Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Top 10 Apps for Sea Lovers -- Dive into a world of ocean fun!

Although I've always shared my dad's love for the beach and the calming sound of the waves, my son is obsessed with all things ocean life. It is not uncommon for people with Aspergers or another Autism-like diagnosis to form intense attachment to a certain topic. Ocean life, planets, LEGOs, and trains are all common categories for a child's focus. In this list we will take a special look at top apps having to do with sea life.

From the early learners, who will engage more easily when a cute fish helps them through the alphabet, to the more advanced learners, who want to learn about how a baleen whale has 2 blow holes, this list has you covered. Be on the lookout for other collections by topic. Is there a category your child is obsessed with or other ocean apps that are the top of your list? Share in the comments below.
** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.

Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**

Learn facts about sea life and oceans:

ABC Aquarium
By Peapod - From the creators of the similar 5 Star app ABC Actions, this installment in their ABC Series offers stunning real life photos and videos of sea life.

Expose your child to the amazing aquatic world! Our award-winning ABC Series teaches children about the world around them in English and Spanish through sight, sound & touch. Let them pet sea lions, train the dolphins, swim with whales, and even see great white sharks through beautiful pictures, lively videos, spoken fun facts and interactive scenes. 

If you would like to download ABC Aquarium ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

The Magic School Bus: Oceans
By Scholastic Inc.

Seatbelts everyone! Go on a wild ride certified with Ms. Frizzle and class to explore ocean life on the iPad!
Based on the book The Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen,, this interactive storybook app is teeming with science facts, videos, photos and games. In comic book style format, readers engage in an active reading experience as they discover plant and animal life, coral reefs, the ocean floor and more. Touch an animal in the ocean to watch a video or learn a fun fact. Every page of this fantastical Magic School Bus adventure features an interaction to extend the reading experience. When the reading adventure is complete, children can play a fast-paced game to earn points for more science facts and to travel to other areas of the ocean!

If you would like to download The Magic School Bus: Oceans ($7.99, iPad Only), please show your support by using our link:

Nemo's Reef
By Disney -- Though a game, the plants and sea animals use scientific names. Children can design and unlock new fish as they advance through levels and challenges.

Nemo and his dad, Marlin, set out to build the coolest reef in his class. Help Nemo create a best-in-class underwater retreat, and discover the secrets to building a permanent home for his friends!

* Continue Nemo's story and adventures beneath the sea!
* Create and personalize your very own underwater paradise.
* Make a home for your favorite characters from Finding Nemo including Dory, Gill, Bloat, Bubbles, and more!
* Find the different combinations of plants and decorations to delight Nemo's friends and other exotic fish.
* Discover and plant rare seeds to attract extremely rare and mysterious fish.
* Collect over 50 kinds of fish to enhance your world!
* Visit your friends' reefs, and compare their collection of fish to your own!

Contains ads and in-app purchases for pearls to advance game play.
If you would like to download Nemo's Reef (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

SeaWorld® Presents Turtle Trek™
By Sleepy Giant

Swim your way through the magnificent ocean filled with danger, friends and treasure! See how far
you can swim but beware – it’s not always easy being a sea turtle.

★ Collect stickers for your Trekbook
Get a sticker for every ocean friend you meet and complete your virtual stickerbook!
★ Customize your turtle with new shells, pendants & boosts
Collect coins to buy in-game surprises to help you swim faster and earn all 33 achievements!
★ Simple & easy to play - One finger tap to swim!  Turtle Trek is recommended for ages 4-9 but everyone loves to play!

Turtle Trek is free to download and play and includes hours of family fun. Additional content also is
available for in-app purchase. A portion of all proceeds from in-app purchases go to the SeaWorld &
Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to benefit animals around the world!

Contains in-app purchases to unlock more content and advance game play.
If you would like to download SeaWorld® Presents Turtle Trek™ (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

A Whale of a Tale! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat)
By Oceanhouse Media
Take to the high seas with the Cat in the Hat as he teaches Dick and Sally all about porpoises, dolphins and whales! Explore pictures and diagrams, learn new vocabulary words, and personalize the story with your own narration. Can you tell the difference between a dolphin nose and a porpoise nose?

