Apps for 4 year olds

Here are some apps we’ve reviewed that we expect the Picky Kids to be still playing and enjoying at age 4.

Review: Princess Lila iPad app

Review of Princess Lila iPad app

Princess Lila offers ten activities for pre-schoolers in a fanciful and richly-illustrated setting. This app provides solid learning-entertainment for kids ages 3-5 with just a few minor hiccups. It can be tailored to different players by selecting different activities and difficulty levels for different player profiles.

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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: 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: 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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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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Review: Who Stole The Moon? iPad App

Review of Who Stole the Moon? iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Who Stole the Moon is a calm and beautifully illustrated storybook and activity app where our protagonist, a boy named Bertie, tries to find out (you guessed it) who stole the moon when it’s no longer visible through his skylight. The app includes a story, four games/activities, and eight different songs. [...]

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Review: Loopy Lost His Lettuce iPad App

Review of Loopy Lost his Lettuce iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.1 If you’ve been following the Picky Kids for a while, you’ll know we enjoy kids apps that look unique. (We can only handle so many cartoony and primary colored graphics!) Loopy Lost his Lettuce certainly fits that category; the crocheted artwork and the promise of an interactive story were what drew [...]

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Review: Leo’s Pad iPad App

Review of Leo's Pad iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 Leo’s Pad is an ambitious project that presents a ton of learning activities in interactive video-like animations on the iPad. The videos are formatted almost like TV shows, and are called (quite appropriately) “Appisodes.” We tested Appisodes 1 and 2, and the preview for Appisode 3. They’re quite well done — [...]

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