Kids

Apple’s free app of the week: Green Riding Hood

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Green Riding Hood. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pick up this popular title for free on both iPhone and iPad—a nice savings of $3.

Green Riding Hood is an interactive storybook aimed at helping children develop healthy habits. It’s chock-full of beautiful graphics, fun-to-play mini games, and amusing storyline that puts a modern twist on the classic fairytale.

How to restrict things your kids can do within apps with Guided Access

With a super useful feature called Guided Access, an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can be put into so-called kiosk mode that temporarily restricts the device to a single app. It’s the ultimate iPhone and iPad lockdown feature, and it’s already built-in.

This tutorial discusses using Guided Access to control which app features are available to your children, what they can touch and interact with inside an app.

We’ll also detail other Guided Access capabilities allowing parents to shut down sensors, turn the hardware buttons off, disable areas of the screen where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction and more.

Apple’s free app of the week: Busy Shapes

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Busy Shapes. This means that for the next seven days you can download the hit interactive title for free for both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

Busy Shapes is an award-winning children’s app that helps kids of all ages improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles. It’s a digital playground of sorts, chock full of positive guidance and motivation.

Google launches Toontastic 3D, a playful storytelling app for kids

Google today launched a new education-focused apps aimed at kids aged 6-8 years old, called Toontastic 3D. With this app, your youngsters can draw, animate and narrate their own cartoons. The concept and game mechanics are easy to grasp so your kids should feel right at home. They simply move their characters around onscreen to tell their story. The app records their voice and animations and stores content on their device as a video.

10 great gift ideas for iPhone-controlled fun

Welcome to the latest edition of iDB’s ongoing Gift Ideas series, where we provide curated roundups of some of our favorite products. Throughout the year we cover and test a number of devices and accessories, so we decided to use that experience to help those searching for the perfect present. Today’s roundup is focused on RC (remote control) vehicles that can be controlled via iPhone.