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Child friendly Apps, reviewed by our 11 year old Technology Reporter, Joe.

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1880_image1.jpgOur 11 year old 'Technology Reporter', Joe Hallowell, regularly reviews Apps for us. If you've got any suggestions for child friendly Apps, do let us know!








 

App Name:  Minecraft.  Cost: Android £4.99 iPod/iPad £4.99

What it does: This is possibly the best creative game in the world! For those of you who haven't played it yet (and for moms and dads who say they don't understand it) Minecraft is a virtual world where you can build anything from blocks, mine ores, keep animals, farm crops and use your imagination to create different worlds. You can make brilliant roller coasters, castles, swimming pools, find ancient villages, camp under the stars, even make a cricket pitch! You play as a character called 'Steve' (but you can change your name!)

What I like about: Everything saves when you turn it off, so you don't have to play to the end of a level. You can play with a friend if they are with you on their ipod/iPad and even go to their world and see what they have made.

Disadvantages: It is so good Mom tells me I go on it for too long! 

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

App Name:  Asphalt8.   Cost: Free

What it does: This is a brilliant, free car racing game.

What I like: You can choose your car (including Bugatti and Lamborghini) and your location (including Venice and the Nevada Desert).

What I Don't Like: You can't free roam on this game.

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5 1880_image2.jpgstars

App Name:  Real Steel World Robot Boxing. Cost: Free.  For ages 9+.

What it does: You are a robot and you fight other robots to collect cyber money to upgrade or collect other robots

What I like: It's great fun and you can play with your friends in multiplayer. The graphics are really good.

What I Don't Like: I love this game! Maybe girls wouldn't like it .

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

App Name:  Babbel - Android. Cost: Free

What it does: This App teaches you Spanish vocabulary using pictures and it even has a person saying the words in Spanish.

What I like: If you sign up (for free) it saves the vocabulary that you learn. They give you clues to get the word right which the one and only Spanish teacher in my school, Signora Tidmarsh (Mrs Tidmarsh) likes because we have Spanish vocabulary tests every so often. 4 out of 5 stars.

What I don't like: The pictures could be more child friendly and they make you spell words!

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

App Name:  Kids Maths Block. Cost: Free

What it does: This App helps your maths skills by making you add up fast in your head.

What I like: It helps you learn your number bonds (which my teachers, Mr Champs and Miss Whiteman, say are important) and you have to be quick as the bricks fall faster as you play.

What I don't like: There's nothing I don't like (except the music would be annoying after a while!)

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
 


 

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