Spell, Write and Read by Ripple Digital Publishing.

As the title suggests, Spell, Write and Read by Ripple Digital Publishing is a spelling, and writing educational app. Each word is first presented as a puzzle outline. The child has to grab the letter and drop it on the correct outline. The letters are said as they are being dropped. After forming the entire word, the word is also pronounced. After completing this activity, the word is presented as a letter outline that needs to be traced.

The app is not cluttered. The graphics are great. The music and sound effects are not grading. And the words and letters are beautifully pronounced by a human voice.

As far as dislike, I wish you could buy all the other books at one time, an Android version existed, and that it allowed for tracking of progress for multiple children.

Overall a great app for your little ones to help them learn how to spell, pronounce and read some common english words (especially if you already using this type of methodology). Available only in the Apple App Store for the iPad and iPhone, I tested the free version (as prompted by the publisher) on a full size iPad.

The app works offline, does not have advertising but does have an easy to reach in-app store for the other collection of books.

Gartu in the Kindergarten by UPigames

Gartu in the Kindergarten is a 20 mini-activities education app designed for children 2-6 years old. I won’t be able to describe all the activities but some of them are reading, matching, and item does not belong. Apparently the app is a fresh translation of an online app designed by a private school in Spain.

There are many things to like about the app, especially the ability to switch the language for all the activities. Language included are english, spanish, german, italian and french. The fact that everything in the game switches over when you switch the language is great. Everything from the story to the singing switches over to the selected language. The images are professionally illustrated, and the music and sounds are also well done.

The next part of the review is mostly subjective. Please feel free to skip it and grab the free version available in the Apple App Store and make your own conclusions. For the ones that kept reading, the application doesn’t respond appropriately to touches by little kids. For example, Gartu sings at the start of every activity. It doesn’t matter where your child touches, he/she would be forced to listen to the entire song before proceeding. Another example is in an activity where your child has to pick up garbage and bring it to the garbage basket. Again while the app is giving the child accolades, it is impossible to click on any other piece of garbage. The entire app feels old, cluttered and not responsive enough (like an app version of a Barney’s episode).

Overall a decent game. The multiple languages almost single handily makes this app a good buy for $1.99 (full version), and the fact that you can try it out for free should make it an easy download for parents that are trying to teach their kids multiple languages.

The app has no in-app store, advertisements and works offline. I reviewed the full version (provided by the publisher).

Feel Electric! by Sesame Street

As a child, I grew up loving the The Electric Company. I was very excited to find this app for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The app has many funny video shorts to guide you through the various activities. When it first launches it ask you what your mood is, there is also a place to watch education music videos, and other activities to learn vocabulary words (all the words appear to be mood words).

Overall the game is very entertainment, although the repetitive sequences might get old quickly.

If you liked The Electric Company as a child or your kids like it now, and you feel that your child can use some help understanding mood, you can’t go wrong with this app especially at the price of free.

The app worked perfectly on my iPhone, but appeared not to work on one of my Android devices. According to some of the review on Google Play this seems to be an issue. Not a big deal since it is free (just uninstall it).