Create Customized Children’s Games with TinyTap

**This is a review written for TinyTap. No compensation was received.

Over the past couple of weeks, Little Man and I had a chance to test out a new app for iPhone and iPad called TinyTap. TinyTap is a unique app, because not only does it offer educational games for your child, you can create customized games for your family using your own text, photos and voice!

The app comes pre-loaded with a few games already, one of which (“Who is bigger?”) became an instant favorite in our house!

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There are a lot of other games available to download, created by people just like you! (Bonus: Most are FREE!)

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You can also search for games by language and/or age, which makes it easy to find all sorts of games for your child’s skill level.

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But how do you create your OWN game? It’s super easy! On the home screen, select “create a game”. You’ll be taken to a blank canvas with several options. Here you can import photos from your camera, Dropbox, or use stock images from the TinyTap app.

I decided to create a counting game for my son, so I didn’t want to overwhelm him with images or colors. I left the background white and added black text. The next step is to add sound to the game. Again, there are several options to choose from, but I figured “Ask a Question” fit the best with what I was trying to achieve. With this selection, I was able to record a question, an answer, and what would play if a mistake was made. From here, you can continue adding slides until your game is complete!

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Even at 2 years old, my son had so much fun with the TinyTap App on our iPad! The app is geared towards kids from ages 1-12, so I’m sure it would be a fun activity to add to your traditional preschool or homeschooling curriculum.

TinyTap is available for download now on the App Store! There are also 12 individual games currently available for Android devices (just search for “Tinytap” in the Google Play Store), and the rest of the TinyTap games and game creation capabilities are coming soon!

{This is a review written for TinyTap. I received no compensation for sharing this information. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Your Kid = Comic Strip Star!

**This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Friendstrip Kids. No compensation was received.

It’s a new school year. Gone are the carefree days of summer. Your kids are stuck in a classroom all day, learning useless facts for the next test…boooooring!

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So, when they get home (before they’re drowning in howework), break out your nearest mobile device and let their creativity soar with FriendStrip Kids!

This new app (now available in the App Store and Google Play!) lets you create personalized comic strips starring your kids. All you have to do is take a few pictures according to the storyboard provided. The special effects (provided within the app) will help transform the living room couch into say…a pirate ship! FriendStrip Kids currently has over 80 fully-customizable scenarios for you to enjoy, and all of the storyboards can be completed in less than 5 minutes, which is great for those busy weeknights!

Friendship Kids also has a CONTEST going on – you could win a free iPad mini! The entry rules are so easy! Check it out here!

{This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Friendstrip Kids. I received no compensation for sharing this information. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Tech-Savvy Tots

As a mom (and a human), there are a lot of scary statistics out there. Anything and everything EVER will severely injure or kill you…at least today. Tomorrow, half of those things will be good for you again.

The same goes for children with television and computers.

I’ll be honest…the TV is always on at my house (which drives my husband crazy). I just leave it on in the background while I’m cleaning playing Candy Crush #thatstupidgameownsmylife! The hum of the TV is my white noise.

When the TV is just ON, Little Man doesn’t usually pay attention. He’s too busy knocking down a tower of blocks, “sweeping” my floor, etc. But there are a lot of educational preschool programs that he does enjoy. He loves Elmo (Sesame Street is a CLASSIC!), Yo Gabba Gabba (this show is AWESOME – especially the bands and music!), and now he’s getting into Blue’s Clues, which is fun. (The old episodes with Steve, of course!)

So, am I “rotting his brain” and “wasting time” with passive entertainment? No, I don’t think so. I’m sure there are some shows I watch that would be considered a time suck *coughRealityTVcough* But, I don’t see the harm in what he’s actually paying attention to – and some people actually agree with me!

Now, let me be clear – I’m not advocating using television as a babysitter. I always make it a point to interact with my son while he’s watching his shows. “What color is that? What sound does a puppy make?” (But sometimes I will step away briefly to go the bathroom alone!)

I feel even more strongly about children having access to computers and tablets. Little Man has “his own” iPhone with kid-friendly apps on it. (It’s my old one – and I’ve disabled Wi-Fi connectivity and phone service.) He also plays games on our iPad fairly often. For the last couple of months, we have had the opportunity to beta test a new app called KidMastermind, which I highly recommend! (No, I’m not getting any perks for saying that! It’s just really neat!)

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He’s not even two yet, and I’m already thinking about our options for his education, whether it be traditional schooling or not. I would be naive if I didn’t include multiple forms of technology as part of his learning process. It is the way of the world today. I’m just trying to give him a head start.

And don’t worry, I make sure he still has plenty of time for other activities!

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