Two New Preschool & Toddler Apps for Holiday Travel

Summer roadtrips may have come to an end, but now holiday travels are now on the horizon.  We all hope for smooth travels, but as we found out on our way back from France this summer, the best laid plans do often succumb to airplane parts being stuck on a cargo plane from Germany.  So as you plan to go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s, here are two new apps that can keep your kiddies happy in between snacks, sing-alongs, and endless games of Twenty Questions.

For your kids ages 4 and up, consider the new Finding Nemo Storybook Deluxe App.  We had a chance to try this app out and it’s a lot of fun.  My little one hasn’t seen the movie, but she has definitely enjoyed meeting the characters and hearing the story.  The app has three reading modes, Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Record Your Voice.  You’ll have to help your child choose the reading mode she wants, but the storybook is quite long and has the amazing voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe as well as other actors from the movie.  The storybook mode is a bit clunky, and the pages don’t have a seamless flow from one to another.  But it’s a long, wonderful and complex story and it is distilled fairly well.

The app also offers puzzles, each in three different levels of difficulty; a matching game; coloring pages; and an interactive page where Dory chats with you and kids with devices with recording capabilities can chat with Dory.  This app is available for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

We also had the chance to try out Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home With Daniel, which was created by PBS Kids based on their new series inspired by the work of Mr. Rogers.  ITunes says that this app is for children ages 4 and up but PBS designates it for children ages 2 – 4, and that seems correct to me.  The app is simple and colorful.  It teaches children about the world around them as they are welcomed into Daniel’s home to go through bath time, bedtime, and a trip to the doctor’s office with him.  In the Daniel’s Bedtime, kids can click on Daniel’s blanket and cover him up, his light switch to turn out the lights, his radio to play a lullaby, his storybook to read a story, and more.  This is not a game for older children, it’s an interactive environment for younger children who enjoy repetition and simple cause and effect actions. Also included is a Sticker Book in which children can choose a backdrop and stickers of characters from Daniel’s Neighborhood to create small scenes and pictures.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home With Daniel is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Another quiet hour in the car while you sit in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike…that’s something that Babies definitely gotta have.


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