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Sharon Cohen

Contributing Writer with the 148Apps Network since February 5, 2011



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Creative Genius on the Go Review

Creative Genius on the Go Review

Every summer, my family would get into the car and drive off to some destination chosen by my parents. In some cases, our destinations were days away, and we would spend a great deal of time in the car. Everyone would play car bingo, Twenty Questions and license plate scavenger hunt as well as sing […]

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Firehouse Adventure Review

Firehouse Adventure Review

Ah, happily an app that is not an ABC and not about animals on a farm! Instead, it’s about firefighters, which are a favorite with many preschoolers. While showing different situations for firefighting, your child will be getting lessons in app manipulation and eye-and-hand coordination—tapping, tilting, touching and drag and dropping. Here are the eight […]

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Topo USA Review

Topo USA Review

Either in the higher elementary school grades and/or middle/junior high school, your children will come home with that dreaded homework sheet saying, “Learn the location of the states and their capitals.” I say dreaded, because most of the children do not want to learn them, and you will have to drill them for days to […]

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Color Buddies Review

Color Buddies Review

Color Buddies is an interesting app, because it combines skills for different ages at the same time. In fact, preschoolers, even in the easy mode, would not be able to do this game by themselves. They could easily find some of the colors when hearing the word, such as “Select color yellow.” They are not […]

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ABC Aliens Review

ABC Aliens Review

When it comes to the ABCs and apps, you can find almost every form of alphabet game and educational lesson possible. Most likely this is because these alphabet apps are easy to develop from a technical standpoint and because all developers know that parents are going to want to teach kids their ABCs. So, ABC […]

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Treasure Kai App Review

Treasure Kai App Review

Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island brings me back to the “Choose Your Adventure” books I used to read with my kids. This ability to change order is one of the features that is so easy to do with an app, so I’m surprised that we don’t see more books for kids […]

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Mom’s Garden: A Handmade Story Review

Mom’s Garden: A Handmade Story Review

For many reasons, storytelling is important for children of all ages—and, even adults. Long before writing and way before the invention of the printing press, people would pass their history and culture from one generation to the next with storytelling. Consider the many different skills involved for the participants. The storytellers needed a rich vocabulary, […]

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Giggle Bear Review

Giggle Bear Review

Many of the newest children’s apps now have 3-D visuals, which add considerably to the game or book’s interest. Giggle Bear, a virtual adaption of the Build-a-Bear concept in the stores, is a three-dimensional rabbit, bear or moose that is created by your child. In fact, this app was developed by a tweenager, Brooklyn Cly, […]

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Word Ball App Preview

Word Ball App Preview

OK. I have to admit it. Where other people are addicted to physics games, such as Angry Bird, or target or math games, I’m addicted to word games. So, whether I play Word Ball with or without my kids, I will play language games like Word Ball. For kids, it’s a great way to learn […]

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Jump Out App Review

Jump Out App Review

Similar to Angry Birds, this app requires the game players to use physics-like techniques to launch the characters to their final destinations.

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Piano Ball App Review

Piano Ball App Review

This app for babies and toddlers is a good way to introduce the sounds of music while learning about colors and liteing to songs being played.

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Dylan Monkey & Squishy Face Review

Dylan Monkey & Squishy Face Review

There are many children’s storybooks being published for the iPhone and iPad, and Dylan Monkey & Squishy Face is a cute book and many lessons learned.

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Tilly’s Petting Farm Review

Tilly’s Petting Farm Review

Go to the farm and learn about the animals and what they do. Children are asked questions about the animals in four different farm settings.

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SATLadder App Review

SATLadder App Review

A game to play to learn the techniques on the SAT test.

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Kids on the Farm Review

Kids on the Farm Review

For toddlers and preschoolers, this app is a series of games about size, color, sounds and patterns of farm animals.

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Ricochet Kids Review

Ricochet Kids Review

There are a number of different categories of apps available in the marketplace for children: Games, just for fun. Educational, like 123’s. Music, singing and dance. Art, coloring and sketching. And, stories for reading and listening. Then, there are apps such as RicochetKids, which are a compilation of games, stories or, in this case, videos. […]

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Go Go Mongo! Review

Go Go Mongo! Review

He’s a weird looking character, but Mongo is cute and loveable all the same. In the lowest levels of the game, he loves to eat vegetables and fruits, which is a big plus in my book. This is especially important given the growing number of overweight children. It’s at the top level that he’s eating […]

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The Day the Music Stopped Review

The Day the Music Stopped Review

Help Juno and Rai Rai start the music again in this delightful musical story that takes place in Harmonia Springs.

