Easy-to-use biology and nutrition app makes learning about food fun
Educational apps for kids over the age of five are often entirely centered around reading comprehension or mathematics, and often tend to gloss over the sciences. We think that is a real shame, because kids are naturally curious about the world around them and how it works. Urbn Pockets, however, saw this opportunity and decided they'd step in, with a biology- and nutrition-themed app called This is My Food.
Cute puzzle game helps kids understand color theory and spacial logic
There's something to be said for apps that cater to the preschool and elementary crowd. Years go, most developers avoided creating apps for younger kids, because most mainstream consoles and computers had far too many buttons for little fingers. Thanks to touchscreen devices, more developers are making the leap to engage a younger audience. We checked out Busy Shapes, a cute puzzler for the under-10 set.
Explore the bustling city and discover all your favorite Toca Boca characters
If you've been around for a while, chances are you've heard us gush about Toca Boca, a company that makes creative, exploration, and role-playing-based apps for kids. The apps are gender-neutral, highly interactive, and they have some of the coolest, most colorful characters we've come across in a kids app. The developers continue this trend with Toca Life: City, an app that takes you inside the world of Toca Boca.
Nickelodeon brings kid's shows to iOS with kid-friendly app
More and more people are giving up TV these days in favor of online streaming, but a lot of these services often leave kids out of the equation. Sure, Netflix and Amazon Prime have a decent selection of kids shows, but shouldn't there be a better option out there? Well, the folks over at Nickelodeon came to that conclusion, too, and offered up Noggin, an app designed especially for preschoolers.
Quirky little match three has you matching feathered friends!
We've told you about our love for the match three genre before, so there's not much reason to wax poetic on that front. But if you've taken notice, most of the match threes we take a look at are geared toward the adults, games that get progressively more stressful and really make you work for the victory. Today, we're dialing it back a little and offering up a match three designed for kids called Fur and Feathers (iPhone, iPad.)
Teach your little ones the joy of upcycling with this cute kids app
Everything old is new again. Reduce, reuse, recyle. Waste not, want not. These are all principles that we've had drilled into us since we were young. You can teach your own kids the importance of seeing the value in everything by letting them play Duckie Deck's Trash Toys, a game about creating new things from old parts.
Fun art app aims to make artists out of elementary kids
We've been covering a fair amount of artist-centric apps lately, most of which are designed for professional artists, hobbyists, or at the very least, adults. We're about to change that, however, by showcasing an app that is designed for elementary-age artists everywhere, called Drawing with Carl.
Educational math game helps keep kids interested in arithmetic
Getting kids to practice math skills isn't always easy. Flash cards are boring, worksheets are torture, and forget about trying to get your average nine-year-old to a tutor without at least four temper tantrums and a significant amount of bribery. So how do you get your kids to brush up on their math skills? We suggest Numbees and the World of Math, a well-rounded, fun app for helping improve your child's math skills.
Another papercraft toy creation tool from Pixle
Foldify Zoo -- Create, Print and Fold Paper Animals! and Foldify Dinosaurs are two more papercraft toy creation apps from Pixle, makers of Foldify and Storest, which we have looked at previously. Both Zoo and Dinosaurs include all the tools from Foldify, but have more limited papercraft patterns to choose from. What the user gets in exchange is an educational rundown of the creature in question, and where in the world it's from.
Creative kids app encourages kids to explore designing clothes!
Toca Boca is a developer we feature regularly here, and it's not hard to see why. Their apps are bright, friendly, easy to use, and consistently ranked among the top apps for young kids. Today we checked out Toca Tailor, a sandbox-style game with a similar feel to games like Toca Hair Salon and Toca Mini.
Give your elementary-school engineer a fun project to work on!
It's in a child's nature to be interested about the world around them, and as parents and teachers, there's a certain obligation you have to encourage that. Starting from age two, kids just seem to become more and more inquisitive, and while the "why?" phase is never fun, watching a child develop a genuine interest in the way the world works is one of the best things a parent gets to witness. Finding games that can help foster those interests isn't always easy, but we think that Crazy Gears is a good place to start.
Fun game allows kids to build on the go!
We're quite familiar with Toca Boca apps over here, and we've loved every app we've gotten our hands on. Between the fantastic free-play atmosphere, the well designed graphics, and the fun game play mechanics, we've come to expect greatness from them. When we found out about Toca Builders, we knew we had to check it out immediately.
Spark your kids interest in science with this silly science lab!
Getting a kid interested in science isn't as easy as it used to be -- there aren't as many science-centric shows geared toward kids. No Bill Nyes, no Mister Wizards, and most edutainment has gone the way of the humanities. Sure, Sid the Science Kid is doing the best he can, but we think science needs a few more hard-hitters -- and while we certainly believe there's value in kids learning a second (or third, or fourth) language, and we would never discredit the importance of learning how to work well with others, we sometimes long for the day when kids were prodded and pushed toward baking soda volcanoes, and Alka-Seltzer rockets. Thankfully, Toca Boca has created Toca Lab, a delightfully scientific app designed for pint-sized chemists everywhere.
