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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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Best iPhone apps for infants (Summer 2010 edition)

Its summer time!  Vacations and family outings, nearly guaranteeing you’ll be on the road, or another space that you will cringe at because you know, sooner or later, your baby, your joy, will become a screaming, kicking bundle of rage.  In the age of the iPhone baby, us as parents do have a tool to help easy the pain, one that is changing the landscape of the next generation in terms of tech savvy, hand/eye coordination, and methods of education.  Below are a few of the personally tested and approved apps, all for the iPhone, that gets the job done for this Daddy and his iPhone baby.

Peekaboo Barn/Peekaboo Wild  

imageThe first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.

Price: $1.99 for each (Peekaboo Barn Lite – Free)   Developer: Night & Day Studios   Link

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano

imageDon’t let the size of the name of this app scare you, in a very short time this has become a tried and true app that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.

Price: $0.99   Developer: KIBOOMU  Link

BabyFirstTV’s Peek-a-boo, I See You! Lite

imageThis one I accidently ran across as I was searching for Peekaboo Wild in the app store to get the link for above and had to try it, I mean it has the BabyFirstTV’s name on it!  The app is a fun colorful little game where this character basically plays hide and seek with your child.  Limited to only 2 tries, the lite version gives you a chance to see how your child responds, and after showing my little girl once or twice what she needed to do, she caught on and started loving it!  The basis of the app is you have a character that comes out and says hi to your kid and then disappears!  The next thing you know you see a hand waving behind one of 3 objects on the screen, and once your child touches the appropriate object, our little cute character pops out and yells “Peek-a-boo!”  The only drawback I have with this compared to the others listed is its more of an app you let your child sit in your lap and play rather then just hand over, but that’s definitely not bad because its so much fun seeing how excited they get then they realize where the little character is hiding and they take their little finger to the screen.  This is just one of many apps under the BabyFirstTV’s name, and I will be checking out the others shortly, hoping they all match up to the level of this app.

Price: Free or 1.99 for paid version  Developer: BFTV, LLC   Link

Sound  Touch Lite

imageWhat makes Sound Touch Lite (and the paid version) unique is the vast amount of sounds it offers your child.  Boasting 120 pictures and sounds for the free version, and 240 in the paid version, Sound Touch gives your child 5 separate categories of pictures and sounds to go through.  Farm Animals, Cars, Zoo Animals, Music Instruments and Household sounds are the options available and give a fresh approach to a category of flashcard games that is growing for the younger ages.  Once your child figures out the concept of it, its another one of those you can just hand over to them and let them play and listen to their favorite sounds.

Price: Free or $1.99 for paid version Developer: Sound Touch   Link

Dr Seuss Classics

imageThis might be more of a favorite of mine right now then my girls, but I can’t help but put these on the list.  Oceanhouse Media has been rolling out what are basically interactive audio e-books of everyone’s favorite Dr Seuss classic books.  Already offering a handful of books including The Cat in the Hat, with more on the way, there is no doubt your favorite will show up if it hasn’t already, and what better way to introduce the iPhone Baby generation to the greatness that is Dr Seuss?  Offering you the control of reading and turning page by page, or just sitting back and watching as the book reads itself, these are great updated adaptions of everyone’s favorite classics.

Price: $0.99 – $3.99   Developer: Oceanhouse Media  Link

As always, if you feel I’ve missed an app that worthy of being looked out and tested, feel free to leave a comment.  All the above apps have been tested and entertained my 14 month old daughter, and thus are Geek Father Approved


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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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