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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: Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies iPad App

Review of Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.3 Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies is an iPad game in which toddlers swipe to match parts of fruits or vegetables. When a match is made, a voiceover reinforces the name of the fruit or veggie and you move on to the next challenge. It’s a very simple concept — and although […]

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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: 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: Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden iPad App

Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden iPad app review

Picky Kid Rating: 2.9 Summer is almost here, and we have gardening on our minds! So to prepare the Picky Kids for gardening in our tiny urban plot, we picked up Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden for the iPad to help us get in the spirit. In this app, kids can help grow and harvest different […]

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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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Review: Tizzy Seasons iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.3 Tizzy Seasons is a delightful app themed around seasons of the year with lots for preschool kids to explore. There is a lot to love about this app — like rich illustrations, its focus on the outdoors, and variety of activities! But of course the picky kids always find something to […]

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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: Peek-a-Book Barn iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 If it’s fair to label a new media title classic, I’m going to do that for Peek-a-Boo Barn. This was the first kid app we got for B when she was about seven months old, and it’s safe to say the folks crammed in with us on many a commercial flight […]

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Review: Itsy Bitsy Spider iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.8 The Itsy Bitsy Spider was a disappointment to us. We had high hopes; we’d read several favorable reviews and we really like Fish School (also by Duck Duck Moose). This game has a lot of interactivity, but limited educational appeal, and it’s essentially only three screens, so it becomes quite repetitive.

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