Friday, December 27, 2013

FREE APP FRIDAY: Fifteen TOTALLY FREE apps, no in-app purchases!

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(We have ELEVEN FREE Peep and the Big Wide World apps on this great list!)

We're trying something new this week! Rather than a big list of apps sent to us by developers, we've got a smaller list but ALL of the apps are completely free, meaning no in-apps or ads. What do you think of the idea? (Post a comment below please. A long list with in-apps or a shorter list of complete freebies?)

This week we have LeapFrog, multiplication, sight words, fractions, dinosaurs, music, nature, an app based on a Price is Right game, a toy factory and more!

** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free/discounted. The prices of apps in our Featured Free and Discounted posts are verified to be correct at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.Please note: When picked for this list, none of the apps had any external ads.**

Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.41.20 PMPreschool Playtime
Preschool Playtime app offers an all-in-one game for your kids. It is a collection of different exciting and fun educational games for your preschoolers. 

The app gives you animated character, stickers, energetic voice recording and sounds, all designed for your preschoolers. It’s an unlimited game for kids!

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.24.21 PMLeapFrog Creativity Camera (iPhone, x2 iPad)
Inspire imagination and self-expression by turning your iPhone or iPod touch into a photo studio with the LeapFrog® Creativity Camera App! Strike a goofy pose or pull a silly face for the camera and then personalize photos with fun frames and cool effects. Show how creative you can be using lots of editing options. In the free Try Me version, take and edit photos, make silly faces and review your photo gallery. Unlock two more learning modes when you purchase the Creativity Camera Protective Case. 

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.33.38 PMMultiplication Rap 2x
Learn to Multiply by 2 the fun way with D.J. Doc Roc, the Hip Hop Hamster. Includes a music video from Rock 'N Learn's award winning Multiplication Rap DVD and a skip counting video to learn to count by 2 even faster. A randomized drill over facts from 2x0 through 2x12 helps learners check their progress. Once you've learned all the 2x facts, race the clock to see who can get the best time!

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.38.37 PMSight Words for Reading
This app helps students learn sight words, the most common words in children's literature. It covers a few words from both the Fry's and Dolch lists. Words are presented in context in fun videos. This helps learners understand the meaning of the words, which aids in reading comprehension. 
After watching the videos to learn new sight words, learners can test themselves with a flash card quiz. The words are presented in a random order, so the quiz is different every time! 

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.43.24 PMPizza Fractions 1
Pizza Fractions offers a simple, visually-based introduction to fractions for elementary school kids.

In chef's pizzeria your child masters the concept of naming simple fractions using pizza picture examples. Designed for grade levels 2-5, Pizza Fractions provides introductory practice with fractions in an approachable game-like environment.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.46.53 PM10 Minutes a Day Multiplication
With 10 Minute Maths you can practice your times tables through exciting car races, the faster you solve the questions the quicker your car will speed across the finish line. It’s also a fun ‘beat the clock test’ where you show off your maths skills by racing across the line before the time runs out. If you don’t get the answer right away you’ve got a chance to keep trying for the right one and if you don’t make it you’ll get handy hints and tips to help you next time. Play your way through the rounds, speeding your way from bronze through silver and all the way up to gold. Once you’ve mastered the regular times tables you can test yourself in mixed times tables races, whizzing your way through with your maths knowledge. 

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.54.36 PMVTech's Switch & Go Dinos (NOTE: Must print a FREE poster from the website before using this app)
Welcome to VTech’s world of Dinosaurs! VTech’s FREE App brings dinosaurs to life before your child’s eyes through an augmented reality game that changes a 2D graphic into a 3D, movable dinosaur. Suitable for children ages 3-8, they’ll discover how dinosaurs can roar, move and transform – all with a few simple touches that they can control.

Download the posters from To play this game you’ll first need to download and print a dinosaur, there are 8 to choose from.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 9.21.37 PMSpiralMusic
SpiralMusic is an application to make music together.

