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This Holiday Season, I am glad to support those who support others!

PS: I also have some of these storybook apps and they are precious. I actually blogged about them when they first came out~so cute.  Curious? You can read my post here: Ruckus Storybook Apps. (But come click through these links here to support St. Judes).

The Official Word:

Ruckus Media Group, the global children’s media company, announced today that it has partnered for the first time with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for the annual Thanks and Giving campaign, a holiday program that asks shoppers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not,” while shopping this holiday season.

Ruckus will donate to St. Jude 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39) of the company’s classic Read-Play-and-Record Along Rabbit Ears interactive storybooks from November 15 – December 31, 2011.  Customers will be supporting the hospital’s lifesaving work of finding cures and saving children with deadly diseases with each app download of the following titles, all specially priced at $1.99 during the campaign:

“By participating in our Thanks and Giving campaign, Ruckus Media Group joins an illustrious list of some of the most compassionate businesses and great brands in the country,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. “The commitment of Ruckus Media and their customers to this campaign helps ensure that the children of St. Jude get the chance to enjoy many more holidays for years to come.”

To purchase Ruckus’ interactive storybooks for iOS mobile devices and help support this campaign during the holiday season, visit the Ruckus Media Group page at iTunes. To learn more about the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign or to make a donation visit or call 1-800-4STJUDE. 





iPad App, Teddy’s Day Free!

Heather —  December 19, 2010


Just passing on a quick note about a sweet looking  and currently FREE app for those of you with iPads (luckies!)

“Auryn has made its digital storybook iPad app Teddy’s Day FREE for the holidays. The iPad app is currently in the Apple store top 50, and can be downloaded here:

“What Does My Teddy Do All Day?” is an enchanting, interactive storybook about a little girl’s curiosity about what her beloved teddy does when she’s away. Will you help her catch Teddy having fun and secret adventures? Kids will love immersing themselves in a world of wonder and imagination, where characters come to animated life and respond to playful taps and tickles. Special interactive elements, including a color drawing tablet, makes this app in a class of its own. “Teddy” is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents everywhere.”

Park Math is another ingenious little App from the same people who created Fish School, an App I reviewed a few months ago. This App makes math fun! I should have known that App designers who are named Duck Duck Moose have good sense when it comes to fun games.

With Park Math, the child progress from simple counting to more advanced number concepts. This app would be appropriate for both Preschool and Kindergarten ages, say 2-6. As children play with Blue Bear and his friends on the playground, Park Math teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting and more.

So far, my daughter is enjoying this app and continues to ask to play with it. Kids know what they really like–and those are the things she asks for over and over:) She seems to get a kick out of the sorting and she likes the music, which includes well done instrumental music with nursery rhymes like This Old Man, Skip to My Lou, Five Little Ducks, The Muffin Man, and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.

(I later learned that this music was done with cello and guitar–thank you Duck, Duck–often I have to ask my kids to turn down the volume so my ears do not hurt…but this app is lovely–I even like little bears voice!)

As my daughter is my youngest and I think she is smart, I find I tend to push her and get items that are a bit ahead of her true readiness level. Several of the other Math apps I have downloaded for her are really just a bit too difficult for her–and instead of helping her enjoy Math, I am afraid I am making it hard and unpleasant. So, I was really glad to see her just have fun with this one–and she is still learning important concepts.

The Park Math really is making hard concepts accessible to young kids–sorting and counting are easy and fun–not boring and repetitious..and I love it that she can control the game–she decides if she wants to do subtraction or counting, for example.

The overall game includes 7 educational games that teach a math concept and kids can easily choose which they want to play by choosing kites:

  • SWING: NUMBERS – Count up to 50 as a rabbit swings.
  • SLIDE: ADDITION — Help ducks climb to the top of a slide and learn how to add.
  • SEESAW: GREATER THAN/LESS THAN — Balance a seesaw by adding and subtracting mice.
  • APPLE TREE: SUBTRACTION — Learn how to subtract as apples fall from a tree.
  • SANDBOX: PATTERNS — Complete the pattern in a sandbox with the correct toy.
  • BENCH: SORTING — Order the dogs from small to large.  Order numbers in sequence.
  • PICNIC: COUNTING — Feed a hippo the correct number of food items.

The Official Word: “Park Math includes 2 levels for Preschool and Kindergarten.  Level 1 includes counting up to 20 and addition/subtraction with numbers up to 5.  Level 2 includes counting up to 50 and addition/subtraction with numbers up to 10.  The iPad version, Park Math HD, will be released shortly, and will include a third level for First Grade with counting up to 100 and addition/subtraction with numbers up to 20.” Wish I had an IPad!!

Anyway, Park Math – by Duck Duck Moose is available on iTunes for $1.99.

My opinion? Get it. A Definite Winner!!

Check out  Duck Duck Moose