Mongo Loves to go to the AppyMall

Mongo woke up today realizing that he hasn’t added any new games to his iPad in a while.  After searching online, he found that there were too many websites talking about apps, but none that actually were designed to recommend apps just for him.

He recently got a sneak peek at the new AppyMall, and Mongo was ecstatic!  He can browse apps by age, category, and learning goal.  He can also do a simple search like, “healthy eating game” and view more games to help him eat better.

Another really cool feature are custom pages that can be created by teachers!  Now Mongo can download all the apps that his teacher recommends!

Mongo is happy now that he has an AppyMall to hang out in, and it will help him find more great educational apps to play with!

Mongo and the squishy donut

Squish…  Mongo accidentally stepped on a donut!  The jelly filling oozed out and Mongo’s feet got really sticky.  Mongo started walking home slowly because his feet kept sticking to the ground.  As he was walking, he noticed a trail of ants following him!  At first he thought they were his friends, but then realized that the ants were crawling all over his feet and eating the sugary jelly.

He started feeling some bites, “Ouch!” Mongo exclaimed!  He started running back home after that so that the ants don’t crawl up his pants!

When he got home, he quickly washed his feet and found an app for his iPad called “Smash Your Food”.  In it, he was able to smash donuts, soda, fries, and all sorts of treats.  So he pulled the lever on the smashing machine and it smashed the donut.  Jelly filling oozed out, just like when he stepped on the donut!  However, this time, he found out there were a total of 5 sugar cubes worth of sugar in 1 donut!  No wonder Mongo gets sick whenever he eats donuts!  That is too much sugar for an average orange monster like Mongo!

After learning about this, Mongo vowed to never eat donuts again, even though sometimes he gets a sweet tooth, it is better for Mongo to eat an apple rather than a donut.

Post your favorite summer healthy food in the What Should Mongo Eat? Competition, hosted by Technology in Education for a chance to win Mongo Plush toys and free apps!

You can also smash your food by downloading the Smash Your Food iPad App.

Mongo’s Trash Troubles

Mongo is a happy go lucky character, but sometimes he can be really lazy.  He likes to sleep until late and has a habit of eating!  Sometimes, he forgets to throw away his trash and it all piles up!

One day, Mongo lost one of his stars!  He thought that the evil Pirate Jai-yo Jai-yo Mongo took it, but then he saw a flash from under a pile of garbage in Mongo’s house.

So he knew the star was lost under Mongo’s pile of garbage, so Mongo started digging.  He threw wrappers, fruit peels, cans, bottles, all over the room and finally he saw the missing star.  He was so happy to find his star again, but the star was not happy with Mongo.

He got lost in Mongo’s garbage on his way to the bathroom, and couldn’t find his way out.  He had to pee really bad!

So Mongo quickly got him to the bathroom, and after he was through, the star showed Mongo 3 bins.  One was a black bin for trash, one bin was blue for recycling, and one bin was green for compost.  He told Mongo that he would help him sort all of this garbage and put it in the right bins so he can have a clean house again!

So they started off by looking at all organic things like apples cores, orange peels, banana peels, and put them in the green compost bin.  Since these things are organic, they can go back into the earth after they have been composted.

Next they looked at the cans, bottles, and paper items.  The star found a can of soda and looked at Mongo disapprovingly.  Mongo knew that soda was bad for him but he was just so tempted by the fizzy bubbles.  Mongo agreed not to drink any more soda and drink more water instead.  Mongo also had lots of notebook paper in there, where he was making some doodles.  They took all of these and put them in the blue recycle bin.

By the time they were through, they saw that the house was almost clean!  Only a cardboard juicebox and some batteries remained that they threw in the black trash bin.

Wow, now that wasn’t so bad now was it!  Now Mongo and the star looked at the room with glee as it was so clean!  Mongo loved learning about recycling, and to keep reminding himself, he played the fun game, Trash Chaos, on his iPad!  You can also learn to recycle by downloading this game here.

Mongo Fights Pirates!

Last week, Mongo received an email from the President that read:

Mongo!  It looks like a pirate has stolen all of your golden stars!  Come to Washington D.C. and lets get your stars back together!


The President

Mongo quickly packed his bags, he didn’t even realize his golden stars got stolen.  He jumped on a plane to meet with the President.

While in Washington D.C., he found out that the pirate was out in China, and both he and the President charted a course to the other side of the world to get back his golden stars.

Mongo and the President sailed for days to get to China, and as each day passed, Mongo kept getting more upset about losing his golden stars.

Then suddenly, they heard a loud bang!  It was a cannonball headed their way!  Mongo ran to get his baseball bat, and with all of his strength, Mongo hit the cannonball, that launched back in the air.

A few seconds later we heard a loud “ouch!”, and as the smoke cleared, Mongo saw a creature that looked a lot like him, except he had an eye patch and a hook on his hand.  He was surely a pirate!

The pirate stood up again and said, “Yaar!  I am Jai-yo Jai-yo Mongo, and I have all of your golden stars!”

The President responded by saying, “Jai-yo Jai-yo Mongo, give back Mongo’s golden stars, or we will destroy your boat!”

“Ha ha ha!  Never!  I am using Mongo’s golden stars to make even more stars for myself!” said Jai-yo Jai-yo Mongo, the pirate.

Mongo then loaded up some vegetables into the cannon and started shooting them at the pirate ship.  The pirates ran scared as they hated vegetables!

Then finally, a cauliflower hit Jai-yo Jai-yo Mongo in the head, and he looked and took a bite.  At first he didn’t like the taste, but he took another bite.  “Mmmmm, what is this?!?!?!”

The President then said, “It is Cauliflower, and if you like it then we will trade you cauliflower if you return Mongo’s golden stars.”

The pirate said, “Okay, I will give you back Mongo’s golden stars in exchange for your Cauliflower, because I have already made more stars from Mongo’s original golden stars!

“Okay, shoot over all of Mongo’s golden stars and we will send over the Cauliflower.  Please promise to never steal Mongo’s golden stars again!” said the President.

The pirate sent over all of Mongo’s golden stars, and Mongo sent over some Cauliflower for the pirates to enjoy.  Then Mongo and the President sailed away, and to light the night sky, Mongo threw his golden stars up into the sky, relieved that he has his golden stars back.  The stars danced in the sky, burning brighter than ever to guide back Mongo and the President to the United States.

Mongo’s App of the Week: Elmo Calls







It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, and Mongo was in a sad mood because he couldn’t go outside to play.  As Mongo lazily moped around his house Mongo’s iPhone started ringing.  Who could it be?   The caller ID said Elmo!  Mongo suddenly cheered up and answered the call, it was a Facetime call with Elmo, Mongo’s favorite red friend.

Elmo said hi in his silly way, and then he told Mongo a joke about Cookie Monster!  After Mongo stopped giggling, Elmo blew his nose and it sounded like a trumpet!  Mongo continued to roll on the floor laughing.

Mongo laughed so hard, he started crying.  So he quickly wiped his tears of joy, and waved goodbye to Elmo.  He looked out the window and all of a sudden, the sun came out, and finally, Mongo was able to go outside and play.  Thanks Elmo for cheering up Mongo, it turned out to be a great day after all!

This app is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, and is a $0.99 download.  The app does have in-App purchases but hides it from the child’s reach by using a clever parent’s button that you need to slide to the right to view the in-app purchases.

You can download Elmo Calls from the iTunes App Store and works best with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s (devices that have the front facing camera).