To use this app you need an iPad and one or more iPhones, connected to the same wifi-network. Start SpiralMusic on your devices, the number of connected devices is shown at the bottom of the screen. All connected iPhones can now select an instrument and make music, which will be played from the iPad along with stunning spirally visuals.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 9.19.30 PMHide and Seek with Nature
Cryptic coloration and mimicry are weapons of many animals to escape from their predators. Hsu Jen-Hsiou, an expert on ecology, spent several decades on exploring the wisdom of animals to mine into their environments. He designed this game based on his studies for kids to enjoy hide-and-seek with the nature by looking for those beautiful figures in the environments. 

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 9.25.32 PMPixel and Parker™ 
From the playground to the alley, to the forest and beyond, join Parker on his quest to find his missing cat in the playful children’s adventure that uses a game spinner to advance the story. Fun, fresh and filled with lots of surprises, Pixel and Parker features more than 30 different activities critical to the story, putting readers in control and on the edge of their seat. Will Parker find his furry friend and make it home before sunset? There’s only one way to find out in this whimsical children’s adventure that’s never the same tale twice. 

Reduced from $2.99 to FREE
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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 9.30.02 PMYodelOh Classic
Take on RamBam, LambBam and the whole bleatin' clan in the exciting Alpine climbing adventure that pits your wits against the meanest sheep in the mountain. Loaded with half-crazed herds, twisting targets and awesome fairway sounds, YodelOh™ Classic is guaranteed to leave you lacing up your lederhosen and yodeling for more.

YodelOh™ Classic is fun for the entire family and a great way to help younger players develop their fine motor and visual tracking skills. But be warned, no matter why you pick it up, you'll have a hard time putting it down until you've tapped your way to the top and earned your title as the King of the Alps.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.56.37 PMDIY – Get skills. Be awesome. (iPhone, x2 iPad, rated 9+)
Share what you make and do, meet others that care about what you’re into, comment on your friends’ stuff, and get patches for the skills you earn. DIY has more than 80 skills to get including Hardware Hacker, Backyard Farmer, Gamer, Fashion Designer and Skater. You can do anything, become anyone. DIY is the most awesome place to find out how.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 8.59.17 PMKnickknack
The Knickknack Toys factory needs your help! New factory owner, Jarvis, is relying on YOU to make sure his toy shipments go smoothly. And while Jarvis would love to supervise you himself, he's left his mentor, the absent-minded P. Everett Knickknack, to show you the ropes. And the levers. And the toy-dispensing chutes-- listen, there's a lot of stuff to show you, so let's just get started already! 

Control conveyor belts, electromagnets, fans, and more, to solve physics-based puzzle challenges and guide boxes of Knickknack's toys to the delivery platform. 

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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 9.12.23 PMFunbrain Jr. 
Funbrain Jr. is a collection of unique and vibrant games for preschoolers and kindergarteners that helps jumpstart their journey of learning. Offering five separate fun and engaging games, Funbrain Jr. introduces little learners to several important skills while they play.

With the help of colorful and quirky Funbrain Jr. characters, kids ages 2-6 will love practicing skills in early literacy, math, and problem solving. Funbrain Jr. was created by the developers of the hugely popular and Funbrain. com, providing quality content to millions of children. Welcome to Funbrain Jr. – a fun place to learn!
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Screen Shot 2013-12-26 at 9.14.54 PMExotic Pet Puzzler Complete - Kids First Years Alphabet Learning
A is for Axolotl? Welcome to Exotic Pet Puzzler where not-your-average kids can learn with not-your-average animals! This educational app is designed to teach kids the English alphabet and have lots of fun doing it. With 26 sets of 4 activities such as letter tracing, connect the dots, word puzzles and picture puzzles. All with beautifully illustrated extraordinary animals. With montessori style child development in mind, we emphasize pronunciation with phonics, repetition and motivation by playing. We recommend parents learn cooperatively through the four different types of games then let them explore on their own. Some of our curious animals include camel, elasmosaurus, dragon, tapir, and vicugna. Z is zebra? No, in Exotic Pet Puzzler Z if for zonkey!
Exotic Pet Puzzler Complete is no longer free
Heather H. is pretty sure she won't be ready to be done with vacation in another week.

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