Some Of The Many Things We Are Interested In:

Creating Story Apps for Kids on Android, Tablet, iPhone, and iPad

Many children’s book authors are turning to the storybook app and ebook formats to self-publish their books for Android phones, Tablets, iPhones, and Ipads.

Some examples of children’s stories published for Android, Tablet, iPhone, iPad, and the web:

http://www.shevistories.com/

http://treasurekai.com/

 

http://teacher-tilly.com

The ebook format (iBook, Kindle, etc.) apparently requires some xhtml knowledge.  The app format can require knowledge of a programming language like Objective-C (iPhone, iPad) or Java (Android, Tablet) but now there are also tools to make app creation easier for non-programmers.

Tools that make storybook app and ebook creation easier:

Game Salad
Active Reader by Tall Chair
Composer by Demibooks
Interactive Touch Books
Kwik
Moglue
Push Pop Press
Talespring

Visible Contact is an app developer, producer, and reviewer based in Austin, Texas. Download our apps:

Apps For Kids

Evil Sushi Squish (for iPhone & Android)

Ice Cream Parlour (for Android)

Halloween Costumes (for Android)

Utilities

Countdown (for Android)


Children’s iPhone, iPad, and Android Apps

Kids are spending more and more time with smart phones.  Many parents are cautious about letting their children spend too much time watching television.  Smart phones are an alternative that is at least interactive and can be challenging for kids in very positive ways.  Of course, parents need to supervise the content their children are consuming on smart phones because they can stumble upon apps and mobile sites that have adult content.  That being said, it is comforting to know that your child is playing an engaging game that is occupying their attention for a while and may even be teaching them something.

Visible Contact currently has two children’s apps available on the Android Market, the Amazon Appstore, and on the iTunes Appstore.

Evil Sushi Squish – A frenetic tap game with fun characters, 50 different levels, and a ninja scoring system where you advance from a white-belt ninja all the way up to a black-belt ninja.  Go to the companion kids’ game website for more fun and activities.  [Download for Android] |  [Download for iPhone]

Amazon’s Appstore says Evil Sushi Squish has:

  • Fun, engaging gameplay
  • Humorous characters and graphics
  • Intuitive graphical interface for young and older players

Ice Cream Parlour – A casual game where you build an ice cream cone from a vast store of ingredients.  It’s cheerful, colorful, silly, and fun to play.  [Download for Android]

Halloween Costumes – A simple, fun game where you drag costume hats, shirts, pants, capes, and more onto your character.  Kids enjoy the mixing and matching of different costume pieces. [Download for Android]

A review site that can be a good resource for finding the right apps for your children is Best Kids Apps.


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