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Toca Pet Doctor iconThere is always much excitement in our house when a new Toca Boca app is released, and at the end of Febuary Toca Pet Doctor (affiliate link) arrived on the scene. If you (or your child) has already played Toca Doctor they will find Toca Pet Doctor plays in a very similar way, although it feels somehow “newer” than the older game.

In Toca Pet Doctor your child is the vet helping out a series of different pets with a variety of predicaments. There’s Pickles the pigeon, who has a broken wing; Pop the spiky iguana, who’s eaten too many flies; Brie the hiccupping mouse, and Tofu the rabbit, who’s got himself into a bit of a scrape, to name but a few. Each animal has their own unique activity which your child must complete to restore them to health. But they are not finished when they’ve done that, for after the animal is feeling better it needs a healthy meal, and another mini game follows where your child feeds the animal.

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wonders of life iconI talk a lot about the educational benefits of the iPad to young kids, and I have seen my own children learn so much from it. However, when I’ve been asked to recommend educational apps for older kids I have up until now struggled to find anything. So when the makers of the Wonders of the Universe app asked me to take a look at their latest offering, the Wonders of Life, I jumped at the chance.

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CBeebies Playtime App logoLast summer I was invited to the CBeebies studios in Manchester where the geekdaughter and I had an early look at the CBeebies Playtime app before it was released. A couple of weeks ago I was granted early access to the latest update to the app, which adds one brand new mini game, and re-brands one of the others. This update was made available in the app store on 14th February, so if you’ve downloaded the app already you can update it and get this new content right now. And if you don’t have this app already, I can show you what you’re missing…

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Sago Mini Forest Flyer Title ScreenHave you heard of Sago Sago toys yet? If not, you’re about to! They are a Canadian app developer who specialise in making apps for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Oh, and they were recently bought by Toca Boca (who I may have mentioned here once or twice before…!). My first experience with Sago Sago was when I heard about one of their apps called Forest Flyer. It sounded like something the geekson might enjoy, so I downloaded it and left it on his iPad for him to discover…

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Two New Toca Boca Apps – Toca Mini and Toca Hair Salon Me #review

November 29, 2013

It’s a bold claim when a company emails you describing themselves as “The World’s Leading Digital Toy Developer”, but when that company is Swedish app developer Toca Boca, it’s completely justified. After all, this is a company that has recently celebrated 50 million worldwide downloads of its apps, all of which appear to be universally […]

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App Review – Write to Read

October 2, 2013

I was contacted a while ago and asked if I would like to review an educational app called Write to Read. This app has been developed in Denmark, and builds on research that has shown that it is easier to learn to write than it is to learn to read. The app focusses on teaching […]

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App Review: Toca Cars

September 18, 2013

I may have mentioned once or twice before that the geek family are huge fans of Toca Boca apps on iOS (and now slowly coming to Android as well). They are one of a small handful of kids app developers who I will happily buy anything they produce. Imagine our excitement when we heard that […]

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Dear kids app developers – remember the other 7%

August 31, 2013

In June Apple held a World Wide Developers Conference, or WWDC. A number of new products were announced at this conference, accompanied by loads of information about Apple’s current line up. One slide that particularly caught my attention was the one showing what percentage of Apple users were using the latest version of iOS – […]

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CBeebies Playtime App Launches (Review)

August 15, 2013

Yesterday the geekdaughter and I took a little trip to Media City in Manchester to visit the CBeebies offices. We’d had an intriguing invitation to see a “new product”, which we were told was under embargo. I had assumed it would be a new show of some kind, but no, when we got there we […]

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Way of Life – the app that will help you keep your resolutions?

January 17, 2013

Well, we’re now half way through January. How are you getting on with your New Year resolutions? Still managing to stick to them? Given up already? I haven’t made resolutions this year, but I have set myself a few things to focus on. Now it’s all very well to say you’re focussing on something, but […]

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Review: Sort & Stack and Build & Play Apps

August 24, 2012

I am always particularly keen to support new and small app development companies, and so when a very polite approach from Prontis Kids dropped in to my mailbox a couple of weeks ago inviting me to check our their two new apps for pre-schoolers I took the promo codes and had a look. I am […]

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A geeky review of Frankie & Benny’s

May 26, 2012

I must admit I have a bit of a soft spot for American-style diners. I am fortunate enough to have enjoyed some amazing (pre-children) holidays in Florida, where we got rather used to eating out in some lovely restaurants. I’m constantly on the search for places to eat over here that offer the same quality […]

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Friday app roundup 11/05/2012 – Magic Sorter, Monkey Drum and some Toca Boca news

May 11, 2012

Oh, what a week it’s been. I’ve been under a lot of pressure at work as I’m out of the office on a training course for the whole of next week, and have a number of balls I am trying to juggle that I need to somehow keep in the air whilst I’m away. On […]

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Friday app round-up 13/04/2012 – dot collector, toca kitchen monsters and more!

April 13, 2012

I had a great day yesterday – the geekdaddy and I had a rare day out together without the kids, and we went to the Gadget Show Live at the NEC. It’s a huge exhibition of every kind of gadget and gizmo you could imagine under the sun, and we spent the whole day wandering […]

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