Alphabet Aquarium App Review

Alphabet Aquarium is a bright and colorful puzzle-based alphabet app that contains a HUGE number of alphabet puzzles.  With 4 different puzzle types there are104 educational puzzles in all!  With lots of alphabet words and sentences included, the app also makes a nice first-words alphabet storybook that’s driven by puzzle completion.

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Barn Door Four: Home Edition App Review

Barn Door Four: Home Edition includes a wealth of economically priced, well-designed exercises (29 in all) targeting fine motor skills, visual performance, communication, and sequencing designed to support children with autism and other developmental delays.  Parents will appreciate the ability to engage their child with a large collection of activities, create customized lesson plans, and to generate a wide range of reports (full version only).

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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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Stack N’ Puzzles App Review

Stack N’ Puzzles is not only hugely fun with its interactive completed vehicle puzzles and reconstructed town puzzle, but also provides support for first-words style early language development with the English language option turned on. The repeat play value of this app has brought my little ones back to this app again and again.

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Super 3D Alphabet App Review

Super 3D Alphabet includes a nice range of games and activities to reinforce the connections between letter names and their upper case written forms. With five different activities included: 3D puzzles, two memory games (visual and acoustic), find the letters, and a letter tracing activity – there are a lot of reinforcement opportunities here. Some shine – like the puzzles – others are best passed – like the letter tracing – but overall there’s a nice assortment of solid activities in this app.

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How it Works: Machines HD App Review

Peek inside nine common machines, put them together, then enjoy animations showing how they work! How Machines Work: Machines HD is a perfect app for tinkerers and curious children – if you have a child who likes to take things apart and put them back together (or tries to), this app will be an absolute delight for them!

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Lost Larry App Review

Lost Larry is an adorable interactive storybook app where your child guides Larry the lizard through a variety of mazes, obstacles, and challenges as he tries to get home. Your child’s participation in the story directly drives Larry’s progress and has made this title a winner amongst all of my children.

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Spanish Word Book and Puzzle Box HD App Review

Spanish Word Book and Puzzle Box HD is an incredibly engaging way to practice and reinforce early Spanish and puzzle solving skills for young learners. The combination of Spanish phonics AND Spanish letter names for spelling make this a rich, valuable option for building familiarity with the language through time-tested early literacy methods. The puzzles are awesome too, though not tied directly to Spanish vocabulary.

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1+2=3 Jungle Puzzle App Review

1+2=3 Jungle Puzzle is an app that can grow with your children from blank puzzle pieces through to early addition. This well-designed jungle-themed puzzle app is a joy for my children, and I love that the higher levels require multiple streams of though to solve the puzzles correctly.

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3D Puzzle for Kids App Review

3D Puzzle for Kids combines awesome design with a deeper-than-your-average-puzzle range of spatial and visual skills. This app has drawn in many of our family members in with its high replay value, appealing graphics and intriguing hands-on puzzle play. We highly recommend this unique puzzle app that is filled with a great deal of content (60 puzzles).

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Word Book and Puzzle Box HD App Review

Word Book and Puzzle Box HD contains a huge amount of highly motivating early literacy and spatial skills practice in an incredibly motivating format that my children adore. Whether spelling animal names or building jigsaw and shape-based puzzles, my three oldest children have worked industriously to earn the stars needed to elaborately and distinctly decorate their individual bedrooms. If the phonics were correct, I’d say this app would be a must-have for the early years - I hope someday they will be.

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Shapes & Puzzles by Pirate Trio App Review

We’ve been using Shapes & Puzzles by Pirate Trio for months and it has yet to be unseated as our favorite first tangrams/pattern block/shape puzzle app. It holds a permanent place of honor in my preschool-taming toolkit and is ALWAYS installed on our iDevices.

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