15 Apps for 7 Crazy Nights*

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Looking for a great Hanukkah gifts for your kids? Here you are.

Israeli startup My First App released 15 educational iPad apps for kids aged 2-8. These apps are great for developing language skills, cognitive skills (such as: categorization, conceptualization, generalization and abstraction) visual perception skills (such as: visual discrimination), visual memory skills, primary math concepts (such as: size, top and bottom, before and after), attention, concentration, perseverance, accuracy, planning, spatial orientation, fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

My First App is a team made up of members of two young families: an educational psychologist (Ira Friedman), graphic designer (Rani Friedman), software engineers (Ronen and Eti Moshel). But most important team members are children (each of the two families has three kids). They are beta-testers… so your kids are in a good hands.

Some of these apps (like ”Baby-Chef”, ”Build-it-up”) were already placed as top-educational-apps in several countries. In addition, ”My Mosaic” is a candidate for a feature by Apple.

We aim to bring educational games to young kids through the use of touch-pad devices”, says us Ronen Moshel. “We believe that the recent touch-pad revolution opens new horizons for young kids and enables them to acquire new cognitive and fine motor skills while playing with exciting games. We take a lot of care emphasizing on the educational and the developmental content of the games. We are also very particular about our design, to produce the correct graphic elements, and create precise movement, animations and sounds that suit children at various developmental levels.

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These apps consist of 6 to 9 different boards. The first two boards in each game are free of charge to give an impression of the game. If the child likes the game, parents can in-app purchase the rest of the boards.

.My First App collection:

Memo Game – the first memory game with voice recording feature – is an exciting new version of the classic memory game. On top of the visual memory skills which it develops, a new added voice recording feature enables parents and kids to add names or sounds to every visual image, thus enabling kids to listen to over 100 words in their own language. (read more and download app) My Profession – a fun, exciting matching game with voice recording feature – teaches the child about the world of the professions. The game consists of 9 boards divided into three content groups, work environments, work tools and work vehicles. The game helps develop visual perception skills and cognitive skills, such as conceptualization and categorization. (read more and download app) Matrix Basic helps develop visual perception skills such as visual discrimination, also helps develop attention and concentration, spatial orientation, principles of classification and categorization and executive functions such as planning and perseverance. (read more and download app) ………. …………. …………. …………………….. …….  Baby-Chef is a tasty application! Here you can become a chef and create your favorite meal. It is designed for children aged 2+ years old. (read more and download app…………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  . Build it up helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills among toddlers aged 2.5+ years old. It also helps develop primary math concepts such as size, top and bottom, before and after. (read more and download app …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. …….. My Scene helps develop visual perception among toddlers aged 2+ years old. With parents assistance it can also develop language skills and imagination through the creation of a story. (read more and download app)  …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  . Match it up (1) helps develop visual perception skills through the matching of identical images and helps develop cognitive skills such as categorization. It is designed for toddlers aged 1.5+ years old. (read more and download app)  …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  . Match it up (2) helps develop visual perception skills through the matching of visually related images and helps develop cognitive skills such as categorization. It is designed for toddlers aged 2+ years old. (read more and download app …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  .

Match it up (3) helps develop visual perception skills through the matching of conceptually related images and helps develop cognitive skills such as categorization. It is designed for toddlers aged 2.5+ years. (read more and download app …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  .
Families (1) helps develop important cognitive skills such as: categorization, conceptualization, generalization and abstraction, among toddlers aged 2+ years old. It also helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills. (read more and download app …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  .
Families (2) helps develop important cognitive skills such as: categorization, conceptualization, generalization and abstraction, among toddlers aged 3+ years old. It also helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills. (read more and download app)  …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ………………………………. .  .
Opposites helps develop important cognitive skills such as: categorization, conceptualization, relations, generalization and abstraction, among toddlers aged 2+ years old. It also helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills. (read more and download app)  …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. ……….
My Mosaic helps develop visual perception skills and hand eye coordination. The game also requires and helps develop perseverance, diligence and accuracy. It is designed for children aged 4+ years old. (read more and download app)  …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. ……………………….. ……………………
Matrix Game helps develop visual perception skills such as visual discrimination, also helps develop attention and concentration, spatial orientation, principles of classification and categorization and executive functions such as planning and perseverance. It is designed for children aged 6+ years old. (read more and download app)  …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. ……………..  Slide & Spin is designed for toddlers aged 1.5+ to help them develop fine motor skills using four basic motions: turning, sliding, spinning, and pushing of a button. (read more and download app …………….. ……………. ……………… ………….. …………………. ……………………. ………. …………………………. …………….. …………………. …………………….

*Why only 7  nights? Since Hanukkah lasts eight days it includes at least one, and sometimes two Shabbatot (not this year), and according to Jewish law iPad cannot be used on Shabbat.  *
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