Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kids Pattern Recognition - Beginner Has Been Submitted

I submitted the app to Apple and Amazon a few days ago.  Pending approval it should be available in the next week or so.  It is already live on Nook and will be released on Google Play as soon as it is live on Apple and Amazon.  Check out some screenshots to see what it is all about.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kids Pattern Recognition - Beginner

On App Store (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)Nook Apps (TM),  Amazon, Google Play and Nabi.

This is a kid's math game. Complete the pattern recognition puzzles to work through the levels to free the good monster aliens that were kidnapped by the bad monster aliens.

WHO: For kids ages 4-7.

WHAT:  Help the hero complete the patterns and save the monsters that were kidnapped.  This game has 120 ABAB and ABCABC patterns to solve in order to beat the game.  Some patterns are picture based and some are number based.  Patterns may alternate in color, size, shape, or value.

WHERE: In outer space.

WHY: Recognizing and analyzing patterns and sequences is a foundational skill for both math and literacy.

This app provides practice for children in:
-Recognizing patterns and sequences.
-Recognizing differences in color.
-Recognizing differences in size.
-Recognizing numbers.

Read about some of the thoughts that went into designing the game.
Watch the demo video

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Android Devices for Kids Educational Use

What is the best device to get for a child's use? 

Tablet devices are a great technology for kids because the touch interface is less symbolic and takes a less dexterity to use. Very young children can use one, and navigate it proficiently.  The problem is that the devices are expensive, and somewhat fragile.

iPad's have the largest screen size, and have a better app selection than their Android counterparts, but they are more expensive.  It is hard for many parents to justify spending so much money on a device that will be used primarily by their child.

I read an interesting article that said 73% of Android users were male.  I think this is one telling reason for there being less kids apps on Android.  Mom's typically buy apps for kids, and very few mom's were using Android, so kids apps did not sell well.  However now Android has many tablets available, and the percentages are changing because more women tend to buy Kindles and Nooks than men. I think this kind of device availability could change the market for kids apps.

Android could become dominant, or at least on a more even playing field in the kids app market, for two reasons.  One they are cheaper, and two you can lock them down more easily.  There are already a few apps you can download, usually for free, that allow you to create a safe "sandbox" where you can choose what apps your child is allowed to play.  The sandbox app makes it so children cannot make purchases, it block advertisements, and block access to the web and app store.  As far as I know Apple does not give developers the access to create apps with these capabilities.

Alternatively there are numerous Android tablets that are being released, designed specifically for kids.  They even have their own markets available that are limited to only kid appropriate apps.  On one hand these devices sound great, but as there is an already somewhat limited selection of kids apps on Android, these restricted markets could limit the selection even more.  

Kindle Fires and Nooks are already being used by parents for kids.  These two devices already have fairly robust markets, and have special designated kids categories for apps, which makes app discovery easier.  I personally like the Nook for kids use, because they do not allow third party advertising in any of the apps they distribute.  While this does mean less free apps for customers, it also means that there is no risk of your child being subjected to ads, appropriate or otherwise.

What do you think?  Will more app developers migrate to Android, or will iOS remain where the money is?

Apps That Make Your Android Device Kid Safe
Kid Mode
Play Safe
Note: I have only used Kid Mode myself and cannot guarantee the quality of these apps. 

Android Devices Targeted Toward Kids
Nabi Tablet
Child Pad
Kurio Kids Tablet
Note: I have not used or seen any of these devices I just know that they are available or will soon be available.

These opinions are my own. The creators of these devices and/or apps have not contacted me.  However if you click on the links to Amazon and buy something, I will receive a small commission from Amazon.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Learn To Read Has More Content

I've added 7 more target words to Learn To Read for a total of sixteen target words in the full version.  The target words are: Cat, Dog, Cow, Baby, Duck, Dino, Pig, Truck, Bug, Rose, Slug, Vase, Boat, Nail, Tree and Moon.  Enjoy!

Get Learn To Read on Google Play
Get Learn To Read on Amazon Appstore
Get Learn To Read on Nook Apps (TM)