App Reviews

Review: Gaudi Bruno iPad App

Review of Gaudi Bruno iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.3 Gaudi Bruno is a storybook app about a little brown bear who lives in the mountains in Italy. He is just starting school and learns lots from his animal friends, including how to ignore his parents’ preconceived notions of certain species. The illustrations are cute, but the story is short and [...]

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Review: Shiny Party iPad App

Review of Shiny Party iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 In Shiny Party, your goal is to help a monkey and zebra prepare a surprise party for their giraffe friend. As you help them, you’ll learn about colors and shapes. There are two ways to play: Story Mode or Game Mode. You’ll find a few extra surprises along the way in [...]

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Review: Phonics Munch – Letterstone Park iPad App

Review of Phonics Munch - Letterstone Park iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 In Phonics Munch, you get to take care of Chomper, a little bear who likes to eat letters and rhyming objects. This is a fun game to help kids learn their letter sounds, and it’s cute to boot! It’s hard to navigate, especially if you can’t read, but most preschoolers can [...]

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Review: Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies iPad App

Review of Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.3 Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies is an iPad game in which toddlers swipe to match parts of fruits or vegetables. When a match is made, a voiceover reinforces the name of the fruit or veggie and you move on to the next challenge. It’s a very simple concept — and although [...]

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Review: 123 Find It! iPad App

Review of 123 Find it! iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 1-2-3 Find It! is an hidden object-style iPad game that can be played by very young children (even under age 2, with help!). The point of the game is to find and tap objects hidden in a scene. When you find them all, you win! It’s a simple concept, and a [...]

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Review: Maya the Bee – Flower Party iPad app

Review of Maya the Bee - Flower Party iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.7 Maya the Bee – Flower Party is a richly illustrated app with six learning activities that appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. There’s a range in difficulty in activities, so expect to help younger kids with some of them. Also, don’t expect to ever get to the actual party — it seems [...]

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Review: Moving Christmas iPad App

Review of Moving Christmas iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.2 Moving Christmas is a wonderfully illustrated story about moving Santa’s workshop and village from the North Pole to the South Pole due to global warning. The environmental message is reinforced a couple of times, but is pretty much lost on preschoolers, who are much more interested in (of course!) Santa. We [...]

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Review: The Tale of the Missing Acorns iPad App

Review of The Tale of the Missing Acorns iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.0 The Tale of the Missing Acorns is a richly illustrated interactive story with lots of learning activities built in. You can play the activities separately from the story as well, which gives this app lots of flexibility for different attention spans. This game is fairly advanced for the Pre-K crowd; we’ve [...]

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Review: Pan: The Fearless Beribolt iPad app

Review of Pan: The Fearless Beribolt iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.4 Pan, the Fearless Beribolt is an interactive adventure story about a purple panda-bear like creature named Pandora, who lives with her clan, the Beribolts, in the clouds. Pan is a bit rambunctious, and tends to get into trouble with the Beribolt elders. Preschoolers can relate to her — but she doesn’t [...]

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App Review Roundup 7

Ratings for 10 iPad apps for kids

Here’s our seventh(!) app review roundup!¬†After every ten apps we review, we publish our roundup showing how they stack up based on our ratings. (Oops, looks like we got out of order on this one — the last app we reviewed, BeBops, will appear in the next roundup!)

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Review: Bebops iPad App

Review of Bebops Create your own band iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 Bebops is a relatively kid-friendly iPad app that puts you in charge of your own large (up to nine piece) band. It’s a good way to experiment with different sounds, and since the different band-members play co-ordinated loops, it usually sounds halfway decent. Our main complaint with this app is that [...]

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Review: Tizzy Driving Adventure iPad App

Review of Tizzy Driving Adventure iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 In Tizzy Driving Adventure, kids can get behind the wheel of a virtual car (with camping trailer attached) and take a little “road trip” through eight different toddler-friendly activities. We like the illustrations and focus on the outdoors, but “driving” has some challenges for three-year-olds, even when they can reach all [...]

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Review: MatchBlitz iPad app

Review of MatchBlitz iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 MatchBlitz is a multi-player iPad game for pre-schoolers with a very simple premise: Be the first to find and tap the item that’s duplicated on the screen. It’s harder than it sounds, which makes this game fun for parents (or older siblings/friends, etc.) to play with young ones. You don’t have [...]

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Review: Happy Geese iPad App

Review of Happy Geese iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 We’re back! We’ve just returned from a well-deserved technology break (aka a camping vacation). That meant lots of family time and interaction, so it’s fitting that we’re reviewing a multiplayer family game today. Happy Geese is an iPad app based on two childrens’ board games, The Game of the Goose and [...]

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Review: Happy Draw Bug iPad App

Review of Happy Draw Bug iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 Happy Draw Bug is an iPad app that helps kids draw objects and trace letters and symbols by following a little worm-like bug with their finger. It’s good for young kids who don’t feel they can draw, but want the experience of creating pictures themselves. It’s not particularly sophisticated, but not [...]

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