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Introduce Children to Computer Programming With oxBlocks for iOS

The update for oxBlocks 2.1.1, the educational game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, is now available. oxBlocks unique gaming framework is the perfect way to introduce children to the important computer programming concepts of loops and conditionals.

 

Introduce Children to Computer Programming With oxBlocks for iOS

 

oxBlocks is today’s game for tomorrow’s programmers and is designed for children who haven’t had previous exposure to computer programming and app development. Budding programmers watch their programs run step-by-step, then they debug the code, finally reaching the program code’s exit. The game starts simply but becomes more challenging with every new level.

 

oxBlocks lessons are self-paced and self-teaching. The app makes it easy for the whole family to learn and master basic computer science concepts. The game’s engaging method of learning allows parents to sit down with kids and learn alongside their offspring. Players can drag and drop program instructions into the correct order to complete each level, allowing them to move onto the next challenge.

 

Features Include:
* Introduces programming concepts
* Self-paced learning
* Players walk through programs step-by-step
* Easy to follow
* Fun for the whole family
* High score table

 

What’s New in Version 2.1.1:
* High Score Table
* Messaging Functionality
* Updated for iOS 12
* Added Compatibility for the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

 

Users can customize their in-game profile, creating their own unique user name and their favorite photo. Players can also send messages to other players, boasting of their programming prowess or spurring on others to higher levels.

oxBlocks 2.1.1 is only $1.99 USD (or an equivalent amount on other currencies) and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. An Android version is also available through the Google Play Store. Review redeem codes are available to qualified journalists upon request.

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Calm Kids and Lull Them to Sleep With The Baby Songs and Lullabies App

Independent development team Lively Mind is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Baby Songs and Lullabies 1.03 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The app includes a collection of 18 beautiful recordings that were specially designed to help babies and toddlers calm down and fall to sleep. The app’s timer feature allows parents to set how long the music will continue to play before turning off.

 

Calm Kids and Lull Them to Sleep With The Baby Songs and Lullabies App

 

When it’s time for a nap or to lay down to sleep for the night, Baby Songs and Lullabies allows parents to softly play the dulcet and soothing tones of any of the 18 well-known lullabies, classic children’s songs, and nursery rhymes that are included in the free app. Parents and kids can sing along to the music, or they can quietly listen as the music relaxes the child and lulls them to sleep.

 

“I would guess that almost everyone has had lullabies sang to them as a small child, in an effort by their parents to get them to calm down and fall asleep at nap time or at the end of a busy day,” says Eamon Mc Nulty, owner of Lively Mind. “Our ‘Baby Songs and Lullabies’ app makes it easy for parents to play peaceful classic lullabies and songs for their children, helping to calm them and drift off to sleep, allowing them to get plenty of rest for the next day.”

 

The app’s classic tunes include:

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • The Cradle Song
  • Ding Dong Dell
  • Frere Jacques
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Hush Little Baby, Don’t You Cry
  • Jack and Jill
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Mulberry Bush
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Ring Around the Rosie
  • Rock A Bye Baby
  • Row Row Row Your Boat
  • This Old Man
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Yankee Doodle

 

The Baby Songs and Lullabies app includes a handy countdown timer that gives parents the option to set a designated period of time for the selected tune to play, with options ranging from one minute to sixty minutes. The feature allows parents to select the perfect length of time to lull their child off to dreamland. This allows them to leave the child’s bedroom if needed, confident the music will continue to play, turning itself off after the child has drifted off to sleep.

 

While the app is perfect for use with babies and toddlers to lull them to sleep, it also makes for an entertaining way for parents to have fun teaching their older offspring the words to the 18 popular songs and nursery rhymes by enjoying a sing-a-long time, which can be fun for the whole family.

 

“The Android version of the ‘Baby Songs and Lullabies’ app is a well-established favorite with Android device users of all ages, racking up well over a million downloads so far,” continues Eamon. “We are confident that iOS users around the globe will enjoy the app as well. It provides the opportunity for them to share and enjoy these classic songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes with their children.”

 

Pricing and Availability:
Baby Songs and Lullabies 1.03 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. An Android version is available through Google Play.

