The Jellybean Tunes App Report 86: Rockin' Fairies and Dinosaur Adventures

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Create music together with My Rockin Fairy, go on a dinosaur adventure with Wubbzy, join Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best friends, or build a solid foundation for learning with "Montessori 1st Operations." Plus, learn about a new program geared towards privacy and transparency in kids' apps.

Please take a moment to read the full app descriptions in the app store in order to understand the features and elements of the app. If you find an app you like, please write a review.

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- Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

Know What's Inside

Moms With Apps Launches the Know What's Inside Program

After 86 app reports, I've seen a lot of apps for kids. Even now, it isn't always clear to me what an app is doing behind the scenes, what information it is collecting, whether it is going to send your child off to Facebook, or if it is going to surprise you with advertisements. I don't like unpleasant surprises in apps for kids, and I imagine you don't either. That's why I'm thrilled that Moms With Apps has launched the Know What's Inside program.

From the web site: "When you see the KNOW what's inside logo, it is a signal to parents that the app maker takes your privacy seriously. Their apps are designed especially for children, with special attention to online privacy. By committing to tell you how their apps work with clearly written privacy policies and descriptions, you know what to expect - no unwanted surprises or tricks."

The program has just launched with a healthy number of members already, and hopefully more and more developers will sign on. Look for the logo (there are a couple in this app report), read the privacy descriptions at the app store or the developer's web site, and know what's inside.

Disclosure: Jellybean Tunes is a member of Moms With Apps.

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Apps for Little Ones

Phonetic Birds

Phonetic Birds

by Marc Sockel

The app is a fun activity to enhance auditory skills in young children. It offers auditory skills training for children from kindergarden to primary school. Auditory skills are heavily linked to overall literacy success. In a series of 4 mini games based around the motivating phonetic birds the learners improve auditory sequencing, auditory discrimination and auditory attention. The learners have to find pairs of birds, mimic melodies and organize birds from low to high or silent to loud.

iPad: $2.99


NameGames

NameGames

by Synapps Media, LLC

Toddler friendly game that teaches children the names and faces of their family and friends. The app was lovingly crafted by PhDs in Cognitive Development to strengthen early relationships. Pictoo, an adorable baby giraffe, guides the child through the app, fostering important early learning skills along the way. The app is developmentally appropriate for children 8 months and older and is available now. (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: Free + $2.99 In-App Purchase


Montessori Blocks - a color and number pattern match game

Montessori Blocks - a color and number pattern match game

by Busyspider Mobile LLC

In the Montessori classroom, the kids are always encouraged to learn by doing, which requires spontaneous investigation and practice. By playing Montessori Blocks, the kids will naturally abstract the information of color, quantity, and direction from the model pattern and the abstracted information will instruct them to move the blocks and form their own pattern. It is exactly the process of learning by doing.

iPad: $0.99


Books

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends

by Cupcake Digital

Join Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best friends as they practice their special talents for the Berry Bitty City Talent Show in their very first interactive story adventure! Who will win first prize? Kids will love the engaging story packed with adorable animations and fanciful activities that bring this wonderfully spirited redheaded girl's sweet, sweet world to life! (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $2.99, Google Play: $2.99, Amazon: $2.99, Nook: $2.99


Wubbzy's Dinosaur Adventure

Wubbzy's Dinosaur Adventure

by Cupcake Digital

Wow! Wow! Dinosaurs! Join Wubbzy and friends in this interactive storybook that takes young readers on a wild adventure all the way to Dino Island. See what happens when Wubbzy meets the Stomposaurus, Tweezertops, Pointy Beakadon . . . and, of course, the giant Sillyasaurus. Watch out for falling coconuts and tasty cupcakes along the way!

iPhone and iPad: $1.99, Google Play: $1.99, Amazon: $1.99, Nook: $1.99


Creative Play

Superzaic - Kids Mosaic Crafts

Superzaic - Kids Mosaic Crafts

by Creativity On Tap

Superzaic brings the fun of kids mosaic crafts to your iPad! The perfect edutainment for dining out, waiting in line, or keeping amused on long car or airplane rides! Your child will be "in the zone" creating masterpieces without noisy music, objectionable content, or obnoxious ads.

iPad: Free + In-App Purchases from $0.99 to $1.99


Eco-Education

Gro Recycling

Gro Recycling

by Gro Play

Have you ever tasted trash? Thought so, but for some, your old shoe box or your empty tin can, is yummie-yum! Meet our groovy recycling bins and feed them everyday garbage. But who likes what? Try out and see for yourself - their reactions will surely help you figure out each character's favorites. But where does all the trash go? Find out and make new products out of the garbage you've sorted by playing with the funky recycling machines. Pull the levers, click the buttons, spin the cog... (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


Health

Toothbrush Fitness

Toothbrush Fitness

by Bohrium Application Labs

We consulted with dentists and professionals to create a perfect tool to learn the technique of perfectly effective toothbrushing. With the step by step 3D animation kids can learn the most efficient practices. Just choose the toothbrush type and enjoy the unique 3D experience. This free app is convenient especially for children, it helps them to get into the right practice in toothbrushing making it even more fun with its extra features like free skins and its newest feature, a music player.

iPhone: Free + Advertisements


Literacy

Vocab-a-splat

Vocab-a-splat

by Seward Inc.

A vocabulary-building game that teaches children the meanings of 200 high-frequency words they encounter while reading. Using a slingshot, players fling balls at the pictures to match the spoken words. The object is to collect enough paint to color the pictures. Animations and sound effects sustain the fun. Words are organized according to 20 common themes such as "Family," "Science," and "Around the World." Recommended for children aged 4-6. The app is an extension of The First 4,000 Words.

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


Math

Montessori 1st Operations

Montessori 1st Operations

by Les Trois Elles Interactive

Want to build a solid math foundation for your children? Montessori 1st Operations is a revolutionary app allying a 100 year old proven pedagogy with the best of 21st Century technology and fun monsters to introduce 4 very important concepts (addition, subtraction, doubles/halves, odd/even). It offers a clear and simple approach to first operations that will change the way children see math forever. If you're tired of your children learning by heart instead of understanding, this app is for you (Watch Video)

iPhone and iPad: $3.99


Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game

Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game

by Math File Folder Games

Grid Lines is a Battleship-style math game used to teach students the coordinate plane by plotting points in all four quadrants. Players will race (two player mode using Bluetooth) or practice (single player mode) in identifying two locations (ordered pairs) on the grid, drawing a straight line from one edge of the gameboard to the other scoring points for each shape that his or her line touches or through which his or her line passes that are located in all four quadrants of the coordinate grid.

iPhone and iPad: $1.99


Music

My Rockin Fairy - Music Game for Kids by Twiny Vine

My Rockin Fairy - Music Game for Kids by Twiny Vine

by Twiny Vine

Get ready to rock with your own fairy! A kids music creator for musicians of all levels. Includes fun to tap instruments and multi-player support so kids can create music together. Great background rhythms that work together or solo in any combination. Key Features include: 9 Unique Instruments, Fun Glitter Sounds & Special Effects, Animated & Talking Fairy, 6 Rockin Background Rhythms, and includes Musical Staff and Notes.

iPad: $2.99


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