Tech With Kids is (and I say this entirely in the spirit of objectivity, despite whatever self-interest such a statement might demonstrate, as will become momentarily apparent) one of the very best sites for reviews of kids apps. Run by USA Today’s Jinny Gudmundsen, it’s knowledgeable, thorough, and fair – an invaluable resource for any parents, teachers, or other grown-ups looking for the best apps for children.
“This classic fairy tale is presented in an innovative way that blends gaming and reading so that reluctant readers will be intrigued […] What makes this version special — besides the lovely illustrations and lively animations — is the addition of game-like elements into the story […] By adding games inside this popular story featuring a little boy on an adventure, Jack and the Beanstalk draws in little boys who are reluctant to read […] Like Nosy Crow’s Little Red Riding Hood, this version of Jack and the Beanstalk also puts kids in charge of the outcome of the story. This is empowering to kids, making this book an easy favorite. Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow cleverly creates an intersection where gaming and reading meet.”
Here’s our trailer for Jack and the Beanstalk:
“A modern version of the classic tale where Little Red is the heroine, and she saves her granny from the wolf. The app lets you choose your own path through the woods, so when you replay it, you can experience several different endings […] In addition to this delightful choose-your-own-adventure aspect of this fairy tale, the app also shines for its user-generated narrative. In addition to hearing a narrator, kids tap the characters to hear more of the story. The app also contains fun mini-games played with the fully-animated characters you meet in the woods […] It’s refreshing to see Little Red Riding Hood depicted as a brave, quick-thinking and resourceful character who gets rid of the wolf herself and saves her Grandma.”
Here’s our trailer for Little Red Riding Hood:
And here’s Tech With Kids’ full review for Rounds: Parker Penguin. Jinny writes:
“Presented with rich artwork full of round shapes and accompanied by music that varies when you touch the penguin, this is an intriguing way for kids to learn science […] Rounds: Parker Penguin is a great read for all children. Because this book app is so interactive, kids are drawn into the learning as they help Parker through each stage of his growth.”
Here’s our trailer for Rounds: Parker Penguin:
Thank you, Tech With Kids, for this kind recognition!
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