Oscar's Apps is a fun and interactive learning environment for toddlers and pre-school aged children.
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Oscar's Apps Reviews

Stuff Parents Need: Not-to-Miss iPad Apps for Toddlers!

Today I'm bringing you some more awesome iPad apps that are geared toward 2-5 year olds (though Darah is already LOVING them at 18 months). Oscar's Apps is a company with 3 apps and they rock! Let me tell you about the two we have been enjoying.

First is the Alphabet Song app. There are 3 ways to play this game, which involves popping bubbles with letters on them. First, you can pop the balloons that are laid out in alphabetical order. This is ideal for a younger child, like Darah, who still needs some help finding her letters. The second mode is that the balloons are all jumbled up, but the right balloon will be highlighted to help the child find it. The final mode is where the balloons are all jumbled and the right balloon will only be highlighted after the child has had a while to look for it on his/her own. Tim and I may or may not have been racing each other to see who has greater alphabet balloon popping skills. Just sayin'.

Second is 1-10 Balloons. The concept is very similar to the Alphabet Song. It involved balloons, and the three modes are pretty much the same. What I really love about this is that the person's voice elevates a bit as the numbers go higher (which is what we do when we count to 10, if you have ever noticed!).

My understanding is that their third app, 1-20 Balloons, is exactly the same, it just has more numbers!

These apps are value-priced at .99USD each, and are absolutely worth it.

The iPhone Mom: 1-10 Balloons

1-10 Balloons is a preschool app that’s aiming to help your child learn to count to ten. The app has been developed for the iPad and it’s simple, big and bright and will catch their attention. The app has three parts: learn, follow and play. 

In Learn your child will see ten brightly colored balloons on the screen. A little monkey hangs out in the bottom corner, watching the goings on. Each balloon is numbered one through ten. The number one balloon will be highlighted and your child should tap on it. When they do this they’ll hear “one” and the balloon will pop. Next the number two balloon will be highlighted and so on. The balloons are arranged in order and your child needs to tap each one until they’ve all been counted and popped. 

The voice over is terrific. The woman’s voice rises with each number and you can hear the excitement building as balloon after balloon pops. The reward at the end is a screen full of floating balloons and congratulatory sound effects. Hooray!!

The idea is similar in the “Follow” section except the balloons are no longer in numerical order. The number one balloon will be highlighted but your child will need to look around the screen to find it. Once they’ve tapped on it they hear “one” and it pops. They continue finding the numbered balloons and popping them until they’re all gone. Finally, the “Play” section sets your child loose on their own. They must find the numbered balloons in order but there will be no highlighting to help. Now according to my son there actually is some help in this section. A little monkey hangs out in the corner of the screen and my guy says his eyes will move and look at the balloon you should tap. I did notice his eyes moving but didn’t notice where they were looking. Perhaps this is a bit of hidden hinting.

1-10 Balloons is very reasonably priced for an iPad app. The game is simple and stresses repetition. My children hate popping balloons in real life but they do love to pop things in apps. If they were younger I think this is a learning activity they’d enjoy.


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The preschoolers loved the “1-10 App” by OscarApps. While I was explaining to the preschool teachers how to use my iPad, a preschooler opened up this app and began playing and interacting with it immediately. We were amazed! It is a simple game for children to practice their numbers and counting but it held the preschoolers attention.

Here are two brief videos which showcase children interacting with our software:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FLYPMolDrk and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDCmHg9Fhoc.

They did a great job and really know how to keep a preschooler’s attention…yes there is an app for that!!!

Lunch Box Reviews: 5 Stars “These iPad apps are worth downloading.”

Oscar’s Apps is a cute tool to help young kids to learn how to count. It is complemented with pretty colors, a cute monkey, and nice background music. These iPad apps are worth downloading.

Oscar's Apps--A Review - “These apps are great for exploring letters and numbers!”

Oh, I love my iPad!

And my kids do, too. They love it so much, I've actually made them their very own page with games and apps just for them.

Included on this page are two new apps from Oscar's Apps, which I got a chance to review.

And let me tell you, I love them! And C, who is 3 1/2, loves them, too.

My Review

I got the chance to review the Alphabet Song and 1-10 Balloons. Both are very similarly designed, with either the alphabet or numbers printed on balloons which kids "pop" in order. Both games have three options: Learn, Follow, and Play. In the "Learn" option, kids pop the highlighted balloons in order. In the "Follow" option, the balloons are all mixed up, but are highlighted in order. In the "Play" option, the balloons are still mixed up but aren't highlighted right away, giving kids the chance to remember the alphabet or numbers in order themselves.

As I said earlier, C loves these apps. The colors are vivid, the graphics are fun, and the "games" are simple but engaging.

C's been getting very, very curious about letters and numbers recently, and both of these apps from Oscar's Apps have been wonderful for her!

I personally like how the apps grow with children, from showing them, to guiding them, to allowing them to figure it out on their own. These apps are great for exploring letters and numbers! And I can't wait to start using them with M in the next year!

Sydney Morning Herald - “Australian software designers of iPad apps for children are fighting back.”

ZED or zee? The way children pronounce the last letter of the alphabet speaks volumes about the cultural influence of Uncle Sam.

Australian children see plenty of American television, are playing with American iPods and using American technologies to learn, so it's little wonder that they are picking up an American way of speaking.

But Australian software designers of iPad apps for children are fighting back.

David Ashe, of the centre for research on computer-supported learning and cognition at Sydney University, said the localising of apps was easily done.
''Once you have developed the application, to localise it is relatively inexpensive and automated, so it is now possible to have multiple languages,'' he said.

Sydney company Oscar's Apps has created three educational iPad applications for children, using an Australian accent.
The company's educational expert, Betsie Debenham, said her experiences teaching immigrant children had shown her it was important for language development that parents ''talk to their children from birth and ensure as many sources as possible share a common accent and sound''.

Language teacher Daphne Toombs said young Australians were increasingly using American words, phrases and expressions and that Australian-accented iPad apps were welcome.

''That's not to say that they need to be littered with expressions such as 'bonzer' and 'come the raw prawn', but at the same time we don't want to be- come the next American state.''

Ms Toombs said other examples of Americanisms included ''eew'' instead of ''yuck'' and greater use of the word ''like''.

Dr Peter Copeman, a literacy expert at the University of Canberra, said traditional Australian terms such as ''sook'' were being lost to the likes of ''wimp'' and ''wuss''.

Graham Nunn, who wrote the children's iPad story book Lazy Larry Lizard, said parents had thanked him for using an Australian accent on the soundtrack.