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$7.99 Highlights Activity Books at Costco April 17, 2014

Filed under: Children's Books,Deals — lifeatwarpspeed @ 7:51 pm
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Who didn’t love Highlights as a kid growing up? If you had siblings and had to share the magazine you would fight over who got to do the puzzles and activities first. If you didn’t have a subscription to Highlights, do you remember being happy finding a copy of Highlights at the doctor’s office? It was surely disappointing when the someone filled in the puzzles or actually circled the hidden pictures in INK.

I was really excited to find Costco has Highlights Puzzlemania (beginner and expert) and Hidden Pictures (Fun with Friends and Animal Jamboree) for sale right now, These are thick, colorful books with more than 150 puzzles or more than 170 Hidden Pictures that are ready for coloring. These books are $7.99 (58% off the cover price). Hopefully, there are still some available at your local warehouse.

Recommended for ages 6 and up. Age 4 to 5 if your child has good pencil skills, reading and writing skills, and adept at puzzles.

L@WS

 

Little Things Forever! – free for limited time. March 15, 2013

Filed under: Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 7:14 pm
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Little Things® for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Little Things® Forever for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Who didn’t love those I Spy books or those Hidden Picture Puzzles in Highlights Magazine when you were growing up? I suppose it isn’t a very well kept secret that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing with those I Spy books with my nieces.

Klicktock is the developer of the best selling, award winning  Little Things App and  Little Things Forever for the iPhone and iPad. In honor of this, they are offering Little Things Forever free for a limited time. Normally $2.99. This is an awesome grab!

I love how this app offers up a different game every time you play which is refreshing when most puzzle apps for young children a fairly repetitive. You solve each hidden picture puzzle and earn puzzle pieces to collect to solve when you collect enough pieces. When you solve the puzzle, you earn badges. For younger players, the hint feature is really helpful. They darken the screen and highlight a circular area when the hidden object is located. As time passes, the circle grows smaller and smaller so that your child can easily find the hidden object. This is really great for avoiding undue frustration when your child gets stumped. I thought that the puzzle that you collect pieces for a pretty tough for a younger player to solve since you have to rotate, slide, and flip pieces. I had to do a little thinking in order to solve it myself.

This app does a really great job of engaging children with interesting and dynamic puzzle play while really helping them with their observational skills. Highly recommended for ages 3 and up! These apps are well worth the paid app price.

L@WS

 

LetsTans Premium for iPad – today only! February 21, 2013

Filed under: Apps,General,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 9:23 pm
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New LetsTans Premium for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

The full premium iPad version of LetsTans is available for free download for one day only in honor of its release in the iTunes store. I imagine the price will be at least $2.99 or higher based on the pricing of their deluxe version. This is a great app for puzzle lovers. Even though it is considered a “game,” I am a strong believer in tangrams as a learning tool to help children (and adults) develop spatial, crticial thinking, and problem solving skills. Even better, it gives children an intuitive sense of geometry. They are sharpening math and logic skills without even knowing it.

There are over 900 puzzles included in this app. More than enough to satisfy any puzzle lover. There are seven modes of play which increase in difficulty. And yes, there is a hint system in case you get stuck. If you miss out on this, LetsTans does have a few free lite versions available for download.

Recommended for 7 and up. Younger children can play this if they are adept at puzzles, but they will have to learn to manipulate the orientation of the shapes which can be a challenging skill to master.

L@WS

 

Tappie Puzzles Mobile – free for a limited time. August 17, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:16 am
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App Store – Tappie Puzzles Mobile.

The mobile version of Tappie Puzzles is currently free for download right now. There is an HD version that is $0.99, but I am frugal, so the iPhone version is good enough for me. There are free lite versions of both that are available in case you miss the free offer.

This is a pretty cute beginner puzzle app featuring animals in their habits around the world and some space themed ones as well. Easy for toddlers to learn to manage puzzle solving since the pieces do not require any orientation before dragging into place. This is great for developing matching skills in young child.

Recommended for ages 2 to 3.

L@WS

 

Spy Mouse App – Free for limited time! June 16, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 4:43 pm
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App Store – SPY mouse.

Dun dun DA dah…Dun dun DA da…Baaang! How fun is this top rated game app for kids? This is the current fave game in our family right now. Electronic Arts is offering this for free download for a limited time. Normally, it is $0.99.

Be clever and outwit the hench-cat and recover your cheese as you navigate mazes and solve puzzles on your very own PG spy adventure. Over 80 levels of play to explore and master in increasingly difficult challenges. P really enjoys playing this with M.

Highly recommended for 5 and up! Younger children will enjoy watching and “helping” parents play. Totally worth the paid app price!

L@WS

 

Sprout’s Doodle Dots app – Free June 6, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:48 am
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Sprout’s Doodle Dots for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

This free app for toddlers was developed by PBS Sprout. It is a really nice beginner dot to dot app that also helps very young children learn basic concepts like colors, shapes, fruit, and numbers. You just tap on the dot as prompted by the audio to see the dots form a picture of many common objects. You can vary the puzzle by selecting the type of dots used (colors, shapes, fruit, or numbers). There are about 100 images to play with so your toddler will have lots to explore.

Recommended for ages 18 months to 3 years.

L@WS

 

 

Little Things App – Free for a very limited time! Hot deal! June 4, 2012

Filed under: Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 2:31 pm
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Little Things® for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Little Things® Forever for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Who didn’t love those I Spy books or those Hidden Picture Puzzles in Highlights Magazine when you were growing up? I suppose it isn’t a very well kept secret that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing with those I Spy books with my nieces.

Klicktock has recently released a follow up to their top rated, best selling Little Things App for the iPad called Little Things Forever for the iPhone and iPad. In honor of this, they are offering Little Things for free and have discounted Little Things Forever to $0.99. Both are normally $2.99. This is an awesome deal!

I love how this app offers up a different game every time you play which is refreshing when most puzzle apps for young children a fairly repetitive. You solve each hidden picture puzzle and earn puzzle pieces to collect to solve when you collect enough pieces. When you solve the puzzle, you earn badges. For younger players, the hint feature is really helpful. They darken the screen and highlight a circular area when the hidden object is located. As time passes, the circle grows smaller and smaller so that your child can easily find the hidden object. This is really great for avoiding undue frustration when your child gets stumped. I thought that the puzzle that you collect pieces for a pretty tough for a younger player to solve since you have to rotate, slide, and flip pieces. I had to do a little thinking in order to solve it myself.

This app does a really great job of engaging children with interesting and dynamic puzzle play while really helping them with their observational skills. Highly recommended for ages 3 and up! Grab both of these apps before this deal is gone.

L@WS

 

 
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