App Friday is sponsored by momswithapps.com, a group of family-friendly developers who, every Friday, offer a number of apps for either free or at a reduced price.
We've taken a look at the free apps available this week and have listed our general impressions together with download links.
We've also thrown in some extra apps which are free today and worth downloading.
Some of these apps are free ONLY UNTIL 10 p.m. (U.S. CDT) on 12/07/12 so don't delay!
** Please note** Not all of the apps listed here are the level of quality we would expect for one of our Good Free Apps of the Day and we have not reviewed them or tested them extensively.
Kids Christmas Pattern Game - Solve sequence and pattern puzzles to help practice foundational math skills. Santa is traveling all over the world--England, France, Italy, Egypt, India, Antartica, Russia, Mexico, USA and the North Pole. 30 beginner ABAB patterns (ages 4 - 7), 30 intermediate level sequence and pattern puzzles including counting puzzles (ages 5 - 8), 30 advanced sequences and patterns (10+)
Abacus in Augmented Reality - This app is designed to be as close to real wooden school abacus as the latest achievements in technology (augmented reality) would let us. Abacus (or soroban) helps a learner develop ability to do the arithmetic calculations MENTALLY. The learner converts the numbers into beads, manipulates the beads, and brings out the result.
Normally $1.99 (iPad only)
Coloring Farm Touch To Color Activity Coloring Book For Kids and Family Preschool Ultimate Edition - #1 New Kids and Family App for iPad and iPhone on iTunes! Featured in over 56 App Stores! Touch To Color Farm is more than just a coloring book!
Pages come to life as you color!
Color the tree and apples grow, touch the apples to put them in the basket! Touch the barn door to open it. What's that inside? A new friend to color!
myCreate - Kids easily make animated stories with crafts, toys, or anything hands-on, to share with friends and family. myCreate is a learning tool validated by thousands of teachers and parents around the world for enhancing creativity. Using the built-in camera, kids easily capture a series of photos of the physical world around them, and immediately play back a stop-motion animation and add audio. Normally $4.99 (iPad only)
Gerry the Giraffe HD - Gerry the Giraffe wants to join the volleyball team but they think he’s too small and not strong enough. Upset because he isn’t invited to summer volleyball camp, he finally realizes what he has to do. Over the summer, while the team is away, something amazing happens from Gerry’s hard work.
Written by Melissa Northway, Illustrated by Jennifer Mercede.
iPad version normally $2.99
iPhone version normally $1.99
That's it for the MWA Free App Friday apps but here are a few more apps that have gone free for a limited time and I recommend you take a look at them also.
What Doesn't Belong? Christmas Edition is a simple and fun educational brain teaser game with beautiful pictures. We play What Doesn't Belong games in Speech Therapy to expand vocabulary, recognize and name categories and elaborate on why the picture they have chosen is different to the other five.
This app is an always-free app with the option to purchase sets 3,4 & 5 or all at once. Today we have a giveaway for 20 codes that may be used inside the app to unlock the whole 70 levels of the game worth $1.99ea! ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!
Beck and Bo - In Deanne's review earlier this year she wrote that it is a "Build a Scene app for little ones which contains fantastic artwork. Beck and Bo are the girl and boy who star in this app for toddlers and preschoolers. Your child is given 12 different play scenes to put together for the titular duo to play in. Each piece falls from the top of the screen and the child has to then drag and drop it into place."
Jesus Loves Me - A seriously cute app based on the Jesus Loves Me song that you can funk up and record Hip Hop, Dance Remix or Video Game Remix karaoke versions.
Adorable animated music video, a memory card matching game and six animated shorts teaching simple bible verses in a kid friendly format.
Price increases to $1.99 on 12/20
Each of the tables from 7 to 12 has it's own video. Watch the video to hear and learn the song and watch the solutions. The video therefore pairs support for visual learners with music - I think this is a great combination.
Normally $1.99 (iPad only)
Lisa M has always been honest with her kids and told them Santa is not real. "He's real Mum, we saw him at the shops!!"