The Jellybean Tunes App Report 100: Christmas Bonanza

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Welcome to 100th App Report! Many thanks to all the great sites that carry the report and to all of you who read it. We have a double-sized roundup of great apps this week. Spell with Pip from Oxford University Press, do science experiments with Piiig Labs, or sing along with Christmas Karaoke. Let kids care for a virtual child in Big Baby, build 3D brick creations in Bloxy World, and enjoy the tale of Sydney the Scarecrow told in felt board style. Plus learn phonics, take on geometry challenges and then save Christmas with apps from our family-friendly app network.

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- Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Apps for Little Ones

Niki Words

Niki Words

by Alessandro La Rocca

Niki Words teaches children the letter sounds (phonics) as well as more than 350 useful words. Children learn with fun playing 3 games: play with words, crosswords and magic blackboard. Children can play with letter colors and types, and even switch language to learn english, french, italian and swedish. This app is based on the Montessori Method, designed to take full advantage of the children desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities (Watch Video)

iPad: $2.99


Sydney the Scarecrow

Sydney the Scarecrow

by Felt Board Lady

This entertaining tale is filled with colorful scenes and engaging interactions, bringing story-time to life! Felt Board Lady needs your child’s help to tell the story of Sydney the Scarecrow, keeping your little one busy with adventure! For ages 2 to 7. (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


Plume's School - Saving Christmas - Discover and learn the christmas vocabulary - Ideal for kids from 2 to 7 !

Plume's school - Saving Christmas

by Aetys

Discover and learn a lot of Christmas words. Based on a well-tried method, the child will learn and recognize different words about Christmas (fireplace, bauble, tinsel ...). Smaller kids will first discover new vocabulary, older ones will be assisted in their apprenticeship of reading during all the levels offered by this app! (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $0.99, Google Play: $0.99, Amazon: $0.99


What's Inside my body for kids

What's Inside my body for kids

by The Treehouse Apps

What's Inside My Body it's the first app of the series What's Inside, a The Treehouse Apps' project. Children can find out "what's inside" things simply erasing layer by layer. Starting from a child with a coat, you can remove the first layer with the sponge or tapping the arrow on the top of the screen. At the end, the picture will show muscles and bones with the main organs. The entire app is drawn in pencil and painted with acrylic paint and the sounds are live recorded. (Watch Video)

Google Play: $1.28


Books

Rom and the whale of dreams

Rom and the whale of dreams

by Belmontis Publishers Pte. Ltd.

Belmontis presents its first interactive, multilingual storybook app for children. A magical tale that will delight children and parents alike! Features: 25 pages of original illustrations and music, carefully selected interactivity to enhance the reading experience, English, Spanish and Chinese narration, and language learning (vocabulary and expressions) on every page. Get ready to be delighted... page after page! (Watch Video)

iPad: $2.99


Creative Play

Bloxy World. Bricks For Kids

Bloxy World. Bricks For Kids

by Bloxy

Bloxy is a 3D World reinvented for children on mobile devices assisted by web and mobile community: www.bloxyworld.com. Children can build using over 250 bricks of a wide range of styles, colours and textures, supplemented by mini figures, animals, special items and themes. Every project can be shared on a creative web and mobile community site: www.bloxyworld.com. It allows kids to view and download other users' projects directly into their app and even to re-build these again themselves. (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: Free + $8.99 In-App Purchase


Big Baby

Big Baby

by Big Ice Cream

Updated with Christmas content! Big Baby is a virtual toy that encourages creative learning. It gives children a baby of their own to comfort, feed, dress, tickle and care for. The baby has life-like reactions and a mind of it's own! It lets children explore, discover and learn in their own way. Big Baby is designed around emotions and reactions. This encourages empathy and investigation of the universal theme of family. The ability to empathise is a vital part of character development.

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


Fold-Challenge

Fold-Challenge

by Cribster

The free-to-try version of a game for two players starting from 5 years. The purpose of the game is to be as quick and accurate as possible in coloring shapes. Both opponents choose a theme from our great and colorful sample of shapes and try to draw better and faster than the other one.

iPad: Free + $1.99 In-App Purchase


Games

Ballet dancer princess - Ballerina fairy tale game for kids featuring classical music

Ballet dancer princess - Ballerina fairy tale game for kids featuring classical music

by PlaneTree Family Productions

A fun challenging game for kids. The child is put in control of two beautiful dancers which are attached to each other by a magical stars rope. The kid must slowly but surely move each dancer across the stage by dragging them to stars and collect pink hearts on the way. So join and dance to a beautiful classical music since girls deserve much more than makeup and dress up apps!!

