Friday, 5 October 2012

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Sentence Builder by AbiTalk

Sentence Builder



A fun new sentence builder app to learn about words, sentences, pronunciation, grammar, and punctuation.

The ONLY sentences app that can be fully customized with your own pictures, words and sentences.

We worked closely with teachers, parents and kids to design and test this app.
Students can move the words around to build the sentence themselves. Start with the built-in sentences. Then create your own sentences, use your own images, and use your voice to record your own sentences and words.

 Each word can be clicked for the sound of the word, and words can be rearranged to make a proper sentence.

 The app starts with simple sentences and progresses to more complex sentences. The sentences focus on daily life situations, with many references to numbers, colors, and dialogue.

 This app is ideal for self-paced learning or home schooling. It teaches kids grammar, sentence structure, and develops their listening skills.

 This game is is like having a private tutor to teach your child one on one.



What's New in Version 1.07
* Added 200 more built-in sentences
* Support longer sentences up to 40 words per sentence
* Allows users to create unlimited self created sentences
* Added Dropbox sync feature to allow users to share the self created content among different iPads
* Supports Multiple User Accounts
* Added Progress Report for each user
* Allows users to take photos from the camera when they create their own sentences
* Users can use the built-in images to create their own sentences
* Many user experience improvements
* Minor bug fixes


Price and Availability

Sentence Builder App is available at the app store for $2.99 for iPad 



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Little Star Review
Sentence Builder App is a fantastic app that has everything , all the lessons  you need to teach your child ,  you have your very own personal Tutor . 
you can either use the preselected lessons or you can create your very own lessons .
which i found great as my son is not is the general level other apps use to build their apps on.




You can use the pre selected lesson's which is very detailed each section has



1. Subject+Verb+Adverb
2. Subject+Verb+Noun
3. Subject+Be + Adverb
4. Subject+Verb+Adjective
5. Colours and Numbers
6. Subject-Verb-Object
7. Subject-can-Verb
8. Subject-Verb-Object
9. Who,What,Where,When,Which,and Why
10. Time of Day
11. Seasons
12. Days Of the Week





 So let's go with the preselected first . You have 2 levels 
The first level is the basic , let's go with Colours and Numbers .
You start the lesson which as 25 sentences to work with and it works through all 25 sentences .
The first one is " His house is white."
it first says the whole sentence , Then the child has to move each word into the sentence .
while pressing each word it says the word the child has chosen .  




Even if they can't read they can do it by listening to the words  to see if they have it right you click on the tick and it will either cheer or make a sound to say it is wrong so you have to try again .
Once the child has the sentence in the right order it says the sentence again and the child is rewarded with people cheering and a little Diamond sparkles . then it moves onto the next sentence .  








On the harder Level 2
going with the same "His house is white. " it says the exact same sentence but this time it has all added words  so the child has to work out the right words , either by pressing the word or reading it .










Or you can create your own  which is so easy to do !! or you can use the voice on the app  you can use your own pictures or you can use the preloaded ones on the app . what i found great is you can use your own voice , which i did . you create the sentence you want to go with the picture then you press record as you can see on my picture :-)  . you say the whole sentence , then it goes on for you to record each word



Overall this is a great app , I do think that the reward system could be revamped
to something like 
putting  a reward system instead of the little shining diamond; where they get to pick a star of their choice and stick it on a reward prize board.
And instead of the sound it makes when you get the sentence wrong it should say something like "Uh-Oh, Try Again."



Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sarah The Little Fairy , Grandma gets lost!






Interactive story from the collection Sarah the Little Fairy. Stories that children will enjoy and which help them to understand some of life’s more complicated issues. Surprise your son or daughter with their photo as one of the stars of the story!

 Sarah has a very special secret: her magic doll Mina. 
When Sarah finds herself in a jam or needs some answers, she always turns to Mina. She just tickles her doll and says the magic words … and she comes to life as a real fairy!
Come and enjoy Sarah’s fun adventures between the real world and her own fantastic magical one.
A story with special animations for kids to find on some screens.



THE STORY:
Grandma Gets Lost. Sarah learns about Alzheimer’s disease.
Sarah and her family are getting the room ready for Grandma Mary, who is coming to live with them. She’s not very well, and everybody wants to help make her feel better. Her illness makes her forget certain things.

