Smart Apps For Android: Top 20 Apps To Celebrate Australia (best Android apps for kids)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Top 20 Apps To Celebrate Australia (best Android apps for kids)


Time for another Top Apps list. This time, I am going to take you on a cultural exchange to Australia to celebrate Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2014. There are apps for kids, apps for the whole family, apps about Australia and apps developed in Australia. We will start by looking at the map, driving around the whole country (over 15,000km round trip!), learning about the currency, and where the best beaches are. There are apps for indigenous kids to help grow them up strong, as well as playing the didgeridoo and throwing a boomerang. Phew! It does not stop there, however, as there are deadly creatures to be identified, first aid to be learnt then eventually finishing back in the city and parking the car. Have fun and I hope you enjoy the journey around Australia!

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Steve Parish Postcards - Australian Developer

"Create your own postcards using Steve Parish’s wonderful photography! This free app allows you to combine your personal photos with Steve Parish’s iconic images to create unique postcards that you can easily share with friends and family. Use the selection of free templates, frames, filters and captions provided to help you make your one-of-a-kind postcard. Also included are 50 iconic Australian images, plus a gallery of 20 Baby Animal photos especially for the kids. They are sure to love creating with these gorgeous images. Help them practise their writing skills by sending personalised cards to friends and family!

Who needs snail mail? You can send your postcard instantly via email, or upload to Facebook or Twitter! Travelling Australia? Bad weather? Lousy photos? Use Steve Parish’s photos instead, and add your own witty caption! Also available are galleries featuring 25 of Steve Parish’s best photographs from every Australian capital city and state, all for only $1.99 each."


   FREE (IAP)
Get it on Google Play

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The Wiggles Aussie Road Trip

"Welcome to The Wiggles' Big Aussie Road Trip! Join The Wiggles and all the gang as they set off on a big adventure around Australia visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Sydney Harbour and many other great iconic destinations. Along the journey, you will need to help The Wiggles put the puzzle pieces together to enjoy the beautiful landscapes! This application also includes a series of road safety messages, and video snippets as rewards for a job well done! Travel Safe with Volkswagen."


   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Australian Progressive Method

"The student indentifies coins and notes, which first appear with no distracters, then with one distracter, then two, and then three. "


   $1.99
Get it on Google Play



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The Boomerang Trail

"Take to the Australian outback and master the hunters trail!
Follow the kangaroo spirit through the Australian wilderness, along your trail to enlightenment and learn the ancient aboriginal art of ‘Rang’ throwing.
A wonderfully simple throwing mechanic will allow you to quickly become skilled at throwing Boomerangs, Splitterangs and Kaboomerangs!
There are many trails to complete and tokens to collect while avoiding the Australian wildlife, and testing your skills at ‘Rang’ throwing.
⊳ FEATURES ⊲
- The Kangaroo spirit will help you along your trail!
- Use Boomerangs, Splitterangs and Kaboomerangs!
- Collect tokens to pass the hunters trail!
- Use star shots for ultimate token collecting!
- 20 unique trails to test your skills!"


   $0.99
Get it on Google Play

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BeachSafe - Australian Developer

"Taking a road trip up the coast? on holiday? or just looking for a safe beach to swim at? Offering unrivalled coverage of the Australian coastline, the app will locate and provide information on all 11,882 beaches around the country. SLSA recommends swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. The app uses Surf Life Saving Australia's coastal safety databases to let you know precisely how safe a beach is, what the weather is like, when low and high tide is, when (and if) a beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers or lifeguards, along with full regulatory and hazard information.

In some states, the app will enable you to check patrol information and beach status in realtime. If you're not sure what the name of a beach is, simply press the GPS button to see a list of all the local beaches and their distance from your current location. This means that even if you're in a totally unfamiliar area you can pick the safest beach, not just the closest one.

Tourists
Make educated decisions about the beach you're visiting by viewing current beach safety information and keep yourself and your family safe. The app can be translated into over 60 languages on the fly!"


   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Australian Bites and Stings - NZ Developer based in Australia

"Australia is home to many of the world's most venomous creatures. Learn more about Australia’s venomous creatures and what to do if you are bitten or stung. Download the Australian bites & stings app and be prepared before you head out into Australia’s great outdoors! The Australian bites & stings app is a must-have for families, travellers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers, emergency medicine professionals and anyone working outdoors. This app has been prepared especially for Australia by bioCSL – one of the world's few manufacturers of antivenoms – with the expert assistance of the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU).

