Rain Go Away ABC’s

Rain Go Away ABC’s
Appbrella Inc.

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring, he bumped his head and went to bed and he couldn’t get up until the morning.” No matter what time of year, this song will always come into a child’s head when they wake up on a rainy day.  What do parents think?  What should we do today, since playing outside is not an option. Appbrella Inc. has come to save the day!  Coming from the stand point of a parent for this review, Applicable2U was not sure if Rain Go Away ABC’s was really applicable.  Do we really need another application that reinforces the letters of the alphabet?  Our answer, YES!!  This educational app at first glance appears to be just an interactive alphabet in the form of flashcards, but it’s also a parents dream come true!!!

Appbrella Inc. is one of the many developers that are apart of the educational app recently launched Moms With Apps.  If you happen to have a young one of your own, are a nanny or even your school teacher, this application will definitely come in handy.  Once in the hands of a child, students can navigate through the app in two ways.  First, they can select a letter from the list in any order.  Within each flashcard there are a number of interactive pieces.  For example, the letter is announced when pressed.  Next, a users vocabulary begins to build once they click the image that begin with that letter.  Finally, with a shake of the iPad or iTouch objects will come alive.  My favorite is the letter “D”.  The more you shake, the more interactive that object will become.   The second way that a user can navigate through is by scrolling the alphabet in order.  If you happen to choose this method with your student/child, ask them if they noticed anything different on the cards each time.

Appbrella Inc. has taken into consideration that parents can have a part in a young child’s mobile learning experience in multiple ways.  The most obvious is that as the adult, you can witness your child/student beginning to recognize letters of the alphabet.  Together you can be surprised and share times of laughter at the interactive pieces.  As the child becomes more comfortable with the letters, it can also open up doors of prediction. Lets predict what other objects begin with a particular letter and what would it look like as an interactive flashcard.  However, what really sets this educational app apart from any other that we have seen is the TIPS.  These are not tips for children, they are tips for parents.  Tips of how you and your child can pass the rainy day away.  On a sticky like notepad, Appbrella offers ideas of non-technical things that you can do that relate to each letter of the alphabet.  SAMPLELetter N’s tip is to use uncooked spaghetti to make noodle pictures on paper.  Dye the noodles with food coloring for sensational squiggles! Just brilliant!  In the next version of Rain Go Away ABC’s, I think it would be interesting if parents could  share some of their ideas/tips with Appbrella.  In return, building a larger resource for parents on those rainy, cold, not so fun days.

Applicable2U gives this a definite thumbs up!  I am so happy that this is a part of our library.  If you would like to learn more about Appbrella Inc, be sure to visit their website.  Already know that this is a winning application for your family or classroom? Then go right to your iTunes library here and begin your download today!

123 Color

123 Color
by Steve Glinberg

SALE!!! SALE!!! SALE!!!  Who doesn’t like a sale?  123 color is on sale today, Feb. 1st in recognition for being rated the #1 Art App for Kids by Babble.com.  For those with toddlers, it is a MUST have!!!  My son is addicted to it.  123 Color is like the paint by numbers that we had as kids.  Except now with the help of technology kids can now color, recognize their letters (upper and lower case), and numbers.
For this particular version as you enter the app you are greeted with falling snow and 4 types of coloring books.  If you happen to be either a parent or a teacher reading this review, you can put your mind at ease if you follow the same criteria as I do when I download an app.  Without evening realizing it your little Van Gogh is learning and also having a lot of fun.  Within the settings, a parent or teacher can set a number of options: language, coloring options, type of artwork to be shown, sound and yes, even music.  Integrated arts at its best!!!  Don’t worry if your pre-schooler is just learning his/her letters or numbers.  123 Color has made accommodations for such users.

Beginners – choose a coloring book, select a page.  Is your student/child unsure of what a letter or number is?  Just click on the number/letter in the coloring page and the color bar at the bottom will scroll to the correct section.  Once found, the user should click the color at the bottom and click its match in the picture.  Once all numbers/letters have disappeared, the user will see an amazing master piece that they designed!!!

Masters – choose a coloring book, select a page.  Has your child mastered their numbers/letters?  This user will be able to scroll through the color bar at the bottom matching each dot on the page.  Regardless of beginner or master, the user will be thrilled with their results.  Each time my son finishes he shares his image with whomever is around and begins dancing around to the reinforcement music once the picture is complete!

As I mentioned earlier, since having downloaded this app, 123 Color has made a number of updates. Through feedback from users and those others that have reviewed this app, they are clearly listening!!  One of the most recent updates that I have seen is the ability to now print pictures, email them or even save them to your photos app.

If you would like to learn more about 123 Color then be sure to visit their website or you can go right to iTunes and get the sale price for this amazing art application.