Review: Piano Ball iPad App

Piano Ball iPad App - Picky Kid Rating: 2.2/5

Picky Kid Rating: 2.2 In Piano Ball, kids can attempt to play simple songs on a brightly colored keyboard-like device. The “Ball” in the app’s name refers to the way that you select songs and styles by spinning things that look like ping-pong balls, which is a fun and innovative way to navigate… a bright […]

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Review: Monkey Math School Sunshine iPad App

Review: Monkey Math School Sunshine iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 In Monkey Math School Sunshine, preschoolers can learn math concepts at the beach with an energetic monkey. We love the activities and concepts presented in this game, and it’s been a popular one in our house. It’s great she’s learning math, but we get a bit tired of the choppy and […]

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App Review Roundup 5

Kids App Review Roundup 5

The kids app roundup is here again! The Picky Kids share our App Review Roundup — how the latest apps we reviewed fared, ranked in order of their rating. (In case you’re wondering, we got our dates a bit out of order — the last app we reviewed, Little Genius, will appear in the next roundup!)

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Review: Little Genius iPad App

Little Genius iPad app: Picky Kid Rating: 3.3/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.3 Little Genius combines four pre-school friendly activities in a game that gets progressively harder. Kids must complete each activity in a level before they can move on. This style of progressive play makes the app different than a lot of other kids apps that offer similar activities… and can prove frustrating […]

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Review: Preschool Fun iPad App

Review: Preschool Fun iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.0 We try to purchase apps that we think will be good ones — that’s why you see generally positive (though, we admit, picky!) feedback in our reviews. Unfortunately, in the case of Preschool Fun, we failed. Preschool Fun has lots of learning activities that would be good for preschoolers, but it’s […]

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Review: Creativium iPad App

Creativium iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.3/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.3 Creativium is a colorful and calm exploratory app based on the concept of a paper theater. If you’re looking for an app to engage in free-form imaginative play, or for a toddler simply to explore by tapping, Creativium is worth looking at. However, it’s likely to disappoint children who expect more […]

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Review: Jungle Picnic iPad App

Jungle Picnic iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 In Jungle Picnic, kids learn “proto-math” concepts in three engaging activities starring exotic animals. (Never mind that zebras and giraffes don’t normally live in jungles.) One of the reasons we downloaded this app was that it advertised activities embedded into an “engaging narrative.”  As it turns out, the activities are so […]

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Review: Memollow iPad App

Memollow iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 4.4/5

Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 Memollow is an adorable concentration-style memory game. Conceptually, it’s super-simple (flip pillows in ten different memory games to find matches), but what you’re giving up in features, you’re gaining in execution, because this app is extremely well done! It’s also FREE (that’s a limited-time offer though).

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Review: Identikat iPad App

Identikat iPad App - Picky Kid Rating 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 If you’ve been following the Picky Kids for a bit, you’ll know we like to find apps that stand out from the crowd. Identikat definitely falls into that category, visually at least. This is a beautiful creativity and memory-development game/activity with a rich textural look and feel. Solve puzzles and create […]

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Review: Kids Coloring and Math iPad App

Kids Coloring and Math iPad App - Picky Kid Rating: 2.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 2.8 Kids Coloring and Math is a paint-by-numbers app with a twist! In addition to coloring based on numbers, you can also paint by solving simple math problems. Some interface and user experience issues make this game hard for preschoolers to play, but it’s worth a look for kids who are fairly […]

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Review: 1-2-3 Trains iPad App

123 Trains iPad app - Picky Kid Rating 2.5/5

Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 1-2-3 Trains is yet another toddler counting app. We were attracted to this one from the description: “Interactive & freely movable trains unseen in other kids train apps!” Well, it’s true, but this app left us a little disappointed because of its limited playability and a few fairly major usability issues. […]

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Review: Lots2Spot iPad app

Lots2Spot iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.2 Well, after a year of critiquing iPad apps for toddler and preschoolers, it’s time for a taste of our own medicine… That’s right, the Picky Kids have gotten involved with creating an app! Lots2Spot is an adorable “listen & find” game that helps build vocabulary, and teaches colors and counting up […]

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Review: Toca Band iPad App

Toca Band iPad App - Picky Kid Ratnig: 3.2/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.2 Toca Band is an entertaining music app where kids (or adults, but we’re guessing it’s mostly the former!) can experiment with sound by assembling a “band” of characters to play a song. Engaging characters keep it fun for kids, but parents beware — the song can get annoying, and it goes […]

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Review: PlayART iPad App

PlayART iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.1/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Full disclosure — I was an art history major. OK, that’s off my chest. Now let’s talk about PlayART, an app that lets kids (and other artists) create pictures with elements from famous painters Cézanne, Monet, Rousseau, Van Gogh, and my favorite of the bunch, Klee. It’s not only creative, but educational […]

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App Review Roundup 4

Review Roundup 4: #1 Tally Tots

It’s roundup time! After every ten (or so) apps we we review, the Picky Kids share our App Review Roundup — how the latest apps we reviewed fared, ranked in order of their rating. There are some great apps in this set (nice to see multiple apps scoring 4+), hooray!

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