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Bamba! – Apps for Kids – all of them free for a limited time! December 22, 2012

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Bamba! – Apps for Kids.

If you love Toca Boca, you will love Bamba! apps. They have just made ALL four of their apps free for a limited time! Your LO will just love playing with these interactive apps. I don’t have time for a lengthy review with Christmas around the corner. My son has just loved the Ice Cream and Pizza apps, and he will be so excited with two more to explore.

Be sure to get Bamba Ice Cream, Bamba Pizza, Bamba Burger and Bamba Post Office while they are free. This is sure to amuse and entertain your LO and just in time for travel for the holidays. These apps are perfect for pretend play for preschoolers.

Highly recommended for 3 to 5. You can help younger children play with this app.



Drag the Rope HD app – Free right now! December 12, 2012

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Drag the Rope HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Here’s a great app gone free that is fun and interesting for older kids and adults. Drag the Rope is consistently a top ranked puzzle app in the iTunes store. This app is free right now. (Normally, $0.99). There are over 360 puzzles to solve in this line puzzle game. Have some fund and exercise your brain while you are traveling during the holidays with this easy to play, yet hard to master puzzle game. If you like Save the Pencil (really great app as well), you will like Drag the Rope.

Recommended ages 8 and up.



Toca Band App – Free for a limited time!

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Toca Band for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Quick download this fantastic music app from the amazing Toca Boca people. This is another great app for the toddler and preschool crowd. Your child can create their own music mixes with over 16 different characters/instruments. This is so much fun!

This app is free for a limited time, so grab this before it goes back to $1.99

Highly recommended ages 2 to 4. Don’t miss out on this one!



Leo’s Pad Appisode – free for a limited time! December 11, 2012

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Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Leo’s Pad is a fabulous iPad app for preschoolers developed by Kidaptiv, a start up featuring a group of Stanford education experts, award winning animation artists, and an Emmy winning creative director. This group has raised the bar with this appisode and this entry is on par with the high quality interactive apps that have been produced by Disney and Nickelodeon. This is definitely not just another storybook app.

You will absolutely love the high quality graphics and animation. The compelling story with seamlessly integrated exploratory activities that are intended to help build key preschool skills like¬†shapes, colors, number sense, drawing, letter identification, and puzzle solving. I like that you can track your child’s progress in the Parents only section.

This is a very intriguing offering in a planned series of apps that will be priced at $4.99. Appisode 1: Gally’s Birthday introduces Galileo and explores his dream of flying to the stars. Future apps will feature other child-friendly versions of key historical figures like Marie Curie. So, grab this amazing app while it is still free. Appisode 2: Rocket to the Stars will be released in January 2013.

Highly recommended for ages 3 to 5. Do not miss out on this one!



Bugsy Pre-K app – free for a limited time! December 10, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:36 pm
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Bugsy Pre-K – alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, phonics, and counting for preschool kids for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Bugsy has made their preschool app free for a limited time. This app is normally $2.99. This app covers a range of preschool concepts: colors, shapes, phonics, letters, numbers, counting, and vocabulary. This app supports multiple users, allows you customize which skills to work on, and adjust difficulty level based on your child’s progress. I really like the design of the skill tracking in this app. However, be sure to set up your child as a user before playing since any progress made will not be kept unless the user profile is established. This app uses a reward system to encourage your child’s progress.

Note: As other users have noted the phonics pronunciation does exaggerate the letter sounds, so be aware of that if that is of a concern to you.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

Bugsy Kindergarten Math for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

This is a pretty cute, user friendly Kindergarten math app from Bugsy. This app costs $2.99 which is a reasonable price for a multi-user math skills app ($1.99 would be fairer pricing in my opinion though). I do think that the Teach Me series that I blogged about here ( is about the best app deals all around.

This app covers: numbers to 30, skip counting, writing numbers, pattern recognition, addition and subtraction up to 20, comparing quantities, and number bonds. I am really pleased to see an early math app that teaches number bonds which is a pictorial representation of an addition fact. This is a concept that heavily used in Singapore Math. Having taught my son with Singapore Math through Primary 1, I can see how learning number bonds really helps students understand addition, subtraction, adjacent number bonds (for example, 7 is 3 and 4, 2 and 5, 1 and 6, 0 and 7), and helps with the concept of re-grouping for more complex sums.

Like the other Bugsy apps, multiple children can use this app. The difficulty level is self-adjusting, and skills to be worked on can be customized. There is also a reward system built in to encourage your child’s progress. The progress screen is extremely helpful to see where your child is in their mastery of specific skills.

Recommended for 4 to 6.



Suzy’s Zoo Storybook app – Free today only!

Filed under: Apps,Book Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:45 pm
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Suzy’s Zoo Storybook Collection for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

This super cute and whimsical interactive storybook “Witzy’s Friends Forever” featuring Suzy’s Zoo is free for today only. This app is normally $0.99. It includes a puzzle, memory, and coloring activity.

Recommended for ages 2 to 5.



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