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Kidz World Pro Review

Kidz World Pro Review

Look at the pictures of fruits, colors, and vegetables, and read the stories and rhymes.

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Papa Penguin Review

Papa Penguin Review

How many fish and oxygen bubbles can your child get before the time runs out? Be careful, Papa has to feed the chicks.

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Toddler Toy Factory Review

Toddler Toy Factory Review

This is a good spelling, early counting and manipulative app for children starting as toddlers, but going upward to preschool, kindergarten and more.

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What Am I? Farm Review

What Am I? Farm Review

Four different games that your child can play to learn more about farm animals at the same time as gaining dexterity

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Go Green Go! On Earth Day 2011

Are you ready to go Green? Earth Day 2011 is coming on April 22. In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the first Earth Day to increase understanding of the impact everyone has on our planet and asking all people to make positive environmental changes in their communities. On this day, millions of people around the world participate in environmental activities, promote public policy, and educate themselves on how they can make the world a better place to live. You can get involved and celebrate this important day with the help of your mobile apps. Here are some suggestions for individuals of all ages:

You may not be able to go out and plant your own trees to make the world Greener, but with Three Trees app environmental puzzle, you can combine the right mixture of water, air, and sun to grow your virtual trees. This is fun and informative for all ages, individuals and families.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-03-30 :: Category: Games

Who says that picture books are just for little kids? The Four Seasons app is a way to enjoy all the different days of the year through an entertaining story that features a friendly gardener who teaches children about keeping a healthy environment and the ways that we all can contribute to this “in the Green” world. You can grow new trees, clean the park, learn about fresh drinking water, shovel snow, and interact with the characters while surprises appear on every page.
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Why go out and buy something new and add to the world’s clutter? As they say, “Someone’s junk is someone else’s treasures!” With the Swap app, you can participate in exchanges through Swap.com. Just list the books, CDs, movies, and video games that you want to trade or receive from others. You can quickly find out all the items that you can receive for your own items. Clicking on a “GET NOW” link next to an item gives you additional information about both the item and the trader who has it to swap. As soon as the traders agree on their swap, the exchange is complete, and you will get the shipping address for sending your item. You’ll pay Swap.com either $.50 or $1.00 for its services plus shipping costs, but that’s a lot less than going out and buying the product new.
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So you and your friends are stuck in the middle of the city with buildings all around you, noisy cars, pollution and crowds of people. You would like to find a quiet, green place to crash. Just look on the GreenMap app, which helps you search for any green event or location, such as farmers’ markets, parks, and, of course city greens, in your area. You can also suggest new green sites, as you travel around your neighborhood or the cities you visit, and they will be added to the app.
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On Earth Day and every day, you want to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible. With the iShop Green app, you can find the best alternative products. The app is filled with lots of information about shopping in an environmentally responsible way. Find foods that are organically grown in your community or that you can buy online. Find stores that sell green cleaning products. Find the best in recyclable items. The app also includes social networking and message boards for you to discuss green products and get suggestions and tips. Then share what you learned on Facebook and Twitter.
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Speaking of organic foods…why eat vegetables and fruits that were sitting in storage for months, years (?) or that are covered with unhealthy pesticides? Use the Locavore app to find foods that are produced locally or within 100 miles of your home. The Locavore app detects your location and then gives you information on the types of produce in season you can find in your location and what will soon be coming into season. If you are traveling to another state, browse to see where you should stop on your way.
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Lastly, with JouleBug app, you can learn how to save hundreds of dollars on your electric bill, earn pins and badges for saving energy, compete against others for making the greatest energy-saving impact, and acquire new ways to conserve energy. This is another app that will give you lots of tips and information, so that you Go Green the whole year long.
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Go Car Go Review

Go Car Go Review

Here is an easy way for kids and adults to learn physics. You just build cars with different objects and see how they run.

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My Baby Book Review

My Baby Book Review

As soon as your baby is born, you now have a digital baby book for uploading photos, videos and sharing with friends.

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Garbage Truck Review

Garbage Truck Review

Very simple app that teaches toddlers the basics about touching, swiping, and tapping. So simple, it should be rewarding for the child when learning.

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