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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: 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: 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: 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: ABC Day iPhone App

ABC Day: Picky Kid Rating 3.1/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Another day, another ABC app — at least that’s how it feels for us sometimes! One thing that differentiates ABC Day is its undersea setting… You get to POP BUBBLES while the alphabet song is playing. Otherwise, there’s not much unique here, though it’s worth checking out if you don’t already […]

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Review: Interactive ABC iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.9 There are plenty of alphabet apps for toddlers available on the market, and Interactive ABC is one of the better of them. This app offers some unique features that others don’t — like multiplayer ability — but it’s not perfect (we are picky kids, after all), so the best app for […]

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Review: Adventurous Animals iPad app

Adventurous Animals iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 If you are looking for a kids app that looks and feels different from the bulk of them on the market, Adventurous Animals fits that bill. But remember… different is not always good. This app, while fairly entertaining and somewhat educational, suffers from overall awkward user experience.

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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: 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: Zoo Train iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 Zoo Train is a collection of five activities illustrated with trains and animals — two major toddler-pleasing subjects! The content for each activity is somewhat limited, which means there’s a fair amount of repetition. But overall, the app is well designed and easy for kids to navigate themselves.

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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: INKids Flashcards iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.7 If we gave an award for Most Improved (maybe we will someday), INKids Flashcards would be a contender. When we first got this app (fall 2011), it was riddled with problems: a cluttered home screen;  a “home” button much too close to settings (and too small); a bug where kids could potentially […]

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Review: Interactive Alphabet iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.7 Pi’ikea Street’s Interactive Alphabet teaches kids letters and their sounds this fun, well-designed, and highly explorable app. This game is one of our favorites. When we first got it (July 2011), we had a few minor complaints… Most of these have been solved in subsequent releases (and we didn’t even say […]

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