Apps, Learning Toys, Videogames

Apps We Love: Word Monster
Review by Joseph Broda
Word Monster by OtherWise Games is a challenging word puzzle game for older kids. (more)

Illustrated Apps We Love: “Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends Stickerbook”
Sometimes the life of a blogger is VERY easy: the products we come across are so good, the only problem is finding enough synonyms for the word wonderful. (more)

’Appy Holidays!
Here’s a Santa’s bagful of apps that will make perfect last minute holiday gifts. (more)

Web Series We Love: “The Digits”
If I could design the perfect show for ages seven to eleven, I’d want it to seamlessly blend its educational layer with entertainment that’s as witty and downright smart as the concepts its hoping to convey. (more)

Apps That Put Girls Center Stage: Magic Belles, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina, and Disney Fairies Fly
Your kids will love these four fun, creative, and inspiring apps. (more)

Vocabulary Building Apps We Love: “The Opposites” and “Word Cracker”
Lights are back on after a weeklong blackout at my house and it feels great to be getting a story up. (more)

Skeletons! And Muscles. And the Circulatory System.
Human Anatomy Apps for Kids
Two new apps—one for younger kids; one for older—do a great job explaining how the world’s most sophisticated machine works. (more)

Halloween Treats: “The Monsters’ Monster” and Apps that Say Boo!
If you’re a fan of Mutts Comics, I don’t need to sell you on the extraordinary work of Patrick McDonnell. (more)

Apps We Love: “Franklin Frog,” “Splash Math,” and “Fish Hooks”
I’ve just been hanging around the fishpond, trying to will summer from ending. (more)

Retro Apps We Love: “Punky Dunk and the Gold Fish,” “Colorforms Revolution,” and “Knock Knock and the Who’s There Doors”
If you’re like me, you love to share old favorites—books, toys, even jokes—from your own childhood with your kids. (more)

Apps We Love: Toon Goggles
I was a bit skeptical when I first glanced through the Toon Googles app, especially when I realized that there was no “brand name” content to view. (more)

London Calling: Gold Medal-Worthy British Media
I can hardly believe the Olympics are almost over. (more)

Stick With This App: “Caillou Stickers!”
If you’ve visited this site before, you know I love media that invites kids to become storytellers. (more)

Preschool Apps We Love: “I Learn Through Transportation,” “Sound Shaker,” and “Bug Builder”
When you’re choosing an app for the youngest users, you want something that’s engaging and educational and at the same time expands the way your child thinks. (more)

Apps We Love: “Make A Scene” and “Create & Play”
Two children’s art-making apps enable users to create art through collage. (more)

“SQUIDS Wild West” Really Grabbed Me!
Mobile Games We Love
I have to confess right up front, I haven’t really been into the elaborate gaming end of apps, but after playing SQUIDS Wild West by The Game Bakers, I understand why games have bested motion pictures when it comes to grabbing people’s attention and time. (more)

Apps We Love: Marble Math and Marble Math Jr. by Artgig
I haven’t seen an app that makes better use of the tilting function of iPhone and iPad than Marble Math by Artgig Apps. (more)

Learning Toys We Love: Switch & Go Dinos by VTech
Sliver the T-Rex and Horns the Triceratops
The moment you turn on one of VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos, the toy demands respect—literally. (more)

Apps We Love: MoMA Art Lab
When I heard that New York’s Museum of Modern Art created their first art-making app, I imagined something amazing. (more)

Shakespeare? In Love!
I’ve become intrigued by an app that hasn’t even been invented yet. (more)

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!
Apps We Love: Monster Time by Myello Digital
It’s about time someone created an app that teaches and supports kids in learning to tell time. (more)

For a Magical Media Experience, Just “Press Here”
Book and App Review
Last March, Chronicle Books published an amazing book titled Press Here by Henré Tullet. (more)

Read Me a Story, iPad!
Apps We Love: Go Away, Big Green Monster! and Grimm’s Red Riding Hood – 3-D Interactive Pop-Up Book
Go Away, Big Green Monster! By Ed Emberley by Night & Day Studios is the app version of the Caldecott-medal winning storybook. (more)

Apps We Love: “Gube” and “TeleTweet” by Shacked Apps
Every once in a while a product comes along that’s a game changer. (more)

One Great App Deserves Another
Apps We Love: Stella and Sam Story Pack and Doodle Cast by zinc Roe
Have you noticed that when you discover a great app—well-designed, beautiful graphics, easy to use, fun—you’ll find other terrific apps by the same company? (more)

Apps We Love: “One. Two. Match-A-Roo” and “Match the Pairs – Junior Edition”
 Two extremely well-designed apps—One. Two. Match-A-Roo by CMCD Visual Symbols and Match the Pairs by Fabrik 19—take the concept of the classic match game to the digital world. (more)

Apps We Love: “Critteroos: Mix. Match. Print.”
This app is as much fun as it is beautiful, and that’s saying a lot! (more)

Apps We Love: NxtApp 4 Kids and Kids Switcheroo
Once your pre-schooler has learned to count, how do you encourage real numeracy? How do you help kids understand that numbers aren’t just sounds but have values? (more)

Apps We Love: Counting Bees, Memory Train, and Interactive Alphabet by Pi’ikea Street
My daughter and I have been playing Counting Bees, Memory Train, and Interactive Alphabet all week and I don’t know who loves these apps more, me or her. (more)

Apps We Love: “School 26”—So NOT About Being a Mean Girl by Joseph Broda
App Review
Just yesterday, I drove past a school that put up a sign declaring itself a “bully free zone.” (more)

Apps We Love—“FirstWords: Deluxe” by Joseph Broda
App Review
If your toddler is amazed by your iPhone (and what toddler isn’t), there’s a world of amazing apps out there that will turn your little one’s play time into learning time. (more)

Videogames: The First Fifty Years by Maggie Hames
Harold Goldberg’s new book, All Your Base Are Belong to Us—How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture, amazed me from the moment I picked it up. (more)