HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities – Review



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Kudos to you if you have been sharing nursery rhymes with your children to help develop their language skills and to teach them early math concepts like counting and sequencing. Children love nursery rhymes, and besides singing and acting out the rhymes, we can use these rhymes to engage our kids in educational activities that further develop their cognitive skills.

What we love…

Familiar nursery rhymes that kids love.

What we’d love to see…

Include lyrics for singing along and have all child-protected external links accessible from one place.

Summary

A combination of learning and entertainment with kids’ favorite nursery rhyme characters in one app.

Our Rating

The HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities is a collection of fun learning games that feature 20 of kids’ favorite rhymes:-

• Ten Green Bottles
• ABC Song
• Incy Wincy Spider
• Ice Cream Song
• Wheels On The Bus
• Row Row Row Your Boat
• Animal Fair
• Pop Goes The Weasel
• Once I Caught A Fish Alive
• Five Little Monkeys
• Baa Baa Black Sheep
• One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
• Muffin Man
• Jack and Jill
• Old MacDonald
• Humpty Dumpty
• Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
• Pat-a-cake
• I’m a Little Teapot
• Hickory Dickory Dock

Kids can either play along or sing along with these rhymes. To play the activities, kids tap the ‘play’ button from the main screen or from the sing-along section. The play section is a scrollable world full of characters from the rhymes. Each character will bring you to an activity that relates to the rhyme, as evident in the setting, characters and background music used in the activity. Within each activity, there are 2 buttons – one for repeating the instructions and the other to switch the audio to the instrumental version of the rhyme (perfect for singing along).

There is a variety of activities included like matching, puzzles, maze, spot-the-difference, stickers, dress-up and simple endless runner games. The activities are age appropriate and short, each start with prompts to help kids take their first step towards success. Once a game is completed, kids are rewarded with fireworks and then the app moves on automatically to the next rhyme activity. The games are different each time an activity is repeated.

These activities are designed to help develop skills like attention, memory, visual discrimination, visual spatial understanding, hand-eye coordination, letter and color recognition, one-to-one correspondence and counting. It’s learning and entertainment combined in one app!

For breaks in between learning sessions, kids can tap on the radio icon to listen to the 20 nursery rhymes playing on a loop. Alternatively, they can search through the rhymes and pick on their favourites.

The catchy tunes and repetitive nature of nursery rhymes make them great memory aids for our kids. Kids love them because the stories are often funny. Pairing them with learning activities is a clever way to get our kids interested and stay engaged. Check out HooplaKidz Nursery Rhymes Activities (free lite version is available) and watch how your kids interact and learn with their favorite nursery rhyme characters!

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HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities
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HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities by HooplaKidz
Category: Education, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 45.96 MB

$7.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.



Stack the States® 2 by Freecloud Design, Inc. – Review



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What we love…

beautiful graphics, fun educational learning app that has kids wanting more!

What we’d love to see…

more backgrounds to stack the states on, ability to have multiple chances to guess the answer

Summary

Fun educational app that has fantastic content and leaves kids asking for more iPad time so they can play and learn!  I call that a huge win!

Our Rating

 

Stack the States® 2Stack the States 2 is a fun new app from FreeCloud Design’s Dan Russell Pinson.  You learn state capitals, cities, shapes, landmarks, flags and then after you answer a question correctly you can drop the animate state on the screen – but watch out if you are not careful your hard work tumbles away!   In our house – my son doesn’t always realize how lucky he is to test out brand new apps before they are released in the app store.

I’m happy to say that Stack the States 2 is our latest “must have”!  My son woke up this morning and told me he had to show me how many new states he had earned and at the same time showed me that he had learned all of this great trivia and what states looked like what.  I call that a huge win especially because educational apps are not always his first choice to play during free time.

After successfully completing each level, you earn a new state.  The app allows you to set up multiple profiles so a parent can have a different profile than kids or multiple kids can play and the app can narrate and be based on what they have completed so far.  The app includes an interactive map with major cities and a 3D visual of each state with 10 different 3D scenes with various locations – we loved New York, Hawaii and Chicago the most especially the dolphins jumping.  As you become more proficient with the app, you earn new states and unlock new games.  I also liked that if you answered a question wrong, the app told which state you answered incorrectly and gave you the chance to learn.  The app contains new questions, two bonus games Connect 2 and Capital Tap as well as 3D models of 90 landmarks!  You can read our review of the original Stack the States which we also rated five stars here.  The questions are laid out in a simple format easy for early readers and in the Capital Game it also shows the state as well as a field of four choices to pick from.

