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Oceanhouse Media Announces Sale of All Dr. Seuss Apps For One Week in Honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday


Oceanhouse Media Announces Sale of All Dr. Seuss Apps

For One Week in Honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Three New Dr. Seuss Apps Also Released

Encinitas, Calif. — March 1, 2011 — Oceanhouse Media, Inc. announces the sale of its entire line of Dr. Seuss apps for one week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. Every Dr. Seuss app by the company originally priced at $1.99 – $3.99 will be discounted by 25-50% for an entire week.

Adding to the celebration is the release of the free Dr. Seuss Camera – Happy Birthday Edition iPhone app featuring 11 birthday cards. Using the iPhone’s built-in camera or Photo Library, cards can be personalized with stamps, borders and classic Seussian text, then emailed to friends and family or saved to the Photo Library.

Two new Dr. Seuss omBooksTM (Oceanhouse Media digital books) will also be released on March 2 for both Apple and AndroidTM devices. Happy Birthday to You! will be available at a special introductory price of $0.99. This is Dr. Seuss’s joyous ode to individuality, allowing readers to experience firsthand the thrill of celebrating a birthday as it is done in the land of Katroo.

The second new omBook being released is the highly anticipated The Cat in the Hat Comes Back available at $2.99 for one week. In this story, the mischievous cat spreads a big pink spot all over the house. When Little Cats A through Z are invited too, will they be a help or a hindrance?

The NEA’s Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

“The NEA and Oceanhouse Media are two wonderful partners to help us commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “Both focus on promoting reading and literacy in children. Nothing would have made Dr. Seuss happier.”

Since releasing their first Dr. Seuss app, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, just 15 months ago, Oceanhouse Media has seen seven of its Dr. Seuss omBooks reach the top spot in the Books category on the App Store. Other Dr. Seuss omBooks recently released include the popular Horton Hears A Who!, and the chart-topping Fox in Socks and I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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Todder Sing & Learn–Kiboomu’s newest arrival



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Kiboomu Publishing –  $1.99
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Kiboomu Publishing, the ladies behind the ABC Piano and others have released their latest masterpiece in the line of apps geared towards toddlers, Toddler Sing & Learn.

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I just downloaded the app tonight and let Bug play with it on the iPad.  The app is already a runaway hit with her.  The ladies have stepped out of they comfort zone in terms of apps as this app gives your child 3 types of activities to choose from: Puzzles, Coloring, and Sing.  One of my favorite aspects of the app isn’t the choices, but it’s the energy and upbeat feel of the app as a whole with the singing and the narrations.  Where sometimes apps will have narration that is just bland, and almost bring the energy of the app down, the energy of this app is just none stop, and I can already see that it translates through Bug in the actual use of the app.

The puzzles have proven to be a little above her level at the moment, at least to do alone, but she already insists on Daddy doing it for her, and she tries and is able to do a few herself.  Kiboomu has proven themselves yet again with knowing how to get into the hearts of young children to teach and entertain with their apps.  After a little bit of use, I’ll write up a proper review, but for now, go ahead and check out Kiboomu and all their apps, you and your kids will not be disappointed.

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Moms With Apps–A Must Have



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Moms with Apps –  FREE
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If you were told that you could have access to a list of family-friendly iPhone apps that has been put together by over 200 developers, would you even hesitate to look at it? What if I told you that you could search through these apps, cataloged and categorized by their education value and by the appropriate age group? To be honest at this point, you’d probably start wondering what you needed my site for, (please keep coming back!) but seriously, doesn’t that sound like any parents dream come true? Especially when you’re out on the road travelling and all the typical “go to” apps to save your sanity just aren’t cutting it? Well, fortunately this isn’t a “what-if” scenario where I tease you and then leave you hanging. The people behind MomswithApps.com have put together an iPhone app, which does all that I listed above and more, and better yet, its FREE!

The origins of Moms with Apps come from Twitter and four moms who had developed family-friendly apps. The site and concept has grown since then, and they describe themselves as this:

Moms with Apps is a group of individual, independent, family-friendly developers who share best practices on making and marketing mobile apps. Most of our membership is comprised of parents who have launched their own apps on the App Store, have their own access to iTunes Connect, and have the time and inclination to share best practices with other developers at the founder’s level. We are not a traditional app review site.

