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Learn to count with the fishies: SPLISH SPLASH INN

Title: Splish Splash Inn  Price: $0.99    Developer: Shortstack

ssiSo far on this site, I’ve pointed out apps I felt that were good to entertain and educate toddlers and infants, and until now I haven’t felt like there was an app geared toward older kids that stood out enough to post on; until now that is.  This changed once I found this counting app, with a gorgeous look to it!  With art provided by Divya Srinivasan, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, Splish Splash Inn helps entertain toddlers and preschoolers alike with an engaging interface, helping to teach the ability to count, up to 10.

As a kid who grew up with Sesame Street, and considering The Count as a personal hero, and realizing that until the weather turns cold, its hard to get my kids to sit and watch TV, I really do enjoy watching as my son counts with this app as he opens the door to each room. (And I of course always do The Count ‘s laugh in my head as he counts)

The app, in concept is simple, but in practice outshines all others.  Splish Splash Inn is self paced, as your child can select when and which door he/she wants to click next, only to enter the selected room and watch as they count a set number of a specific sea animal, not only helping with counting skills, but also throwing in a little marine biology in the mix (those sneaky Shortstack folks!)

Splish Splash Inn is the first app from Carolyn Merriman’s new company, Shortstack. She previously was a media producer for Night & Day Studios, where she produced Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, which were toddler hits and two of my favorite apps, clearly documented here on Geekasms.com previously.start page

Carolyn Merriman draws on her background in child development, education and interactive media to create unique educational apps for younger kids. Merriman previously worked as an educator in the non-profit sector, promoting the healthy development of children 0-6. In recent years, she’s applied her skills to the world of interactive media. While working with Night & Day Studios, she produced Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, two top-selling kids’ apps featured in The New York Times, USA Today and Wired. Merriman founded Shortstack with the focus of creating developmentally appropriate, high quality apps for young children. Splish Splash Inn is Shortstack’s first release with additional releases planned for 2010 and 2011.

Splish Splash Inn is intended for children 4 and under, and is well worth the $1.99 in The Apps Store.  It is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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It’s Green Eggs and Ham 50th Anniversary – Go buy and app!!

Cover of "Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read ...

Cover via Amazon

This blog entry is Sam-I-Am approved

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” was first asked 50 years ago, on September 12th, 1960, and came from a bet between the author and his editor.  Now, in 2010, not only can you go out and buy the book and read it to your child, your child can listen to being read to them, while interacting with the images in a way that no one could have ever imagined when the 50 word story originally hit the stands.

Oceanhouse Media, Inc are the people to thank, for bring the genius of Dr Seuss to the “iBaby Generation” as an app for the iPhone and iPad.  I’ve written about some of the great apps that they have brought us, allowing for a reintroduction of our favorite Dr Seuss stories on a whole new medium, so why post again?  To bring attention not only to the Green Eggs and Ham app, but to bring attention to all 17 Dr Seuss related apps from the geniuses behind Oceanhouse Media, Inc, because they are dropping the price of their award-winning apps by 50% for a limited time starting today!

Oceanhouse Media’s Dr. Seuss related apps currently available in the App Store are:

  • Green Eggs and Ham eBook
  • The Cat in the Hat eBook
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC eBook
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish eBook
  • Yertle the Turtle eBook
  • Hop On Pop eBook
  • The Lorax eBook
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! eBook
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! eBook
  • Gertrude McFuzz eBook
  • The Big Brag eBook
  • Dr. Seuss Camera – The Cat in the Hat Edition
  • Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition
  • Up With A Fish! kid’s game
  • Lorax Garden kid’s game
  • Grinchmas! kid’s game
  • Dr. Seuss Senders card deck

Not familiar with the apps from Oceanhouse Media, Inc?  Well here is a little overview of the different types of apps available:

Each interactive eBook combines the beautiful original artwork of Dr. Seuss with innovative features that promote reading in young children, including highlighted picture / word associations, professional narration with word highlighting and custom background audio. These apps have won numerous awards from Parent’s Choice Foundation and Children’s Technology Review and have received critical acclaim from users and journalists worldwide.

