BigLittleBrother – This charming interactive storybook app for kids ages 3-7 traces a familiar arc from sibling rivalry to brotherly love. Being an older brother has its benefits, of that there’s little doubt. But how would you feel if your little brother grew to be bigger than you? And what if he insisted on touching all your things and following you everywhere you went? It’s enough to frustrate the most even-keeled of kids. The narrator of Big Little Brother wants nothing more than to escape his brother’s sticky fingers. Then an encounter at the Old Woman in the Shoe play area involving a bully, a plastic turkey, and his big, little brother teaches him that a pesky younger sibling can actually be a pal. Big Little Brother features audio by storyteller Kevin Kling, described as “one of our great national treasures” by public radio personality Krista Tippett. Many of the intricate illustrations by Chris Monroe hold extra dialogue and audio, available at a touch: spin the Tinkertoy wheel, put the turkey in the oven, turn out the lights. Hundreds of interactive details will surprise children (and adults) through many readings of Big Little Brother. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Price: $9.99 ~ See BigLittleBrother in the App Store
Mini Painters – Dive into Mini Painters and play the coolest multiplayer drawing game ever! Play with up to 5 friends at the same time and unleash your inner artist. Each game is only 6 rounds long, so pay attention and put your thinking hats on.To play you are either an artist or a guesser. As the artist you choose a word to draw, then use your finger on the screen to paint your masterpiece that will help the others guess the right word. If you are not the artist, try to guess the correct word as fast as you can and challenge your friends or kids around the world. Join Mini Social and fill out your profile to visit and make new friends. See where your Mini Social friends are playing and you can jump into a game with them. Stimulate your creativity and imagination while learning new words and having tons of fun with current and new friends. You also have the ability to save your best drawings to show your friends and parents at a later time. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Price: FREE ~ See Mini Painter in the App Store
I Won’t Fall – I Won’t Fall follows a mother’s heart-tugging quest to rescue her lost babies. She is their protector, their guardian, their keeper… their mother. But when a massive quake scatters her children across this dangerous world, she must brave many hazards to get them back: carnivorous plants, giant insects, moving treacherous islands, and a sheer drop to the sea far below. How far will she go to get her children back? I Won’t Fall features simple one touch gameplay that’s perfect for quick play sessions. This new app is easy to get into but challenging to master, throwing increasingly fiendish obstacles at the player over 45 levels. An HD iPad version of the app is also available. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See I Won’t Fall in the App Store
Hide Secrets – Hide Secrets is a program that allows you to hide secrets from prying eyes (secret text, private photos and more) inside any photo or image. Features of this app include the ability to save your secrets inside photos, exchange messages with friends, family, and colleagues without anyone around you guessing, and to securely share personal photos.The main capabilities of this program are to hide secret messages or other written information inside a photo or image and to hide a photo inside of another photo.To further protect your secret, this program gives you the option of using a password. Hide Secrets sends the photo with the hidden secret by email or saves them in an iPhone album. The hidden secret can then be retrieved and viewed, saved or sent over email to family and friends. Encryption is applied when hiding your secret, whether it is text or a photo and the photo in which the secret is hidden looks identical to the original. Beware though, the photo with the secret inside is encoded in a way where any changes to it can lead to loss of the secret so you will want to ensure you do not change the size of the photo or edit it in anyway. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Price: $1.99 ~ See Hide Secrets in the App Store
I’mOK – I’mOK is a private family network that turns staying in touch into a game. Kids earn points for checking-in with parents. The more info they provide (location, photos, messages, companions) the more points they get! Parents agree to redeem those points for approved rewards. In the process, the whole family becomes closer and safer. I’mOK is an alternative to the majority of family apps that track kids’ using GPS as if they were UPS packages. Instead I’mOK fosters communication and responsible behavior from kids using reward feedback. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See I’mOK in the App Store
TPA Tax Buster – Tax Buster is the TaxPayers’ Alliance app that calculates just how much tax you really pay when you buy everyday items. As well as Value Added Tax (VAT), it also adds the duties the taxman takes when you buy alcohol, tobacco, fuel and flights. Of course, the Government also taxes you on the income you earn, so we calculate that, too, based on the income details provided on your personalized page. Tax Buster looks at earnings and then assumes that they are split evenly over the year to calculate the relevant National Insurance (NI) rates. If no income details are entered, the app assumes you are a typical earner paying tax at the basic rate. This app also calculate the Employer’s National Insurance which employers have to pay in order to employ people. Tax Buster uses marginal tax rates to illustrate just how much everyday goods and services really cost once all the taxes we pay have been included, and how much of that total goes to the taxman rather than buying the product. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See TPA Tax Buster in the App Store
Geom-e-Twee – Geom-e-Twee features a colorful geometric tree that grows and changes with simple finger touches. Children will intuitively discover how to create complex trees from a few slips of virtual construction paper. Geom-e-Twee, a simpler version of the all-ages Geom-e-Tree app, is a geometric playground for your child. This app is fun and creative from the first touch Your little one will be able to see a tree grow and change in real time. They can make fancy or simple trees, spread the tree open or close it up, and change the number of branches to see a whole new set of patterns. Geom-e-twee is hours of visual fun on the iPod, iPhone or iPad!
Children can amuse themselves, then share what they’ve learned and created with their family and friends. They can show friends how to make a tree grow, save a favorite tree to the Photos album, or send a “twee” to a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend. There is also the ability play a matching game if you have two iPads or iPhones! While your children are busy creating beautiful art, they’re also watching mathematics in action. Parents and teachers will enjoy Geom-e-Twee for its hidden lessons in angles, ratios, and symmetry. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See Geom-e-Twee in the App Store
uTales – Created by a growing worldwide community of more than 1,000 professional authors and illustrators, uTales is an app holding a new world of digital picture books for kids. The uTales community brings parents and children unlimited access to an entire library of digital picture books. This library is continuously growing and can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime in the uTales app and on uTales.com for $9.99/month (or a free trial). uTales is changing the way picture books are created, bought and read. The developer, uTales AB, also partners with the non-profit Pencils of Promise to build new schools in developing countries. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later. Price: FREE ~ See uTales in the App Store
Elite Chopper – The Rebel Forces are rallying to take over the world and its only you who can stop them. You will be battling against Rebels with tanks, planes, missile strikes and many other vehicles. Elite Chopper is a classic side scrolling shoot ’em up helicopter game. The goal of the game is to complete the mission objective to unlock the next mission and get a high score. You can post your scores to a Facebook leader-board to share and compete with your Facebook friends for the highest high score. Elite Chopper features three difficulty modes: Easy, Medium and Hard and awards medals for player achievements. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See Elite Chopper in the App Store
Oy Mexico – Oy Mexico is an illustrated adventure, a wordless story that takes place in the heart of the Mexican Dia Del Muertos celebrations. It’s about a little boy and his memories of his departed grandpa. Oy Mexico is designed for children ages 2-6. They will be able to learn about different cultures and geography through the use of world-class illustrations by Wilmer Murillo. This app has been made wordless to reduce stress and unrest, making it perfect for bedtime. Oy Mexico is also full of interactions to help keep your child enticed. Some of these interactions are to play Mexican Music with the old grandpa, let the dogs have a ride in a Ferris wheel, and help the balloon vendor get down from the skies. This story also gives children a more positive picture of what happens to us after we pass away, and makes this subject much easier to talk about with your children. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Price: FREE ~ See Oy Mexico in the App Store
Friday Findings Disclosure – Disclosure: I have not personally tried any of these apps. These descriptions come from the developers with some minor editing (and perhaps commentary) by myself.