Since it’s a little over half way through the year and I have reviewed some outstanding apps so far, I am offering a mid-year BOBs list. On 5 August 2012, The Guardian published a list of its 50 best apps for children. My list would be different, so here are the Not Guardian BOBs.
Little Fox Music Box so engaging that I forgot I was reviewing and just played.
A Jazzy Day Early learning about jazz music. Beautifully crafted.
Do Re Mi 1 2 3 Sing, play, compose, record. It’s all there.
Jazzy ABC music and letters combined. Great idea.
Animals Alphabet for Charles Peattie’s classic cartoons
The Singing Alphabet Simple, but stunningly creative
Noodle Words learn to love letters for their own little personalities
Cinderella – Nosy Crow animated picture book They don’t get any better than this.
Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery for the graphics in general and the Balloon Theatre in particular
Babel the King a grumpy cat with little sense who wants to be a King. Great characterisation.
The Edible Suit Wacky, weird but brilliant retelling of an Edward Lear nonsense poem.
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers Even better than the print book – which was pretty good.
Ice is Nice! All about the North and South Poles one of many Dr Seuss science apps, all equally good for introducing basic concepts.
Oh Say Can You Say Di – No – Saur? Become a dinosaur hunter with The Cat in the Hat.
The 2011 BOBs.
To celebrate the production of some outstanding apps in 2011, I have created the BOB – the Best of the Best reviews from my site. I have thoroughly enjoyed reviewing all of the apps which I have posted, but these below stand out. I have explained the reasons for my choices in The 2011 BOBs post at teacherturnedwriter.gillrobins.com.