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19th July 2012

New App Offers Enhanced Building Experiences For Preschoolers

Mega BrandsMEGA Brands Inc. recently launched their free mobile app “Mega Bloks® First Builders™ Let’s Build!” which encourages parents and children to build and play together with the world-leading Mega Bloks® First Builders™ preschool construction system. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th March 2012

Fast Hatch Apps Release Car Puzzles For Kids on iTunes

mini-orbyToronto’s Fast Hatch Apps has released a new mobile app that can help kids develop early spatial skills while having fun.The app is called Car Puzzles for Kids, and features beautifully illustrated machines like cars, trucks, planes, cranes, and more. These vehicles are broken up into pieces, and it’s up to the child to put them back together. Read the rest of this entry »

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6th March 2012

RBC Introduces App For Teaching Children The Importance Of Money

rbcRBC is the first Canadian financial institution to launch an iPad application to help families teach children the value of money. Learning Money with Leo, a free iPad app that is available to all Canadians, offers an entertaining and interactive way for children to learn how to earn money, save for something they want and spend wisely. Read the rest of this entry »

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17th February 2012

Tiny Diggers Delivers Learning With Trucks For Kids On The iPad

touchtilt gamesA unique and exciting edutainment app for kids is available now on iTunes. TouchTilt Games, a young company based in Halifax, has released an educational game called Tiny Diggers for kids who love construction trucks and getting their hands dirty – without the dirt. Read the rest of this entry »

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17th February 2012

Sound Touch Interactive Introduces Music Color

sound touch interactiveSound Touch Interactive, an emerging new mobile software and applications developer in Vancouver, has announced the release of Music Color 1.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A revolutionary learning utility geared towards young kids and designed by parents, this unique app uses a wealth of classical music to teach users every color of the spectrum with effective and entertaining touch based activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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6th February 2012

Cackleberries Ready To Hatch

cackleberriesCackleberries Entertainment, a studio we first told you about in 2009, is set for official launch. Eight years in the making, Cackleberries is the vision of Coquitlam, BC mom Eronne Foster, who wanted to build a virtual world around teaching kindness, empathy, honesty and loyalty – along with a few school subjects. In a recent interview with Tri-City News, Eronne outlined what has been developing inside the New Westminster studio’s walls. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd December 2011

New Version of Minifono Candy Toy Phone Now Available

mini fono candyToto Publishing Studios, a children’s app development company based in Richmond, has announced Candy Toy Phone 1.0, the improved version of their popular educational App for the children. This app can be used by all iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users. The new version of the app named Minifono Candy Toy Phone is now available in the App Store for iOS mobile devices. This improved version has as many as three toy phones in one, with a free version that offers one phone. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th July 2011

Streaming Colour Studios Releases Baby’s Musical Hands

streaming colour studiosStreaming Colour Studios proudly introduces Baby’s Musical Hands for iPad (99 cents Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later), featuring 15 brightly coloured squares that your baby can touch. Red squares make drum sounds, yellow squares play piano notes, and blue squares play guitar notes. Every time your baby touches the screen, colorful stars will burst from their fingers. Watch them delight in the audio and visual feedback!

“As a game designer and developer, I love my iPad. But as a new father, I realized how much my son loves it too. I decided I could put my experience developing for iPad to use, and build an app for my son to play with, and Baby’s Musical Hands was born!” says creator Owen Goss, founder of Streaming Colour Studios.

Features:

* Baby’s Musical Hands supports full multi-touch, meaning your baby gets the kind of feedback they expect when touching the screen.
* Baby’s Musical Hands respects the iPad’s mute switch and volume buttons, if you want your baby to enjoy a visual feast without the sounds.

Always one to encourage early adoption, here is a video of Trainyard creator Matt Rix’s  son Toren testing out the technology:

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+100 for cuteness ;)

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30th June 2011

Boynton Classic Blue Hat Green Hat Now On iTunes

Loud Crow InteractiveLoud Crow Interactive Inc has released Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat 1.0, the third title in their collaboration with Boynton Moo Media. Available now as a universal app on the iTunes Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (regularly $3.99 USD, it’s on sale for $1.99), Blue Hat, Green Hat is a wry and light-hearted adventure in which children guide three earnest animals and one misguided turkey through various activities involving clothing and colors. The app offers narration by famed British Invasion rocker Billy J Kramer, the wonderful narrator of the bestselling Boynton app, The Going to Bed Book.
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“I have a particular fondness for Blue Hat, Green Hat,” says Sandra Boynton. “At age three, my son Devin had a surprisingly hearty laugh for a small person – a laugh that would make everyone else laugh. I created this book long ago just to elicit that belly-laugh from him.”

