Billy’s Booger Teaches Kids to be Their Imaginative Selves

Billy’s Booger Teaches Kids to be Their Imaginative Selves

It seems that every school has that “weird kid” — you know, the one who is always marching to the beat of his own drum, head always in the clouds, never wanting to play by the rules. If you’ve never been that kid or friends with that kid, you might just think they are trouble. But did you know that they can grow up to be successful people?

William Joyce is one of those people. Once deemed “most challenging student” by his principal, he grew up to be an author-illustrator and award-winning filmmaker. Our app pick for today, Billy’s Booger, is his memoir that chronicles the beginning of his journey to become the celebrated creator he is today. It follows his fourth-grade self as he made his very first book

Billy’s Booger

Young William (“Billy” in the book) is an energetic fourth grader whose wild imagination often lands him in trouble. Encouraged by his teachers, Billy enters a competition to see who can create the best kid’s book. He gets right to work, researching about all sorts of topics from meteor to mucus. He eventually creates “Billy’s Booger”, an illustrated book about a supercharged snot with super math powers.

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Toca Life: City Encourages Kids to Tell Stories About Their Daily Lives

Toca Life: City Encourages Kids to Tell Stories About Their Daily Lives

It’s been one year since Toca Boca released Toca Town. It was a great toy app for kids ages 3+ to experiment and tell their own stories. With 21 different characters, six locations, and hundreds of items, the possibilities for storytelling were almost infinite.

Over the past 12 months, the team at Toca Boca has received over 10,000 feature requests on Toca Town. As a result, today Toca Boca is releasing a sequel to Toca Town called Toca Life: City. To make it easier for parents to associate these two apps, they renamed Toca Town into Toca Life: Town.

The City is Bigger Yet More Personal

Toca Life: City is a massive upgrade in terms of complexity of the environment. The city offers four new locations that you can visit and play in: food park, shopping mall, hair salon, and loft apartment. Even though there are fewer locations here, the possibilities are endless because now you can customize how each character looks.

The new City app allows you to select wardrobes that each of the 28 characters would wear. You can also change their hairstyles and hair colors. This makes the app even more detailed and personal. When it comes to storytelling, even the slightest difference in details can make a great difference.

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Family Board Game App We Discover Wildlife: Forest Quest Lets Kids Learn Animal Facts

Family Board Game App We Discover Wildlife: Forest Quest Lets Kids Learn Animal Facts

Some time ago, we posted a review about a fantastic board game that all ages can play together. Called We Discover Africa: Safari Quest, it combines a 3D board game with animal trivia. What makes the app special is that you can customize each player’s difficulty level, and thus level the playing field for all ages.

If you, too, enjoyed Safari Quest, then you might want to check out the newest app in the We Discover board game series. It’s called We Discover Wildlife: Forest Quest, and is now available on the App Store. As the title suggests, it features a forest theme.

Answer Quizzes and Hunt for Photos

The mechanism in We Discover Wildlife: Forest Quest is the same as in the previous app. Players take turn to roll the dice and move their respective pieces along a scenic forest path. They’ll also complete various tasks on each turn, such as answering questions, collecting bonuses, facing obstacles, and taking photos of various forest animals. To win, the player must collect photos of seven different animals and be the first one to cross the finish line.

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Solve a Prehistoric Mystery in Slim Cricket’s Newest App

Solve a Prehistoric Mystery in Slim Cricket’s Newest App

Critical thinking is the ability to make clear, reasoned judgements. It’s an important skill that allows us to understand how things work and solve everyday problems. Learning to think critically starts from an early age, so it’s important to teach your kids to do it.

In our app pick for today, kids can learn to develop their critical thinking skills by solving a mystery. Called **Prehistoric Mystery**, it follows mankind’s very first criminal investigation by Lucy, a young detective, and her pet dodo, Darwin.

A Prehistoric Mystery

As you might have guessed, Prehistoric Mystery takes place in a time when mankind still live alongside mammoths and dodos. The protagonists, Lucy and her pet dodo, Darwin, are tasked to investigate a series of theft that befell four opposing tribes. To do so, they must search the crime scenes for clues.

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Bonza Daily Puzzle for Kids from National Geographic

Bonza Daily Puzzle for Kids from National Geographic

For the past couple of months, my wife and I have been creating our own crossword puzzles for our sons Philip and Noah because they really love to play them. We always try to create thematic puzzles to help them understand the hints that we provide. Based on our experience, creating thematic crossword puzzles is not easy.

That’s why I was excited to see the newly released Bonza National Geographic app from the makers of Bonza Word Puzzle. Philip and Noah really enjoyed playing Bonza Word Puzzle, but it wasn’t really designed for kids. Many of theme themes offered in the app are not suitable for them.

But, this new National Geographic-themed app is different. It uses the same mechanics as the original app, but includes hundreds of new puzzles suitable for science nerds of all ages — including my little boys.

Adopted Mechanics from Bonza Word Puzzle

If you’ve never played the original Bonza Word Puzzle, here are a few things that you need to know. Otherwise, you can jump straight to the next section.

Bonza Word Puzzle combines the word search game into thematic crossword puzzles to bring a fresh new way to play. Using the provided hint, players rearrange the letter boxes to construct a valid crossword puzzle. The hint is usually a shared characteristic of all the words in the puzzle; for example, the hint ‘animals’ will let you know that all the words in the puzzle will be animal names. Other examples may include ‘bus ride’ or ‘a group of humans’ to indicate words typically used to describe a bus ride or a group of humans.

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