FREE for a limited time – Dic-Dic. Multilingual dictation to practise spelling, writing and sound-letter matching. This educational app helps kids learn to spell common words in four different languages (English, Spanish, Russian, French) and has 3 levels of difficulty. It’s great for kids who are beginning readers/spellers in their native language and/or for kids learning a new language. All words are read by native speakers of the language. Then the child tries to spell the word by typing its letters into the blanks – great for beginning word processing. Clues can be turned on or off depending on the level of the child. If a student misspells a word, the app urges him/her to try the word again. If the word is misspelled a second time, the app spells it correctly. I love this feature – positive encouragement to try again! The app tracks the child’s progress in albums (one for each level and language) so that parents/teachers can monitor success. It also includes an extra game to reward successful players. This app is suitable for a wide range of kids – check it out while it’s free. 🙂
FREE for a limited time – Toca Town, a digital town where kids rule. Toca Town features twenty-one playful characters and seven locations to explore – park, pond, store, police station, restaurant, house, and apartment. As kids move around the town, they choose their own adventures. They can grocery shop, cook thirty different dishes at the restaurant, visit the police station, or just hang out with friends. With a tap of the sun, kids can change day into night – perfect for camping in the dark! The app is full of interactive surprises for kids to discover – presents to wrap, lights that turn on and off, etc. Toca Town is great for vocabulary development and oral story telling. Don’t miss this great app from Toca Boca.
FREE for a limited time – Dr. Panda Mailman, another great app for preschoolers from Dr. Panda Ltd. Kids become mail carriers and deliver mail in a fun-filled interactive world. There are four areas for kids to explore – the mountains, a village, a forests, and fields. First they create their own postcards or wrap their own packages. Then it’s time to deliver their creations. The recipients are different animals, each with his or her own unique personality. As they ride down the road delivering the mail, kids are free go off the beaten path and explore.This app is great for developing vocabulary and creating stories. It’s a big fun world with no rules, points, timers, etc. – just open-ended exploration.
Sago Mini Friends is currently FREE! Toddlers (ages 2 – 4) can go on a playdate with their favorite Sago friends in this cute educational app. They begin by choosing a character then walking that character to a friend’s house. Once they get there, the fun begins. There are 10+ activities to do with their friends – helping Robin the bird fix a birdhouse, playing dress-up with Jinja the cat, washing dishes with Harvey the dog, etc. Kids will love the sweet characters and the app’s silly surprises. Parents can encourage language development as they help kids make up stories to go with the actions. It’s no wonder Sago Mini Friends was picked as an Editor’s Choice by Apple. 🙂
FREE for a limited time – Sago Mini Boats, an adorable app for preschoolers. Kids go on a boat trip with Harvey the dog. Each adventure begins with kids making three choices: where to go, what to pack, and which boat to drive. Kids choose one of five destinations – anything from a tropical island to a big city. Once kids decide where to go, it’s time to pack their suitcases with the appropriate clothing and items for their chosen destination. Then they choose a fun boat to drive – a pirate ship, a canoe, a bathtub, a pickle, etc.! On their voyage they can stop to pick pineapples, get an ice cream treat, meet some undersea creatures, or they can just to enjoy the sites along the way. Sago Mini Boats will spark fun conversations as kids prepare for their trips, especially when they go to pack their bags. This educational app is not only fun but it’s also great for language development!
Thomas & Friends Talk to You is the latest app from ToyTalk Inc. Speech recognition technology allows kids (ages 3-6) to have a two-way conversation with Thomas and the Steam Team. The app literally works like a walkie-talkie. When the orange button appears on the screen, the child presses it to talk to Thomas. When the child lets go of the button, Thomas answers. The FREE portion of the app features a fun adventure on the island of Sodor. There are additional adventures available as in-app purchases. The app’s activities include: learning shapes, memory games, speaking & listening, singing, telling stories, solving a mystery, transmitting information, making silly noises, parts of speech, sharing & taking turns, and more. In order to enable speech recognition, ToyTalk Inc. needs to capture audio recordings of your child so parental permission is required. Parents can then access and control their child’s recordings from ToyTalk’s website: www.toytalk.com. If your child is a fan of Thomas and friends, make sure take advantage of this week’s “launch special.” 🙂
FREE for a limited time – Tiny Airport, an interactive seek & find book. Preschoolers tap their way through three interactive scenes (full of fun sounds) to learn about the airport. First they arrive by taxi, check-in, and go through the security check. In scene two, they wait at the departure gate, board, and take-off. In scene three, they are airborne with the other passengers. They even get to fly the plane. There are 90 hidden adventures to uncover with fun, extra surprises in each scene. The app features lots of detail which makes it perfect for storytelling. If you are planning a trip to the airport, get this app to introduce your child to what he/she may experience. 🙂