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Learning Colors and Shapes

A few months ago, Kids iPhone App Review suggested that we might like the Tappie Colorit app by ADUK GmbH/Zanymation ($.99). At the time, Stella was 15 months, so she was still a little too young for the concepts. Now that she’s 18+ months, she has become much more successful with this app—although there are some parts that are still too advanced for her. We mostly stick to the “cars” game. Each time we play, she always picks the red car first, regardless of whether it starts on the top, middle, or bottom. Hmmm…

Overall, this is a very good, educational app for young kids. I like Zanymation’s philosophy: “All the games and books in the series are outlined by colorful, but calm palette that does not overload child’s nervous system. In general we aim to help your child develop the following skills: fine motor fingers coordination, attention, comparing objects, logic, grouping by shape and color.”

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Big Grips, Big Relief

I started shopping around for a new iPad 2 case early last summer because I needed something more durable than the Targus Versavu. The Targus is great for an adult—especially for travel—but it was clunky for Stella to handle, and it frequently slid down whenever she would play with the device. Thanks to Jason Huber at Kids iPhone Review, I held out for the release of the Big Grips frame for iPad 2.

Stella can now paw as hard as she wants at the device, and it rarely slides out of the stand. The best part is watching her tiny little hands easily maneuver the iPad now like it’s just another toy. Wait…I take that back. The BEST part is knowing MY precious toy is also safe after watching her hurl the iPad onto the tile floor in this video: