In the midst of my kids finishing up with school and getting ready for a move to a new state I’ve not had a chance to tell you about some of the apps that have come my way. There just never seems to be enough time to get in all the great ones so I figured I’d take this weekly special to play a little catch up. I’ve had a chance to try out a few of these, others I’ve only read about. Here goes!
Let’s Color! – This is the follow up app to Lazoo’s Squiggles! and it’s being described as a “living, breathing coloring book”. Similar to Squiggles! children will be able to make their pictures come to life with this fun, free app. They color the picture, press a “go” button and the app performs the magic. There are 18 drawing pages available for free and 16 more available through in-app purchase. When children draw they can use chalk, coloring crayons and stickers. Squiggles! featured an animated short and there’s one to be found in Let’s Color as well. This time the star is Miku the Bunny, a character that can be found in the “Lazzoniverse”. You really can’t beat a free iPad app, especially one that’s packed with slick tricks and entertaining art for toddlers and preschoolers.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Seller: Lazoo Worldwide Incorporated
Potty Time with Elmo – I had such high hopes that this app was going to be the catalyst that would convince Miss J it was time to say goodbye to diapers. Nope. She loves the app, thinks it’s great and plays the songs over and over, but she is just fine with Elmo’s toy Baby David using the potty while she stays right where she’s at, thank you very much. The app is a storybook with hidden stickers and five catchy potty themed songs to capture your child’s interest and get stuck in your head. Or your older children’s heads! I can’t say that my older kids appreciated this app as much as their younger sister did! In addition to the story there are also puzzles and a sticker chart, I thought that was a great addition. Children can earn animated stickers as they successfully follow Baby David’s example and use the potty. Loved the feature even though it got no use at my house! My only suggestion for the app would be to have Elmo read the story, rather than the regular narrator. Can you ever have too much Elmo? Don’t ask my older kids that!
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Seller: Sesame Street
Fetch! Lunch Rush –My kids are big fans of the PBS Kids show Fetch! I’m a big fan too, it’s smart, funny and completely unique. I’m planning on deleting some of the free, space wasting apps they have downloaded on their iPods and replacing them with this Fetch! app. It sounds like something they’d really enjoy and they’ll actually learn from. Did I mention it’s free?
In this Augmented Reality, multi-player game, you need to keep up with lunch orders from Ruff’s movie crew. The challenge is keeping track of how many pieces of sushi everyone wants.
Since the most important job on a movie crew is filling everyone’s belly, you’ll need to think fast and be quick on your feet to keep the sushi straight. Both your brain and body will be moving once you spread out the game pieces (Augmented Reality markers) and start taking orders. No sweat? See if you can make it all the way to Top Dog. Better yet, see if you can get there before your friends do.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Seller: PBS Kids
D.W.’s Unicorn Adventure – Arthur’s little sister is on an adventure to promote healthy snacks in this app, developed for 4-6 year olds. D.W. is trying to save a unicorn by helping him find rainbow foods to eat. Sounds like a clever way to teach about getting in a variety of healthy foods.
It’s a long way from Elwood City to Unicornia. To help the unicorn get home, you’ll need to gallop, jump, and super jump through three fantastical worlds — Forest, Castle, and Clouds — with 12 levels of increasing difficulty.
COLLECT YUMMY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Power up! To fuel your adventure, you’ll need to eat a rainbow of energy-packed snacks. Eat all the colors of the rainbow by collecting 12 kinds of fruits and veggies: strawberries and apples; oranges and carrots; bananas and pineapples; bell peppers and broccoli; blueberries and plums; and grapes and eggplant. Yum!
AVOID ENERGY-ZAPPING JUNK FOOD
Watch out! You’ll need to avoid the junk food or you’ll run out of energy. There are 6 kinds of junk food that will try to slow you down: sodas, chips, cookies, donuts, French fries, and candy bars.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Seller: PBS Kids