iPad App Review - Tap and Catch - Which is the Same

~ Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM ~

I received an email asking whether I will be interested to review this app and I can see how it relates to one of the many activities that my 3 years old boy does everyday as part of our unofficial learning method, I agreed to review this app, hoping to provide more avenues to expose my boy to similar activities on the iPad instead of only on paper and books. Anyway, my review as below...

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* Title: Tap and Catch - Which is the Same
* Price: $4.99
* Category: Education
* Released: Aug 03, 2012
* Version: 1.0
* Size: 25.7 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: ariane Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Description from the product page:

"‘Tap and catch - Which is the Same ? -’ is an upgraded application with new functions that have already been downloaded in over 20,000 households in Japan. All you have do to is to do is touch the screen, a task even little children will be able to do by themselves.There are eight screens from which you can choose: the ocean, the South Pole, the jungle, space, the underworld, to name a few. The pictures move with joyful sounds when you touch them. It stimulates the senses of sight, hearing and touch, which will naturally trigger your kid’s natural learning abilities and motor skills.

There is an infinite number of quizzes and games that will keep your child busy for hours."

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What's good?

* The illustrations are cute and interesting!

* I used the opportunity in this app to teach my 3 years old boy how to differentiate and identify the animal or objects that are not the same as the rest.

* In our daily activities, I do occassionally give him activities to identify the matching or unmatched items but those are pretty easy (to suit his age) and I do feel that this app is a tad advance for my boy. Actually, I too can't figure out some of the levels in this app (whooopssss!) and I was really excited when my boy managed to identify the matching animals in few of the levels!

Room for Improvement?

* Currently if you select wrongly, there will be a frustrated cloud hovering above the animal. I would prefer if the animal will then disappear, so that we are left with the 2 other possible choices to select from. Maybe my 3 years old boy is a tad young for this app, but I think it will helped tremendously in that way.

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You can purchase the " Tap and Catch - Which is the Same " 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 - Protecting & Financing My Family

~ Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM ~

Protecting my family is my top priority. I wouldn’t know what to do straight away if something bad were to happen to any of us, but I know that I can’t just leave things as they are, especially if one of my kids became injured. I’ll do anything for them, and if they’re wronged in anyway, I will fight their corner for as long as is necessary. If they were injured because of someone else, I would rightly feel angry, but would want to get some form of justice.

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If, for example, one of my children was to become injured while on a field trip with their school, I would be livid, because they should guarantee their safety at all times. Should one of my kids break a leg or arm because of someone else’s negligence, there’s a chance that I would have to look after them, taking time off work in the process. Then, I would stand to lose income, meaning that paying for food and electricity would become more difficult. Thankfully, with help from First4lawyers, I can make a compensation claim which not only means getting justice, but also having the means to pay for everything else. 

Making injury claims for compensation is something that any mother would do if they wanted to protect their kids from suffering while recovering from injury. A successful claim will help to reimburse any lost income and costs like medical bills, and can make recovery a little less stressful, and you can’t really put a price on that.

iPad App Review - Magic Sorter

~ Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM ~

Talk about the weirdest luck I have that I get to review this app! I was posting some articles as usual on my Facebook page (find and like me there will you because I'm pretty active there!) and I saw someone by the nickname of MobileIgromatic commented back and out of curiosity (Ok, fine, I do often check out the people who commented on my posts, especially if they have weird names or interesting profile pictures!), anyway I checked out the profile and realised that they developed these few apps and I was immediately attracted to this app. So I sent a private message to them and the rest is history and yes, you are reading my review as below...

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* Title: Magic Sorter
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Games
* Updated: Jun 30, 2012
* Version: 1.2
* Size: 43.7 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Igromatic
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

Description from the product page:

"MAGIC SORTER - Sea Tales - 5 in 1 helps develop important cognitive and fine motor skills by dragging & dropping objects to match the silhouettes. With parental assistance it can also develop language skills, for example, by naming the objects, sea animals, shapes and colors."

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What's good?

* There are 5 games in this app: Shape, Silhoutte, Size, Puzzle and Color. I think that is awesome as we are not just limited to only 1 playing (and learning!) route.

* It is engaging and interactive and I love the beautiful illustrations and the colors are vivid and very eye catching!

* I can see my 3 years old boy playing the app with ease maybe because he has some practise from our daily activities for our unofficial learning methods lately.

* I use the opportunity in some of the games to teach my boy further, for example in the 'Size' game, I reinforced my teachings on the small, smaller, smallest or big, bigger, biggest concept.

* I am very excited to see the potential of learning with this app while still having fun!

Room for Improvement?

* Other than I think this app should be under the 'Education' category, nothing I can think of!

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You can purchase the "Magic Sorter" 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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