I realize, that in the scheme of things, I might be taking some attention off ofmzl.dmivetfd.320x480-75 myself and this site by pointing out the Moms with Apps iPhone app, but the truth of the matter is, I originally imagined this site to be for fathers to come to, to either read about my ups and downs of fatherhood or to have some new iPhone app or tech items highlighted where I was able to find a use for it, as a parent. Yes, I have strayed away from that underlying purpose and goal from time to time, but my desire for that is still there, and I would be cheating anyone and everyone that comes to this site if I didn’t point you in the direction of this app.

Moms with Apps has a simple interface where you can search through the list of apps they have put together. Some have been highlighted here in the past; others have been new to me and will no doubt be new to some of you. Bottom line, if you have a child, any age, that enjoys playing with your phone, or you let them play with your phone to save your own sanity, this app is worth your time; not because it’s free, but because it’s priceless in the information it can give you as a parent on the go.

The App has the following features:

  • Over 600 apps from the top educational app developers
  • Organized educational subjects (e.g. Early Learning, Math, Science, Special Needs)
  • Recommended ages for every app and book
  • Create and maintain a wish list of your favorite apps
  • Discover and share great apps through social networking

Along with the superb features listed, and the general overall greatness of the app, I wanted to also point out how great the pages for the individual apps are. The pages include besides the general information of the app, includes links to take you to the App Store, you can share the app via email, Facebook, and Twitter, along with adding the app to your own personal “Wishlist”.

This should be on every “Top App” list for parents owning an iPhone, flat out. If you think I’m wrong, feel free to call me a liar! 😉

Seriously though, if you weren’t aware of Moms with Apps prior to reading this, check out their app, check out their site, it has a world of information that you are bound to find useful for any and all parents owning an iPhone or iPad.



BOTTOM LINE

Moms With Apps is a terrific app for any and all parents.  The amount of information it offers is worth money, but amazingly enough this app is free.  Free!!  The price might be free, but the amount of information you can gain from this app is priceless.  (Please forgive me for the corniness of that line)

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Quibble Kids–A Great Match for You and Your Kids



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Night & Day Studios –  $1.99
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What is Quibble Kids?  One way to put it would be, it’s the matching game for the 21st century.  Sure, practically anyone has some form of a matching game, either in actual physical board game form, where you’ve already lost half the pieces, or you might already have a matching game on your smart phone.  Either way, if you’re a parent, you probably have a matching game somewhere.  Problem with these? they don’t tend to hold the attention of this generation’s kids that long, its too repetitive with no real payoff.

Now what Night & Day Studios, the people behind the Peekaboo series of apps, have done is create a new type of matching game.  One with rotating cubes, themes, and scoring.  Adding a bit of depth and freshness to the concept.

Quibble Kids features:

  • 50 puzzle sets with over 200 images for the original picture match game
  • Intuitive interface for young kids to easily master
  • Fun music for each puzzle
  • Score keeping to chart your child’s progress
  • Access to additional puzzle packs for kids between the ages 2 and 12
  • Each additional puzzle pack is available for only 99 cents

qk4Something I really enjoy with Quibble Kids, beyond the fact that it keeps my son’s attention better then most apps lately, is that it challenges him.  Using the 3 dimensional cubes that you rotate, and having him match pictures that fall into a specific theme or category like bugs or houses rather then just matching the same picture helps his thinking and how he makes connections to things.  It fits perfectly into what I’ve wanted to find for him lately in terms of entertainment and keeping him challenged.

Right out the door Quibble Kids proved that it was going to be good entertainment for my 4 year old son, and be able to keep his attention.  When we first started the app, I had to show him how to play, help get him to realize how he was turning the cubes and how he was matching pictures that belong together rather then matching actual pictures.  So it wasn’t like other apps where I could start it and hand it to him, I actually had to play it with him a few times for him to understand, which, being able to do that and then hand it over and let him run with it, was nice and allowed me to have a since of pride in that he was able to take what we did together and do it himself.  Plus once he understood the concept and realized he got scored, it was on, and he was all about it!



