10 FREE Alphabet Games for Kids

Alphabet Games for Kids

Here are ten fun places for kids to practice their alphabet online

Starfall – listen to each letter name and sound, look at upper case and lower case letters and sing the alphabet song, plus lots of other games.

The Bee Game – help the bee find each letter of the alphabet in order and take it back to his hive.

Find the Missing Letter – find the missing letter in a row of three letters in alphabetical order. Handy alphabet on display helps littlies.

Learning Planet – Alphabetical Order – choose which letter comes next in a string of three letters.

Boowakwala Alphabet Game – choose the correct letter from a set of four choices.

Alphabet Antics – help the monkey catch the letter coconuts before they fall to the ground – choose from easy, medium or hard.

Haunted Alphabet – one of my favourites – find the hidden letters in the spooky picture.

Alphabet Bingo – An alphabet bingo game. Choose from Easy, Medium or Hard.

Alphabet Doors – Click on the door to see each letter, a word beginning with that letter and a matching picture.

Alphabet Matching Game – An alphabet memory game. Choose from 6, 8 or 12 cards.

Have you found any awesome alphabet games online? Please share them in the comments below, thanks ever so.

A Story Before Bed

Last week a student brought in their mum’s iPad as a part of their news talk for the day. Her mum helped her to show us a favourite poem, The Jabberwocky, using an app called A Story Before Bed. I thought it was awesome! It showed the poem page by page along side a video of the student and her mum reading it. The first thing I did in my break that day was look for the app on Google Play store, but alas it is only available for Apple. BUT you can use the A Story Before Bed website to create video stories at home. Winning!

It is a subscription site with reasonable rates (minimum of $5.99 per month for access to over 400 books) however you can also access 19 books for free.

I signed up an account for my class, but the wiggedy-wack government internet system is not letting me through firewalls and such just yet (I’ve got our IT guy onto it). I also signed up an account for home, and we made this video for Pebble’s cousins. A little bit cute, no?

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You can share videos by email or Facebook, or copy and paste the link wherever you like. Free books appear to be free for as long as you want them. Other books need to be paid for within 24 hours of recording or they disappear from your bookshelf.

What do you think of A Story Before Bed? Would you use it? Would you pay for it?

Photo App: After Focus for Android

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I have been having so much fun with my photos now that Instagram is available on Android. I’m still using Pic Monkey and all my clever photo apps, but I’m always looking for new things to try. The latest app that I’ve been using to pretty up my photos is After Focus. With a few swipes of my finger I can make my photos look schmick. Check it out.

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How does it work? This is how:

1. Open the app and choose to either take a new photo or open a photo from your gallery. I’ve no idea what ‘Take Two Photos’ does – its pro only.

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2. Select the ‘Focus’ button and then swipe on everything in the photo that you want to be in focus. Select the ‘BG’ button and swipe everything that you’d like to remain in the background (and become blurred). You can also use ‘Mid’ to choose parts of your photo to remain partly in focus.

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3. If there are some parts that are tricky to select you can zoom in using the ‘Zoom’ function. From there you can pan around and zoom in or out. Use the ‘Focus’, ‘Mid’ and ‘BG’ buttons to modify your selections while you’re zoomed in. You can use the ‘Eraser’ at any time to delete your selection, or you can press the back arrow to undo your last move.

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4. When you are happy with your selection, press the play button in the top right hand corner. From there you can choose how much and what type of blur effect you would like, and use other effects.

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5. You’re done! Save your image by clicking on the small disk on the top menu bar, or share your work by clicking the share arrow. After Focus links easily with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many other social networking services. In the free version you can only save up to 800 pixels, however with Pro you can save up to 1600 pixels.

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BAM! You just got yourself some super schmick pics. Now you can share them on fatmumslim’s Photo A Day challenge. All the kids are doing it.

Want more photo geek fun? Try Pic Monkey and or these Android Photo Apps.

Edit Photos Free with PicMonkey

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Like the rest of the interwebbing world I’m quite obsessed with photo editors. I don’t have any expensive, fancy image editors on my computer; I do all my editing using Picasa. It’s free, and pretty awesome.

However! There is a new player in the photo editing game. From the creators of the recently defunct Picnik is PicMonkey. It’s free*. And fabulous.

Here are some of my favourite features:

~ Easy Import

Just click and drag the pic you want to edit. Done.

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~ Cropping

You can crop to many different sizes and dimensions, or to set sizes like “Facebook Timeline”, different sizes for “Avatar”, and “Desktop”. The hard work is done for you!

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~ Sharpen

The sharpness and clarity sliders allow you to instantly gives photos a boost.

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~ Filters

Pretty, pretty filters.

Screen Captures

~ Text

I added text to this photo to create Paul’s birthday card.

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~ Buttons

There are lots of different buttons to choose from to add some quirky/tacky additions to your pics.

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Frames

Plenty of choices for frames to give your photo the right finish.

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Scariest Features ~ Touch Ups

Pebble has had highlights, a tan, eyes brightened, mascara added, lips coloured, teeth whitened, and cheeks blushed. It’d almost be funny. If it wasn’t so freakin’ scary. *shudder*

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~ Save and Go

You have your edited picture downloaded to your hard drive in a click. No hoo-ha with registration and special offers and ads. Just your picture: better.

*PicMonkey is currently free but some features are ‘Royalty’ features, indicated by a small crown. I’m not sure what this means yet, but perhaps we’ll be asked to pay up soon. I might be interested, depending on cost. It is a pretty damn good tool.

What are you waiting for? GO THERE NOW!

Android Photo Apps

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! Did you guys see??!! Instagram is FINALLY available for Android. Oh, and Instagram has just been purchased by Facebook…. but I’m not exactly sure what that means yet….

Anyhoo, as you probably gathered from my waffle about podcasts, I am an Android user (gosh, doesn’t that sound dirty?). I have been lusting after Instagram for what feels like forever. BUT now that I have Instagram it doesn’t mean that I’m going to neglect the other awesome photo apps on my phone. Here’s some apps that I’ve been cranking:

PicsArt

So fun! PicsArt is a photo editing app that has lots of neat tools and tricks, including cropping, masks, effects, callouts, text, drawing and collages. You can also share your creations to almost any social networking site: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram + every other social networking tool I’ve ever come across. Here’s a few shots that I’ve played with using PicsArt:

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Honourable Mentions:

And now, a few extras if you’re still looking for something to play with.

Cute Stuff to Make!

Finally, check out these clever peeps sharing ideas for making adorabubble stuff with Instagram photos:

Fat Mum Slim – Sweet Products to Make From Your Instagram Photos

Sometimes Sweet – Instagram Fun

*This is a good time for a little disclaimer. This is not a sponsored post. I just love the stuff that I’m ranting about. If Samsung or Instagram or Google want to pay me in cash or products they are most welcome. A Samsung Galaxy Tab should do the trick. Ta.

Over to you: What’s your favourite Android app?