Start Reading: 
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration 
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures 
- INTERACT with diagrams and animations
- QUIZ yourself on what you've learned

If you would like to download A Whale of a Tale! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) ($5.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

Marine Missions

By National Geographic Society

Explore with Jacques the hermit crab and learn that a healthy ocean is a healthy world!  This app from National Geographic Kids teaches children about ocean animals and the importance of water conservation in a fun and interactive adventure game.

Help Jacques on his mission to clean up the world's ocean! 
• Travel the world to clean up polluted spots.
• Save Jacques' tools from a whirlpool, scurry past blowholes, and surf up tidal bores!
• Build your own unique creatures in the Creature Builder, and learn about real-life animals with the "WhatsIt Wand."

If you would like to download Marine Missions (FREE, iPad Only), please show your support by using our link:

Tickle Finger Under the Sea
By Out Fit 7 Ltd. -- a cute story full of fun and interesting facts about different sea animals.
Tiny Tinga the monkey is back in an exciting and hilarious underwater adventure! Swimming through the sea and searching for his yellow submarine, Tiny Tinga explores secrets and beauties of the seaworld.

Laugh non-stop at the sounds sea creatures make and enjoy the richness of the underwater world in this INTERACTIVE STORY.

But don't forget to get your tickle finger ready, because there they are again ... the baddies! Stop them by tickling them until they giggle and fall over.

If you would like to download Tickle Finger Under the Sea ($0.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:
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By CEMEX -- This ebook is for kids 9 and up who are looking for very in-depth scientific knowledge about the oceans. There are some beautiful pictures and interesting facts younger children may enjoy.

CEMEX has dedicated the 19th edition of its Conservation Book Series, entitled Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, to raising awareness of the critical importance of our planet's marine ecosystems. Together with the printed publication, we’ve released the first electronic edition of this lavishly illustrated book. We aim to reach broad audiences to inspire actions that help maintain healthy oceans.

• Full-screen beautiful photographs by some of the world’s most recognized photographers 
• Mapped geo-references of all published photos 
• Key interactions to explain particular concepts in graphs 

If you would like to download Oceans (FREE, iPad Only), please show your support by using our link:

Using sea theme to teach other skills such as math, letters...

Motion Math: Hungry Fish
by Motion Math

Feed your fish and play with numbers! Practice mental addition and subtraction with Motion Math: Hungry Fish, a delightful learning game that's fun for children and grownups. 

Your fish is hungry for numbers. You can make delicious sums by pinching two numbers together – instant addition! Keep feeding your fish to win a level and unlock new colors and fins.

Contains in app purchases for additional levels
If you would like to download Motion Math: Hungry Fish ($1.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

Motion Math: Hungry Fish Pro $5.99
NOTE: This is the same fun learning game as Motion Math: Hungry Fish with all levels purchased. If you're already bought levels in Motion Math: Hungry Fish, please don't buy this app. 

Squirt's Adventure
By The Department of Silly Stuff

Squirt's Adventure is a word game designed to help children associate new words with letters of the Alphabet. Tag along with the cheerful pirates Squirt and Captain Dungee on their quest for treasure. Use your alphabet and vocabulary skills to help them find the golden loot. From the serene Purple Canyons to the rocks of Wreck Reef, you'll have fun popping bubbles, collecting sand dollars, and finding that elusive treasure! Keep an eye out for the bonus quest, Topside Turvy!

If you would like to download Squirt's Adventure ($1.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
By Sago Sago
Laugh out loud as you explore a magical underwater world with Fins the fish. Invite Fins out to play and let the adventures begin. Guide Fins through the water and discover dozens of fun surprises. Dive into sunken treasure, meet mysterious monsters and enjoy a treat at an underwater ice cream stand. Based on the wildly popular Sago Mini Forest Flyer, this open-ended play experience is sure to delight.

- Use your finger to move Fins through the ocean
- Guide Fins to the yellow markers to uncover fun animations
- Sing, dance and laugh with Fins and his friends 
- More than 30 fun animations to discover
- Make up stories to accompany the actions
- Recommended for toddlers
- No in-app purchases or third-party advertising, so you and your child are free to discover without interruptions!

If you would like to download Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

Rachel H's favorite sea animal is the narwhal; although, it took multiple attempts at spelling it before her autocorrect could identify what word she was attempting to type.

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