Category Archives: Kids’ Apps

Apps and the Part-time Homeschooler

I have, on occasion, considered homeschooling. I believe that an education is most powerful when kids can learn by following their own interests, and also by putting their learning into use. I also think that our traditional classroom environments stifle kids’ creativity and their nature curiosity. But, for now, and for our family, the benefits… [more]

Grab the Goodies to Educate About Underage Alcohol Consumption (Review)

As part of the back to school season, I’m on the lookout for tech and tools to help families have a healthy and productive school year. When the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) asked me to take a look at a new educational app designed to help kids ages 6-9 learn about the dangers… [more]

Verizon Educational Tools & a Fun Twitter Party

It’s not easy finding educational apps for your kids. The app stores are chock-full of choices, but which ones are quality? Which ones aren’t? Verizon set out to help its customers make choices with Verizon Educational Tools. The app includes reviews on a wide range of educational app and video options, as rated by educators… [more]

App Review: The Book of Holes

I love a quirky app. Why be boring? The Book of Holes by Poul Lange fits the bill. This interactive e-book from Chocolate Factory Publishing is strange and beautiful and silly and fun. [more]

Monsters University Storybook Deluxe App Review

Do you have career aspirations to be a Scarer? Always wanted a job at Monsters, Inc.? Well, then, you’re in luck. Disney Digital Books invites you to enroll at Monsters University in their new app Monsters University Storybook Deluxe for iOS. Start out by taking a picture and making your own custom student ID. Will… [more]

Creating with Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Pack

Creating with Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Pack

As tablets rise in popularity with kids, we’re seeing more and more accessories designed just for them. One example are the DigiTools sets from Crayola for the iPad. I’ve had my eye on these for awhile, but we recently received a review set from Verizon Wireless so we could try them out at home. [more]

Dr. Panda, Teach Me! App Review

When I’m looking for an app for young kids, I prefer one that is colorful, playful and educational, but with an open-ended, unscripted component. Little kids learn by exploration, not just by rote memorization. fits the bill in that regard. The app invites kids to explore a number of different scenes, such as a farm… [more]

Ellison the Elephant iPad App Review

Ellison the Elephant iPad App Review

Ellison the Elephant is a heartfelt e-story about a young elephant who finds his unique voice with the help of an unexpected friend. It’s a familiar theme, written in a new way with beautiful illustrations and a nicely narrated audio component. You can take it at your own pace or have it set to “auto… [more]