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Our Christmas Wishes

Our Christmas Wishes
by Jacob Duane Johnson

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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Understanding of the world

What it is: a storybook (about 15 pages long) with a simple coloring feature.

What you do with it: read the book, touch the illustrations to reveal their colors.

What we liked: the story, simple illustrations, the 'coloring' feature, ease of use, no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no narration (parental assistance is required for non-reading kids). The coloring feature could be more responsive.

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Wheels on the Bus - Android version

Wheels on the Bus - Android version
by Duck Duck Moose

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Android

Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0.4

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Best for: Interactive toys, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: an engaging interactive toy based on the classic song.

What you do with it: touch objects and see them 'respond' while listening to the Wheels On The Bus song.

What we liked: concept, overall quality, very easy operation even for the smallest kids, simple illustrations, various audio options.

What we didn't like: -

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Saffy Looks For Rain

Saffy Looks For Rain
by Simply Read Books

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Understanding of the world
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What it is: an interactive story (about 15 pages long) about a baby giraffe. 2 extra activities (coloring and simple picture puzzles).

What you do with it: 2 modes of reading (listen to the narration or read by yourself). Touch objects on the pages for simple animations.

What we liked: the story. Simple illustrations and animations. Interactive elements complementing the storyline. The extra activities (coloring and puzzles). Quality narration. Sounds. The option to record your own narration. Ease of use. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: 'timed' puzzle challenge. Only one coloring sheet and only one puzzle scene.

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Wheels on the Bus HD

Wheels on the Bus HD
by Duck Duck Moose

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iPad

Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.0.5

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Best for: Interactive toys, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: an engaging interactive toy based on the classic song.

What you do with it: touch objects and see them 'respond' while listening to the Wheels On The Bus song.

What we liked: concept, overall quality, very easy operation even for the smallest kids, simple illustrations, various audio options.

What we didn't like:ads on the first screen and placement of the sound options button (may be pressed by a kid by mistake).

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Peekaboo! Guess Who? - improves cognitive development for babies through kindergarten

Peekaboo! Guess Who? - improves cognitive development for babies through kindergarten
by Bacciz

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Overall Score: 82/100

version reviewed: 2.7

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a simple interactive toy teaching animal names and sounds. 4 scenes. 3 difficulty levels.

What you do with it: depending on the mode: listen to the animal's voice, touch reveal the animal, point to the correct animal looking at it's picture or listening to the sound it makes.

What we liked: the concept. Number of scenes and animals. 3 difficulty modes (baby, toddler and kid). Ease of use.

What we didn't like: no spoken instructions. Some animals are oddly placed (e.g. the polar bear at the bottom of the ocean).

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Peekaboo HD

Peekaboo HD
by Gotclues, Inc

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iPhone

Overall Score: 67/100

version reviewed: 1.3

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a simple interactive toy to teach animal names and sounds (and occupy) the toddler.

What you do with it: listen to the animal's voice, touch the hay stack to reveal the animal.

What we liked: the concept, simple graphics and animations, simple navigation, clear sounds and narration, language options, great solution for locking 'options' button.

What we didn't like: we would like to have spoken instructions.

Please note that this app is very similar to Peekaboo barn by Night and Day Studios.

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