Here are this week’s Friday Findings!  Enjoy!


Make The Play!
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 Make The Play is both an instructional aid and a game to help kids learn the sport of baseball.  Focused on teaching the basic concepts of baseball to a young audience, this app explains the game of baseball in an uncomplicated and fun way.  There are a series of brief lessons that illustrate the most important rules of playing the field, as well as a challenge mode that lets kids test their reactions in various situations.  The app also features 3 difficulty levels and lets you adjust game play for a wide age range.  If you would like to teach your kids the game of baseball – check out Make The Play!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Make The Play! in the App Store

 

iPad Screenshot 3PlayMeABC:  PlayMeABC is an interactive flashcard app that introduces an engaging method for young children to learn the alphabet.  Children will be able to use colorful animated strokes to learn how to write their letters A through Z.  This app is also rich in vocabulary and features three words per letter for a total of 76 words.  Kids will be able to develop visual associations between letters and words, interact with fun animations, and listen to vivid sentences with PlayMeABC.  If you have little ones who are ready to learn their ABC’s and how to write them – check out PlayMeABC!  Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See PlayMeABC in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 4Womby:  Womby is a heart pounding, race against the clock spelling game that features an innovative multi-slide interface (you can use “multi-slide” to slide letters anywhere you want without lifting your finger).  You will play as Womby the Wombat, as you try to score combos and spell as many words as possible before time runs out!  Of course, Womby will always give you hints if you’re stuck, or spin your letters for a new set.  When you’ve finished playing, you can share your score via Facebook and connect with GameCenter, too.  If you are looking for a fun word game for you and your kids – check out Womby!   Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.  Price: $0.99 ~ See Womby in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 3Animals for Tots:  With Animals for Tots, you will be able to teach your toddler about animals and their sounds with unique animated flashcards.  This app provides realistic interactive touch animations of 20 different animals (10 forest animals and 10 farm animals).  The original artwork and sound effects are high-quality and the app can be played in 7 different languages.  You may also record the animal names in your own voice.  There is also a soundtrack of well-known nursery music to make the app more fun for little ones.  If you have little ones who love animals and their sounds – this might be a great app for you!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Price: $0.99 ~ See Animals for Tots in the App Store

 

iPhone Screenshot 1BookBox English:  BookBox English is an app that features animated stories with a great read-along style.  Children will have access to several pre-loaded stories and be able to have fun while improving their reading and language learning skills.  This app can be played in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi.  If you have kids who love to read – this may be the app for you!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See BookBox English in the App Store

 

iPad Screenshot 2Children’s Stories – FarFaria:  FarFaria is a fun and trusted online storybook world that helps kids to develop a love of reading.  Not only is there an app, you can also visit the website at www.farfaria.com.  The FarFaria app is free to download, however to have access to the wide range of entertaining and educational books iPad users must pay a monthly subscription fee via the App Store (currently $3.99 per month)- but this is definitely an affordable alternative to e-books on traditional readers.  You can try it for 30 days for free!  FarFaria is set up as a magical land with varied sections, some of which include: Animal Kingdom, Adventure Island, Fairytale Forest, Bedtime Bluffs and many more.  FarFaria even offers a brand-new “Read To Me” feature!  If you love reading with your kids – check out FarFaria!  Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See FarFaria in the App Store

 


3 Responses

  1. Kyra Carver

    I am looking for an app that will help my 2nd grader to learn to read faster and more fluently. I have just found out that her reading level is below average and so she could possibly be held back in second grade unless we work on the reading level this year so she can move up to 3rd grade next year. do you know of any good apps for this?

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    • TheiPhoneMom
      TheiPhoneMom

      Hi Kyra, Sorry to hear about the difficulty your daughter is having. I just did a quick search on our site and here is an app you may want to look at: https://www.theiphonemom.com/reading-remedies. The school year has just started though and there is a long time to get her up to reading level. Does your school offer any resource help? My best advice is to read with her — choose a couple of books, have her read to you every night for 10 minutes and then you take over so it is more enjoyable for her! If she loves the stories she is listening to it will encourage her to try to read them on her own. Pick an easy book for her to read and a harder one for you. I read the first Harry Potter out loud to my oldest when she could not, and since then I have not been allowed to read the rest to her! She learned how to read them all on her own.

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