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Sing your ABCs – ABC Song Piano



original ABC Song Piano  

Kiboomu Publishing –  $.99

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What’s one of the first songs people enjoy teaching their toddlers?  What’s one of the first songs that people will show up that their child knows, to other people?  At least for me and my boy, it was the ABCs.  Now, Bug is getting to the age where the fun and excitement can be repeated, and the ladies at Kiboomu have helped capture the joy and fun in their latest app in their Song Piano series: ABC Song Piano.

Just like with their previous apps “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Piano” and “Old MacDonald Piano” you go and press the piano button, and your little one can sit and enjoy the music and animation, but also have the option of interacting and pressing the piano keys themselves.

With ABC Song Piano, children can do the following:
♫ learn the alphabet
♫ follow the lighted keys or match the colorful music notes to the piano keys
♫ watch the piano keys light up one by one with the song
♫ press the start button and sing along
♫ add animal sounds to the song
♫ hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, flute, bells and more!
♫ record your child singing and playing the piano!
♫ sing and read karaoke style lyrics in English, French & Spanish

Just like their previous iterations, Kiboomu has show that they know how to develop apps that not only educate but entertain toddlers and preschoolers.  So if you’re looking for a new app to help keep you kids quiet and entertained, or if you’re child is starting to learn their ABCs and getting excited about it, then this app is for you!  As always with Kiboomu, I highly recommend this app.

Below is a video of Bug watching and listening to the app the very first time I played it for her.  If that’s not a 20 month old captivated, I don’t know what is!

 


BOTTOM LINE

“ABC Song Piano” is an exceptional colorful and creative musical, educational, and entertaining app that will bring out your child’s excitement about learning the alphabet along with bringing out your children’s interests and talents of music.

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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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BCMS 2010 Yearbook cover – Final


The final design and layout for Bath Co Middle School’s 2010 yearbook cover.

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If anyone is interested in having a custom cover design, feel free to head over to my other site, www.parsonscs.net, or simply email me.  I’d be happy to discuss things, and am very easy on price, including being willing to trade for ad space.

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Getting back on the horse


Random fact:  People used to consider me somewhat of an artist.  I was the type of person that when bored would doodle and sketch small things in the corners of notebook pages, or down the margins, or on napkins, or anything I could find when the urge hit me.  Easier simpler times I suppose.  I find myself now, as I get older and farther from those more carefree days, the desire to get back on the horse and start sketching again, and I do find moments where I get to the point of putting pencil to paper, but it rarely goes from there.  I can’t just spit out random images from my brain anymore, not like I used to.  If I accomplish anything artistic now, it has to have a purpose, a drive, a passion behind it.  The simple passion for drawing and seeing my wild imagination interpreted in 2D format has passed, passion has been replaced with purpose.  If a drawing or a sketch doesn’t have a purpose, it doesn’t seem to find realization.  In approximately 3 years, I have completed only two things beyond simple cartoon sketches to entertain my children.  One is the painting of zoo animals in my daughter’s nursery, and the second is a sketch of the same daughter when she first started to raise her head.

Hopefully within the next little bit, I can find some desire to start sketching again.  I have a drawing tablet to use with my computer to try and help merge a former passion with my current one, but already I find myself doing quick doodles, but never fully realizing anything.  It is however one of the few resolutions I made to myself this year, was to start drawing again, finding an outlet to be creative and being able to get away from all the hassles and stress of the everyday life.  So hopefully soon, blog entries will be coming in with sketches looking for opinions and critiquing.  Wish me luck!

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