Failing. Not failed!
We are failing everyday and that is how a startup is different. It is a daily struggle to not be part of the ‘90% who failed’.
I started in 2012 and it has been quite a journey till Roo Kids Chat App. Always a right time to look back and revisit the lessons learnt. For the journey is not over yet.
Get Set, Go – The First Few Months in 2012
Gungroo was build with the vision of a safe & secure messaging for kids. That is how we started and that is what we are today. But somewhere along the way …
Private Family Network
The product started as a private network for families where an admin could allow kids logins to be created (without an email) and family members joining using their email address.
Animals is fun-filled interesting app for kids which teaches them about animals eating habits and how they live. It is a simple yet learning oriented app that introduces kids with their favorite animals, their habitats, how they live and what they like to eat.
The best part of this app is its simple yet effective appeal that not only generates the interest of the children but makes them learn more and more about the animals. With over 50 animals in the game, it is the perfect app to engage your kids in these summer holidays.
While the app does not possesses any additional fun oriented features, but the visual appeal of the game and its engaging graphics keep the children intrigued in the game. Moreover, wide varieties of animals augment the fun in the game.
It is a wonderful gaming app embellished with astounding graphics and interesting narrations. While the interface is child friendly and simple to use, the background music sets the perfect atmosphere for playing.
Overall, with trendy graphics, interesting animal facts and great background music, this gaming app makes is an apt learning tool for children, especially the ones who love animals.
A delightful and engaging app, Five Little Musical Monkeys is all about the children rhymes. There is music for every fun event – dancing, singing, counting and other forms of musical exploration. The app features Cajun, Punk, Mariachi, Blues and other genres. A complete kid friendly interface, children can hope to try their bases, guitars, accordions and other instruments. The music is even presented in several languages including French, Spanish and English.
Play the rhyme classic in a variety of styles. This is an appropriate way to learn different musical patterns and culture variations. Both kids and adults will love humming to the tunes of Five Little Musical Monkeys.
Five Little Musical Monkeys is all about having fun with the little rhymes you have learned since childhood. The simple interface allows playing along with a variety of musical instruments and you would soon find yourself in a duet!
This app is one of a kind and the developer deserves enough credits for the concept. Suited for people of all ages, Five Little Musical Monkeys is for pure fun and entertainment.
Overall, this is an app that everyone would like to have in his/her pockets.
An easy to understand yet quite accurate and powerful, the quiz app presents an amazing insight into human behavior. The app has been wonderfully conceived and presents the human psychology in a innovative way. You can tell why people act and do things in a certain way.
This app is all about diving deep into the human psychology. Bringing in some ancient theories on personalities and clubbing them with some incredible Australian animals, Who’s Who in the Zoo can deliver a harmonious and much more inclusive educational experience.
Reading and understanding human personality is always an exciting experience. Further, this app clubs the traits with some amazing animals making the platform thoroughly intriguing. Who’s Who in the Zoo can be quite of a fun with friends and at the office!
This app is presented in the form of 36 questions targeted to people in different age groups. This platform is easy to understand and lets you know which animal dominates the personality of a human.
Overall, Who’s Who in the Zoo is a well made app and can help spend some quality time.
Animated movies have become one of the best pastimes for the entire family.
Here is a list of the top 10 movies you should not miss:
1. Ice Age series: The Ice Age movies have become a pioneer among the animated series with 4 movies, all massive hit.
2. Ratatouille: The story of a mouse and a chef, a lovely heartwarming tale of friendship and many more.
3. How To Train Your Dragon: It reestablishes the fact that even the most ferocious looking animal can be tamed by showing love.
4. Brave: A brave little movie which celebrates the importance of family bonds.
5. Tangled: A lovely adaptation from Rapunzel that is sure to make your heart melt.
6. Up: Determination is everything. This exceptional animated movie is a must watch.
7. Wall E: The adorable robot love story will make you fall in love all over again.
8. Finding Nemo: Essentially a story of the bond between a father and his son, this is one exceptional story.
9. Monsters, Inc: Monsters are not always scary and the power of love is far greater than that of fear. This movie strongly establishes the fact.
10. The Lion King: The Disney movie is one of the most loved of all time.
Kids have always been fascinated by animals. Here is a list of the best movies for your little ones which is bound to give them a fantastic experience:
1. Cats & Dogs (2001): The age old war between cats and dogs is taken to the next level when a cat decides to take over the world.
2. Air Bud (1997): A golden retriever who can play fantastic basketball. A must watch.
3. Homeward Bound (1993): A bull dog, a golden retriever and a cat decides to go on a journey to find the family who abandoned them on a vacation.
