Millie & The Lost Key is part of series of book apps about a dog named Millie. The first one, Meet Millie, is free – so try it out before purchasing the rest. Millie is a dog on an wacky mission, a quest to find the key to endless bacon. This journey is ostensibly a doggie walk through Central Park. Told from Millie’s perspective, however, the walk is anything but sedate. Millie is the Indiana Jones of the canine world, in a frenzy of motion and danger, as she searches for her holy grail: the key to endless bacon. On her way, she encounters a crazy cast of characters, including a unicorn, piranhas, pirates and a rogue cat.
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.
LumiKids Park is a whimsical little place for preschoolers. They can tap elements in the park to watch amusing things happen. The real action happens when they tap on the resident critters to access one of three games. Each of these games focus on one of three different cognitive skills: sorting, attention, and motor coordination. [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.
Bugs and Numbers was released way back in 2012, but this app continues to shine. This app covers an array of math skills – 18 games in all, divided into 3 groups. The first group of activities targets preschoolers, the second targets kindergarteners, and the third group targets grades 1 and 2. Each activity takes place in a different location inhabited by bugs. The bugs are realistic and positively fascinating. The locations are beautifully composed in a whimsical, restrospective style. Throughout it all, kids engage in math skills such as counting, matching, sorting, adding, subtracting, estimating, measuring, telling the time, fractions and more. After children successfully complete an activity they get a new bug for their cardboard bug box. [Read more…]