Apps

Word Cookies App Review

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: The aim of this word puzzle game is to find all the hidden words. They can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or backwards. Simply swipe your finger over a word to select it. Brain Benefits: attention, sound blending, visual processing, memory, phonemic awareness What I love: My 12-year-old daughter loves… read more

PBS Kids

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: An educational but fun website for young kids (ages 3 to 5 or so) offering more than 150 games, plus storybooks, printables, videos, recipes and activities. The site offers some of the most popular PBS cartoon characters as themes throughout the various activities. Brain Benefits: Numerical fluency, problem solving,… read more

Braingle

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: I’ve always loved brain teasers, word puzzles, optical illusions, trivia and the like. My dad was an English major and later became a writer, so we’ve always geeked out on stuff like this together. He bought me a subscription to Games magazine and I remember taking turns yelling out spoonerisms… read more

2048

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [iTunes store description] Join the numbers and get to the 2048 tile! Swipe to move all tiles. When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one. Get to the 2048 tile, and reach a high score! Brain Benefits: visual processing, attention, planning, strategy What I love: Sudoku fans will probably… read more

Ruzzle

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [App store description] Ruzzle is a free, fun and fast-paced word game. Challenge your friends or random players to find as many words as possible in two minutes. You create words from a given set of letters just by swiping your finger across the screen.Create long words and collect points and bonuses… read more

Toy Blast

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [iTunes description] The ultimate matching puzzle game with unique gameplay! It’s Toy Blast time! Join the fun world of Amy and help her collect the colorful toys, cubes and many more! Match two or more blocks of the same color to clear the level and collect the stuck toys. But be careful! It is… read more

Letris 4

Reviewed by WendyWhat it is: [From iTunes store] Letris is one of the most popular AppStore word games. You have to build words to keep the screen clear and empty for as long as possible. It’s based on a simple idea that will keep you hooked, encouraging you to go on to the next level and beat your… read more

Metamorphabet

Reviewed by Katie What it is: [iTunes product description] Metamorphabet is a playful, interactive alphabet for all ages. Poke, prod, drag, and spin each of the 26 letters of the alphabet to reveal surprising and luminous transformations. Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, memory, sound awareness, visualization What I love: I’ve had this App for over a year now, and my… read more