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


Literacy

Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game

Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game

by Oxford University Press

Spell with Pip is the new spelling game from Oxford University Press which combines practice with arcade-style gameplay, and bright, beautiful graphics. For children aged 4-8 years. So much fun children won’t even notice they are practising their spelling, as they help Pip the Parrot get back the jungle. Children will love the vibrant and absorbing gameplay. Focuses on words that children commonly find hard to spell, based on the latest research from Oxford University Press. (Watch Video)

iPad: $4.99


Pili Pop Christmas

Pili Pop Christmas

by Pili Pop

Pili Pop Christmas helps kids ages 4 - 10 learn their first English words while helping Santa prepare the Christmas presents! Pili Pop Christmas provides your child with more than 80 vital English words to learn including Christmas vocabulary and fun games where your child will wrap-up presents with the elves and help Santa deliver them! And best of all? We have made the app FREE as a Christmas present from us to everyone! (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: Free


Word Wheel: Short Vowels

Word Wheel: Short Vowels

by Teknos Interactive

Our app, Word Wheel: Short Vowels , is a phonics app for kids that focuses on short sounds. The interface is simple, allowing the user to navigate the word list very easily. Our artwork was done by a professional artist and revolves around a colorful and kid friendly theme. We also decided to record our sounds for the pronunciation of the words as opposed to using a Text to Speech function.

iPad: $2.99


Math

Shape Arts: Geometry Creations

Shape Arts: Geometry Creations

by Lighthouse Learning

Can you make a mermaid, a spaceship or a fierce shark with just 7 shapes? Go furry, aquatic, spiky - your shape creations can be anything you imagine! Build geometry skills, creativity and problem-solving in this fun educational app for age 7+. (Watch Video)

iPad: $1.99


Nommons: Math Universe

Nommons: Math Universe

by YummyYummyTummy, Inc

A space voyage for kids aged 6-10. Players fly a spaceship to go on an adventure in various worlds, but when it crashes, they have to patch it up by solving math questions. Kids who have tried our game had so much fun and ended up spent 30 minutes or more practicing math! Children can collect over 100 items to re-design the world that leads to 1 trillion combinations! A great way to show off their creativity! (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $2.99


Music

Christmas Karaoke App : 12 Carols

Christmas Karaoke App: 12 Carols

by Popcorn Grenade

With the Christmas Karaoke App, you can sing along to 12 of your favorite Christmas holiday carols in true Karaoke fashion. The 12 songs include: Jingle Bells, We Wish you a MerryChristmas, Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer, Joy The World, First Noel, Hark The Herald, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, The Little Drummer Boy, Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bell Rock, and Auld Lang Syne. (Watch Video)

iPad: $0.99


Science

PlayScience III Lite

PlayScience III Lite

by Bellurbis Technologies

PlayScience III will take you on a journey of educational fun like never before! For children studying in Grade 3 - PlayScience III is the perfect way to build up their science skills. Your child will be able to enjoy a constructive, supportive, interactive fun filled environment while mastering different science concepts.

iPad: Free + In-App Purchase


Piiig Labs

Piiig Labs

by Piiig Inc.

Piiig Labs is a digital playground for kids aged 3 to 7 to do science experiments without the mess! By assembling mini projects and learning through interaction and trial and error, kids can begin to grasp concepts like colors, sounds, electricity and chemical reactions at a young age. (Watch Video)

iPad: $2.99


Yogome Holidays Recycle Hero - Recycling for Kids

Yogome Holidays Recycle Hero - Recycling for Kids

by Yogome Inc.

The snowy world of Yogome is preparing for Christmas! Recycle Heroes: Holiday Missions is the newest release in the Recycle Heroes lineup. Players will have to rely on recycling principles they learned in past titles and learn new ones to thwart the dirty Ignarus and save the festivities. From spotting and throwing out trash in a toy store to stopping evil yetis who want to pollute the landscape, the Yogotars will have their hands (and mittens) full of things to do.

iPhone and iPad: Free + $1.99 In-App Purchase