Feb 09 2012
Name: Toy Story Read-Along
Age: 2+ years
I never reject a freebie. And it helps that the girl’s gradually being introduced to Toy Story by her favourite cousins who get Toy Story birthday cakes and bring their Toy Story life-sized toys around wherever they go. With that, she could go through the whole app book now, which highlights each word as the narrator reads it, screaming out the characters by name as each of them appears.
What’s good? This story is EXACTLY like the real story. Real characters… real voice-overs… So now my girl interchanges between watching the Toy Story movie and reading this app book. Oh, and carrying the Alien toys (gifts from her favourite aunt) around the house.
Name: Grimm’s Red Riding Hood
Age: 3+ years
Cost: Free! (limited time)
From the same developers as Rapunzel (shared here previously), Grimm’s Red Riding Hood 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is now free! Same idea – a pop-up book where there are pages where you can help to tidy up Red’s room by dragging toys off the floor into the box, or helping Red pack food and vege into the basket to bring to Grandma’s house, or even point out the Big Bad Wolf’s big eyes, big ears, sharp teeth etc.
Like Rapunzel, this app is a little too advance for my girl who’d skip all the wordy pages (as expected) and go to the pictorial pages to do the various activities. But I’ll give her time. Someday, she’ll grow to like this app cos she really likes the story (thanks to her memory of participating in an interactive story-telling session in Sentosa).
Name: Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad
Age: 2+ years
Cost: $4.99 (Free LITE version available)
Downloaded this app long long ago… And a chat with Kat made me realise I haven’t updated the latest app version, nor shared it on… But I must cos it’s up there amongst the top of my favourite app list! Tried the lite version for a while and paid for the full version cos it’s…
- Educational – Choose an alphabet, trace the capital and small letters, and then see items that begin with it. Oh, and get a Sesame Street song all about it too!
- Engaging – Who doesn’t like Elmo? If there’s a school that has a teacher all dressed up and teaching like Elmo, I’d send my girl there cos she absorbs EVERYTHING Elmo says…
- Fun – The songs are super happening. Puzzles and colouring..
And I just realised there are new features where I get to upload my own items to introduce to my girl! Maybe now she can learn that Mama starts with the letter ‘M’ and Papa starts with the letter ‘P’?!! :P
Name: Super Why!
Age: 5 years
Downloaded this for my girl cos there was this point in time where she was TOTALLY CRAZY about the video series. Thought she’d be interested in their app… And it’s a good app too! Teaching:
- Letters identification
- Letters tracing and their sound
- Story telling by completing sentences
Alas, this app is too advance for my little 2+ year old. But I am keeping it cos it’s probably going to be a favourite once she starts being able to read.