Here are this week’s Friday Findings!  Enjoy!

 

Math Gnomes:   The Math Gnomes app is a fun and addictive game that helps children sharpen their mental arithmetic skills.  With Math Gnomes, players will find treasures while solving math problems…of course, the problems will increase in difficulty.  The app will continually adjust both the speed and the problem difficulty level to match skill levels of those playing.  There are over one million addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems included in the app.  One really neat feature – the game screen functions as a whiteboard for kids to solve more difficult multi-step problems.  Kids can simply write with their fingers to perform advanced operations such as long division, three digit addition and two digit multiplication (the whiteboard will automatically clear after each problem).  Users can also customize which types of problems are shown – i.e. addition and subtraction only, etc.  Parents will love that the app supports multiple users, each child can have their own gnome with a custom name, problem type settings, rewards/scoring, and so on.  The app also maintains a history of the last 1,000 problems presented for each user, noting incorrect answers – this will enable parents or educators to zero in on areas where their kids may need help.  If you would like to share a fun math app with your kids, be sure to check out Math Gnomes!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  This app is optimized for iPhone 5.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Math Gnomes in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 1OddBalls:  The OddBalls app is a clever puzzle game that features realistic physics gameplay.  With OddBalls, kids can play their way through fun puzzles using strategy and skill.  There are 3 different OddBalls and they all have their own special traits – one bounces, one floats and one is made of heavy metal.  Kids will use these various traits to their advantage as they guide the OddBalls through challenging puzzle rooms.  Players can collect energy points, earn power-ups, and even uncover the secret storyline about the OddBalls while playing.  Kids will love the intuitive touch controls.  The app features over 80 interactive levels with moving platforms, fans, magnets and more.  The app has cute 3D graphics, Game Center leaderboard support, and a storyline with multiple endings.  If you would like to share a fun physics-based strategy game with your kids, be sure to check out OddBalls!  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 4.2 or later.  This app is optimized for iPhone 5.  Price: $1.99 ~ See OddBalls in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 1Bugsy’s Math Quest The Bugsy’s Math Quest app is a math drill adventure game designed to help children master basic multiplication and division.  With Bugsy’s Math Quest, kids will be able to strengthen their mental math skills, and hopefully help them solve problems without using their fingers, etc.  The app features basic arithmetic, multiplication and division tables up to 10.  Gameplay is simple and intuitive, kids only need to type the answers to math problems.  There are both easy and hard game modes, you can choose the right challenge based on your child’s skill level.  Parents can also track learning progress and see how their child is coming along on each level.  The game also features an engaging story (a classic treasure hunt plot), and kids can help Bugsy earn cool badges by completing levels without missing any questions.  Kids will love the characters, Bugsy and Daisy.  There are 12 levels total, each with their own unique landscape, enemies and bosses.  If you would like to share a fun math app with your kids that will sharpen their mental math skills, be sure to check out Bugsy’s Math Quest!  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 4.3 or later.  This app is optimized for iPhone 5.  Price: $2.99 ~ See Bugsy’s Math Quest in the App Store 

 

iPad Screenshot 1SquiggleFish:  The SquiggleFish app is a unique drawing app that kids and adults can enjoy!  With SquiggleFish, you will grab a sheet of white paper and a thick black pen and draw a fish (actual paper and pen, not on the screen).  Then, you can color it however you like!  When you are happy with the fish you have created, you can swipe down and hold the iPad over your drawing…now, watch as it magically comes to life!  The SquiggleFish app provides a unique experience for your child that will encourage them to use their imagination and creativity.  This app is perfect for children ages 3 through 7, and their parents!  Parents can encourage their kids to draw fish of all shapes and sizes and make them colorful.  This app is also wonderful for collaboration – each child can draw a fish and add it to a beautiful, shared underwater world!  I want to mention that for the best results, the following is recommended: 1) use a thick black felt pen, 2) draw your fish with a complete, unbroken outline, no gaps!, 3) color your fish in, 4) use plain white paper and leave plenty of space around your fish, 5) make sure you have plenty of light and there are no shadows over your paper, and 6) hold the iPad very still when hovering over your picture.  If you would like to share a unique drawing experience with your kids, be sure to check out SquiggleFish!  Requirements:  Compatible with 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 5.0 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See SquiggleFish in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 1ABC3D:  The ABC3D app is a fun, free 3D educational game for kids.  With ABC3D, children can learn the alphabet in a fun and easy way.  This app features amazing 3D graphics and fun music that children will love.  Little ones can learn letters and simple words by rotating 3D objects and listening to spelling.  The app features simple navigation that is kid-friendly and intuitive controls.  If you would like to share a fun new educational app with your little ones, and help them learn their ABC’s, be sure to check out ABC3D!  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: FREE ~ See ABC3D in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 1Wubbzy’s Mash-Em Fun:  The Wubbzy’s Mash-Em Fun app is a fun new game for kids.  With Wubbzy’s Mash-Em Fun, kids will help Wubbzy as he tries to save Wuzzleburg – the Robot-Cluck 3000 and hundreds of robo-chicks are on the loose and it is up to you to pick up a mallet and tap, tap, tap to mash!  This app features two levels of gameplay that will challenge kids of all ages.  Mash: this level of gameplay is for younger kids – you simply mash the bots to score as many points as you can before time runs out.  Mega Mash: this level is for older kids – mash the correct number of bots to score points before time runs out.  The game has bright, colorful graphics, fun sound effects and easy-to-play interaction.  Kids can play in three exciting Wuzzleburg locations, and there are fun bonus rounds with action-packed mini-games!  If you would like to share a fun Wubbzy game with your kids, be sure to check out Wubbzy’s Mash-Em Fun!  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 Wubbzy’s Mash-Em Fun in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 1Fraggle Friends Forever:   The Fraggle Friends Forever app is a great app for fans of the Fraggles!  With Fraggle Friends Forever, kids will enjoy a deluxe storybook app from The Jim Henson Company and Cupcake Digital!  Children can tap, play and read along with all the favorites – Boober, Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley, the Doozers and more!  This enhanced storybook app includes tap-and-play animations on every page, as well as hilarious special effects and entertaining games that kids will love.  The app features 3 reading modes: Read & Play, Read to Me, and Just a Book.  There is professional narration and text highlighting to help encourage reading in younger children.  The app also features learning games and skill-building activities – including Marjory the Trash Heap’s recycling game and a radish patch maze!  There are even coloring pages filled with Fraggle Rock scenes and friends for children to color.  Parents will love the Grown-Up’s Corner, which provides thoughtful questions designed to spark open-ended conversation and reinforce reading comprehension with their child.  If you would like to share the world of Fraggle Rock with your kids, be sure to check out Fraggle Friends Forever!  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 4.3 or later.  This app is optimized for iPhone 5.  Price: $3.99 ~ See Fraggle Friends Forever in the App Store

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