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Photo Book Decoration Review

Photo Book Decoration Review

Photo Book Decoration allows you to doodle on and decorate photos imported from your photo library or taken on the fly, and email them or export altered images back to the photo libary. Available tools include pen, stamp, and background templates, each containing multiple colors, sizes and options for decorating photos. Detailed instructions are available […]

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iMatryoshka Review

iMatryoshka Review

Matryoshka are those cute little wooden nesting dolls with beautiful painted exteriors that are a key feature of Russian folk art. iMatryoshka is a strange twist on that heritage, turning the Matryoshka into vampiric nesting dolls that eviscerate into smoke if they are flung together properly. I have a sneaking suspicion this game is based […]

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YummyBurgers Review

YummyBurgers Review

YummyBurgers is a fun, challenging game that illuminates the difficulty of life as a short order cook. If you’re kid is thinking of dropping out of high school for a career at McDonald’s, this might be just what the doctor ordered. Assembling burgers to order in a timely fashion is no easy task, and if […]

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GopherPop Review

GopherPop Review

File this one under “awesome.” In our house, whack-a-mole is a daily game with Daddy, his large hands smacking down little munchkins as they pop up from the ground. So GopherPop was intuitive for our kids. Simple and addictive; the game starts out with two gopher holes which you must “pop” with your fingers, while […]

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What To Do Today – September Review

What To Do Today – September Review

My sister and I represent the two ends of the mommy creativity spectrum. She has an entire arts & craft area in her basement that could outfit a preschool. When we go to her house, she pulls crafty, educational, hands-on ideas out of the air that keep the kids occupied for hours. Me? Not so […]

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The Maze Review

The Maze Review

The Maze is, as you would expect from the name, a maze game for iPhone. It is extrememly simple; four joystick-like controls at the bottom control the leading edge of the maze. The pathway is filled up with color as you progress through the maze. A hint button is available which reveals the next few […]

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Sparky the Dog Review

Sparky the Dog Review

Sparky the Dog is a fun little game that my 5-year old really enjoys. The game consists of 12 levels; the object of the game is to move a hungry dog named Sparky through a pastoral landscape while gaining points by jumping and popping bubbles with treats in them (cupcakes, doggy bones, doughnuts, etc.) and […]

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Basic Math with Mathaliens Review

Basic Math with Mathaliens Review

This is a great math study app suitable for the entire elementary school spectrum. Mathaliens covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and has two play modes: Mathaliens Bingo and Hunting Mathaliens, with three levels of difficulty (Easy, Medium, Hard). In Mathaliens Bingo, a Bingo field is presented with an array of twenty numbers. A math […]

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Talking Perry the Penguin Review

Talking Perry the Penguin Review

Oh boy, this one is a major hit with my kids (2 and 4 years old)! Talking Perry the Penguin is nothing more (and nothing less) than a digital voice recorder, which takes input from te microphone and converts it to a voice emanating from the megaphone of a pudgy and cute little Penguin named […]

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Squirrel Goes Nuts Review

Squirrel Goes Nuts Review

This is a fun and challenging little game that requires the user to move a squirrel across a landscape to consume as many acorns as possible, and finally to grab the key nut (literally the nut with the key in it). The squirrel’s motions are a little tricky to master at first; basically you fling […]

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Young Reader – QuickReader Review

Young Reader – QuickReader Review

Young Reader is the QuickReader edition for children, and features thousands of classic children’s books for free. Authors such as Coelho, Twain, Dickens, Kipling, Wilde, and London fill out the available catalog. Additional books can be loaded from online catalogs. Quick Reader features a highly elegant and customizable interface, and includes normal reading and speed […]

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MindSnacks Spanish – Language Learning Program Review

MindSnacks Spanish – Language Learning Program Review

I’m on my way to learning Spanish! This is a unique and very addictive Spanish learning iphone app that is, in my opinion, well worth the price of admission. The app begins by requiring a profile set-up, including email address, then assigns a starting level by administering a short diagnostic quiz. I started at level […]

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CitiStroller Review

CitiStroller Review

As a mom who moonlights as an urban planner, I have a strong interest in urban walkability and mobility issues, especially related to mobility with kids and strollers. So I was very excited to delve into CitiStroller, an app whose goal is to provide “a guide for navigating cities on wheels…stroller-friendly public transportation, diaper change […]

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Shape Skills Level 1 Review

Shape Skills Level 1 Review

This is a very nice skills app that develops a child’s ability not only to to identify shapes but to discern similarities and differences among shapes and similar objects. Six options are available: Tracing, What’s That, The Right One, Odd One Out, The Same, and Free Draw. The first three work on basic shape familiarization […]

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Gingerbread Fun! Review

Gingerbread Fun! Review

I knew upon first glance that this app was made for my four-year old son, who loves to bake anything and is especially fond of gingerbread men. Gingerbread Fun! allows two paths to cookie glory: Make and Bake or Straight to Decorate. If you select Make and Bake, you begin with rolling the dough, using […]

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U-Ventures: Return to the Cave of Time Review