BOTTOM LINE

Quibble Kids is a good for of entertainment and is able to keep kids engaged.  Having 50 different puzzle sets, along with options of expanding the game with in app purchases ensures that this is one of those special apps that they won’t get burnt out on quick.  Plus its one of those fun apps you can play with your kids!  Night & Day Studios has another home run on their hands.

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Horton Hears a Who Comes to the iPhone


Horton Hears a Who iconThe fine folks over at Oceanhouse Media have just announced their two latest releases: The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors and one of my favorite books, and movies to be honest, Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!

Horton the Elephant hears a small speck of dust talking to him. It turns out the speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a city called Who-ville, inhabited by tiny inhabitants known as Whos. Their Mayor asks Horton to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to do, proclaiming throughout the book that “even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.

Oceanhouse Media  has set the standard for interactive books on mobile devices with their line of omBook apps.  Just like with all their other offerings, these newest editions to Oceanhouse’s library will educate and entertain young children and inspire and delight their parents.

Both The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors and Dr. Seauss’s Horton Hears a Who are now available in the App Store.

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10 Must Download Apps for New Verizon iPhone Parents


If you’re one of the tons of people that will be grabbing the new Verizon-ized iPhone, there’s a good chance you’re new to the vast world of iOS and her apps.  If you’re a parent, after you grab your choice of social media apps (check me out on Facebook and Twitter if you want) you might be interested in some of these must have apps.

In no way to I consider this a “Top” type list for apps for parents, but am highlighting a few that I feel deserve a look at.  If you come across one you think is worth mentioning, or have your own personal favorite, please leave your comment below so all the masses can check it out too.

1. Camera+

download-1One of the many perks of having, well, nearly any new phone these days is that it comes with a camera.  People love the ability to grab quick pictures of something cute their kids do, or a sweet pose as they nap.  Sure you have the native camera app, but Camera+ gives your camera a steroid injection with all the advantages and none of the nasty side affects.  Giving you a wide variety of filters, frames, and affects to apply to your pictures, along with sharing options to your social media pages and email, Camera+ is a bragging parents dream.


2. Screen Time

screen-time-app-for-dads-jpg_thumbDeveloped by a dad with 3 young boys, Screen Time is a time tracking app with the goal of encouraging kids to spend less time watching TV and playing video/computer games.  It allows you, as the parent, to set daily limits on the amount of time allotted for TV, while also providing kids the chance to earn more TV time as a reward.


3. Peekaboo Wild

peekaboo wildThe “sequel” to the original “sanity savior” for myself the first time I had my son in a waiting room with me.  Although you won’t go wrong with any of the Peekaboo apps from Night & Day Studios, Peekaboo Wild, with its upbeat music, wonderful artwork and selection of “wild” animals makes it my favorite of the 3, and has been a staple and a standard app on my iPhone since before my Bug was 1.  For infants and Toddlers, this app will save you headaches in the end!


4. Zoo Train

zoo trainZoo Train is one of these special apps that I feel not only set the standard for what all children’s apps should be, but also highlights a developer that will need to be watched for more greatness.  Zoon Train is relatively new, and already hits a homerun.  From bright, sharp, amazing graphics, to interactive and challenging tasks for toddlers on up to preschoolers, Zoo Train is one of those special apps, that can grow with your child and be one of those special apps that they’ll be asking to play.


5. Netflix

netflixThis one might be slightly more selective, but if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you need to have this app!  Not only does it allow to you manage your Instant Queue, but it allows you to stream TV and movies directly from your phone.  A great life saver if you’re stuck in traffic and have an impatient child in the back seat.  Its those times that I’m thankful to be hearing Kai Lan!


6. omBooks

ombooksInteractive books are a big market in the App Store, but if you’re looking for the cream of the crop, with some of the most classic of all children’s book, look no further then Oceanhouse Media.  The have the market cornered with Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter and more.  Fun to sit there and read with your child, or simply give it to them and let them watch the book read to them, omBook is another one of those must haves.


7. Mom Maps

mom-mapsMom Maps can help you as a parent, find fun, kid-friendly location.  A user-created directory of all child friendly places and points of interest in your location.  Currently the database contains 26,000 locations from 27 metro areas, and is constantly being updated.  When you’re on the go, what’s better then to have a kid-friendly travel guide?


