Awesome Apps for Kids – Road Trip Game

This week Sago Mini has been giving away their app, “Road Trip” for free. I know it is Sunday, and I don’t normally do posts on Sunday, but I wanted to make sure that you had an opportunity to get this app while it is free.

Road Trip App Sago Mini

Road Trip Game

The premise of this app, Road Trip by Sago Mini, is that you are going to visit a friend in your vehicle. Your child gets to choose which friend they will visit. They then pack a suitcase, choose one of many vehicles, and then load the suitcase in the back. Along the way they can fill up at the gas station (which counts up to 100), and jump their vehicle, much to their character’s delight.

My two year old loves this app, but so do my 6 and 8 year old. Go figure. The different vehicles and destinations offer many possibilities, which means they could play with this app for a while. If you are planning a road trip, why not give this app a chance, and let your little one plan a road trip of their own. Thanks Sago Mini, for another fun and kid friendly game.

Happy Travels,

Kristin

Pressgram – Photo Sharing App Extraordinaire!!

This photo was uploaded directly from my iPhone to my blog via Pressgram.

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I’m sure some of you have noticed that I have started posting on my Facebook, Twitter, and most importantly this blog with a new photo sharing app. I never shared photos with Instagram because I didn’t feel comfortable giving them a “non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use Content that is posted on or through the Service,” (Instagram)… this little snippet comes directly from Instagram’s “Terms of Use” website. It is the first agreement under, “Rights.” So please rethink what you post and how you post on there. I post pictures of my kids on this website all the time, and I can’t fathom doing that with a service that has these types of terms!

Not to mention that Instagram will also be using advertising very soon.

So I am extremely excited to announce that Pressgram is fully functional and a wonderful free alternative to Instagram where you own the rights to all of your images, and you can post them directly to your blog!! I have been using it for a week now and I am really pleased with everything, from the the ability to resize images to impressive and artistic filter options. I have also been enjoying the fact that it posts images directly to Twitter, so I don’t have to go to another website to view it, like you do with Instagram.

I am so enthusiastic about this app that I am suggesting you switch right now by clicking here, and creating your very own Pressgram account.

You can follow me on Pressgram under the username “sproutsenroute” …

Hope to see you there sharing all of your awesome travel photos!!

Kristin Spencer

App For Kids: Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Counting with the Very Hungary Caterpillar

App For Kids: Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

My friend Susy just emailed me letting me know that this app, Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, is free for today only (March 20th, 2013… or 20.3.2013 for my European friends). It is definitely for younger children. You can find it here in the iTunes store (or on Amazon for Android devices). But remember it is only free for today!

Awesome App For Kids – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally

Mickey Mouse Free App

Awesome App For Kids – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally

Here is another free app that your kids are going to love! Mickey Mouse and his Clubhouse friends are getting ready for a road rally! Your child’s job is to help them get through their various tasks by using the different mouse-ka-tools. This is literally an episode from the popular Disney Junior television show with interactive things built in for your children to take part in. My kids love it, and I love it engages their minds.

I hope your children love this app as much as my kids do and it creates some entertainment and fun learning times on your next trip across the country or to the grocery store.

Happy travels!!

Kristin

Awesome App for Kids – Endless Alphabet

Update September 26, 2013: The price for this app is now $3.99… It is a cool app, but I’m not sure I would pay $4 for it when there are so many other awesome alphabet apps.

Happy Monday everyone!

You know that one of my favorite things to do on this website is pass on information about things that my kids love! I am always looking for great iPad, iPhone, and iTouch apps that my kids can play on the airplane, in the car, or on the bus.

Endless Alphabet App in iTunes Store

Yesterday I checked out the App store on my iPad and discovered they are featuring a “For Parents” section which lists different apps that parents might like. I am always drawn to the free apps because I don’t like spending money, and the app that caught my attention has totally won over my three-year-old, Katienne.

Endless Alphabet App in iTunes store

“Endless Alphabet” is a wonderful app that teaches kids letters, sounds, spelling, and definitions. The main characters in this app are monsters that cleverly act out the definitions of the words that are on the screen, but the letters themselves end up being the stars. There is a large monster with all kinds of words in his mouth, and when you pick one the word will show up on the screen. Monsters run by, knocking the letters all over the screen and your child has to place them back the correct spot. I was pretty shocked that my younger daughter had absolutely no problem matching the scattered letters to the ones on the word. Yay, my homeschooling has been teaching her something!

As you touch your finger onto each letter they either make the sound of the letter, or the name of the letter (this varies depending on the letter). After the child places all of the letter back onto the word, they hear the word read aloud and see monsters act out the meaning. Then a lovely sounding female voice explains the definition of the word.

To get new words you simply need to go to the “Information” area over and over again until you have all of the current words. This area is protected from your little one getting in by having a sequence of spelled out numbers that you have to type in. This makes me really happy because one of my main complaints about other “children” apps is that my kids always end up in the app store. Thanks so much for this feature Callaway Digital Arts Inc!!

It is currently free in the app store. I have seen websites advertising that it can also be downloaded onto Android devices.

Hope you and your children enjoy it as much as we have!

Happy Travels!

Kristin