Appy Days Linky - May 2014
Check out my App recommendations for this month and add yours to my linky
I frequently blog about iPad and iPhone apps, and am often ask others for recommendations. On the back of this, I created "Appy Days" - It is a Monthly linky which will be open from the first to last day of each month.
Feel free to share any iPad, iPhone or even Android app reviews you publish. I'll do my best to comment on each post which is linked up, and share them on my own social media channels as well.
My May Recommendations:
This past month, we've downloaded quite a few new apps. I want to discuss one in particular...
This app is a tie in to the book, written by Paul and Henrietta Stickland, 20 years ago! It is aimed at children aged 2-4 and costs £1.99. The app contains several different activities. Firstly, there is the book itself. You have three options: "Read To Me, Aloud or Record".
Read to me features the voices of several young actors, reading the lines in an engaging manner. The words show up on screen too, and as a word is spoken, the corresponding word lights up on screen. Read Aloud is as you would expect - the words appear on screen, but no words are spoken - this is good for older children who are capable of reading the words.
My favourite option is "record" - this lets you record yourself reading the story for your children to enjoy. It took me literally 3 minutes to add my own voice to this section, and this was the results:
It would have been good if there was a "play all" option within this section, as it did effect the flow of the story and the pace at which I'm speaking when you have to flick through pages. The audio quality on the video isn't great - That's down to our iPad case, not the app.
The app also features a "Colour" section. In here, your child can select from 14 different dinosaur images to colour in. Once they have chosen a picture, 11 different coloured crayons pop up on screen, along with an eraser and a multicoloured crayon.
There is a plus and a minus option to increase and decrease the area covered by the crayon. One thing I liked about this colouring app was the fact it won't draw outside of the image. If your children (like mine) get frustrated when they go over the line, this is an ideal app.
The multicoloured crayon basically allows your child to colour in with the "stock" colours automatically in place. This will leave them with a professional looking image, rather than a "hand coloured" effect. If you tap the eraser, it will then allow you to rub off any mistakes. (The eraser doesn't drag over the page - it took me a while to work this out)!
The final feature within the app is the "Name" section. You type in your name (or your child's) and the app, shake your device when prompted and it will randomly generates a dinosaur name for you. If you don't like the name it chooses, shake your device and it'll choose another. I thought this was a cute feature, but it did take a while to load on our iPad mini, and we did get a lot of back to back duplicates. This was my favourite name...
All told, the kids seem to love the app - especially Syd. She's been saying "DinesauRRR" for the past few days on the back of this app. It's well worth £1.99 if you have a dinosaur fan, or if your child enjoys the book.
Speaking of the book, there's a new 20th anniversary edition of the Dinosaur Roar book is out now! If your little dinosaur fan likes to roar, feel free to check out the Dinosaur Roar facebook page for the chance to win an iPad Mini and Dinosaur Roar goodies as well.
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