of gameplay in this app! If you would like to share knowledge about the Mayan civilization with your kids – be sure to check out Mayan Mysteries! Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Price: $9.99 ~ See Mayan Mysteries in the App Store
Picture ABC: The Picture ABC app is designed to help children learn and spell new words easily with the help of beautiful pictures. There are currently 8 categories included in the app, with 16 pictures each…more content to come. Parents can also add individual pictures (i.e. pictures of family members, etc.) to the app easily and quickly. This app is intended for children who have already begun to make progress in their reading development…it would be best if children have mastered all letters and the forming of words before using the app. However, for younger children, the difficulty level can be adjusted. The app can be played in English and German. If you would like to teach your children new words by viewing pictures, be sure to check out Picture ABC! 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 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: $1.99 ~ See Picture ABC in the App Store
Silly Piano!: The Silly Piano! app is great for kids who like music. With Silly Piano!, kids will have a fun time playing music using a variety of real world sounds. Children can choose from any of the 13 sounds included. Some of the sounds included are a dog bark, a car horn, a siren and many more! Kids will learn to play one of 10 classic songs note by note, so this app is both educational and fun. In addition to playing with funny sounds, kids can also add a funky beat to the background, or blend in actual piano sounds to accompany their song. This app is great for children of all ages. If you are looking for a fun, musical app for your kids, be sure to check out Silly Piano! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Price: $0.99 ~ See Silly Piano! in the App Store
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – Dr. Seuss: Dr. Seuss fans will love The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins app! With this app, readers will enjoy a Dr. Seuss story that spins a humorous tale of a young boy’s desperate attempt to remove his own hat to honor his King…you will have to read to see what happens! This app features professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. There are three ways to read this storybook app: 1) Read to Me – listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read, 2) Read it Myself – kids will read the book in its traditional form, or 3) Auto Play – plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages (great for younger children)! This app also promotes reading in younger children because individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up on the screen when pictures are touched. Parents or children can also record their own voice if they wish. The recommended ages for the storybook are 6 through 12 years old. If you would like to share a Dr. Seuss storybook app with your kids – be sure to check out The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Price: $3.99 ~ See The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – Dr. Seuss in the App Store
One Minute Reader: The One Minute Reader app aims to help children focus on their reading skills. Reading is a fundamental skill for kids to learn, and many students will need help mastering this skill. With One Minute Reader, kids will have access to interesting, nonfiction stories that are packed with fascinating information…examples of books topics are Natural Wonders, Cool Creatures, and Fun Festivals. This app intends to develop reading fluency, enhance vocabulary, promote comprehension, and provide motivating feedback while creating the “right fit” for each reader. The app includes helpful items such as comprehension questions and crossword puzzles to give additional exposure to key words learned in the stories. If you are looking for an app to help your kids with their reading skills, One Minute Reader could be a great help! Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See One Minute Reader in the App Store
Chubby Bird: The Chubby Bird app is a fun new game app that kids and adults will enjoy. Players will help Chubby the bird fly across 36 levels in Story Mode as he makes his way home, all while avoiding enemies, airplanes, kites and more! This app features a Story Mode with 36 levels, as well as an Arcade Mode that has powerups. There are 2 Overworlds in the app – the Mountains and the Moon. Players will attempt to unlock all 30 achievements (through gaining coins). This app supports English, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. If you are looking for a fun new game that is easy to play – be sure to check out Chubby Bird! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Price: FREE ~ See Chubby Bird in the App Store
Baby View: The Baby View app is designed specifically for babies. With Baby View, little ones will look at black and white images that feature sharp contrast. The Baby View app provides a great way to stimulate hand-eye coordination and focus in babies while they are young and developing these skills. This app provides lots of black and white, high contrast images that are perfect for little ones who are still developing their sight. There are also lots of bright, colorful images as well. For added dimension, the app also features movement and sound to keep your baby happy! If you would like to play through a variety of simple and interactive scenes with your baby – be sure to check out Baby View! Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Price: $2.99 ~ See Baby View in the App Store