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VeggieTales Silly Song Favorites – free for a limited time. December 20, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:33 am
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Watch and Find – VeggieTales Silly Song Favorites – A Fingerprint Network App on the App Store on iTunes.

If your child is a fan of Veggie Tales, you are sure to love this app which is free for a limited time (Normally, $2.99). This is in honor of the 20th anniversary of Veggie Tales. I can’t believe they have been around for two decades now. Time has really flown by.

This app is filled with Veggie Tales Silly Songs including:

– The Hairbrush Song
– The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything
– I Love My Lips
– Monkey
– Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee)
– The Water Buffalo Song
– His Cheeseburger
– Sneeze if You Need To
– Pizza Angel
– Happy Toothday

There are more to come in the year ahead. There are videos to watch and interactive elements for younger children. It  comes with a multi-child tracker so that you can track each child’s progress separately.

Recommended for ages 3 and up. Younger with assistance.



Guess How Much I Love You App – free for a limited time! April 17, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 9:59 am
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Guess How Much I Love You – Interactive Episodes for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Our family loves the classic Guess How Much I Love You story by Sam McBratney. This is a lovely story about the love between a father and his son. I love the playfulness of the story, and the fact that it is about a father. For some reason, children’s stories seem to often feature only the mother and children with the father frequently missing. Anyways, I can easily recite this from memory due to the many, many readings to my son. I always decided to have M’s aunt record this story in the Hallmark recordable book so that he could listen to her read the story. (This is a wonderful way of keeping far away loved ones near and present for young children). Even though you can do this easily with many e-books, there is something quite wonderful and tactile about physical books. You may have noticed I don’t post that frequently about e-books even though there are deals all the time. I only post about the ones I really think are interesting and exceptionally good, but I am in the firm camp of not using the iPad for reading books because I think reading is best when you can physically touch paper and allow your imagination come alive with the storytelling.

Anyways, you might not be aware that Disney developed a television program based on this book. Today’s app deal is normally $2.99 and includes 2 interactive episodes of the television show with games and puzzles to play. This might be fun for your LO if they are are fond of Little Nutbrown Hare like mine was.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5



Pokémon TV – free! March 10, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:56 pm
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Pokémon TV 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 is not a recommendation for Pokemon or to watch this show since there is plenty of educational entertainment for kids. This is just a fyi that this free app lets you watch Pokemon whenever you like as long as you have an internet connection. This is great for kids who love Pokemon. Hopefully, my son will remain blissfully unaware of Pokemon for the time being and just think that it is something his cousins like to play.




Angelina Ballerina Apps – free for a limited time! October 21, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:55 am
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Angelina Ballerina’s New Dance Teacher 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.

Angelina Ballerina’s Bubble Pop Game for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I am personally not a huge fan, but my nieces loved Angelina Ballerina on PBS. There is an interactive e-book app  and a bubble popping game for the iPad and iPhone that has gone free. Your little one can also play with the interactive coloring activities and puzzles in the e-book app.

Recommended for ages 2 to 5.



WordWorld’s Happy Birthday Dog App – free for a limited time. August 24, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 7:27 pm
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PlaySquare presents WordWorld’s Happy Birthday Dog for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

PlaySquare is currently featuring their first app offering in what they call touchable television for free download for a limited time. I picked up this app earlier this summer when they last featured it for free download. I am a huge fan of Word World which is one of the few kids’ TV offerings that is truly educational to its roots.  I love the way that they integrate letter recognition, phonemic awareness, blending, word families/rhyming, and spelling into a pretty entertaining program. Good animation, creative storytelling and catchy songs that will engage your LO. I have absolutely no problem with my LO watching this show.

This app features the episode where Dog celebrates his birthday. They have done such a good job of creating an interactive experience. I am sure that your LO will really enjoy exploring this app, and you will enjoy play blended with building early literacy skills.

Highly recommended for ages 2 to 6.



Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally app – Free for a limited time! May 27, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:13 pm
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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Disney has just rolled out this “appisode” of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally which is coincidentally the only episode of the show that M likes because it features cars and racing. This is the first in a series of planned appisodes from Disney. This app has more than 20 interactive features to explore and play throughout this episode. This is a very interesting and innovative take bringing interactivity to a television show. This is currently being offered for free download as part of their roll-out. I suspect that these apps will likely be priced in the $2.99 to $4.99 range in the future.

Recommended for ages 3 to 6.



Preschool Prep DVD sets – Saavy Source Deal until 2/19 February 13, 2012

Filed under: Baby/Toddler,Deals,Education,Kid's TV,Preschool — lifeatwarpspeed @ 4:43 pm
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Letters, Numbers, Shapes & Colors. Offered at $25.

Phonics Set. Offered at $20.

Sight Words set. Offered at $20.

I originally purchased the 7 DVD set (the 4 DVD set plus the Sight Words set) at Costco based on the reviews I had seen of the series. My son just loves this series, and it helped him immensely in his learning journey. Even now, he asks to watch different ones from time to time. However, be forewarned this is not designed for the older child or young children that have been exposed to a lot of children’s television since series is designed to be highly repetitive without a lot of distracting animation or plot lines. So, for an adult, this can be mind numbingly boring. However, for a young child, highly repetitive, very simple presentation of these basic concepts are really what children need to learn.

You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your child will master letter recognition among other concepts. I actually would recommend that you do not introduce the numbers DVD until your child has mastered the concept of numerical quantity. I believe it is really quite important that children master that skill well before the abstract concept of numerical symbols are introduced. This will go a long way to helping your child in his mastery of early math skills.

This is a good price for the Preschool Prep series. I am getting the Phonics set which I have long thought was a major missing component of the series since Meet the Letters only introduces the names of the letters. Even though M already mastered letter sounds and sight words for over a year now, I am looking forward to using the digraphs and blends DVDs since that is the next step that we need to tackle in his mastery of phonics. He has a reading vocabulary of at least 800 words, but he really can’t progress as an independent reader until he can master the phonics skill of decoding words he doesn’t know.

Highly recommended for young toddlers up to age 4 or 5 depending on exposure to other television. Don’t forget that since this is a Saavy Source deal, you can designate a school to benefit from a portion of your purchase price.


Update: I can say that this phonics set is very well done. They have been able to do what I have been unable to do via teaching: help my son understand blends and digraphs. I like that the letter sounds DVD does identify vowels which is important. That DVD was less useful since he already mastered that, but he did know his vowels after one viewing which is great.


$30 for $60 of Little Pim – limited time January 19, 2012

Filed under: Deals,Education,Kid's TV — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:43 am
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The Best Daily Deals in San Francisco – Little Pim – $60 to Spend on Language-Learning Products.

Great deal from Living Social! $30 for $60 worth of products from Little Pim foreign language learning products at their online store. . This deal expires in 6 days.

M still loves watching Little Pim and his antics. We have the six DVD sets in both Chinese and French. This award winning series was created by Julia Pimsleur Levine (daughter of the creator of the very popular Pimsleur method of learning languages). I don’t depend on this series to actually teach M Chinese or French since a live speaker is a far better method, but I do use it to reinforce what I am already teaching him. Many of the foreign language products available right now are frequently made overseas and lack the style, sensibility, and production quality of children’s products developed in the West. (I have several other DVD sets purchased in the US and overseas.) Little Pim is a great choice in the latter group of products.

Highly recommended for children under 5.



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