One day hundreds of shining stars appear in Sarah’s bedroom. Where did they come from? The fairy Mina uses them to show Sarah how to understand her Grandma’s illness, Alzheimer’s. And Sarah can use what she learns to find her Grandma and give the story a happy ending. Fun and learning for the family!



PLUS: Additional content to complement what’s taught as the main point of the story.




CHARACTERISTICS:
* Interactive educational app
* For ages 5 to 9
* Intuitive navigation
* Narrative in five languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan
* With fun animation and surprises
* A variety of interactive elements
* Bring the story’s character to life with a surprise photo of your son or daughter
* Option to read without sound
* Original music and sound effects
* Test questions on the subject with a congratulations icon for the champion!
* Additional games
* Menu on every screen: Narrative on/off, Music on/off, Home, Games
* Bookshop
* Clues in the text to show where to discover additional content
* Contact: Facebook, twitter, email






Price & Availability
Sarah little fairy and grandma for iPad is available at the app store for $2.99
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Little Star Review 

Sarah Learns about Alzheimer's Disease
is a story that is close to my heart  as my grandmother had Alzheimer's Disease amongst other things .
This beautiful illustrated and interactive story talks about Sarah and how her family are getting the house ready for this grandmother to come and live in .
It explains just what Alzheimer's is and how it affects the person and their loved ones.



For instance forgetting peoples names , what they look like , even forgetting the question they ask and repeatedly ask the same question as my wonderful nanny did .

One day Sarah's grandmother goes missing and no one can find her so Sarah goes to her magical fairy who then goes on to explain about the brain and shows it in an illustration of stars with pictures that Sarah can understand .she talks about Neurons and each star in the illustration is a neuron that hold a memories like a spoon  a scarf or even soup and so the spoon neuron's arm reaches out to the soup and so that's how we know that we eat soup with a spoon .


Then the Fairy shows Sarah a big black stone which represents Alzheimer's and the stone is eating that arm of the spoon neuron so now there isn't a connector to allow that person to know that we eat soup with a spoon .
it goes on to explain how people with Alzheimer's remember everything in their past but not what happens in the present day .

This is a fantastic book that will explain a lot of things we can't comprehend and shows just what a person affected with this disease goes through . They do understand what is happening to them but the debilitating disease jumbles up their minds .


This also has a great questionnaire at the end to see if you have really understood the book and also has a delightful memory game with music instead of pictures so you can match the sounds .

I recommend getting this book if one of your family members or someone you know
is affected so you can explain to your child or even to yourself what this disease is about and understand it.




The Magnificent Travelling Palace






The Magnificent Travelling Palace is a unique magical adventure story told through the eyes of 4 children on an amazing journey. 

 Reading and experiencing this high quality, interactive book app the readers will “dive” into a world of imagination and excitement filled with colors, sounds, and tastes while learning about the Indian rich culture. 
The storybook's rich music score and sounds, together with original astonishing 3D illustrations and animations, create an enchanting atmosphere through which the story comes alive.
Recommended Ages: 5+ 




Notable Features included in the App that will enhance your experience:

26 Stunning 3D computer illustrations and animations
Original music and authentic sound effects
3 reading options (auto play, read it to me, read it myself)
Sweet Indian dessert recipe with full narration
“Meet the cast" – Meet the heroes of this beautiful story
surprisingly ,funny and enjoyable interactive features that your child will love- tilt, drag, paint etc
Available on the app store in both American and British English 


“PlaneTree Family Productions” presents an experience based stories which introduces children with exciting worlds of diverse cultures, while stimulating their imagination, natural curiosity and encourage the creation of empathy to one another.

Price & Availability 

The Magnificent Travelling Palace is available at the app store for iPad for only $2.99

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Little Star's Thought's. 
The Magnificent Travelling Palace is a wonderful story  that takes place in Udaipur India also known as The City Of The Lakes  where the main characters Rajeev and Lalita  live. The amazing vibrant  and colourful illustrations and animations are fantastic, With  traditional Indian Music , and in-depth information about India's culture brings this adventure to life . This book also has a recipe for an Indian dessert that children can make ! .

I really like how you can press the words of the story and it enlarges making reading easier or you can press the little triangle and the text completely disappears so you can enjoy the picture. 
I also like how the book gets you involved  with everything , and has pointers for younger kids where to press to interact and painting was fun .

