Toca Lab: Plants Introduces Kids to Botany

Toca Lab: Plants Introduces Kids to Botany

Every day, we see countless of plants growing around us, in our backyard, our neighborhood, our school. But do you know their names and how they grow? If you don't, Toca Lab: Plants can help you learn.

Toca Lab: Plants is the second title in Toca Lab, a series of apps designed for budding scientists. As the title suggests, the focus of the app is on growing various kinds of plants.

Evolve and Discover 35 Plants

In Toca Lab: Plants, kids can experiment to discover up to 35 different plant characters, each with its own unique personality. They start with one plant, and use different lab tools to evolve it into new species. As they play, they can discover what each plant needs in order to grow.

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Dr. Panda Train Takes Kids on a Ride Through Fun Town

Dr. Panda Train Takes Kids on a Ride Through Fun Town

There is something romantic about train rides that you don't experience with cars and airplanes. Maybe it's because you can watch the cities roll by or the relaxing pace of the journey. Not to mention you don't have to go through fussy airport security.

Apparently, Dr. Panda shares my sentiment about trains. Their latest app is called Dr. Panda Train, and it takes kids on a virtual ride through beautiful places.

All Aboard the Fun Train

In Dr. Panda train, kids are simultaneously the driver, conductor, and passenger of a steam train traveling through beautiful terrains. They show the passengers (played by Dr. Panda's adorable friends) to their seats, then begin their journey by tapping the Go button. They can set how fast the train goes using the lever on the bottom right, and blow the train whistle by pulling on the tab on the top.

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The Creature Garden by Tinybop Lets Kids Create and Breed Their Own Animals

The Creature Garden by Tinybop Lets Kids Create and Breed Their Own Animals

Have you or your kids ever wondered what would it look like if you could put the head of a lion on the body of an elephant? Or a dolphin's fin on a flamingo? If you have, then The Creature Garden by Tinybop is the app for you.

It's the latest in Tinybop's Digital Toys series of apps, which let kids create their own worlds. As the name suggests, the theme of the app is creature creation, and kids use their creativity and imagination to concoct their own fantastical beasts.

Create Your Own Creature

In The Creature Garden by Tinybop, kids mix and match all kinds of animal body parts to create their own unique creatures. They start by choosing the creature's body, and add heads, horns, wings, tails, ears, limbs, and more. There are over 100 parts available, so each creature can end up looking very different from one another.

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Pegs by White Pixels is an Excellent Brain Game for Kids

Pegs by White Pixels is an Excellent Brain Game for Kids

The brain, like the other muscles in the body, needs constant exercise to stay sharp. Brain games are great for that. If you are looking for a good, wholesome game to train your mind, here is one that I enjoy: Pegs by White Pixels. Based on the classic game Peg solitaire, it's engaging for kids as young as seven years old.

Move the Pegs, Clear the Board

If you're not familiar with Peg solitaire, it's a puzzle consisting of a number of holes in a grid. The holes are filled with pegs, save for one hole in the center. Players can move the pegs via jumps, i.e., moving a peg over another into a hole. The jumped peg is then removed from the board. The goal of the game is to empty the board except for a solitary peg in the central hole.

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DogBiscuit is an Interactive Drawing Book for All Ages

DogBiscuit is an Interactive Drawing Book for All Ages

Many kids love to draw. Drawing is not only a form of self expression, but also a tool to promote creativity and develop fine motor skills. There are many drawing apps on the App Store, but the latest to draw our attention is DogBiscuit. Developed by Blackstaff Games, it's an interactive drawing book in which kids follow adorable characters through beautiful worlds.

Draw the World

When kids open the app for the first time, they will be introduced to the app's mascot and namesake: DogBiscuit. DogBiscuit is an adorable dog who enjoys exploring new places. Kids follow him as he goes through an orchard, a beach, then outer space. Along the way, they also help him put back things that are missing from each place, such as trees and sandcastles, by tracing over the included drawing templates.

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