8. Chore Bank

chore-bankChore Bank is the best way to keep track of your child’s allowance, completion of chores, and spending money. It is your own personal ‘Bank of Dad’.  I’ve just now started playing with it, but felt it was worth putting on this list because it fits perfectly with what I was looking for in terms of chores for the kids, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be interested in it.


9. ABC Song Piano

abc pianoTeaching your child the ABCs is as much a staple of parenthood as changing diapers.  So what better way, then to incorporate the ABC song in with an interactive piano/music app?  I started enjoying Kiboomu’s apps when they released their first app, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano, and have since grown to respect the women behind Kiboomu, along with considering them friends within the parenting and blogging community.  With new apps on the horizon, why not start off with singing your ABCs?


10. Angry Birds Seasons

angry-birds-valentinesOf course, all parents need something for themselves to help maintain sanity, and what better then the ever growing and ever popular Angry Birds?  However, everyone knows about Angry Birds, but not all are aware of what you could call its sequel, Angry Birds Seasons.  What started off as just a Halloween specific app, soon added a Holiday Season level, and is getting ready to be updated with a Valentine’s Day level.  It’s a nice extra spin on the Angry Birds, and who can deny a pig dressed as Cupid?

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Managing Children’s Screen time: There’s An App For That!


screen-time-app-for-dads.jpgIn an increasing digital age, our children are becoming digitally dependent.  Something that can easily slip our minds, but shouldn’t be ignored is the amount of time our children spend watching TV or playing computer games.  That’s where “Screen Time” comes in and saves the day!  More

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Zoo Train – Amazing App for Toddlers


zoo-train1.jpgThis is by far, my number one app for the first half of the year, and I don’t see it really getting dethroned anytime soon.  If you’re looking for an app to entertain your toddler or preschooler, this is the one to get!  Check out the full review below:

Apps For Kids: A Big ChooChoo For Zoo Train!

Just the name itself, “Zoo Train” tells you it’s going to be a hit with your kids.  What child doesn’t like animals and/or trains?  And, the art work, which is bright, sharp and colorful, is definitely an attention grabber.  It’s easily one of the more attractive apps I’ve seen in a long while.  More

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Its Peekaboo Time Again with Peekaboo Forest



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Peekaboo Forest

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The fine folks at Night & Day Studios have released their third app in their Peekaboo line of apps for toddlers and preschoolers.  This time, their latest, Peekaboo Forest, features the stunning art of Charley Harper, which separates it from previous Peekaboo iterations, and sets it atop its own pedestal.  Peekaboo Forest doesn’t just take the same equation that equaled success for Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, but they evolved it all around.

In the previous apps you had animals hiding behind barn doors or grass, making noise, then appearing once your child touched the screen.  Now you have teases like a leaf moving or a tail wagging, before the animal makes its appearance, the its name being announced, making this interactive app, much more like an actual game of peekaboo.  Not only that, but this version builds upon a foundation wrapped around the seasons, where after every 3-4 animals, you have a littler intermission with music and announcing the next season.  Not only is this a way of teaching the seasons, but it helps break up the repetitive pattern of getting animals appear.  Bug enjoys this part of the game, and dancing with the music just as much as she does seeing the animals, making this addition a great and welcomed one.

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However I do feel inclined to point out, the pace and feel of Peekaboo Forest is much more low key then with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild.  If I was to suggest to a parent, especially one younger then Bug who is at 21 months, I would suggest starting off with Peekaboo Barn or Wild before moving on to Peekaboo Forest.  Bug loved is (as can be seen by the video below) but I can see where this one might not captivate younger kids like Peekaboo Barn did for her last year.


BOTTOM LINE

Peekaboo Forrest is a fun, education and interactive game that you’d expect from Night & Day Studios, and features the stunning vivid art of Charley Harper.  It is a unique take on the peekaboo app concept and is an universally entertaining app fr any preschooler.  If younger then around 2, I’d suggest Peekaboo Barn or Peekaboo Wild prior then trying out Peekaboo Forest, but don’t question the greatness that this app offers!

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