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Kapu Tickle Toy Camera


Kapu Tickle Toy Camera brings a totally new type of gameplay to babies, toddlers and beyond.

Kapu Toys is proud to release ”Kapu Tickle Toy Camera” for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s a digital toy that activates and entertains with surprising gameplay, guaranteeing laughs for the kids and fun for the whole family.

Kapu Toys’ latest release Kapu Tickle Toy Camera presents a whole new type of gameplay for kids, combining classic kids games and toys such as peek-a-boo, tickle tag and the jumping-jack puppet with modern technology; specifically the use of camera.
The game uses beautifully crafted original illustrations, inspired by 1950’s classic children’s books. The music, also exclusively composed for the toy, adds a cheery and exciting mood.

About Kapu Tickle Toy Camera

The gameplay and intuitive controls have been designed so that there is no wrong way to play with the toy; everything the kids do will make it work.






How to play
  • Tickle the characters and make them laugh by poking them.
  • Change any character into something totally new by pulling the string under the doll up or down.
  • Turn yourself or your kid into one of the characters by taking a photo!
  • Create new worlds and stories by changing the background to a photo of your kids’ favorite place!
  • Or just mix them all up and enjoy the ride.
There are no high-scores, time limits or difficulty levels - just endless fun for the tiny ones.
Fun with the camera
  • The toy teaches children how to use the iPhone or iPad camera safely and in a fun way.
  • It activates children to move around to find new things to capture.
  • Photos are not saved to your camera roll or photo stream.
  • No location tagging on photos – fully maintaining the privacy of the children!
Seven characters to tickle
  • The Fuzzy Monster, Princess Viola, Curly Girl, Astronaut Boy, Cuddly Bear, Lumber Jake and the Purr Cat
  • Endless exciting and surprising character variations
  • Heart-warmingly funny responses from the characters
Features
  • High-quality Retina graphics with classic 1950’s inspired illustrations.
  • Playful sounds and colorful animations
  • Exclusively composed music played with real instruments
  • Innovative gameplay and intuitive controls for kids
  • Parental Controls; manage the gameplay time in a few easy clicks




Swipe it! Tickle it! Picture it!
“What’s more gratifying than to give away smiles and laughs? With Kapu Tickle Toy Camera, we’ll be giving them away by the bucketload. We’re confident that the intuitive and fun gameplay, mixed with the beautiful illustrations will make Kapu Tickle Toy Camera an app to come back to over and over again.” –Tuomas Vanamo, Founder of Kapu Toys
Kapu Tickle Toy Camera is completely free from in app purchases and third party advertising; parents can let their kids play without needing to worry about additional costs or disturbing ads.

Availability

Kapu Tickle Toy Camera is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Touch Learn Know - Weather & Seasons





How's the weather today? Is it windy, rainy, sunny, cloudy, stormy or snowy? Which season is your favourite?

 Write, listen, speak, draw, paint, discover and explore the wonderful world of weather and seasons through the exciting, interactive and educational Touch Learn Know - Weather & Seasons. 


 Designed by teachers to encourage the process of inquiry with an investigative and visual approach, children will love learning about weather/seasonal words, sounds and objects through a variety of richly educational activities and tools.



Features:

Beautiful, fully interactive 'season' screens with buttons to take full control of the weather!
Fun flashcard matching game to learn topic-based sight words and their correct pronunciation.
Handwriting tool with clearly printed fonts to practice tracing/writing all of the words.
Stunning drawing/painting tool to create your own seasonal artwork or choose from eight fantastic illustrations to color in.
Completely child-friendly interface with simple navigation, clear large buttons and no advertising or links to external sites. Perfect for classroom use.
Nostalgic and engaging 'felt-board' style design.
Perfect for all children learning to read, write and speak about the world around them!

Pricing and Availability: Touch Learn Know - Weather & Seasons can be purchased for $2.99 , from the App Store on the iPad

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Little Star's Review!



Touch Learn Know - Weather and Seasons

Touch learn know weather and seasons, is a fantastic Felt board style app. That teaches many things, there are 3 main titles to start from
Touch Seasons. In this you have options on the left that give you the choice of a season from Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.



Then the voice over will come over and tell you which one you have picked.
You also have options on the left the cause affect to the season when you press it
You have storm, Rain, Wind. Snow, Cloudy, Sunny.
This teaches your child cause and affect as well as learning it Rains in autumn, It Snows in winter, today is windy which is how I used this with my kids.



