iPad App Review - Trucks and Things That Go

~ Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM ~

Half year ago, I had the opportunity to review "Kids 1st Shape Puzzle", a fun and educational app and this time, the same developer approached me again asking whether I would be interested in reviewing their latest app. I checked out the app and decided I definitely have to review it as my 3 years old boy is a big fan of vehicles!

I am also looking for more activities and samples that I can let my boy try and work on, whether from books or iPad apps, so I am very happy to be able to review this puzzle app! Anyway, my review as below...

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Trucks and Things That Go

* Title: Trucks and Things That Go
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Games
* Released: Aug 16, 2012
* Version: 1.0
* Size: 72.6 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Gil Weiss
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Description from the product page:

"Trucks and Things That Go is a colorful shape puzzle of trucks, ships, planes, trains and much more. This is the perfect app for kids who love trucks, diggers, tractors, trains and things that go. In Things That Go they’ll discover bright, bold puzzle elements of different kinds of transportation vehicles - trucks, tractors, airplanes, trains, diggers and more, from farm vehicles to emergency vehicles to construction vehicles.

If you have a child who is interested in different vehicles this is a great educational and fun learning game. Things That Go is bursting with vehicles that kids will love learning the name, hearing the sounds and spotting in the world around them. Trucks and Things That Go is an eye and ear catching puzzle enhances matching and listening skills. Let your toddler play with it, while enriching their language skills, developing their fine motor skills, and learning names and sounds of numerous objects."

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What's good?

* The illustrations are beautiful and not too cartoonish.

* There are many themes to be selected such as construction vehicles, rescue vehicles, planes, trains and so on.

* I also like that the corresponding sound appeared as you solved and matched the puzzle vehicles.

* Screenshot below is the first page done by my 3 years old boy in less than 5 minutes. He loves it because he's a fan of all rescue vehicles, police car, ambulance, especially fire engine!

Trucks and Things That Go

Room for Improvement?

* There are few occassions where I noticed the puzzle pieces are a bit not sensitive, meaning we need to put it really, really close to the puzzle shapes (shadows) to solve it. Unlike other puzzle apps we reviewed before, I find that these few occassions make us quite frustrated as we have to keep trying and moving the puzzle very slowly to ensure that it is almost fill up the shadow of the vehicle puzzle in order to solve it.

* Currently, after you completed the puzzle in a page, you will hear the vehicle name being pronounced when you tap on it. I would recommend this feature to be made available the moment our child solve each vehicles on the page to allow repetition and reminder of the name of the vehicles.

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You can purchase the "Trucks and Things That Go" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

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Guest Post - Why Moms Should Care About Home Security

~ Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM ~

As busy moms, we spend so much of our time taking care of the day-to-day things. We cook and clean, drive our kids to appointments and play dates, deal with sniffles, boo boos, and diapers. By the time we go to bed, exhausted, we know it is just a few short hours before have to wake up early and do it all over again.

In order to have the freedom to take care of the little tasks every day, you need to make sure that you deal with the bigger concerns that affect your family.  Money, housing, and safety issues are usually at the top of the list. You need to make sure that home security is at the top of that list too.

Your home needs to be protected at all times. Burglars don’t only strike at night, but they can break in while you are out running a quick errand during the day. They are sometimes even bold enough to walk into your house while you are home, grab your purse and phone off the table, and run out before you even notice.

There are some ways you can protect your family at all times, and make sure your home stays secure. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are at home.
  • When someone knocks on your door and you don’t know who it is, check their ID first under the door or through the peephole. Don’t let them in if you don’t feel safe.
  • Install a wireless security system in your home for protection and peace of mind.
  • Don’t leave ladders and large tools outside your house – a burglar could use them to break in more easily.
  • Make sure your children follow your safety and security rules
  • Have smoke detectors on every floor of your house, and an extra one in the kitchen
  • Make sure babysitters, relatives and guests follow your home security rules

These important safety tips can keep your home secure, and allow you to go about your day without worry. Threats to your family’s safety can come at any time, so you need to follow these rules and others consistently. Even pet theft is on the rise, and your children would be devastated to come home and find their furry or feathered friend missing. Make the right decisions and use home security measures every day.


iPad App Review - Auracle HD - Fossil

~ Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM ~

When I saw the press release of this app, I immediately requested to review it as my 3 years old boy is a fan of all things dinosaur and bones and skeletons at the moment. I thought this app will make a good opportunity for me to teach him about dinosaurs and their bones and etc. My review as below...

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* Title: Auracle HD - Fossil
* Price: $2.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Jul 25, 2012
* Version: 1.0.0
* Size: 40.8 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Auryn, Inc
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Description from the product page:

"Perfect for the dinosaur-lover in your family! A young girl finds a dinosaur bone and imagines what its life – and the fossilization process – must have been like. Lyrical rhymes and gorgeous watercolor illustrations combine in this fun educational story. Encourage your child's curious mind with this storybook app; learn about the Mesozoic Era and create your own imaginative tales of what the dinosaur's life may have been like. "

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What's good?

* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I was not a fan of watercolored illustrations before this but I think my perception has changed after trying out this app. The drawings on each page is simply breathtakingly beautiful!

* I used the opportunity in this app to teach my 3 years old boy how each bones from the dinosaur came with a story, how a mother dinosaur cared for its babies too!

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You can purchase the "Auracle HD - Fossil " app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

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