The app includes:
• A ‘Be prepared’ checklist to equip you with the essentials before you venture out into Australia’s great outdoors.
• Instructions on what to do if you are bitten or stung.
• Emergency services call button.
• A guide to basic first aid, including the pressure bandaging and immobilisation (PBI) method.
• State by state guide to venomous snake locations.
Simple. Free. It could help save your life, or help you to save the life of someone else. Download the Australian bites & stings app today."


   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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There's Nothing Like Australia

"Explore Australia with Tourism Australia’s free Android app! Watch videos, read journals and destination information to create your itinerary! Interact with beautiful images from 13 amazing destinations! This app contains:
• Unique stop-start video
• Interactive imagery and videos
• Travel stories about some of our most unique attractions
• World class experiences and places to stay
• An itinerary planner
Once you’ve experienced our book– we’re sure you’ll be planning your next holiday in Australia!"


   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Australian Scene

"In our App the Australian Scene will you visit the famous places of down under. Walk through the outback with a native aborigine. Watch camels on their way or take a short break with a cowboy. The full Australian scene also comes with a poison snake and scorpion. Choose between day, afternoon and night for a glance of the nature of that continent. Let particles appear on the scene while touching your screen.

** Not every device supports live wallpapers verify that you can select the live wallpaper menu. [homescreen->menu button->wallpaper->live wallpaper] **"


   FREE Lite Version                      $1.31 Full Version
Get it on Google Play          Get it on Google Play

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Car Park Challenge - Australian Developer

"Did you know that 1 in 7 collisions occur in car parks? Put your driving skills to the test with Car Park Challenge from NRMA Insurance. Try not to damage your car as you drive through 10 levels filled with tight corners and different obstacles. We even use data from our research centre to estimate your repair costs if you do damage your car. NRMA Insurance Car Park Challenge features hours of gameplay filled with fun levels and cool obstacles. So come on, park it like you own it! So come on, show us your parking prowess and prove you have what it takes to master the NRMA Insurance Car Park Challenge. "

   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Toyota Playground - Australian Developer

In Australia, it is very common to see stick figure stickers on the back of people's cars. They are stick figure representations of different family members: women in skirts holding mobile phones or sporting fitness gear and holding dumbbells, men wearing aprons and wielding barbecue utensils or cheering for their favorite football team, boys riding skateboards while listening to their iPods or playing the latest game console, girls sitting cross-legged reading books or playing a musical instrument, babies.... well, babies being babies and looking rather cute. Then there are the pets!


   Fully FREE                                     Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play          Samsung Apps Mobile

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Feed Baby Tracker & Monitor - Australian Developer
"Track and Monitor ALL aspects of your babys growth and development. Record Bottle and Breast feeds, Baby Diapers, Baby Sleep pattern, Breast Pumps, Growth Charts and Journals and Diary of your baby. Featured as a TOP App for New Parents in the Google Play store! Also includes Graph, Reports and different Themes! Data Export and Alarms. Suitable for new parents of babies aged 0 to 5.

(This is the "Lite" version of the app. The "Lite" version will give you full access to all features for 20 days, after which some features will be disabled. Upgrading to Pro will enable all features in Lite again, so that you do not need to worry about losing your data as you can keep using Lite as usual)"

** NB: This app contains third party ads **

   FREE Lite Version                     $3.99 Pro Version
Get it on Google Play          Get it on Google Play

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Cybersafety Mobile Button - Australian Developer

"The Australian Government’s Cybersafety Help Button provides internet users, particularly children and young people, with easy online access to cybersafety information and advice. It offers counselling, reporting and educational resources to assist young people deal with online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material. The Cybersafety Help Button was informed by young Australians and developed in collaboration with industry, not-for-profit and government stakeholders. It offers a ‘one stop shop’ for a range of cybersafety assistance and resources.

The application is designed for Android phones and tablets."


   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Care For Kids' Ears - Australian Developer

"This Talking Book app is a resource developed for the Australian Government's Care for Kids' Ears campaign. The app is designed to help increase awareness of ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s), highlight risk factors for ear disease and promote the importance of seeking and following treatment to prevent hearing loss.

