Recommended Apps

Looking for some help in choosing apps to buy for your children?  The following are recommended based on educational and/or developmental quality.  None are recommended for children under the age of 3.

Toddler

Eric-Carle-My-First-AppEric Carle’s My Very First App (iOS 4.1): A series of matching games based on Carle’s My Very First Books with 3 levels of game play. $1.99

 

 

littlestarsLittle Stars (iOS 4.3): A customizable app that features ten games for toddlers, including letter names and sounds, colors, and shapes. Kids can earn stickers as they progress through the games. $Free

 

mooMoo Baa La La La! (iOS 3.2, Android 2.2, Kindle, Nook): Interactive version of Sandra Boynton’s original story, featuring read to me and read it myself options, animal noises, and fun activities galore! $3.99

 

peekabooPeekaboo HD (iOS 3.0): Find the animals in this peekaboo game that teaches animal names and sounds. $Free

 

 

miloA Present for Milo (iOS 3.2): Full of animations and interactive objects, this book introduces young children to a delightful cat and mouse game with a surprise ending. $5.99

 

Preschool

cat in the hat

Cat in the Hat (iOS 5.0, Android 2.1, Kindle, Nook, Windows 8 or RT): Interactive version of the classic Dr. Seuss book. $3.99 or Free (Lite version)

color and draw for kids

Color & Draw for Kids (iOS 5.1, Android 3.0, Kindle, Nook): Featuring a coloring book as well as a sketchpad, this is a great app for budding artists. $1.99

 

 

 

daisy the dinosaurDaisy the Dinosaur (Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later):  Daisy the Dinosaur helps users learn the basics of computer programming.  Kids can program Daisy to dance across the screen by learning easy commands via a drag and drop interface. Free

 

 

flowfree

Flow Free (iOS 4.3 or later compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5):   A very simple yet highly addictive puzzle game. Connect matching colors with pipe to create a flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle. Free for “starter pack” or upgrade to unlimited pack that extends playing levels for $3.99

 

the going to bed book

The Going to Bed Book (iOS 3.2, Android 2.2, Kindle, Nook): Exciting interactive surprises await you in the delightful version of Sandra Boynton’s bestselling book. Have it read to you or read it yourself! $3.99

 

 

its trexIt’s Tyrannosaurus Rex (iOS 5.0, Android 2.1): Explore the prehistoric world of T. Rex in this interactive app from the Smithsonian. $2.99

 

 

 

jump startJumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning (iOS 4.3, Android 2.2, Kindle, Nook, Windows Phone, Nokia): Based on the CD-ROM series of the same name, this app is available for a variety of grade levels and in a free and paid version. Practice concepts and get ready to learn. $Free, or up to $2.99

 

Primary

chicktionaryChicktionary (iOS 4.2, Android 1.5): Like the beloved game Boggle, Chicktionary invites kids to see how many words they can make out of the letters provided, here accompanied by chickens. $Free or $1.99

 

HopscotchHD

Hopscotch: Coding for kids, a visual programming language (Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later):  This programming based app allows young users to create their own games and animations. Kids get to unleash their creativity with this bright, artful, and easy-to-use visual programming language.  Free

 

 

popoutPopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit (iOS 3.0, Android 2.2, Kindle, Nook): Dynamic version of the classic story with objects that appear to pop out of the screen at you. $4.99

 

 

 

slice itSlice It! (iOS 4.3, Android 2.1): Kids won’t even realize they’re practicing their math and spatial skills while they play this fun game that challenges them to slices different shapes into equal pieces. $Free or $0.99

 

 

 

wheres my waterWhere’s My Water? (iOS 4.3, Android 2.1): Help Swampy by guiding the water to his shower in this physics-based game app. Created by Disney, this app is sure to provide endless entertainment while also working your child’s brain. $0.99

 

 

word craft eeWord Craft EE (iOS 4.3, Android 2.2, Kindle, Nook): The “EE” stands for “elementary edition” in this app that breaks words down into building blocks. These are mixed in with extra blocks and your goal is to build the correct word, defined for you on screen, out of the blocks given. $0.99

 

 

Intermediate

Big-Nate-big-icon_1532Big Nate – Comix By U! (iOS 4.0): Create your own Big Nate comics in this app that lets users choose from the familiar characters and settings of the increasingly popular book series. $2.99

 

 

 

World-AtlasBarefoot World Atlas (iOS 5.0): Much more than simply an adaptation of the print book, this app provides numerous opportunities for interaction – illustrations come to life and can be enlarged, and live data about each country appears on the screen as you explore. $4.99

 

 

 

Learn the StatesLearn the States (iOS 4.0): With quizzes and a variety of interactive games, kids will love practicing their knowledge of the United States with this app. Practice abbreviations, nicknames, state symbols, major cities and more! $1.99

 

 

 

scribblenautsScribblenauts Remix (iOS 4.3): If you can think it, you can create it. Use your crazy creations to help solve challenges. $0.99

 

 

 

storylineslargeStoryLines (iOS 5.0): Pick a common phrase, draw an illustration of that phrase and pass it on to your friend, who will give a new title to your illustration. Like the game of “Telephone,” what you end up with isn’t usually what started. $Free

 

 

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