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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: 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: 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: 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: Jungle Adventure iPad App

Review of Jungle Adventure iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 3.0 Jungle Adventure is a colorfully illustrated iPad app with two toddler-friendly activities. In the Jungle Adventure game, you listen and find animals in colorful scenes while also practicing counting. In the Jungle Puzzle game, you can put together simple puzzles. We love the illustrations, but… well, you know the Picky Kids, […]

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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: 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: 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: iPlay&Sing iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.5 iPlay&Sing was among the first kids apps we got for the iPhone, and now, two years later, the Picky Kids are still playing it! This app is packed with activities, has few major flaws, and it’s free — without any in-app purchases even! — making it a very good value.

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Review: Dr. Panda, Teach Me! iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 [9/22/2012: This app scored a 3.7 when this review was written. The rating was changed because several issues mentioned below have been solved by updates. See comments for details.] Dr. Panda, Teach Me! is a collection of ten (or eleven, if you count exploring the animal scene) activities for toddlers. Kids […]

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Review: Alien Buddies iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.3 Alien Buddies offers four edu-taining activities for pre-K kids played out by cute alien characters. Almost all the activities have a range of difficulty levels, giving this app relatively wide age-range appeal. The downside is that so many level options are difficult for younger children to navigate, so this app is […]

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Review: Eric Carle’s My Very First App iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.7 Plenty of parents and children alike are fond of Eric Carle’s illustrations, known from classic books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Mixed Up Chameleon. And frankly, without such interesting artwork, we wouldn’t recommend (un-creatively named) Eric Carle’s My Very First App. 

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Review: Bo’s Bedtime Story iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 Parents with toddlers will appreciate the bed-time routine aspects of Bo’s Bedtime Story. In this game, kids help Bo the giraffe pick up toys, put laundry away, take a bath, brush teeth, etc. Unfortunately, the game has several issues that keep us looking for a better one. (Will keep you posted, […]

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Review: Fish School iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.0 We have a few other games by Duck Duck Moose (yet to be reviewed) and Fish School is by far our favorite. Fish School is a collection of activities perfect for toddlers acted out by cute and friendly fish. It’s easy on parents’ eyes and ears and can easily be played […]

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Review: Spot the Dot iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.6 The name pretty much says it all; the point of this game is to — you guessed it — spot the dot. This app is a good starter app for kids that are new to the iPad. The interface and instructions are clear, and there are no game-play interruptions, such as up-sells or […]

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