Here is this week’s Ten For Tuesday!  Enjoy!

Smart Fish: Magic Matrix
 With the Smart Fish: Magic Matrix app, your child can save the Happy Reef from oil-drilling sharks (recommended ages 4 – 7)!  This app features an innovative, story-driven categorization game in which kids will learn about the concept of tables and matrices.  Kids will be able to sort objects by one, then two categories, and so on as the levels get progressively difficult.  Children will learn object categorization through playing with various categories including: colors, shapes, numbers, addition, nature, emotions, gender, profession and more!  While playing through 14 levels of increasing difficulty, kids will learn about the table concept by correctly placing objects in rows and columns.  This is a great way to teach children about paying attention to detail and focus skills as well.  Parents will enjoy that the app is very intuitive and kid-friendly as it has no ads or in-app purchases.  If you would like to introduce the concept of tables and matrices to your child – be sure to check out Smart Fish: Magic Matrix!  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 4.3 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Smart Fish: Magic Matrix in the App Store


iPad Screenshot 2Know Your USA:  The Know Your USA app is a great learning tool for those children who want to learn all about the geography of the United States of America.  This app uses a map to teach children the locations of the states, state capitals, major cities, mountain ranges, and rivers.  There are high quality maps of each state.  Kids can play in either Atlas mode or Quiz mode.  Using the Atlas, children can look up the location of each feature.  Each feature (state, river, etc.) has an information page as well for children to study, complete with audio narration.  Kids can take quizzes to test their knowledge of the states, state capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers!  If you would like to teach your child all about US geography – this may be a great app for you!  Requirements: Compatible with iPad.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Know Your USA in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 1Red Fox at Hickory Lane – Smithsonian’s Backyard:  The Red Fox at Hickory Lane app is part of the Smithsonian’s Backyard series which features entertaining stories that answer many questions children have about the habits and habitats of the animals in our own backyards (recommended ages 3-8).  In this particular app, children will learn the answers to questions such as: “How will the baby cubs react when a coyote appears in the distance?”.  There are three ways to read this omBook: “Read to Me” – listen to narrated story with words highlighted as they are read, “Read it Myself” – read the book in its traditional form, and “Auto Play” – plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages, perfect for younger children!  Through using the Red Fox at Hickory Lane app, kids will learn picture/word association as the words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched.  Individual words are also highlighted and read aloud when tapped to encourage word recognition.  This app also features professional audio narration, background music and sounds effects, as well as beautiful artwork.  If you have little ones that love animals – why not try out this great new storybook app!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.  Price: $1.99 ~ See Red Fox at Hickory Lane – Smithsonian’s Backyard in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 3Trains – Byron Barton:  With the new Trains – Byron Barton app, children will be able to play with freight trains, electric trains and many other types of trains while reading a fun animated picture book about transportation.  Besides playing with trains, there are also other items to interact with on each page such as moving trucks, workers, tools, and other objects – you can even tap pictures to learn their names!  Younger children will love the realistic sound effects and brightly colored illustrations, as this app is geared towards children ages 2 through 5.  And, to promote reading in younger children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched – this is great for picture/word association skills as well as word recognition.  If you have kids that like trains – be sure to check out this great new Trains – Byron Barton app!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Price: $0.99 ~ See Trains – Byron Barton in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 1Bubble Blaze:  The Bubble Blaze app is a fun new game for kids and adults.  The goal of the game is simple: pop bubbles, collect treasure and defeat Sir Blackheart to recover the stolen Dragon Eggs!  Bubble Blaze features simple and intuitive tap and tilt controls and the exciting bubble-popping action is addicting.  Players can unlock powerful boosts including boosts such as explosive fireballs and bouncing dragon pups.  There are 50+ levels of play as you traverse the world of frozen caves, secret waterfalls and hidden forest villages.  It’s up to you to help Blaze crack open Mystery Bubbles and overcome the Cursed Bubbles as you battle your way to Sir Blackheart’s Castle!  If you are looking for a fun new game – check out Bubble Blaze!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See Bubble Blaze in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 1Pie Time:  Pie Time is a great new clock app that helps kids and parents make time management “easy as pie”!  The Pie Time app helps children stay on track by showing how a slice of pie for a given task gets eaten away over the passage of time.  For example, you might tell your child, “We’re leaving in 5 minutes”, and show them what that really means with a visual aid – Pie Time.  When kids are able to see how much time is left in the pie slice, they will have a visual understanding of what “We’re leaving in 5 minutes” really means!  Using Pie Time is simple: 1) Click the “Add a Slice” icon.  2) Drag the handles to set the start time, end time and duration.  3) Touch the clock face to hide icons and fill the screen.  There are also optional items such as: adding different colors to slices, naming slices, etc.  If you are interested in helping your child with time management – be sure to check out Pie Time!  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.  Price: $0.99 ~ See Pie Time in the App Store


