Carissa's App Picks for Kids - December 1, 2017

Carissa's App Picks for Kids
 
Best Sellers
 

Friday, December 1, 2017

These are Carissa's app picks from the past month. You can see all of her picks on the Library's website and, if you want to learn even more, join us each month for a Tuesday evening program called The Supper Club at the Alicia Ashman Library. Check our calendar for dates and more information. Bring your family, bring your dinner and discover new apps... together!

 
Windosill

Windosill

Reviewed on 11/14/17

 

Beautifully bizarre, surrealist puzzles that are great for adults and children to work on together. With no time limits, very little sound and a quiet atmosphere, this app is perfect for quiet afternoons or evenings at home, snuggled together on the couch. Explore this app together and my guess is that you’ll find that your child can solve the puzzles at least as often as you yourself can. If you get stuck on one, put away until another day and perhaps when you come back to it again you’ll have a new idea to try out.

 

Age group: Grades K-2Grades 3-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-12
Platform: iOSWindows
Keyword tags: ArtConceptsEngineeringFamily PlayGamesPuzzlesSTEMThings that Go

 
Sago Mini Farm

Sago Mini Farm

Reviewed on 11/14/17

 

Spend a day at the farm with your favorite Sago Mini characters.  In addition to the things you might expect to find on a farm (horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, a garden, tractors, a barn, etc.) there are a few other additions that add to the fun -- a giant mud puddle, fruit trees, a llama, a unicorn, a seesaw, a farmer’s market stand, an outhouse and (my favorite) a large juicing machine and a BBQ grill with often hilarious outputs!  Even more than most Sago Mini explorer apps, this one encourages kids to play in this space however they want to.  See how many animals you can stack on top of one another!  What sort of wacky things can you grow in the garden? Can the llama play on the tire swing? If you love Sago Mini apps or if you love the farm, this app will not disappoint.

 

Age group: Baby/toddlerPreschool
Platform: AndroidiOS
Keyword tags: AmazonAnimalsCharactersConceptsGoogle PlayNatureScienceThings that Go

 
Novel Effect

Novel Effect

Reviewed on 11/03/17

 

Add a movie-like soundtrack to your favorite bedtime stories!  This unique app includes a library of over 70 titles (and they’re adding more all the time!) from classic picture books to new favorites.  Simply find a printed copy of one of the books on your home bookshelf or local library, open the app and choose that title, then as you begin to read the words, like magic, a soundtrack will begin to play.  Music that matches the mood of the book, appropriate sound effects that bring the story to life, all triggered by your own voice, reading the words.  No need to worry about reading at a certain pace -- you can even skip ahead in the book and the app will keep up!  Don’t have access to a printed copy of the book?  A few of the titles also include e-book pages that you can read for free or links to copies of the e-books that you can purchase to read aloud from your device. This app works best in a quiet space, but it still has minimal functionality even in noisy atmospheres like a library storytime.  At the time of this review, the app can be downloaded for free, so grab it soon!

 

Age group: Baby/toddlerPreschoolGrades K-2
Platform: iOS
Keyword tags: Book AppEarly LiteracyFamily PlayFolk/FairytalesMusicTechnology

 
Tell Time with Mulle Meck

Tell Time with Mulle Meck

Reviewed on 11/03/17

 

Telling time on analog clocks was a skill that was difficult for me to learn as a child, so I am always on the lookout for new great ways to teach it to my own kids.  This app does a nice job of first explaining the concept of measuring time, then building a clock face (numbers and hands), then explaining how to read the clock with lots of different clock designs.  If a child guesses the wrong time, a gentle (but clear) hint is given.  There are no time limits, no scores, only a gentle music soundtrack and a congratulatory word or short animation when correct answers are given. A child can practice telling time for as long as they’d like. The clock faces change in degree of difficulty from faces that include both the hour and minute numbers to clocks with no numbers, only the tick marks to designate hours and minutes.  If you’re looking for a simple way for your child to learn how to read a clock face, this is a great option!

 

Age group: PreschoolGrades K-2
Platform: iOS
Keyword tags: CharactersConceptsGrowing UpMathPuzzlesScienceSTEMTechnology