Here are this week’s Friday Findings!  Enjoy!

Alphabet Discovery – by Letter Buddies
The Alphabet Discovery app by Letter Buddies is designed as an educational app for younger children.  Specifically for the iPad, Alphabet Discovery encourages children to explore a whimsical, animated alphabet world.  There are numerous opportunities for interaction in the app, as kids will be able to uncover hidden surprises while learning to recognize letters, acquire vocabulary, practice oral language skills and much more!  If you have little ones in your house who are beginning to explore language – check out the Alphabet Discovery app!  Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Alphabet Discovery in the App Store


iPad Screenshot 3Fairy Tales for Clever Kids:  Fairy Tales for Clever Kids is a wonderful collection of world famous fairy tales for children.  In the app, each fairy tale is accompanied by questions which help children to understand the surrounding world.  There is an appendix to each illustration which helps to explain the in-depth questions.  Kids who love to drag and drop when interacting will enjoy the intuitive interface.  If you are looking for a new fairy tale app for your kids – check out Fairy Tales for Clever Kids!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See Fairy Tales for Clever Kids in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 3Animal Alphabet with Geoffrey the Giraffe:  In this app, children will be able to learn about the alphabet through Geoffrey the Giraffe and his use of animation, catchy songs, and live action animal videos from the National Geographic Film Library.  Animal Alphabet has been adapted from a beloved television classic and is sure to be enjoyed in this mobile app.  Each letter of the alphabet is beautifully animated and illustrated by a different animal – and accompanied by an original song expressing the rhythm and movement of the animal as well as the letter’s sound.  If you think your kids would enjoy going through the animal kingdom with Geoffrey the Giraffe – be sure to check out this 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 4.2 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See Animal Alphabet with Geoffrey the Giraffe in the App Store


iPad Screenshot 3Scott’s Polar Trip:  Scott’s Polar Trip is a new original storybook app brought to you by Square Igloo, the publisher of Scott’s Submarine (which was a big hit)!  This storybook app is rich in interactive content, and features beautiful illustrations by Matt Roussel.  In this adventure, Scott arrives at the North Pole on his submarine, accompanied by Jazz the cat – and they embark on a journey to discover how the people live in the Arctic Circle.  The story features four original games that are drawn from Inuit life and customs: 1) the blanket toss, 2) building an igloo, 3) looking for murre eggs, and 4) setting up an inukshuk.  There are two reading levels in this app: simple words for very young children (3-4 year olds), and a more developed vocabulary and longer text for older children (5-7 year olds).  As a companion to the story, there are 20 learning cards with photos that feature informative content and high-resolution photos that will teach about animals of the Arctic Circle, the splendors of the Far North and the traditions of the Inuit people.  If you are looking for an educational, fun interactive storybook for your kids – be sure to check out Scott’s Polar Trip!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Price: $3.99 ~ See Scott’s Polar Trip in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 2Peek-a-Zoo Underwater: Toddler Peekaboo in an Ocean Aquarium:  The Peek-a-Zoo Underwater app has been designed for babies and toddlers.  This app uses unique modern graphics and fun sound effects to encourage children to discover and interact with 15 underwater sea creatures.  In a nutshell, it’s a fun, interactive aquarium experience.  This app is a follow-up to the first Peek-a-Zoo app, and was recently featured by Apple as “New and Noteworthy” in the Education category.  If you have little ones who love animals, especially animals that live in the water – be sure to check out Peek-a-Zoo Underwater!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Peek-a-Zoo Underwater for Kids in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 4Spelling Star:  The Spelling Star app is an easy-to-use learning tool to help students become better spellers.  This app is perfect for practicing spelling and sight words for school, homeschool, and spelling bees.  With Spelling Star, the idea is for kids to practice spelling words until they are mastered.  You are able to actually enter words that kids are studying at school or home and have your children practice their own specific list of words.  If you have kids who could benefit from a practice spelling app – be sure to check out Spelling Star!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Spelling Star in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 3My 1st Family Album:  The My 1st Family Album app is aimed at introducing children to family members and close friends, who may live far away or even next door.  You are able to upload photos of family members and friends and type in their names (names can be typed in multiple languages).  Parents may enter up to two names per person (could be “Daddy” and “Daddy’s first name”, or a name in two different languages).  You may also record a voice to match with each name, and input up to four photos per person.  There is a flashcard function that will present the photos in a slideshow.  When your children are becoming more familiar with the photos of their family and friends, you can use the quiz function to really test their knowledge – i.e. Where is Daddy? (the child will choose Daddy’s photo from four photos).  If you have a little one who could benefit from a family and friends photo album – be sure to check out My 1st Family Album!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See My 1st Family Album in the App Store

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