Kiddie Phone Apps

iPhones are new to us. Hubby has been busy finding apps for us that we would enjoy. The big boys caught on fast and have had fun downloading games to play. Then we learned there are apps for babies/toddlers/preschoolers too!

I recently took all three boys on an airplane by myself. I thought this would be the perfect time to test out some apps for P’Diddy. He loves holding my phone, pushing buttons, and listening to music. I was hoping these new apps I found for him would help occupy him and give us something to do as he sat on my lap for a couple of hours.

Let me tell you what I found…

 

Twinkle Twinkle is an interactive picture book/video/counting activity app. There are three sections you can choose from.

~ Read the story…pick read to me, read myself, or auto-play. This last option not only reads the story to you, but turns the pages on its own. I love this last choice for baby, but will be great when he starts reading on his own too!

~ Watch a video while a child or adult (you decide the voice) sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star a couple of times through. Of course we sing along with them!

~ Count all 20 stars. Little Star will be proud of you!

 

I think this app is awesome because of the 3D animation. The characters, owl and little star, are so clear that you want to reach out and touch them. When you do they move about and make noises. Very cute and very fun for our little ones!

 

 

Did you know that your favorite childhood books can be found?

Oceanhouse Media has them all! Dr. Suess, Five Little Monkeys, and lots more!

 

We tried a few of the Dr Suess out ~ Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish, & ABC.

 

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but they are just like the books. Each page or two comes on the screen and if you choose the read-to-me or auto play option the narratator tells the story.

One of the neat features is as the story is being told the word is highlighted when it’s being read which makes it easy to follow along and for the children to learn word recognition as they get older. There are also touch options and when you put your finger on the car then the word car jumps out at you.

 

 

 

The Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer are always top choice reads at my house! All By Myself was a perfect one to get right now because at 18 months, P’Diddy is starting to want to do everything all.by.himself. whether it’s folding my laundry (or throwing it out the basket) to brushing his teeth (or licking the toothpaste off the brush).

Glad we have Little Critter on the iphone now and can take him everywhere with us!

 

 

 

Was there a series that you have every single book? Berenstain Bears was the one my younger brothers collected. I think we had them all! But did you know that there is a baby Honey Bear now? I must be getting old as I haven’t read the new ones. That is why I was excited to get The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battles by Jan & Mike Berenstain.

A great one to read at night as we watch Sister and Brother Bear get ready for bed too. We giggle as they use the same antics to stall their bedtime rituals.

All these stories have super cute sound effects – birds chirping, doors creaking, and other fun noises to make the book more engaging.

Check them all out!

 

Have you found any phone apps that your children enjoy?

 

I received these apps for review and all opinions are my own.

Confessions of a Catholic Cop Book Giveaway

What an intriguing title. Confessions of a Catholic Cop by Thomas Fitzsimmons. Not a “normal” read for me, but I’m all about mixing things up!

 

Let me tell you a little bit of background about the author…

A former New York City cop who comes from a family of cops, and have been a private investigator and bodyguard to A-list celebrities for the past 20years (the last nine spent bodyguarding Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas).

He is on call 24/7 when his clients are in town and structures the rest of his days around writing. He’s currently working on this third novel.

 

What the book is about…

The rough streets of the South Bronx. Home to countless gangs, pimps, and hustlers. Where a gunshot is as common as a baby crying. Where a day without a murder is an oddity. This is where ten-year police veteran Michael Beckett has spent most of his career.

When he lands a walk-on role on a popular network cop show, Beckett hopes to trade chasing rapists, drug dealers, and murderers for a new life in front of the camera…and maybe even settle down with the young, hot writer on the show, Solana Ortiz. But when Solana’s neighborhood goes up in flames in a string of arsons, Beckett must put aside his caviar dreams and do what does best – police work.

 

My thoughts…

I was impressed the book had high ratings on all the review sites I looked up, especially since Fitzsimmons was a first time novelist. I was anxious to get reading when it arrived and I soon found it to be an easy page turner. I instantly liked the main character Becket, but not so much his crazy partner Vinnie.

While happy I don’t live in the South Bronx with gangs & shady businessmen, I felt for Solana who grew up there, but was anxious to leave at the same time. Both her and Beckett get caught in a web of wanting to catch the bad guys and trying to protect the people and property of this shallow neighborhood. Fighting for their lives as many people die around them, they develop a relationship with each other. Can they save the neighborhood and a relationship at the same time? You’ll have to read to find out!

This is definitely a book that Hubby will enjoy and I’ll be passing it along!

 

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