Apps for 5 year olds

Here are some apps we’ve reviewed that we expect the Picky Kids to be still playing and enjoying at age 5.

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: 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: 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: 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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Review: Highlights Hidden Pictures iPad App

Review of Highlights Hidden Pictures iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.2 For some reason, it’s always way more fun looking for things in games than in real life! Highlights Hidden Pictures is a kid-friendly hidden object game for the iPad. There are lots of things to find (and eighteen puzzles included with the base price!) but challenges with the interface may leave [...]

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Review: iDollhouse iPad App

iDollhouse iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 Wow… just wow. iDollhouse is a valiant attempt at turning the iPad into a dollhouse. There are a HUGE amount of interactions in this game, which is both its strong point, and one of its weak ones… because they don’t all work perfectly. The biggest drawback though, is that this app [...]

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Review: Dino Park Math iPad App

Dino Park Math iPad app - Picky Kid Rating 2.5/5

Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 In Dino Park Math, kids can help a young paleontologist open a new dinosaur exhibit by solving math problems. It’s a conceptual stretch, but it just might motivate elementary school aged dinophiles (is that a word?) to practice addition and subtraction. The math problems are too difficult for pre-K kids, but [...]

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