iPad Screenshot 3Mumbers:  The Mumbers app is a new app for helping children learn about the basics of numbers.  With Mumbers, children can learn numbers, counting, addition and subtraction.  There are four ways to play Mumbers: 1) Playground mode, 2) Count mode, 3) Add mode, and 4) Subtract mode.  With Playground mode, kids will do tasks such as, “Put 8 in the circle” – then they will need to pick out the “8” from all the numbers shown and place it in the circle.  In the Count mode your child may be asked to count chickens or something similar.  And in Add and Subtract modes, children will be given simple math problems to solve such as “2 + 3” or “9 – 8”.  If you are looking for a simple numbers app for your child, check out Mumbers!  Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See Mumbers in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 5Clockwork Puzzle – Learn to Tell Time:  Clockwork Puzzle is an educational app that is geared towards children ages 2 through 10.  With Clockwork Puzzle, children will be able to assemble the scattered parts to make the clock complete.  The goal of Clockwork Puzzle is to help kids learn how to read time through fun puzzles.  There are 5 kinds of puzzles in this app, and each task has 5 difficulty levels as well.  For younger children, there is a hint button to help solve each puzzle.  The 5 main assembly tasks include: 1) Clock Board – assemble the pieces to create a completed clock board, 2) Clock Numbers – set hour or minute numbers on the clock board, 3) Clock Hands – attach hands to a clock board and drag them to the specified time, 4) Gears – set gears inside a clock by their size and color, and 5) What Time? – choose the number of time which the analog clock shows.  If you have a little one who is learning to tell time – be sure to check out the Clockwork Puzzle app!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~ See Clockwork Puzzle in the App Store


iPhone Screenshot 45 Dice: Order of Operations Game:  The 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game is a math game intended for upper elementary and middle school students.  This game encourages students to use a higher order of thinking when trying to solve for the “target” number by working backwards given the answer, but not the equation.  There is a whiteboard built into the game for students to use to work out math problems.  This app is easy to play individually, and would be great for a classroom setting as well.  There are even printable game sheets, which could make preparation for class lessons simple.  If you are looking for a great math app for your child, or perhaps for your students in a classroom setting – be sure to check out 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game!  Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.  Price: FREE ~  See 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game in the App Store


iPad Screenshot 1Junior Astronaut:  The Junior Astronaut app is for every kid who dreams about boarding a rocket and blasting off into the stars.  Now with Junior Astronaut, kids can come along on a journey and learn what it actually takes to break through the space barrier!  This app is a great mix of serious science and entertainment.  The app features beautiful illustration, lots of interactivity, and creative storytelling to engage a younger audience (ages 9 -15) and teach them about the science and wonders of space travel.  With this app, you can download the first 9 chapters for free and unlock the remaining content with an in-app purchase.  The science topics covered in Junior Astronaut include: 1)the early development of rockets and gunpowder, 2) air resistance, drag and aerodynamics, 3)mass, weight and gravity, 4) actions and reactions, 5) forces and their effects, and more.  There are 28 interactive scenes featuring original artwork and music – and kids can even build their own rocket and test their knowledge in the Rocket Academy!  If you have kids who are interested in space travel – be sure to check out Junior Astronaut!  Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.  Price: FREE ~  See Junior Astronaut in the App Store

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