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App Friday: December 19th, 2014

Christmas (I can't believe it's almost here!) is typically a great time for great apps, and this year does not disappoint.  

Dan Russell-Pinson, creator of Stack the States and Monster Physics is back with a brand new app. Off the Rails lets your kids create a roller coaster, then ride it again and again. 

Pierre Abel's Word Wizard received a major update. Learn to spell with this top-notch app.

iMagine Machine's Land of Venn, recently featured in USA Today, teaches geometry through fun gameplay.  You can even download a free card game based on th app. 

Plus we have Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls, Street Smarts, a storybook designed for a little girl that loves to watch birds (appropriately called the Bird Book), and Animal First Grade Math.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I have a gift for you.  Download our very own Christmas ABC Puzzles for free this week (iPad only).  

Thanks to all of you for reading, and Merry Christmas.

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Garry Froehlich
Jellybean Tunes

Blog Post

Duckie Deck App Giveaway
Duckie Deck App Giveaway

by App Report

Duckie Deck has caught the Christmas spirit and is giving away one of their apps for free each day until December 25th.  

See which app is free today!


Sale

Early Learning

Christmas Pegboard by Cleverkiddo
Christmas Pegboard by Cleverkiddo

by Cleverkiddo

Christmas Pegboard by Cleverkiddo is a visual perception activity app where the child has to copy a template card unto a pegboard. The cards are themed to tell the story of the birth of Jesus.

iPad: 2.99 -

Special Needs

Street Smarts
Street Smarts

by Special Appucations, Inc.

Street Smarts teaches children with autism and special needs what to do if they get lost in a store. By navigating through Street Smarts, children are presented with 3 simple steps to follow if lost, watch videos of what to do, and with Morton the Monkey as their guide, kids can learn these steps in a fun and interactive way! Plus, it is the only safety skills app that includes a parent/teacher component to help practice the three steps in the real world.

Includes In-App Purchases

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 1.99 - Google Play: 1.99 - Blackberry World: 1.99 -

Creative Play

Off the Rails
Off the Rails

by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Imagine designing a roller coaster while you’re riding it! Off the Rails is a unique game that allows you to build roller coasters in real time by simply tilting your screen. Create loops, corkscrews, barrel rolls, jumps and more while earning 75+ different game objectives. Save your coaster creations and ride them again and again with your choice of 14 different vehicles.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 1.99 -

Math

The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense
The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense

by iMagine Machine LTD

The Evil Bookkenriders are coming to drink from the magic pools and Destroy the land of Venn. Master the ancient knowledge of geometrical shapes to defend The Land and eliminate the Evil Bookkenriders attacks. Start as an apprentice and rise to fame as a powerful Wizard!

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Other

Playrific Animal World Channel
Playrific Animal World Channel

by Playrific, Inc.

From the developers of top children’s app, Playrific. Playrific animal world is filled with fun and educational playpacks featuring all of the wonderful animals on this planet. Each playpack is refreshed with new content every week and we are always adding new animals to our collection! Each animal playpack has been curated by educators and domain experts, is designed to entertain and educate children, and features a wide variety of content.

Includes In-App Purchases

Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free -

Language Arts

Word Wizard
Word Wizard

by L'Escapadou

Now at version 4.0. Biggest Update ever ! • 2 New Spelling Activities to Work on Word Lists: Word Practice and Scrambled Letters • Record Audio to Replace any Word or Phonic • 2 New Keyboards to Work on Digraphs (one for vowels like "oo", and one for consonants like "ch") • New U.S. male voice • Easy Word Lists Sharing with nearby devices

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Early Learning

Scribbaloo Train
Scribbaloo Train

by Scribbaloo

Scribbaloo Train is a beautiful interactive picture book for toddlers and preschoolers, with happy music, sounds, fun animations and simple to use interactions. A great first app for toddlers and preschoolers. The latest update includes graphic enhancements.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Creative Play

Sketchpad Space
Sketchpad Space

by Codegent

Travel through the solar system and explore the unseen realms of Space. As well as having an amazing time exploring planets and other space objects, you’ll learn how to draw them using a step-by-step guide. Our simple lessons will provide you with the artistic skills required to produce stunning drawings. This new version includes the ability to go back and edit drawings anytime you like!

Includes In-App Purchases

iPad: Free -

Creative Play

Cool Careers Free Dress Up for Girls
Cool Careers Free Dress Up for Girls

by Laura Tallardy

Is your little girl ready to be an astronaut? A scientist? The President?! Then the perfect dress-up doll has finally arrived! Now she can be all of these and more with Career Fashion Show. This forward-thinking dress-up app includes more than 12 careers for little girls to try out.

Includes In-App Purchases

Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free -

Blog Post

Newsworthy
Newsworthy

by App Report

As a developer and a parent, the issue of screen time (how much? what kind?) is important to me.  Teachers with Apps offers up Understanding Screen Time – 8 Basic Guidelines

There are a lot of great apps for kids available for the iPad, but if you are on the fence check out Thinking about purchasing an iPad? – Kindertown

From Innovate My School The Pros and Cons of the iPad as Said by Teachers

Stepping away from the screen for a moment... have a child that likes Lego? Five Lego Christmas Projects to Build (With Instructions!)

Artgig Studio has a free Christmas game for your web browser. Catch!


Newsworthy

Books

The Bird Book - an Interactive Storybook for Children
The Bird Book - an Interactive Storybook for Children

by BME Precision Technologies

This interactive story book was specifically designed for my 2.5 year old daughter who loves watching birds. I am a one man team making apps and my daughter has been my inspiration. Watching her play with my apps and smile is why I continue to do this and learn a lot from her reactions ensuring that the app is engaging/educational. This is a big accomplishment in releasing my first Children’s App, but I’m more proud that I will have a lasting memory in creating an app together with my daughter.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 0.99 -

Math

Animal First Grade Math Games for Kids
Animal First Grade Math Games for Kids

by Eggroll Games

Join math-explorer Emma in an all new adventure as she helps her animal friends complete over 100 first grade math games and find their way across the African wild! This app adheres to Common Core Standards for first grade math. What's New in Version 1.1.2 • Meet Hans the Hedgehog in an all new place value game! • More intelligent answer choices • Hint added for counting games to show the starting number • Balanced difficulty • Adjusted volume levels • Performance improvements

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 - Google Play: 2.99 - Amazon App Store: 2.99 -