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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: 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: Ladybug Number Count iPad App

Ladybug Number Count iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 3.5 Ladybug Number Count is our new favorite counting game for kids ages 2 and under. We love the photography, and the playful way the the ladybugs “hide” (just barely) makes them irresistible for young toddlers. The downside is that this feels like a “baby game”, so older kids (ahem, three and […]

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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: 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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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: Tally Tots iPad App

Tally Tots iPad app - Picky Kid rating 4.4/5

Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 If you’ve been following the Picky Kids for a bit, you’ll know that we’ve been searching for the perfect counting app. Tally Tots is darned near there!┬áIt’s interactive and engaging, and really well done. Of course, we have a picky reputation to uphold, so we’ve found some minor things to quibble […]

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Review: Pixel and Parker iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.7 Pixel and Parker combines a story and a board game in a unique app for kids. The mission is simple: Parker needs to find his cat friend Pixel before it gets dark. Using a spinner like those found on a traditional board game, kids can push Parker along a path, helping […]

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Review: Slibby the Snail, the Stolen Food iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 The Adventures of Slibby the Snail: The Stolen Food is an app that weaves lots of toddler-appropriate activities into a storyline in a book format. The activities are fairly good, but the story is so-so, so we’ll keep our eyes out for other apps that pull off this interesting format more […]

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Review: Farm 123 iPad App

Farm 1-2-3 iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 4.2 Farm 123 teaches kids to count to ten and sort animals in a highly engaging app styled like a pop-up board book. Don’t let our list of minor issues below deter you… This is currently one of our favorite games for 2- to 3- year olds… And we’re simply living up […]

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