Originally published in 1982, Blue Hat, Green Hat is one of Boynton’s all time bestselling titles, having sold over four million copies. Working closely with Loud Crow, Boynton designed the interactive concepts, wrote and produced the soundtrack with Michael Ford, and digitally recreated the original illustrations with new animations to ensure this interactive re-imagination delights fans while keeping true to the spirit of her widely-loved board book. Loud Crow then carefully worked its widely-praised technical magic to fully realize and enhance her interactive concepts.

“It was great fun to re-invent Blue Hat, Green Hat as an interactive e-book app,” says Boynton, “collaborating again with my endlessly clever Loud Crow friends. The digital dimension gave us so many terrific opportunities for adding theatrical flair to this spare yet decidedly Vaudeville book.”

Blue Hat, Green Hat is compatible with Phone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 3.2 or later.

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30th April 2011

Tiga Talk Wants To Give You A 4G iPod Touch

tactica interactiveTactica Interactive, creators of the Tiga Talk Speech Therapy game have launched a contest with a 4G iPod Touch as the top prize.  The contest is open to anyone aged 15 and up (void in Quebec), and will feature 9 bi-weekly Tiga Talk prize packs on top of the Grand Prize: tiga talk

Grand Prize Draw: One (1) Grand Prize draw will be made at 1 pm on Friday September 2, 2011. The Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected among the entries and the name of each winning entry will be declared the potential winner.

Bi-Weekly Prize Draws: Nine (9) Weekly Prize draws will be made every second Friday starting May 6th, 2011. Each of the Weekly Prize winners will be randomly selected among the entries and the name of each winning entry will be declared the potential winner.

All you have to do to win is talk about Tiga Talk by using the form or links on the Contest Info Page to share Tiga Talk with your friends on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, or show them your  own Tiga Talk blog, YouTube video or other way you are spreading the good word about Tiga Talk. Please refer to the Contest Rules for full entry and prize details.

aptnTiga Talk, the companion game to APTN’s television show by the same name, is currently on sale for $1.99 USD in the iTunes App Store, and was developed with licensed speech and language pathologists. Tiga Talk is a fun way for children to develop speech sounds through playful voice-controlled games that can improve speech clarity, articulation, and instill confidence. The app is for parents and speech Tiga Talk Submarinetherapists working with toddlers and children with language delays, as well as any parent looking to give their child a head start in early language development.

Children learn fundamental phonetic sounds, that are the building blocks of language, as they play 23 fun voice controlled games on an imaginative adventure with Tiga and friends. Game play rewards are based entirely on participation, not accuracy, so the child is constantly getting positive feedback as long as they are trying to make sounds.

Game activities include piloting a boat, helicopter, hot air balloon, race car, train, submarine, and even flying a rocket ship to visit the moon. Players can pop balloons to reveal clues to guide them on their adventure as well as knock over obstacles that lay in their path, including towers of tires, ice blocks, hay bales, crates, logs or even moon rocks.

Before each game children are introduced to a new phonetic sound by game characters. They are shown a cartoon image representing the sound and are encouraged to try saying the sound aloud. The app listens to make sure they’re verbally participating and congratulates them if they are and showers them with friendly encouragement if they aren’t.

Tiga Talk’s other features include:Tiga Talk Rocket

  • Voice controlled games encourage kids to speak clearly
  • Game play based on actual speech therapy sessions
  • Beautifully vibrant graphics and a variety fun learning games designed to engage young children
  • Entertaining cartoon characters deliver lots of positive feedback
  • An exciting interactive story adventure
  • Licensed speech therapists selected the apps 23 core phonetic sounds
  • Audio and video hints help demonstrate the correct way to make language sounds
  • A sound meter to measure voice volume levelsTiga Talk - Ball
  • Track progress and earn gold stars the more you play
  • Children are able to practice specific sounds and games
  • So easy to play young children can even use it by themselves

Here are just some of the benefits to be gained with Tiga Talk:

  • A great way for all kids to get a head start on language development
  • Kids learn to pronounce sounds more accurately including syllables, letters, and letter combinations
  • Help your child improve coordination and strength of speech muscles
  • Children learn through sound repetition and imitation
  • Children differentiate between sounds they hear and create a broader base vocabulary
  • Improve communication between the child’s brain and the body through visual and auditory aidsBell Fund
  • Improve childhood communication with peers and adults
  • Instill a sense of pride and confidence in your child

Tiga Talk is rated 4+ and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th gen) and iPad. It requires iOS 4.1 or later. Tiga Talk is developed with the financial support of the Bell Fund.

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