The Jellybean Tunes App Report 64: Choose the Best Kids Apps of 2012

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Vote for your favorite apps, uncover Mayan mysteries, find out what it is like to be an aviator, and read all about the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins with brand new apps from our family-friendly app network.

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- Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes


News

You Can Choose the Best Apps of 2012

Nominate or vote for your favorite app for the AppyMall's Best Apps for 2012. Closes Jan. 31, so get your votes in now!

Vote on Facebook

In the Spotlight: Illustrator Paul Johnson of Penelope the Purple Pirate

Melissa Northway interviews Paul Johnson and gives a hint about Penelope's next adventure.

Read the full interview

Penelope the Purple Pirate is Turning Two

"We appreciate all of the wonderful feedback over the past two years and always love to hear how much your children are enjoying reading about Penelope and her friends. We wanted to celebrate Penelope turning 2 this month with a Facebook Party where you all have a chance to pick up some great treasure - from promo codes to gift cards!"

Thursday, January 24th from 5-7pm PST on Facebook

Apps for Little Ones

2BME Aviator

2BME Aviator

by 2BME Studios

A trip to the Airport allows your child to discover what it's like to be an Aviator. They can learn about aviation, different types of aircraft, and even take to the skies in our biplane or helicopter! Your child will be amazed by all the interactive objects, realistic sights and sounds there are to explore.

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


Your Game

Your Game

by MadFin Games

Your Game is a simple yet compelling collection of four games that allow you to quickly and easily customize the experience with your own recorded audio and pictures, making your child feel like it was crafted just for him or her whether you are by their side or off at work. There are four game modes with different challenges for your child to explore: memory cards game, outline matching game, jigsaw puzzle, and tracing objects.

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


Books

Learn languages with the fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood”

Learn languages with the fairytale "Little Red Riding Hood"

by FounDreams

This interactive book will help your child to learn foreign languages including English, German, French, and Russian. Children will get acquainted with the melody, scripts and sounds of different languages while reading. The application has been developed in cooperation with the DICA-lab of the University of Luxembourg, which conducts research on learning and development in multilingual contexts. (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $2.99


Funny Kids Poems 2

Funny Kids Poems 2

by We Are Interfaces AB

Long expected English version of Funny Kids Poems 2 has finally been released! Funny Kids Poems 2 is a second part of the interactive book for children up to 6 years old. Your child can improve reading skills in English and Russian with this book of twelve cute poems written by Marina Lindholm. The fun is in the familiar scenes and in exploring the interactive animations that bring the poems to life on each page.

iPhone and iPad: $0.99


Sleeping Beauty HD

Sleeping Beauty

by PicPocket Books

New major update to this classic fairy tale with beautiful, vibrant artwork and new layout. The beautiful illustrations in this classic rendition of Sleeping Beauty give this favorite fairy tale new creativity and style. Vibrant watercolors relate the timeless story of the princess who sleeps for one hundred years. From an emerald frog to the cascades of roses that twine their way through the story, the rich colors of these painted pages are bound to please!

iPad: $1.99


Just Going to the Dentist - Little Critter

Just Going to the Dentist - Little Critter

by Oceanhouse Media

Little Critter is off to the dentist's office. He gets a thorough checkup and cleaning, complete with dental x-rays. When Dr. Ghum finds a cavity, Little Critter bravely gets a filling. The visit is painless and Little Critter's good nature reassures young readers that going to the dentist is not that bad after all!

iPhone and iPad: $0.99


Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek

Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek

by Oceanhouse Media

Mama's out dancing and Lulu is in charge of the Five Little Monkeys. It's bedtime for the rambunctious monkeys, but they persuade Lulu to play hide-and-seek. "Just one game," says Lulu. "Then it's right off to bed. Your bedtime's at eight. That's what your mama said." But there's always time for one more game! Join the Five Little Monkeys as they find the perfect hiding place where even their babysitter can't find them!

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr. Seuss

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr. Seuss

by Oceanhouse Media

"And he took off his hat - and it didn't do any good. Another hat sat on Bartholomew's head." In The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss spins a humorous tale of a young boy's desperate attempt to remove his own hat to honor his King. If only the hat would obey Bartholomew's wishes!!!

iPhone and iPad: $3.99


Games

Mega Bee

Mega Bee

by Mega-Prompt

Mega Bee is a fast-paced arcade game with several challenging levels. Users swipe the Busy Bee character around the screen to collect items, while attempting to avoid various hazards. Levels become progressively harder as Busy Bee works to save Princess Bee from Dragon Island. A hard mode option provides a greater challenge, making Mega Bee an entertaining and addictive game for users of all ages. (Watch Video)

iPhone: Free + In-App Purchases, iPad: $1.99 + In-App Purchases


History

Mayan Mysteries

Mayan Mysteries

by Dig-It! Games

Put your puzzle skills to the test as you travel through history and uncover the adventure of Mayan Mysteries! Explore the mysterious world of the ancient Maya and learn about its remarkable civilization. Includes over 12 hours of game play, specifically designed for children grades 5-9 and detailed factual information about the Maya contributed by world-renowned Maya expert Robert J. Sharer. (Watch Video)

iPad: $9.99


Literacy

Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics for iPhone

Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics for iPhone

by Les Trois Elles Interactive

The Award Winning Montessori Letter Sounds is now available in an iPhone only version. Only $1.99 for this very comprehensive phonics app should mean every parent should have it on their iPhone! (Watch Video)

iPhone: $1.99


Math

Multiplication & Times Tables : Invasion Of The Moon Monkeys - Lite

Multiplication & Times Tables: Invasion Of the Moon Monkeys Lite

by eduGAME

Test your multiplication and times tables skills to the limit as you battle to save the world in a thrilling arcade style invasion adventure you just won't want to stop playing! The Moon Monkeys are multiplying, it's time to turn the tables! With this Lite version play the full game with limited times tables before you pay! As featured by Apple as an 'Editors Choice: All time Favourite' and an Apple Staff Favourite in the US, UK and Canada (Full Game)!

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


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