Famigo’s Four Favorite Apps of the WeekFebruary 20, 2014 No Comments
It’s difficult to find great apps that are entertaining and safe for kids. But the Famigo family loves a good challenge, especially when it involves finding the absolute best apps for toddlers, kids, tweens, and teens. Which is why every week we present the best new apps that our review team has discovered and determined to be built for kids and families alike.
Here’s what Famigo looks for when we’re selecting apps to review, and in determining which make it to the top of our “Favorite Apps of the Week” list:
- Gorgeous design. This doesn’t just mean beautiful illustrations, it also means an intuitive user interface that is effortless for kids to figure out, great graphics, and an engaging premise that will keep a user interested for longer than it took to download the app in the first place.
- Educational content is always a plus, especially if the app really attempts to cleverly explore a certain topic (these aren’t the physics lessons that you’ll supposedly learn from Angry Birds).
- Fun, of course! This is a huge factor in determining whether or not an app is perfect for Famigo families. We know that fun and educational don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts, and we love it when apps prove this to us.
The top weekly apps below definitely match all of this criteria, and all have a lot of added delightful charm as well. Check ‘em out!
Our Four Favorite Apps of the Week
1. Motion Math - Android ($3.99)
Our review team says: Hungry Fish is another educational and fun Math App by Motion Math. This time, your kids will have a blast controlling fish as they swim through the water, and they will work on their mental math skills as they try to eat certain numbers that sum to the given amount.
It’s a great app that will keep kids entertained, while they are also working on their basic math skills. This app is very simple for children to understand, and they are sure to love practicing their math by feeding their fish! Several levels of difficulty.
2. The Blockheads - Android (Free!) and Apple (Free!)
Our review team says: The Blockheads is an amazing casual game featuring a huge simulated world thousands of blocks wide. There is even a full temperature and climate system, seasons, an equator, and frozen poles. It is surprisingly more complex than we would have initially thought. Explore complex cave systems and flowing water, and survive deserts and snowy mountain tops.
Control your blockheads in a vast randomly generated world with oceans, mountains, forests, deserts and deep underground caves. Keep an eye on their needs – give them sleep, feed them, create clothing and shelter – and they’ll be happier, quicker and more productive.
3. Shapes Memory Match - Android (Free!) and Apple (Free!)
Our review team says: Shapes Memory Match is the perfect teaching tool for shape identification and recognition skills combining exciting card matching game play with professional narration, fun music and positive feedback.
It’s fun and easy for kids to use. Match shapes to shapes, match everyday items to their shape, match unique pictures that have same shape, and hear the shapes as you touch them.
4. Kids Sight Words – Android ($2.99)
Our review team says: Kids Sight Words is a delightful app across the board for children, parents and teachers! There are five levels of vocabulary for the child to learn and review.
In Kids Sight Words, children will listen to common words and identify the correct sight word, learn to recognize common words at their reading level, improve reading skills by practicing words that they may have seen or are familiar with. This apps focuses on specific learning concepts, without the distraction of unnecessary sounds or images on the screen, ads, pop-ups, or unrelated subject matter.
Famigo would like to thank all of these fantastic developers for pouring a ton of time, energy, passion, and effort into creating truly outstanding apps that we thoroughly enjoyed reviewing. Thank you!
Sarah Combs graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Advertising, and now helps the Famigo family with everything marketing related and beyond. In her free time she pretends that running two half-marathons is the equivalent of completing a full one, and reading a chapter out of a novel means she can happily put it up on her bookshelf as if she had read the whole thing.
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