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Thinking Time App

Today we introduce a kid’s app that trains children’s cognitive skills, such as memory, reasoning, flexibility. These skills are fundamental building blocks of early learning. Based on research, these skills don’t automatically happen as children mature. A good training program can help children develop these skills. Thinking Time is designed with leading researchers in developmental neuroscience from Harvard and UC Berkeley. There are 4 training games in the app: Memory: repeat after me Kids will see honey drops fall on… Read More

Brainfeed app

Brainfeed is an app with collections of educational videos for kids. All the videos in the app are educational, entertaining, and age appropriate. The app is free with about 100 videos free. I like the app for its filtered content, so I know those videos are high quality and kids friendly. There are 11 categories in the app: Science, This is your world, Tech and Design, English, Arts and Music, The Human Body, Social Studies, Math, and Make your Future… Read More

Toca House

Many people think tablets or smartphones are not appropriate for young children. What they don't realize is how many valuable educational materials are available on tablets and smart phones for kids of all ages, including kids of very young age, like 2-3 year olds. Today we share 10 apps that teach young children essential life skills, such as dressing themselves, brushing teeth correctly, remembering parents' phone numbers. We like these apps because they are specially designed for young children, simple yet… Read More

PlayKids

Do you let your preschoolers watch kids’ shows, like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Super Why? I think it is all about being balanced. Kids need a little bit everything, including educational TV shows. Today I have an app letting you download those popular kids shows and watch them offline on the go even when you have no access to Wi-Fi: PlayKids. In addition to watching popular TV shows, PlayKids also has games, like matching games, memory games; books; and lullabies… Read More

Duckie Deck Collection

After reviewing Duckie Deck’s Sandwich Chef, I checked out a couple other Duckie Deck’s apps. I really liked their playful learning approach and the smart use of different device features in the learning experience. I also like their apps not only addressing academic skills, but also life skills in general. Today I want to share an app called Duckie Deck Collection. It includes six fun and friendly games for toddler and preschool kids (age 2-5), teaching kids some essential life… Read More

Leo’s Pad Preschool Learning Series

Leo’s Pad is a series of apps for preschool kids learning. Based on child development research, the content of the apps is well designed to assist child’s development as a whole person. In addition to academic skills, it addresses many other skills, like social cue reading, collaboration, and problem solving. Since it is designed for iPad, it utilizes all the features the tablets can offer to engage kids. All the activities are integral part of the story, so kids feel… Read More

Leo’s Pad Preschool Kids Learning Series

Leo’s Pad just launched its 5th appisode, and now all appisodes are free.  We have reviewed Leo’s Pad previous appisodes. It is a preschool learning app series designed by Stanford University researchers and Emmy award-winning animators. We liked how the learning activities are seamlessly woven in the storylines in all Leo’s Pad appisodes. Appisode 5 is again filled with fun and engaging learning activities. The title for appisode five is The Wishing Fish.  Leo and friends are joined by Fusch… Read More

Maya the Bee Flower Party

Maya the Bee: Flower Party is based on the TV show that is translated into many languages. The original story is from a book The Adventures of Maya the Bee, published in 1912. Maya the Bee: Flower Party has all the key characters in the TV show, but is mostly a learning game for preschool to kindergarten kids. Maya the bee has invited her friends to celebrate her birthday with her. Kids are asked to help Maya and her friends… Read More

Netflix

We like to watch movies as a family. When you have a good movie for kids, these movie watching experience can be very educational. Last month we started using Netflix again.  I really liked Netflix movies stream program.  We tried Netflix a couple years ago, but discontinued due to concerns that my son may be exposed to some content that are not appropriate for his age.  Now with the new feature Kids Movie, we decided to give it another try… Read More

Bugs and Button 2

Bugs and Buttons 2 is a collection of mini games for early learning skills, helping preschool and kindergarten kids gain critical early learning skills with fun games.  It is Free for limited time. There are 18 games in the app.  Kids can choose which game they want to play. Each game addresses several early learning skills, such as counting, letter recognition, matching and sorting by various attributes like colors and shapes, fine motor skills, and following directions.  If kids do… Read More

Grandma Loves Bugs

Do you kids love bugs? If you have a bug lover, you don’t want to miss today’s app - a fun bug app for kids. Grandma Loves Bugs is a learning app for kids 6 and younger.  Following the guide from a fun-loving grandma, kids will not only learn a lot about bugs, but also numbers, letters, words, and more. There are ten mini games in the app, covering a wide range of skills, including nature awareness, such as bug… Read More

News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic is a kid-friendly news app. It publishes 5 pieces of news every day Monday through Friday. All news is tailored to kids level (age 6 to 12) and includes various topics from international politics to sports, to new movies. It is free to download with subscription options. Without subscription you can still receive daily news, but can not go back to previous news. School teachers are able to receive free subscription via a link provided below. What I like about the app… Read More

Playroom Lessons with Max

Playroom-Lessons with Max is an educational app from lgromatic. It's designed with pre-school children in mind. What it offers that's just a little bit different is the way in which parents are able to protect children from inadvertently gaining online access while using the app. The Max in question is a little kitten and he's the star in the five games contained within the app. Designed to re-inforce early learning skills, the five games involve a search for hidden toys… Read More

Vehicles Video Touch

Video Touch is a series of apps from the creator of Sound Touch, but instead of the flash cards showing real life photographs of animals, instruments, and objects, it shows short video clips.  For a review of Sound Touch, you can visit Sound Touch - A Flash Card App Toddlers and preschools love to be able to watch animals move, music instruments be played, and transportation vehicles move about. This app is a step above the original Sound Touch by putting… Read More

Leo’s Pad preschool learning series

Leo's Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series is an interactive learning app for preschoolers. All learning activities are built within the story line, making it a very engaging app.  It is one of the best designed series I have seen.  The 4th Appisode is just released, and for a limited time, all 4 appisodes are FREE! The app is designed by education experts at Stanford University, following early-learning curriculum based on latest research.  The main characters are child version of Leonardo da… Read More