Crepes by Suzette is a simple story of a day in the life of a crepe vendor (aptly named Suzette) who wanders through Paris. After purchasing ingredients in a market, Suzette pushes her cart through some Paris’ most quintessential settings: Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre-Dame Cathedral, to name a few. The book is a travelogue, a celebration of Paris, and an innovative multimedia experience. [Read more…]
Milli the Snail is on a quest to find out what she does best. Or, as Milli puts it: “What makes me, me?”. With no other snails to consult (she is the only snail on Apple Tree Hill) – she sets off to consult her neighbours. The story is an allegory of the journey we begin as children. It is a journey to understand what makes each of us unique. Over the course of her journey, Milli discovers something important. What makes Milli unique isn’t the hefty shell she carries on her back. What makes Milli unique is her ability to be helpful. What makes this app unique is its beautiful watercolour and potato-print (yes, you read it correctly: potato-print) illustrations.
Help! The Huevos Rancheros gang have stolen gold and are camped out in the buildings of Mystery Word Town. Your child gets to assist a ghostly sheriff by conducting a room to room search of each of the buildings – until the gold is recovered and the criminals are captured. Six-shooters are not required, but a willingness to spell comes in handy. That’s because as players move from room to room, they collect letters and insert them into incomplete words. When a word is completed, a new room becomes accessible for them to explore. There’s gold in each building, and when a player finds all of the gold in the building, a criminal is captured: another one down for the Huevos Rancheros gang. [Read more…]
Montessori 1st Operations teaches early math concepts, including addition and subtraction. It also lays in the groundwork for division and multiplication by teaching children how to distinguish between odd and even numbers and by teaching them how to double and halve numbers. As they play, children win points, which may be redeemed to build a monster. This app excels at using Montessori teaching principles to turn math in to a sensory, practical experience. [Read more…]
Sago Mini Toolbox, a role-playing app, lets toddlers and preschoolers play handyperson by using about 8 different tools to their hearts’ content. These tools (a hammer, a wrench, a saw, an air pump and more) are core to 15 projects. A Sago character presents each project as a dilemma and a bit of a mystery (you’re not sure what you’re about to build, but it’s always fun to guess). Your preschooler pitches in (by tapping on the project in question), and saves the day: building a robot, an ice cream machine, a playhouse, a rocket and much, much more.