ART
In the painting section you get to choose 9 different Canvases the last being a blank page for your child to create anything, It has a camera option so you can take a photo
of your master piece, with 4 different brush options and an eraser for those tiny mistakes and a good selection of Felt colours it is really fun to use
.




Writing 
You can choose all sorts of words by picture, Bee Clouds Rainbow, Rabbit, Leaves etc and you can choose to write it in small, Big and small. And all big letters.
you also have an option to have the trace word there or you can take the trace word away as your child becomes more accustom to writing by themselves.





Sight Words / Flash Cards

Then you have the Sight words Listening game it is a cute game
where it is also not to hard for the younger ones as you can press the word
and a voice over says what it is so they can match the picture with the word
everytime you get one right you get a gold star which my 4 year old daughter
Loved.




Overall I give this app 4 Little Stars, I think it is fun and interactive that really teaches your child without it becoming an actual lesson. I love the felt idea it gave it a more child craft look to the app.


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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH!




What happens AFTER the Tortoise and the Hare’s famous race? Written and illustrated by Wallace E. Keller, the creator of the best-selling children’s book app “The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D,” REMATCH begins with a retelling of the classic fable and adds a hilarious new continuation to the story.
While the Tortoise has become quite famous after winning the race, the Hare is left with a badly bruised ego. Seeking advice from the wise old Owl – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” – Hare realizes what he needs to do … he challenges Tortoise to – a rematch!


FEATURES:
• 34 richly illustrated storybook pages
• A witty, comical and thought-provoking story
• Over 90 interactive touch spots – tickle the characters to see them react!
• Animated mini-movies, an original musical score and humorous sound effects provide a dynamic multimedia reading experience
• Audio options to “Read to Me” (narration read by the author) or “Read Myself”
• Includes Auto-play feature for automatic page turning
• Written for ages 4 and up!




The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH! incorporates the signature high-quality production elements that made Keller’s first children’s book app, The Wrong Side of the Bed, a top 10 ranking iPad paid book app and a standout digital book according to Kirkus Reviews: “For readers still unconvinced that the features of the iPad can translate printed children’s books into full-blown multimedia experiences, this one will change your point of view.”




While maintaining the high standards of story and illustration established by the print industry, The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH! storybook app goes far beyond a printed children’s book with animated movie introductions for key book pages, touch animations that show character reactions, a musical score supporting each page of the story and professional narration by the author.


These additional digital book elements are carefully selected and crafted to enhance rather than distract from the storytelling experience. They reflect the publisher’s recognition of the educational value of narrative storytelling in children’s books, as well as the company’s commitment to providing a reading-based alternative to games.




Author/illustrator Wallace E. Keller has illustrated children’s books for Scholastic, Harcourt, Rizzoli International, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, his illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Business Week, Ms. and Psychology Today. His first children’s book app, The Wrong Side of the Bed 3D, received a Kirkus Star and was voted a best children’s book app by Kirkus Reviews, iPhone Life and Babble.
The Tortoise and the Hare: REMATCH! is part of the Tickle Books® line of touchable animated children’s books from See Here Studios, combining the quality of traditional printed children’s books with the engaging features of digital media to nurture a life-long love of reading.




Little Stars Thought's

 2 out of 3! Will the Hare ever learn? ,  Slow and steady always wins the race!

This is a lovely illustrated interactive book that has a quirky and funny humour that my kids loved.
While staying with the same story line we have all know about from reading this story as children.
Tortoise and the Hare rematch goes beyond learning the moral of the story that slow and steady wins the race. It shows us not to give up and teaches us if we try trying again, focusing on what we are doing we will eventually succeed. 

The interface is bright and colourful, the illustrations are fantastic
I just love how the Tortoise does yoga and has his own exercise bike! And how the hare gets so infuriated with how calm and easy going the tortoise is.

This time the hare would not give up and I found myself cheering him on with my children. 1st time he lost, the second time we were laughing at the hare, will he win the 3rd time?


I highly recommend buying this book to read for story time with your kids 


Pricing and Availability:The Tortoise and the Hare REMATCH! can be purchased for $2.99 cents ,  from the App Store on the iPhone, iPad & iPod touch 

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