4. Marley & Me (2008): A heartwarming tale of a dog and a young guy that can melt even the hardest heart.
5. My Dog Skip (2000): The story of the relationship of a young boy and his dog. A lovely tale for kids.
6. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005): After a little girl is abandoned by her mother she moves in with her father, along with a lovely dog.
7. Babe (1995): A pig whose wish is to be a sheepdog is one of the most beloved children’s movies.
8. Beethoven (1992): The funny yet sentimental story of a man’s bonding with his pet.
9. King Kong (2005): Based on the 1933 movie by the same name, this sci-fi movie is a definite treat for kids.
10. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale: Based on a true story, this is a heartwarming movie and a must watch.
Kids have always loved and learnt better with Story Toys. Here’s another app added to the category. Nursery Rhymes is an amazing musical display of rhymes for toddlers enabling them to remember better and connect with fun.
It’s an amazing visual presentation that allows toddlers get interested in nursery rhymes – their first step into learning. Animal Brand – Nursery Rhymes has all the aspects to make it interesting learning feature and the collections include a broad range of rhymes covering Twinkle Twinkle Little star to Row Your Boat, 12345, Itsy Bitsy Spider and lot more.
More than the learning process, toddlers would surely love the way the rhymes have been presented. All music performed by cartoon animals, this is what they will be best able to connect to and sing along. Now, it’s not that hard to get your toddler humming the nursery rhymes!
Animal Brand – Nursery Rhymes has an exciting storyline to it. The graphics makes it even more interesting. As the rhymes start gradually with every other animal joining in the process, its voluntary for the toddler to sing along!
Overall, Animal Brand – Nursery Rhymes is a good presentation of the most popular rhymes that you would want your toddler to be prepared with.
Animals have always been a fascination for most of us. Over the years numerous movies on animals have entertained many.
Here is a list of some of the classic animal movies which are a must watch:
1. White fang (1991):
The movie revolving around a teenage boy who follows on his father’s path. A thoroughly adventurous tale.
2. Old Yeller (1957):
A classic movie about a stray dog being adopted by a family.
3. Never Cry Wolf (1983):
Based on a true story of a naturalist who goes to Arctic for studying wolf.
4. Lassie Come Home (1943):
classic tale of friendship and bonding between a young boy and a dog.
5. The Red Pony (1949):
Based on the classic novel by Steinbeck it is the story of a young boy bonding with his horse and his ultimate escape from his family.
6. National Velvet (1944):
A heartwarming tale of a young girl and his horse. It has one of the best horseracing sequence ever shot.
7. My Friend Flicka (1943):
The lovely story of the relationship of a boy, a horse and the boy’s father.
8. Misty (1961):
The story is of a boy and a girl who becomes friend with wild horse.
9. The Black Stallion (1979):
A complete feast for any movie lover. A must watch.
10. Black Beauty (1994):
The story of the life of a horse.
Reading is certainly a good habit and an important habit which you must inculcate in your kids. To develop their interest in reading, you can start with stories.
Researchers have proved that kids who have spent time with their parents while they were reading, become better at studying and reading. But most of the kids consider books as boring. Thus, a better alternative are animal magazines.
Since magazines include lot of pictures and are easy to read, kids find them interesting, especially the animal magazines. So, give your kid an information oriented magazine with fun facts about animals.
Here are the top 10 animal magazines for your kids:
The artwork that will hold you eyes. Many small things to discover will hold your attention. Animal Circus is a wonderful app that will keep your young one engaged and happy. All they have to click on on objects and discover something fun.
The app size is large (around 181MB) and may take some time to download.
The drag/click actions and the way the app responds make this a perfect app for toddlers and pre-school kids to develop their various related skills.
The artwork, sound effects, animation and lots of hidden actions to discover make this a top fun app for toddlers and pre-school kids. There are lot of surprises and animations that a kid will want to watch over and over again.
There is very tight integration of Social Media with the game. Ideally it should not be so in games aimed at kids. Though these are tucked away in a separate section, a kid can still reach them. Ideally there should be some way for parents to control their access. Something to consider for next release.
Overall Rating: 4.3 – Review by Dinker Charak on June 2013
Cost (iOS): Free (With In-App Purchase for more content)
Download (iOS): On iTunes
Reviewed Version (iOS): 1.2.1
Reviewed Using (iOS): iPad 2
We review iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod), Facebook, Google Play (Android) apps with Learn + Fun theme for toddlers, preteens, tween and teens (1-15). You can see list of all app we have reviewed here. You can submit your app for review here.