U-Ventures: Return to the Cave of Time Review

Those of us born in the seventies will fondly recall the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series by Edward Packard, in which fantastical adventure stories hinged upon decision points made by the reader leading to multiple possible plot lines and endngs. If a literary concept was ever ripe for the computer age, this was it. […]

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iYuva Review

iYuva Review

A small subset of children’s iPhone apps go beyond providing passive entertainment or interactive education; these apps actually provide tools to expand a child’s sense of space, color, and tap into a child’s creativity. iYUVA is one of these. More than a freestyle drawing app or coloring game, Yuva Studio provides a swatch, a template […]

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Toothache Review

Toothache Review

Have you ever had that nightmare where your teeth are crumbling one by one and falling out of your mouth at the hands of a mad dentist? Toothache is a lot like that. The object of the game is to crush each tooth in the mouth of a monstrous creature (your choice of T-Rex, Lion, […]

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SpaceWalking Review

SpaceWalking Review

SpaceWalking uses the iPhone’s GPS system and map navigation tools to create a “virtual” scale model of the solar system that you can actually navigate, on foot. In the first step, the user defines the scale by selecting among several options for scale distance representing 1 Astronomical Unit (1 AU), which is defined as the […]

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Edamame Touch Review

Edamame Touch Review

Sometimes you need something inane, mindless, and fun to pass the time, and Edamame Touch certainly fits the bill. The game starts with a black bowl of presumably steamed edamame (fresh soybeans in the pod, for the uninitiated), which are dragged to the screen and laid upon a bamboo background. By touching the three raised […]

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ABC On The Go Review

ABC On The Go Review

ABC On The Go is an alphabet recognition game that reinforces associations between letters and sounds through three interactive games: Classic, See It Say It, and Hear It Hit It. In Classic, flashcards with letters and associated pictures are presented. When the letter and pictures are touched, the name of the letter and associated word […]

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Balloon Pop Challenge Review

Balloon Pop Challenge Review

This is a great little back-to-school game! Multicolor balloons float across the screen and must be popped based on a variety of factors involving color or math. Math games include odds and evens, addition and subtraction, multiplication and factors. In a game, a problem is given (for examples, factors of three) and only balloons containing […]

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Big Button Animal Facts Review

Big Button Animal Facts Review

In this animal game, the child is presented with four options: Cheetah, Elephant, Monkey, and Hippopotamus. Within the screen for each selection, three activities are available. First, the child may select a set of blocks, in which the emcee, Froggy, spells out the name of the animal while walking atop the letters as they are […]

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Mommy To Be Review

Mommy To Be Review

Mommy to Be is an iPhone pregnancy planning and tracking app. Five screens are available: Today, You, Your Baby, Tips, and Notes. “Today” shows the amount of time in the pregnancy accomplished and left to go, a small blurry ultrasound image of the fetal stage, a due date range, a countdown to the due date, […]

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Monster Melody Mash Review

Monster Melody Mash Review

I love this app! Monster Melody Mash is an adorable, addictive and unconventional musical app which challenges users to create unique electronica-inspired tracks by toggling off and on a variety of different hilariously and beautifully rendered cartoon monsters, each of which has a unique rhythm or melody attached to it. When activated, the monster will […]

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Who am I? (Race Awareness Game) Review

Who am I? (Race Awareness Game) Review

Wondering how to talk to your kids about race? Well, as they say, there’s an app for that. Two apps, actually: Who am I? and Guess My Race, both created by Playtime Interactive for Cambridge Diversity Consulting’s Race Awareness Project, a project directed by Harvard cultural anthropologist Dr. Michael D. Baran with the goal of […]

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A Practical Guide to Managing Paediatric Problems on the Postnatal Ward Review

A Practical Guide to Managing Paediatric Problems on the Postnatal Ward Review

Are you the kind of prenatal patient who likes to be a step ahead of the doctors, showing off how much you actually know better than they do? Have you been carefully drafting your birthing plan, reading up on the pitfalls of all of the prenatal, labor, delivery and postnatal interventions so you are prepared […]

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Geometrix Review

Geometrix Review

Geometrix is a simple collection of 3 games based on various permutations of collisions between circles, stars and squares. The three games include Chain Reaction, Star Chaser, and Orb Assault. In Chain Reaction, the player taps on small squares to initiate a “chain reaction” which looks like a series of small bubbles. Each chain reaction […]

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Doodle Fishing Review

Doodle Fishing Review

I really love the fishing game apps on the iPhone! I would have to say that Flick Fishing is my son’s all-time favorite app! What is it about these fishing games that is so entertaining? Like Flick Fishing, Doodle Fishing engages the cast with a “flick” of the phone and a flick back to “set […]

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Lola’s Alphabet Train Review

Lola’s Alphabet Train Review

Lola the Panda Bear flies through the screen on her choo-choo train, on her way to deliver presents to her friends, making frequent stops to complete letter-matching and reading puzzles. Each time Lola (i.e., your child) successfully completes the puzzle, the train zooms along it’s way, and Lola earns five coins which are tallied in […]

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