Kid-Friendly YouTube Browser offers Safe Content Browsing
YouTube is a wonderful place. The sheer amount of content uploaded to it every day is almost enough to entertain and educate us for a lifetime. That being said, YouTube is far from being child-friendly, even though a lot of children's programming winds up on there. Parents have often gone the route of tandem-browsing, only allowing their children to watch the content that they click on. However, if you're ready to let your kid have some unrestricted browsing time without the risk of them stumbling onto the weirder parts of the Internet, we suggest you take a look at Google's new app: Youtube Kids.
Take your little one on an adventure to Fraggle Rock with this interactive book
Every so often, we come across an app developer that stands out above the rest. This is especially true of Cupcake Digital, a company that specializes in creating apps for elementary-age school children. We've already looked at its Snoopy's All Star Football, an app which brings the Peanuts Gang to kids. We sat down to take a look at another popular franchise-turned-app, with the company's Fraggle Rock Game Day.
Parents gain new one-stop category, but in-app purchases still lurk
Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases.
Products like YouTube, Chrome could be created for kids under the age of 12
Starting next year, Google will be tinkering with new versions of some of its most popular products. While the search giant often experiments with its services and various consumer offerings, the upcoming venture is a little different. Instead of improving or completely changing existing products, the company is going to create specific versions for children ages 12 and younger.
Kids' mini remote-controlled drone debuts
Swann's has introduced a new toy to its remote-controlled Xtreem product range, the Mini Stealth RC Drone. The six-inch gadget is designed for kids of all ages, with a rotor diameter of three inches and a weight of under one ounce. Its 2.4GHz frequency allows the Mini Stealth Drone to fly with a strong signal indoors or outdoors of up to 330 feet, and its dual-blade rotors simplify flying for novice "pilots." The rechargeable Li-poly battery inside the helicopter provides up to seven minutes of continuous flight time, and the remote control is powered by six AA batteries. The Mini Stealth RC Drone is priced at $50.
Panasonic updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch rugged Windows tablet
Panasonic has announced the release of an upgrade to its Toughpad FZ-G1, a rugged 10-inch tablet. Featuring a faster fourth-generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, an advanced Windows 8.1 Pro update, and a new battery life of up to 10 hours, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is intended for mobile professionals such as military personnel and first responders.
Ergonomic case offers 22 unique positions
Accessories creator Felix has released its versatile case for iPad and iPad mini, the FlipStand. An ergonomic case that acts as a stand, the FlipStand provides 22 angled positions (16 for the FlipStand mini) for using an iPad for reading, browsing the Internet, watching videos, and more. Users can set a position by lifting the iPad to a desired position, and set it into any of its ridge to lock the device into place. Its kickstand holds the iPad under a secure clip on the case. Available in black and tan with white, the FlipStand retails for $50.
Children under 13 can have accounts only through recognized schools
In an effort to further promote and support the iPad for students, the company is bending a rule that children under 13 can't have Apple ID accounts and allowing schools and "approved educational institutions" to create accounts for students under the age limit. Children between 13 and 18 are now requested to review the terms and conditions with parents or guardians when creating an account. In order for schools to implement Apple IDs for kids under 13, the institution must obtain the students' parent's consent.
Comic Boom for kids
Known for its comic-book and animation software, Toon Boom says it has designed a comic book application for children. Comic Boomincludes unlimited drawing placement, allowing kids to quickly design four-panel comic strips to post on blogs, websites or saved as PDF or JPG files. The company says the product features an easy-to use interface, and built-in clip art.
Toon Boom Animation and educational publisher FableVision on Wednesday released Animation-Ish, a new software program that offers “do-it-yourself” animation. The software seeks to leverage the “ish” philosophy that art pieces don’t need to create a mirror image of reality to effectively convey ideas, which was popularized by New York Times Bestselling children’s book author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds in his best-selling books “The Dot” and “Ish”. Reynolds uses a playful, low-stress approach to coach children and adults to think “ishfully” about their art and be brave about expressing their creativity and originality. Animation-ish featuresmore than 50 “Inspire Me” video clips with Peter H. Reynolds, three animation skill-levels, and a “Project Vault” with Reynolds’ drawings and starter ideas.
Babysitting Mania for Mac
Macgamestore.com today announced the release of Babysitting Mania for Mac. "Can you get the kids to bed and the house clean before the parents get home?" The game features 20 different houses, as well as dozens of different children to care for. Babysitting Mania is priced at $20, and requires mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to play.
Flip Boom for kids
Toon Boom Animation Inc. today unveiled Flip Boom, a free-form animation tool designed for kids. Flip Boom is designed for younger users that have an interest in animation, providing a simple, but still maintains some features of the program's more robust sibling, Toon Boom Studio, such as onion-skinning, and coloring behind linework. The software also teaches about animation principles, such as timing and motion, allowing children to quickly understand and apply the concepts. Flip Boom is currently selling for $30, $10 off from its regular price, as a product launch special.