Storybook Maker App Review

Storybook Maker is a powerful, open-ended tool for creating richly illustrated, written and orally narrated stories and reports. Filled with comprehensive features and options, this easy to learn set of publishing tools lets your child create works that can be read, shared, and printed. Whether your child is an emerging or confident writer, a stumbling or gifted artist, all children will find supportive features to turn their storytelling dreams into a reality with Storybook Maker.

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Emotions, Feelings & Colors App Review

Emotions, Feelings and Colors ! helps to develop positive social skills and awareness of the feelings of others along with a coloring activity that helps children practice virtual color mixing and matching skills. With rich parental tracking features, animated examples, and fun rewards for children – this app is at home both with preschoolers and special needs children.

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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week App Review

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week never fails to interest my children. Each educational short receives repeated viewings each week by many members of the family. This is a stand-by must-install-and-keep-loaded app in our home on all devices.

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The Beginner’s Bible App Review

With The Beginner’s Bible now available as an iPad app, I’ll finally be able to stop buying replacement copies of our well-worn print version of this book. Whether used as a Bible story primer for preschoolers or as a reader for emerging readers just stepping into their own Bible reading times, this book-turned app is a fine choice. The inclusion of additional coloring pages, puzzles, and activities is an added bonus!

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Let’s Make a Rhyme App Review

Let’s Make a Rhyme has a lot of potential in not only introducing and reinforcing classic nursery rhymes with young children, but also in gently introducing older children to writing their own poetry by switching out parts of the rhymes with their own text. It does need some polishing but my children really love customizing their own nursery rhyme books by modifying drawings of the characters.

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Drawing & Guessing for Kids App Review

Drawing & Guessing for Kids brings the live action of in-person, group-based drawing games to the iScreen through WiFi. Your child can experience some of the same excitement of both drawing words to be guessed, and guessing words as they are drawn (with some spelling reinforcement), in a social gaming format, anywhere around the world. If you have mobile WiFi on your device, this app makes a fun traveling/waiting room activity.

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Snowflake Station App Review

Snowflake Station lets your child create endless folded paper snowflakes to explore symmetry and spatial thinking in a fun, creative way! Whether using the pre-programmed snowflake workshops or creating free form flakes, this app provides a fun, informal, and more importantly – delightful – way to build early mathematical thinking skills.

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iLuv Drawing People App Review

iLuv Drawing People gives your child multi-sensory, step-by-step instructions to guide them into the drawing of cartoon-style people directly on the iPad screen. With a wealth of drawing tools, customization options, and sharing features, this app is a welcome, well-designed addition to the iLuv Drawing series.

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Explore Vincent App Review

If your family is interested in pursuing an in-depth study of van Gogh, I guarantee that you’ll be unable to find an app better suited to the task than this one. The combination of biography, historical detail, art appreciation, and sophisticated educational games in this interactive, visually striking production will leave you wanting more biographical studies like Explore Vincent.

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Magic Doodles HD App Review

Magic Doodles HD provides a fun set of creative drawing prompts that bring your child’s drawings to life once they’re completed. Most early learners will be able to enjoy this app, but without narration for the prompts, pre-readers will need some adult guidance to fully enter into the animated drawing experiences this app provides.

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WURM Junior App Review

WURM Junior is a simple, well-designed app with a wealth of colors and shapes that children can use to enjoy multi-touch, kaleidoscopic drawing. This soothing, visually stimulating experience makes a great exploration environment that can be used as a reward, transition tool, doodle board, or creative teaching aid.

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Knowledge Nova App Review

Knowledge Nova is a straight forward (and sort of funny) way to tackle the memorization of US history, geography, world geography, art history facts, and even has a dash of spelling thrown in with word unscrambling. With four levels included for free relating to the US. Presidents, states, and capitals it’s definitely worth a free download to check this out as an independent activity or as a family game team effort.

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Toontastic App Review

Toontastic makes exploring the world of creative storytelling a complete delight. Deeply motivating and truly a joy to use, your children will beg you for a chance to explore the basic structure of stories as they craft their own animated cartoons. This free app is incredibly rich and full of features (but don’t be surprised if your children ask you to buy some expansion sets - they are fabulous). Toontastic isn’t an app you want to miss - go get it and give it a spin!

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The Last Supper – Virtual History App Review

The Last Supper - Virtual History has drawn me into a deeper understanding of Da Vinci’s famous painting. It has taught me more about the language of the painting, its composition, and its history - all in accessible language. The robust 3-D immersive imaging will allow admirers of Da Vinci’s work to more deeply experience it.

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