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I love the graphics, the narration, the ability to practice motor planning to set the states correctly so they don’t tumble but most of all I love all of the educational value in the app.  The voice mode is very helpful for non-readers or early readers who are not yet able to read the trivia questions.  When you are in the trivia game and answer correctly you “drop” or place the state to stack them – it’s fun for a variety of reasons but with Chicago it’s even more fun because you get the bean shape to stack on.  I also loved that I could share tidbits about each state with my son – his class recently did a travel fair and learned a little about a number of states while focusing on a specific one.  I liked that he was able to translate some of the things he learned in school from the shape of the state to the capital and use that knowledge within the app.  When I was younger I had the opportunity to travel via motor home to many of the states in the United States – I’m glad I can share my love for states with my son via the iPad and he can experience it sooner than I did in a fun interactive way!  Even as a mom, I found myself playing Stack the States more than a few times.  It’s addictive, it’s fun and it’s a great way to practice critical thinking and recall skills.  My son studied Alaska for the travel fair and was excited to show me “what it really looked like” in topography as well as cities and landmarks including Mt. Denali.  It was great to see he took what he had learned through research and was able to translate that to the app.  I also liked that it did not have a timer which reduced the anxiety of my son to “be right” he could answer quickly if he knew the answer or narrow it down if he did not.

In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see more backgrounds to stack the states on.  I also found that at times I would earn the same state in the same game multiple times.  I’m sure some of this was because I missed questions or my son did, but to get the same state right after previously getting it was a bit surprising.  It might also be nice for younger users if you could toggle to have two chances to guess correctly – sometimes my 7 year old was able to narrow it down to one or the other and made a guess.

Stack the States 2 moves the bar higher from a traditional learn about this state app – to one that is more interactive and fun for kids to play.  I love seeing my son’s “aha moments” as he grasps new facts he has learned and shows me his knowledge within the app.  The bar has been set high here and I can’t wait to see what other apps come from FreeCloud design.  There are no in-app purchases, external links or integration with social networks.  It is pure geographic fun!


Stack the States® 2
Stack the States® 2
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 169.14 MB

$2.99USD

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



Kekotukos Origins – Review



Kekotukos Origins 

What we love…

Colorful engaging characters, videos tying games together, good selection of mini- games

What we’d love to see…

Written parents section talking about the characters, explaining games and scoring; multiple player profiles

Summary

Kekotukos Origins is a promising start to a new series for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten kids. I will be interested to see more in the series. It works on valuable skills such as visual perception, memory, fine motor and problem solving in a fun, playful way with cute colorful characters

Our Rating

Kekotukos: OriginsKekotukos Origins is the first of a new series of children’s apps starring a little boy named Keko and the Tukos who are friendly aliens from another planet. The app is designed for children 2-6 years old and contains 12 mini games. It is totally kid friendly with no adverts, in app purchases or external links. The app contains no spoken or written language so can be enjoyed by kids of any nationality. The app contains a lively “alien” themed background music and the volume of the music and sound effects can be adjusted or turned off in settings.

Each of the mini games is accompanied by a short animated video which together tell a story about the Tukos visiting Earth and being shown around and introduced to our customs by Keko.The Tukos are cute colorful creatures, each one its own unique shape and color. In the first video the Tukos are on their home planet doing every day activities such as, eating, sleeping and playing.

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The child can play the games in order or pick and choose the games they want to play. The videos play every time they play a game but they can press a skip button if they don’t want to watch. The mini-games work on skills such as memory, shape matching, hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. The games adapt their difficulty level depending on how the child is doing and parents can view their progress in the reports section.

The Games

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There are 4 mini games that work on fine motor skills. In a dot-to-dot style game they fly the Tukon spaceship from star to star to map out constellations.The 2nd game of this group has Keko playing his electric guitar and the player needs to play along on the piano by tapping the marked keys. I found this game a little disappointing as tapping the correct key makes no sound, it would be nice for the player to hear themselves playing along.  A fun endless runner style game (that does end!) has Keko out for a run with the Tukos, there are lots of obstacles in his path and the player has to help him avoid them by jumping. In the final mini- game players have to fly the Tukon spaceship through space collecting colored sparkles to fill their tank before they run out of time but they must watch out for the meteors- if they get hit the spacecraft is temporarily disabled and unable to collect sparkles.

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4 mini-games work on visual perception skills. In a shape matching game players help Keko dress the Tukos up by matching the outline of an item of clothing or accessory to the real object. In another game the Tukons are playing hide and seek with Keko and the player must find where each one is hiding, their hiding place will wiggle to give a clue.  Players must think ahead when Keko is out for a walk by choosing the right direction at a series of intersections so he can reach his destination. My favorite game is a spot the difference style game with blueprints. Keko has 2 blueprints which each show a circuit diagram, the player has to tap each spot on the diagram that is different until the 2 match.

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In the first of the games to work on memory and problem solving a Tukos hides in a box which is shuffled with 2 other boxes in the style of the classic 3 cups game, the player has to help Keko find the right box and uncover his Tukon friend. In another game the Tukos are hiding behind trees in a forest and the player must remember which tree hides a particular Tukos. Keko is making lunch for the Tukos in another game and the player must remember increasingly complex food orders. In a memory match game, cards with matching symbols appear on the spaceship dashboard, and the player must find the match. This starts with only 4 cards but the number increases over time.