This app is designed to be used by health professionals when talking to patients about ear disease, by teachers and teachers' aides to assist in ear health education, or by parents and carers wanting to learn more about ear disease."


   Fully FREE (English)                   FREE (dialects)
Get it on Google Play          Get it on Google Play

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Social Comics - Australian Developer

"Inception Strategies social comics deliver positive messages to Indigenous Australians. "


   Fully FREE for phones                FREE for tablets
Get it on Google Play          Get it on Google Play



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Sing With The Wiggles - Australian Developer

Let's get Wiggling! This is your child's chance to shine like a star and present their true talent. Sing with the Wiggles is a karaoke sing-a-long type of app that records your child's face and voice, developed by the same company who brought you Total Girl Popstar Party. Four songs are included for free which will kick start your love of this super fun app. Words appear at the top of the screen, scrolling in karaoke-style and recorded songs can be played back later. You will need a tablet stand to fully appreciate this app as it is hard to sit still while singing The Wiggles' songs.


   FREE (IAP)
Get it on Google Play

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Eggy Alphabet - Australian Developer

Eggy Alphabet is an optional part of an entire reading program by Reading Eggs. With accent settings available for Australia, UK and USA, this really is a useful app for children learning English all around the globe! There are four mini-games per letter, for each of the uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as a letter game to identify beginning and ending sounds. With so much practice, your child is sure to know their letters by the time they complete all the activities in this app.


   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Asthma Buddy - Australian Developer

If your child or a child in your class has asthma, this really is a must-download! A handy way to keep track of asthma management for one or more children (I created 11 profiles and it still had room for more). Developed by Evolution 7 for the National Asthma Council Australia, this FREE app meets a need for better asthma management for children at home and at school.




   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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School A to Z - Australian Developer

Homework is a hot topic of debate in Australia at the moment. Should we have it? What are the benefits? How is it best approached? What is agreed is that homework can be a useful link between school and home, and a great way for parents to keep in touch with how well their children are learning. Developed by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, this app is jam packed full of useful information to help parents get a handle on English, math and more. Not only will this app fill in the gaps for parents trying to understand what their children are learning, but there are also activities for the kids!

   Fully FREE
Get it on Google Play

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Gorilla Band - Australian Developer

Previously reviewed on Smart Apps For Kids and given a 4.5 star rating, Gorilla Band is another great Wasabipro product for your Android device.

Bottom line: A 3D interactive ebook with high production values all around. An engaging story with richly textured animation and great catchy ditties. Prepare yourself for your own little gorillas to be singing these tunes ad nauseum. Great for ages 4-8 (and young at heart too).


   $2.99
Get it on Google Play

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State Alert Apps

"Get real time notifications. Weather, Bush Fire, Live Traffic, Health, UV index, Air Quality, Product Alerts all in one package.

Tips:
1. Try to use the widget function. You can choose which category you want to read.
2. Use search function to locate your regional alert
3. Change sync, message store, notification setting to fit your preference.
4. Warning! The app could consume up to 1GB data in one month. Change sync setting if necessary.


       
         Fully FREE                                                                Fully FREE
      Get it on Google Play                                      Get it on Google Play

         
           Fully FREE                                                            Fully FREE
       Get it on Google Play                                      Get it on Google Play

                   
              Fully FREE                                                        Fully FREE
       Get it on Google Play                                      Get it on Google Play

                   
                Fully FREE                                                        Fully FREE
         Get it on Google Play                                      Get it on Google Play

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Cas loves living in the lucky country but is looking forward to maybe one day going on a cultural exchange to a country with less dangerous animals!






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Be sure to check out our other Top Apps lists:

Top 12 Learn-To-Write Apps

Top Ten Apps To Teach Money And Time Management

Top Ten Apps For The New Year

Top 50 Android Apps For Kids 2013

Top 25 Stocking Stuffers

Top 25 Christmas Apps for Android

Top Ten Apps for Phonics

Top Ten Apps For Thanksgiving/Giving Thanks

Top Ten Free Apps for Ensuring Kid-Safe Play on Android

Monster List of Halloween Apps

Top Ten Learn-To-Count Apps

Top Ten Monster Apps

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