Find Them All: My Pets for iOS – Interactive Educational App for Kids 2 – 8

Knbmedia has released Find Them All: My Pets for iOS, the fourth in their series of “Find Them All” Educational apps for kids 2 – 8. A guided introduction, entirely spoken in 8 languages, to 48 different pets.

 

Find Them All: My Pets for iOS - Interactive Educational App for Kids 2 - 8

 

The 100% interactive app features 7 different activities, including: Match the Pet, Win an Animated Card, Take a Photo, Find the Pet in the Dark, Make a Jigsaw Puzzle from a Photo, Play the Quiz and Watch Videos. My Pets also allows kids to arrange all the cards they win in a virtual album, keep a photo album of all the photos they take, and print, fold, cut out and paste their own paper albums.

 

On launch in landscape orientation, kids are greeted by the Sun, smiling and speaking from the top left corner of the screen. He acts as a friendly guide through every activity, and provides positive reinforcement each time the child makes a correct selection. The first activity, Match the Pet, challenges kids to scroll left or right and find the full size animal that matches the thumbnail beside the Sun. Only one pet is present each time the child looks, but it can be easily overlooked amidst the terrain and plant life of its natural habitat. Matching and touching the animal, kids are rewarded with an animated playing card showing a close-up illustration and announcing the correct pronunciation of the species in 8 languages.

 

Having collected at least 12 playing cards, kids win their own blue camera with zoom lens. Using this camera, they can frame and photograph any pet from far left to far right. Taking a photo of any animal unlocks a brief description, which can be heard aloud. In the Find the Pets in the Dark activity, players try to touch as many animals as possible before night falls. Once it is dark, kids can use their flashlight to find the missing animals. Make a Jigsaw Puzzle from a Photo allows children to take a photo and then turn it into a jigsaw puzzle by shaking the iDevice (the more they shake, the more pieces). Puzzles can be easy or hard, from 4 to 42 pieces. The Play the Photo Quiz activity asks kids to find any animal with a question mark superimposed on it. Touching it brings up an interactive quiz, where kids can show off all they have learned. Lastly, players look for a kid with a camera and win a video.

 

Features:

  • Contents: 48 animals to discover.
  • Entirely spoken: children are autonomous, even the youngest ones.
  • Multi-lingual: the names of the animals are available in height languages. You can choose to change the language in which the game is played.
  • Educational: discover animals through photos, sound, videos and audio commentary.
  • Adapted to each age group: numerous activities during short games with difficulty levels adapted to the child.
  • Safe: No adverts, no external links and a special parents’ zone.
  • Multi-user: each child can have their games with their settings.
  • Printable booklet: albums can be printed and assembled through folding.

 

Figures in the Find Them All Collection:

  • 192 animals
  • 96 dinosaurs
  • 72 characters from Fairy Tales and Legends
  • 48 (96 planned) pets
  • 800 audio commentaries in 8 languages
  • 200 videos and 800 photos
  • 40 updates since the first launch in 2011.
  • Rated 4.5 stars and more than 5000 reviews worldwide

 

Find Them All: My Pets 1.0.0 is free and available in the App Store. [GET IT HERE]

Pumpic Introduces Control Panel App for iOS

Pumpic, the developer of mobile parental monitoring software, has launched a Control Panel app for iOS. From the moment of Pumpic launch, the ability to instantly keep tabs on the most popular communication channels has been one of the highly demanded features by Apple devices users. Now, with a designated app available at the AppStore free of charge, staying aware became as effortless as it only gets.

 

The iOS Control Panel app was developed as a supplementary tool for Pumpic mobile monitoring software. With a focus on minimalism and providing only the most crucial surveillance data, the app’s functionality is limited to avoid too much information piling. The full monitoring information collected by Pumpic from the tracked device is available in the standard web-based Control Panel. It can be accessed via any browser at any moment. Currently, Pumpic Control Panel app for iOS supports the following features:

* Calls monitoring
* Text messages reading
* Location and routes tracking
* Browser history checkup
* Contacts viewing
* Remote device reboot or lock (for Android target devices)

 

As the CP app is an additional appliance to enhance the consumer experience, its users must be Pumpic customers. They need to have Pumpic set up on the target device and possess active Pumpic subscription.