Overall Impressions

Kekotukos Origins is a promising start to a new series for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten kids and I will be interested to see more in the series. It works on valuable skills such as visual perception, memory, fine motor and problem solving in a fun, playful way.  It has a nice variety of mini- games that have replay value and adjust to the child’s level. The videos link the games into a story and the children can enjoy playing them as a story, or play them sandbox style in any order they wish. The characters are cute colorful and engaging. I think the app for the children works well without any language but I would like to see some written information in the parents section explaining more about the games, skills worked on and explaining how progress is measured. As the games do measure progress and adapt to the individual I would like to see multiple player profiles so that it would work well for families with more than one child using it.

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Kekotukos: Origins Kekotukos: Origins by Kekotukos

Price: $FREE

Leave planet Tukon with the Tukos, travel to Earth, and meet Keko! Go on a fun adventure with these charming aliens during their first visit. Help Keko teach them how to live here and go with them on .

 

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



Presidents vs. Aliens™ By Freecloud Design, Inc. – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

educational, entertaining,

What we’d love to see…

perhaps a level selection, so that the youngest players can have less challenging obstacles.

Summary

A trivia and arcade game that makes learning about US presidents a lot of fun.

Our Rating

 

 

Have you been looking for an effective way for children to memorize presidential facts or to simply become more familiar with US Presidents?  If so, Presidents vs Aliens by Dan Russell-Pinson, creator of award winning apps Monster Physics, Stack the States, and Tower Math, may be just what you are looking for!

 

Presidents vs Aliens is a trivia and arcade game rolled into one.  The object of the game is to defeat the aliens that have gathered over some of America’s monuments. The only ones that can defeat them are the United Presidents, but they need your help.  In order to help them, you need to be able to recognize who the presidents are and know some facts about them.

 

Children who are just starting to learn about the United States presidents can start with the Learn option.  In index card style fashion, children learn about the presidents one at a time starting with George Washington and ending with the current president.  Along with a photograph, information in the index cards include the president’s years of service, their political party, their nickname, their vice presidents, their famous quotes, events they served in, and miscellaneous facts. I personally took a few presidents a day and taught my younger children a little bit about each of them, emphasizing name and photo recognition.  When they became more familiar with the presidents, I introduced them to the app and allowed them to scroll through the information in the Learn option.  The game is best enjoyed when children know enough to answer questions correctly.

To play the game, you first have to set up a profile for each child, entering their name and choosing an avatar.  The profile set-up process also allows you to customize their experience by selecting which questions would be asked in the game.  By default, all questions are selected.  Simply deselect the type of questions you don’t want to be asked.  For my younger ones, I only selected “identify president” which simply asks children to identify the presidents by their photograph.

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After creating their profile, the game begins.  Children will be shown a monument with aliens surrounding it.  The name of the monument can be found at the bottom of the screen.  Next a question and a choice of four presidents appear.  When the correct president is selected, the children get to fling them towards the aliens to hit them.  They can direct the president by tapping and dragging towards the direction they want the president to go.  An arrow appears to help guide them with this.  Once the president has been catapulted, they can help further guide the president’s movements by tilting the screen.  This is especially needed and helpful when there are obstacles they need to go through in order to hit the aliens. There will also be some fun power ups and special objects they can use to defeat the aliens.  The game is over once all the aliens have been hit and removed from the screen.  If children answer at least 50% of the questions correctly, they get to collect a coin with a president on it. After collecting 15 presidents, the bonus game Heads of State is unlocked, where they must identify correctly identify presidents by their photograph.  After collecting 30 presidents, the bonus game Executive Order is unlocked where they get to organize a set of presidents in the order they served.  Once unlocked, children can play the bonus games anytime they wish.

What I love most about Presidents vs Aliens is that it really works out your mind in different ways.  The learning portion provides new information to digest, the trivia portion exercises your memorization skills, and the arcade portion puts your strategizing, problem solving, and logical thinking skills to use.  This game is never boring.

Presidents vs Aliens is a very fun and goofy way to learn about US presidents.   My children enjoyed this game tremendously, as did I.  I noticed they were able to memorize facts more quickly.  The graphics and sounds are fantastic and I loved that the children get to know some of the monuments as well.  There were times the game did get too long for the little ones because the obstacles were more challenging, which means they needed to answer a ton of questions to get through the game.  They did eventually get through it and thankfully the obstacles weren’t always too challenging for them.  The older ones loved the challenge just fine.  Without a doubt, children and adults who want to learn more about US presidents will love this game.  I highly recommend it!


Presidents vs. Aliens®
Presidents vs. Aliens®
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Family, Games, Trivia
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 164.16 MB

$1.99USD

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.

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