Dr. Seuss Camera apps allow users to create unique and whimsical photo cards using the iPhone’s built-in camera or Photo Library. Users can pose with or choose to become characters from the books. Cards can be personalized with comical and colorful stamps, borders and classic Seussian text and then e-mailed to friends and family or saved to the Photo Library.

Three addictive Dr. Seuss games are available. Up With A Fish! is a fun kid’s stacking game in which players help the Cat in the Hat stack falling objects atop his tower of fish bowls. Lorax Garden allows kids to design and build their own trees and flowers in real-time 3D in order to repopulate the world’s Truffula tree forests. And Grinchmas is a fun, casual game of skill and accuracy, which topped the charts in the App Store last holiday season.

Finally, the Dr. Seuss Senders app contains 100 cards with fun Seussian quotes and sayings that can be sent to anyone in need of inspiration, cheering up or just a smile for the day. Greetings from categories such as love, get-well, congratulations, etc. can be saved to your photo library or emailed to your little ones, grandkids, co-workers, parents, teachers and friends. For less than the price of a single, paper greeting card users get the entire set of 100 Dr. Seuss Senders in a single app.

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I can’t suggest these apps enough.  I love them, not only for me but for my kids, and my niece and nephew, and the time I’m able to have with each of them playing around with these apps, reading the stories and interacting with the images.  As an added bonus, have found its turning into a gateway to getting kids that have played with the apps, to want to sit down and look at the “old-fashioned” paper bounded books that we all grew up with.

For more information on these products and direct links to the App store, please visit http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/drseuss.

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5 Great iPhone apps for infants and toddlers (yes infants)

Its a general rule for parents that you’ll find anyway possible to make your child happy, to get them to laugh, especially when you’re out in public or stuck in a car.  Although most people don’t see their iPhone as an entertainment tool for their infant, as a father of a 10 month old, I can tell you that a select handful of apps have saved me from a crying little girl and kept her entertained for how long I needed her to, and saved my sanity.

1. Peekaboo Wild

Image51 The current cream of the crop for me!  Peekaboo Wild from Night & Day Studios, Inc offers up a fun, colorful educational delight.  It gives your child the chance to learn the sounds and names of some of the animals of the wild, including elephant, lion, and hippo in either English or Spanish.  Offering colorful images and animation, along with animal sounds and the name of the animal, my little girl already knows how to use this app all on her own, and gets mad when the animals all are sleeping at the end.  At $1.99, it has been worth every penny!

2. Peekaboo Barn

Image1 The app that started it all, at least for me, also comes from Night & Day Studios, and offers the same fun, education and entertainment that Peekaboo Wild offers, only this covers farm animals, including a cow and a horse.  And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”. Also at $1.99.

3. eliasZOO

Image3 eliasZoo comes from the same vein as Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild in that it covers animals, their names and sounds.  What eliasZOO offers though is 22 brightly colored animals that your child can poke at to hear the name and the sound they make.  My little girl loves this one just as much as the others, and it gives her a different group of animals that she can learn, see and hear.  (Plus, I never knew what sound a Unicorn made until I got this app). $1.99.

4. Old MacDonald & Itsy Bitsy Spider

omdicon1ibsiconBoth these apps come from Duck Duck Moose, along with Wheels on the Bus.  These apps take full advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen, allowing your child to explore each page of these colorful musical books.  Being able to play and sing along with your child makes this app a fun little moment to have with each other.  Although not as simple as the apps previously listed in terms of controls, my little girl still loves sitting in my lap as I get the book to move forward through the songs. Old MacDonald is $1.99, while Itsy Bitsy Spider only will cost you $.99.

5. The Cat in the Hat & Dr Seuss’s ABCs

Icon_Tiny_WhiteCornersj Icon_Tiny_WhiteCorners Both these apps come from Oceanhouse Media, where they offer up a couple more Dr Seuss inspired apps.  The Cat in the Hat and Dr Seuss’s ABCs are musical, interactive versions of the books we loved as children, now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Like the apps from Duck Duck Moose, these are slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.

As parents, we’ve all been in a situation where we wish we had that magic wand to make our babies happy.  Well they might not quit be that magic wand, but these apps are simple, safe distractions for those times when you need it!

Do you or your child have a favorite app?  Any suggestions or input?  Feel free to leave any comments, as my little bug will be getting bigger and needing new ways to be entertained very soon I’m sure.


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