Smart Apps For Android: Fully Free App Friday for April 25, 2014 (best free Android kids apps)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fully Free App Friday for April 25, 2014 (best free Android kids apps)

Today is our fourth and final Fully Free App Friday for Autism Awareness Month and again, we have tried to find some apps with kids with autism in mind. It is another bumper list that includes apps for scheduling, teaching about emotions, encouraging communication and keeping artwork. To finish off, just because we had Earth Day this week, there are some Earth Science apps, and a Lorax app for fun and laughs.

** Please note ** Pricing and dates are correct at the time of publishing. We endeavour to only include apps that have no in-app purchases and no advertising. Only the app's developer can control when an app is free.**




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The Man Who Stared At The Sky

The Man Who Stared At The Sky is an interactive children’s picture book, developed by The Pavement Studios. Adapted from an Aesop’s fable, it tells the story of Mr Lea, as he wanders through the forest, not looking where he is going. Filled with interactive features and games, The Man Who Stared At The Sky offers an engaging and entertaining interpretation of this classic fable.

Available on Amazon Appstore
          Get it on Google Play
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Loss of the night
Take part in a world-wide citizen science project that measures star visibility and light pollution. Help create a database for research on health, environment and society by telling scientists which stars you can see at your location. In many parts of the world, the night sky shines with waste artificial light from poorly designed street lamps. Scientists all over the world are studying how light pollution affects health, society, and the environment. Based on Google Sky Map, this app is a tool to measure star visibility without expensive equipment. Just look up to the sky, find certain stars, and tell us whether you can see them or not! Using the Loss of the Night app is fun, educational, promotes citizen science, and is an active contribution to protect the environment.

Get it on Google Play

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Children Tracker

Children Tracker is the best tool to track your children activities including calls, texts, locations, browsing histories, connected hotspots, etc. Some features include:
- Location: automatically track the location and movement of your children 24/7, including activities such as walking, on bicycle, in car using latest Google Location Serivces.
- Web surfing: all visited web pages are transferred to cloud and report to you.
- Geo-fencing: report to enter/exit pre-defined regions.


Available on Amazon Appstore
          Get it on Google Play
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Sparky Shines His Light

Sparky the firefly isn’t like the other bugs in Stump Village. He's not the best at anything--not sports, singing, or even hiding. The only thing that sets him apart is his tail, which glows brightly whenever he's thankful. Because other insects make fun of him, he tries to hide the one gift that makes him special. It's only when he and his friends encounter danger that he comes to appreciate his talent. Children ages 2 and up will learn the importance of gratitude in this attractively illustrated adventure. They’ll have loads of fun searching for surprises and hidden facts throughout the story

Available on Amazon Appstore
          Get it on Google Play
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Nurf Land

Project Autismus is an idea started by Druhin Mukherjee. Druhin is a lecturer in video games programming and a has received a BAFTA award for video game development . The Project Autismus team aims to help teach kids with Autism and Asperger syndrome with the help of video games. An autistic child is special, so we need to break free from the conventional ways of teaching and try out a new approach. This is the first game in the series is called Nurf Land which aims to help kids distinguish between various human emotions.

Get it on Google Play
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Understanding Faces

This fun card game, designed by a child psychologist, helps kids learn to recognize and understand different facial expressions. Great for kids on the Autism Spectrum. For kids age 5-12.




Get it on Google Play
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Birdhouse for Autism

Use the Birdhouse for Autism Android app to take control of your child's health. Keep a running, searchable log of your child's daily activities, behaviors, and food, so you can figure out what's working and what needs to be changed. Birdhouse is a super helpful, easy-to-use web and mobile application designed for parents raising children with Autism BY parents raising a child with Autism. ***You must create an account on a full-size browser before using Birdhouse for Android. If you're using a laptop or desktop, please go here to create your account: http://birdhousehq.com

Get it on Google Play
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AutiPlan - Visual Scheduling

Use detailed visual schedules shows scheduled activities and tasks with pictures, speech and alarm notifications. Created for people who need some extra help with their daily routine. Use this service as part of the full version of AutiPlan. Please let us know when you experience difficulties or have other questions or feedback!


Get it on Google Play
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Snackimals™ Dash

Deep inside the jungle, the Barbara’s Snackimals™ Monkey is joining you on a mission to find healthy snacks for you and your friends! Collect healthy snacks such as whole grains to gain energy and make your body happy – fueling it for adventures ahead! Avoid unhealthy snacks and jungle obstacles. Three strikes and you’ll WIPEOUT! Collect Bonus items, like the Snackimals characters, or Recycle and you’ll get a score multiplier! Tilt your device to move left and right, or swipe up to jump. OK, are you ready to dash? Let’s go!

Get it on Google Play
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Chalkboard

Share and draw in realtime. Tell your friends to get the app too so you can draw together. Must be on the same wifi. Invite users to join a session and start drawing, then watch as the drawings appear on each device simultaneously. Its a great way to interact with your friends and even colleagues. Real time drawing sessions with Chalkboard using Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc's AllJoyn™ framework.

Get it on Google Play
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ARTKIVE - Save Kids' Art

Never again feel guilty about throwing away artwork your kids bring home. Get rid of the clutter and start to enjoy your child's work. Turn your Artkive into a high quality, hard cover book with little more than the touch of a button! Your kids will love flipping through their Artkives to see their creations and they make great gifts for grandparents and other loved ones.

Get it on Google Play

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Trace & Share

“Trace & Share” is an application that designed to further enhance Autistic children fine motor and social skill. The goal of this application is to improve tracing skills through compelling fantasy story that are both creative and attention grabbing. Children will have to trace through various lines with increasing difficulty. Part of this application will also teach children to take turn and share which is an important foundation of social skill. This application is not only limited to people with autism. Children with concentration problem, down syndrome and social problem can also benefit from this application.

Get it on Google Play

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Earth Science

This app is designed for children who are 8-11 years old, elementary science teachers, and anyone interested in photography! This is truly an educational application. The app contains photographs that pertain to earth science on an elementary level. Each photograph contains 3 details with audio. A photo album is displayed and a photograph is chosen. The photograph opens in full screen with numbered markers. Tap the markers and view the corresponding detail with optional audio. The concept for this application was derived from an instructional strategy I used in my elementary classroom. The use of digital photography in the classroom aided in making the abstract concrete and aided in English language development for students’ whose first language was not English. Earth Science Through Photography provides inspiring photos that will stimulate your child's curiosity as well as your own!




Get it on Google Play

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Earth Science Glossary

Earth Science is the study of Earth’s structure, how Earth changes, and its place in the universe. The Interactive Earth Science (ES) Glossary app is a great review and study tool for learning 80 earth science terms and concepts, presented through simulations, video, science content, and flash cards. Categories include: Water, Weather, and Ecosystems; Earth’s Structure; Earth and Space; and The Changing Earth. The glossary presentation is geared toward middle and high school students and appeals to a wide range of learning styles.


Get it on Google Play

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The Official Lorax App

Speak for the trees, for they have no tongues, with the Official Lorax App! Hold the phone up to your mouth, and talk. The Lorax's mouth and moustache will move along with your voice. Use the Adjust screen in louder environments to adjust the microphone sensitivity, and don't forget to share with your friends!

You can also 'stache yourself by adding the Lorax's moustache to photos from your device's gallery

Get it on Google Play
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Today is ANZAC Day in Australia when all the soldiers who have fought for Australia's freedom are remembered. Cas' grandparents were in the Second World War




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