 

About Pumpic:
Pumpic is the mobile monitoring software designed for parents. Thanks to dozens of tracking features, it provides access to the comprehensive information about kids’ activities on mobile devices:

* Communications – calls, SMS, MMS, iMessages, instant messengers, email
* Internet activity – browsing history, bookmarks, social media
* Location data – current whereabouts, the entire route history, geofences
* Other data – contacts, notes, calendar, etc.

 

With Pumpic, a parent can monitor kids’ communications, Internet activity, location data, contacts, notes, calendar, etc. Thus, we empower parents to spot the early signs of a potential threat and take measures to protect their kids from cyberbullying, sexting, online predators’ attacks, etc. Ideally, you can avert the danger or at least minimize the consequences if something adverse nonetheless happened. Put simply, the app makes moms’ and dads’ lives a bit easier.

 

Pumpic Control Panel is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play. For more information, please contact Tyler Collins.

Early English Platform Lingokids to Reach 30,000 Kids in Japan

San Francisco – Madrid – The Edtech startup Monkimun is launching a campaign to over 30k families in Japan to promote Lingokids, its cornerstone ELL platform for kids, thanks to a new initiative with Shonan Seminar, Japan’s premier tutoring school network.

 

As record sales in the U.S, Mexico and Southeast Asia recognize their impact in the EdTech industry, early language learning startup Monkimun keeps collecting industry awards, international partnerships and, as it has recently been reported, an ongoing expansion throughout Asia. As of today, in Japan the Lingokids platform is ranked top 10 in the paid kids 5 & under ipad category and 22 in paid education categories, however these rankings lag their neighboring countries in South East Asia and China where the platform is consistently ranking top 3 in multiple categories. With this partnership Monkimun hopes to boost its presence in Japan and reach top 3 as it has done in its other regional markets.

 

Lingokids is an early English immersion course for kids 6 years old and under based on natural learning through play and affective computing. The unique Lingokids approach provides children with an exploratory experience guided by real-life videos of teachers that establish a bond with the child accompanying them through the activities and helping them to retain the learning with their human touch.

 

It is expected to reach thousands of young Japanese learners: “So far we’ve distributed the campaign to 7,000 families since late July. By the end of September, we’ll reach out to 20,000 families.”, said Yoshi A. Okamoto, SZIV’s Executive Director. Lingokids has already been implemented in Shonan Seminar centers for evaluation for further improvement, with high results in participating children.

 

Monkimun’s commitment to research-based solutions has been one of their premises since the beginning. Marieta Viedma, Monkimun’s co-founder and CPO is clear about this: “Scientific research is at the core of our products. We not only consult with specialists and top-ranked international educators, we have also conducted studies with young students and continue to explore the possibilities of early learning through various projects and collaborations, such as the ongoing product improvement at Shonan Seminar centers”.

 

This depth of knowledge throughout the development process of their products, as well as their determination to offer a structured learning method, with clear demonstrated results is leading Monkimun to international recognition backed by tier-1 investors and partners. The growing list of partnerships for Monkimun includes renowned Oxford University Press, the largest University Press in the world, whose content is included in Lingokids; Digicrafts, whose carrier billing integration with DTAC will allow Lingokids to reach more than 25 million subscribers in Thailand and very recently Kurio Tablets, that is launching 250k tablets for kids in the US and UK with the Lingokids platform pre-installed.

 

About SZIV:
Japan-based SZIV has the mission to fund and create systems that will change the way the world learns. An offshoot of Shonan Seminar, Japan’s premier tutoring school network, they also support innovative scientific research and development that offers new insights into how the world thinks, learns and understands.

 

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Monkimun is a San Francisco/Madrid based startup founded in 2014. Monkimun technology makes language learning for toddlers and kids fun. It enables parents to raise multilingual children and give them a greater chance for success the rest of their lives. Monkimun currently offers six award winning children’s language learning apps in English, Spanish and Chinese, including Monki Home, Monki Hide and Seek, Monki Shake It, Monki Animal Builder, Monki Birthday Party and the Google’s 2014 best app award winning Monki Chinese Class. All of them can be downloaded from the Apple Store, Google Play and Amazon. The company will soon release a subscription platform that integrates all lessons and content to offer a one stop shop for parents looking to raise multilingual kids. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Monkimun. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Happy Daycare Stories – The first 3D Playhouse in the App Store

PlayToddlers today is pleased to announce the release of Happy Daycare Stories 1.0, a small and fully interactive playhouse where children can nurse 5 lovely kids and role play, to create their own stories in a charming daycare center, with 7 different rooms. It has been specifically designed to be played by children from 2 years of age, but detailed enough to captivate and amuse children up to 8 years.

