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App Friday: February 27, 2015

Every week I highlight some of the better kids apps in the app stores.  Personally, I love the sheer variety of apps in all kinds of topics.  This week we have science (iBiome-Wetland), math (SMART Adventures), stories (Storm & Skye Lite Edition), and much more. Plus, I review the YouTube taming app Cakey, and you can find out more about the creator of Stack the States.

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Science

iBiome-Wetland
iBiome-Wetland

by Springbay Studio Ltd.

With Professor Bio as your guide, come explore the wetland habitat and all the amazing species within. Build unique bio domes from scratch and interact with their fascinating food webs through immersive game play. Use what you learn to make your bio domes flourish with life.

iPad: Free -

Puzzles

Gooseling Jigsaw Puzzles with Dragons and Firefighters
Gooseling Jigsaw Puzzles with Dragons and Firefighters

by Gooseling

Explore 18 jigsaw puzzles with cavity dragons, firefighters and screens from our popular Cavity Dragons games. Puzzles range from easy to difficult.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 0.99 -

Early Learning

On the Farm - matching game for toddlers
On the Farm - matching game for toddlers

by Mr.Fox and friends, s.r.o.

Lets' explore all the animals living on the farm in this cute matching memory game. Your child will love all the cute characters, sounds and animations.

Includes In-App Purchases

Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free -

Math

Systems of linear equations in two variables ( Algebra for kids )
Systems of linear equations in two variables ( Algebra for kids )

by Kids17Fun

Systems of linear equations in two variables ( Algebra for kids ) app provide an easy way to help students to learn Algebra. Students can drag and drop or tap the numbers or variables of the equations to solve it. For example:students can click the numbers or variables to calculate it or drag and drop numbers,variables for substitution or Shift regulation.

iPad: 4.99 -

Language Arts

Word Wheel: Long Vowels
Word Wheel: Long Vowels

by Teknos Interactive

Word Wheel is a fun, educational app that guides children in learning phonics, long vowels, and consonants. Recognizing beginning consonant/consonant blend sounds and long vowel sounds is an important step in learning to read. This application offers an interactive learning experience, coupled with a quiz mode that reviews words they have learned. Word Wheel is kid tested and kid approved!

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 1.99 -

Puzzles

Sudoku – Dragon Adventure
Sudoku – Dragon Adventure

by Shoto

Discover this great version of Sudoku. Solve the puzzles and raise your own dragon. Hatch your dragon egg and raise the hatchling into its amazing adult form. Collect wonderful treasures in the dragon cave. This classic game is now specially designed to challenge players of all ages. Kids ages 4 and up can now bend their brain with these logic puzzles. Being encouraged by their dragon they solve the puzzles to collects treasures for the dragon cave.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Blog Post

Review: Cakey
Review: Cakey

by App Report

If you've ever let your young child watch YouTube, you know it can be a slightly unsettling experience.  Is that innocent looking Minecraft video going to turn into a long string of expletives?  And what happens when they start clicking on the links to other videos? 

Cakey is an iOS app that allows parents to curate and limit what a child can watch, and for the most part it works well.  When first starting the app, a parent must create a passcode and then sign up for the service via Facebook or email (or use it in guest mode).  You can then search YouTube and create collections of videos for your child.  Better still, you can browse collections that other parents have shared through a separate web site and import them for your child.  

What We Liked:

The app is easy to navigate, and a good way of essentially bookmarking videos that your child is going to watch over, and over (and over) without giving them access to all of YouTube.  Everything is presented to the child with pictures, so reading is not required.  Videos automatically go full screen, and have no ads of any kind. The web site cakeyvillage.com makes it easy to bring in collections of videos without having to set up everything yourself. Plus, my son likes the surprise aspect; when you add a collection, it appears as a gift to the child.

What could be improved:

Browsing shared collections requires going to an outside web site, which works, but it is a little clunky, although I'm told that this allows parents to add content from anywhere without having to be on the device where the app is installed. My son also found it difficult to fast forward though parts of a video as the slider control was hard for him to move.  

Overall, Cakey is good for taming what your child sees on YouTube.  It's clearly aimed at young kids (4+) but with the right videos, older kids can enjoy it too.  

Download Cakey for iPhone or iPad: Free

Review

Blog Post

Newsworthy
Newsworthy

by App Report

Making YouTube child-friendly is a hot topic right now.  Google just released YouTube Kids for Android and iOS.  Unfortunately, it is only available in the U.S.

Learn a little about Dan Russell-Pinson from his interview at at gamesandlearning.org. Dan is the brilliant developer behind Stack the States, Monster Physics and more.

Case study of using Drawp in school.

Night Zoo Keeper wants to inspire kids to write with their contest for world creative writing month.  

Grab three phonics apps at a reduced price from AbiTalk in this bundle.

Newsworthy

Early Learning

Monki Birthday Party
Monki Birthday Party

by Monkimun

IAP will be free on Friday. Kids are anxious waiting for the next Birthday Party and we don't want them to wait any longer! This awesome party is the perfect event to get them motivated and receptive, and to learn while having fun. The party begins in Monkiland Park where our favorite pets are waiting: Cowy, Billy y Lisa. While they have fun, your children are learning numbers, shapes, colors, the difference between big and small and comparative structures.

Includes In-App Purchases

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

Books

Storm & Skye - An Animated Magical Adventure Story for Kids (Lite)
Storm & Skye - An Animated Magical Adventure Story for Kids (Lite)

by digimoo studios

Have your children go on a storybook adventure filled with fantasy, animations and audio stories in this lite version of Storm & Skye: The Secret of the Car Wash. Including the two first chapters of Storm & Skye and the Secret of the Car Wash, your kids follow Storm while going through a magical car wash with his mother. The narrator will guide your children along through the magical adventure. Find out what happens in the darkness of the car wash in this magical adventure story!

Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free -

Math

SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station
SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station

by Kata Enterprises, Inc.

S.M.A.R.T. – the Science Math and Radical Technology Agency - needs your help! The space station has been sabotaged, and the astronauts are desperately trying to keep things working. They need you to use your math skills to repair the science labs and discover who sabotaged the space station. Everyone’s a suspect. Can you save the space station and solve the mystery? We’ve got problems to solve. Let’s go!

iPad: Free -