 

In Happy Daycare Stories, every room is an exploring adventure itself. Cabinets filled with toys, a kitchen where to cook healthy and delicious meals, a bedroom to put them to sleep, or a garden where they can gather fruits and squeeze natural juices.

 

This one-of-a-kind combination of activities and fun, in a safe 3D environment makes Happy Daycare Stories a unique game for iPhones and iPads. According the studio, this idea was born after watching how the children play house. As they grow, they are exposed to new experiences and their imaginations expand. In an effort to better understand their worlds, children pretend play, or role play. Happy Daycare Stories provides a safe environment to play without rules, where pieces are impossible to lose and never break, letting their imagination run wild.

 

Every room in this daycare center has been conceived to allow different activities and role plays to encourage their natural imagination. An entrance with a swimming pool, a playground with dozens of toys in its cabinets, a kitchen full of dishes, glasses and pots to play with, a theatre to make their own musical band, a cozy bedroom with 5 beds for nap time, a bathroom and a fruit garden. The game contains hundreds of toys and different objects, allowing thousands of different interactions.

 

As Guillermo Fernandez, Co-Founder at PlayToddlers, explains “We developed this game because we wanted to provide a safe and detailed environment where children can make their own stories and adventures in a daycare center with their imagination. We just provide the tools, and they create their story.”

 

Language Support:
* English, Spanish, Portuguese

 

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 115 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Happy Daycare Stories 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education (Kids) category.

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Night Lamp Splashes Kid Friendly Images Across Bedrooms

Zapporoo and Cilesia Lopes have released Night Lamp App 1.0, a simple and easy-to-use iOS app that displays a kid-friendly image in one of two ways: splashed across a bedroom’s walls, floor and ceiling by using an iPhone projector; or featured in high resolution on the iPhone’s screen.

 

Night Lamp Splashes Kid Friendly Images Across Bedrooms

Night Lamp App is a simple and easy-to-use app that displays a kid-friendly image, such as a beloved animated character, favorite place, cherished photo, landscape scene and so on, in one of two ways:

* Splashed across a bedroom’s walls, floor and ceiling by using an iPhone projector.
* Featured in high resolution on the iPhone’s screen.

Night Lamp App 1.0 has a built-in timer that allows parents to select when the app should auto-lock or shut down. Settings include: 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, 150 minutes and 200 minutes.

 

Night Lamp App 1.0 is free, and is available through the App Store.

Snot and Fluff Offers Educational Space Adventure for Kids

OhNoo Studio has released Snot & Fluff – A Space Adventure 1.0.2, their new children’s educational title for iOS and Android devices. The Space Adventure app offers an amusing but instructive story about friendship, courage and helping others.

 

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The main heroes of the story are Snot and Fluff. Snot is a traveler and an adventurous globetrotter. Fluff is his opposite – a homebody who loves baking new and new cookies. One day, Snot, who is bored with everyday life, starts a cosmic journey and forgets about his friend for a while. Longing and lonely Fluff builds a rocket and sets off to look for Snot.

Hidden gold stars on the pages of the story offer more fun for kids, as they listen to the story, and then attempt to find four stars hidden on each page. The star unlock a secret page that finishes the story.

 

All 44 pages were illustrated by a recognized illustrator Agata Karelus. The tale also contains more than 45 minutes of professional orchestral soundtrack, over 900 funny sounds, and 20 minutes of dialogues recorded by professional actors in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Polish, Russian and Chinese).

 

Snot & Fluff – A Space Adventure 1.0.2 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Books category. Two versions of the program are available in the App Store. The full version costs less than 3 dollars/euro and free Lite version limited to several initial pages. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.