Monday, December 16, 2013

Top 10 Christmas Apps

The staff at Smart Apps for Special Needs has been making a list and checking it twice for our favorite Christmas apps. While many are holiday only apps, there are a few of our top apps which have added a fun Christmas theme -- such as Elmo Monster Maker and Little Fox Music Box.

So whether you strung up your Christmas lights on the house early November (like my neighbors) or are just now getting into the holiday spirit, give this list a glance. Feel free to add any apps that are tops in your book to the comment section at the bottom.

** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.
Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.** 

Wubbzy's The Night Before Christmas ($2.99)

From iTunes:
Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas is a festive deluxe storybook adaptation of the classic The Night Before Christmas holiday poem.

The story takes place on a very special Christmas Eve, where Wubbzy and his friends are snuggly-snug in their beds until they are awakened by the pitter-patter, jingle-jangle and merry sounds of Santa Claus and his reindeer. Kids will love this new take on a holiday tradition from the magical world of Wuzzleburg!

Parents will be delighted to explore the Grown Up’s Corner that provides questions to prompt meaningful conversation with their child. This helps the child enhance their listening and comprehension skills.

If you would like to download Wubby's The Night Before Christmas ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


A Charlie Brown Christmas ($5.99)

From iTunes:
"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!" Help Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang as they struggle to find the true meaning of Christmas. Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, narrates the rebirth of the 1965 animated classic as an interactive storybook complete with original dialogue, digitally remastered illustrations, animation, and music optimized for your Apple device. 

Play Schroeder's piano, finger paint with the gang, and go carolling with the Peanuts choir. Participate in the Spectacular Super-Colossal Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Display Contest to unlock decorations for your very own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree! With something to discover on every page, this is one interactive Peanuts adventure you won't want to miss this holiday season!! 

If you would like to download A Charlie Brown Christmas ($5.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


Christmas Tale HD (FREE)

From iTunes:
Christmas Tale brings the holiday spirit to you and your children, unfolding Christmas events as you move through the pages. Come and meet Santa at his home in the North Pole and join him as he brings joy and happiness to all the children of the world.

--> Fantastic HD illustrations covering all book pages.
--> Numerous, engaging and fun activities on every page - reveal an enchanting reading experience never seen before on iPad/iPhone.
--> Take your time and find all the joyful interactions in every page. For assistance choose “Tips” from the menu and reveal all the hidden features.
--> “Read to Me” - reads the story to you as you turn the pages
--> “Auto Play” - reads the story to you and automatically flips the pages. 

If you would like to download Christmas Tale HD (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


Toca Hair Salon - Christmas Gift (FREE)

From iTunes:
Cut, color and style Santa Claus beard and hair! In this Christmas edition of the smash hit Toca Hair Salon, you can choose between styling Santa Claus or a funny Christmas tree! And best of all? It's completely FREE! 

BONUS - Introducing: accessories! When you've finished cutting and color, add eight different accessories to your look. Loads of extra fun! 

Let your kids run their own Christmas themed Hair Salon! Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on two different cute characters. Using your fingers you can make any hair style you want! And of course - take a snapshot and save your creations!

As with all Toca Boca toys, there are no high scores, time limits or stressful music. Your kids can play with it however they want!

If you would like to download Toca Hair Salon - Christmas (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


The Snowman and The Snowdog Game (FREE)

From iTunes:
Take control of The Snowman and The Snowdog as they fly across the UK on a magical journey to the North Pole in this gentle endless runner style game.

Please note – this game is free to play, however some items can also be purchased for real money. If you don’t want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device’s settings.

* Dress up your own snowman with over 80 costume outfits!
* Festive fun for all the family!
* Stunning panoramic airborne views featuring recognizable landmarks as you travel across the country
* Play alone, or get friends and family to tap extra snowflakes.
* Featuring music from the film’s score by Ilan Eshkeri.

This new game for Christmas 2013 allows you to take direct control of the characters and steer them on a fantastic journey through their magical world; collecting snowflakes, avoiding obstacles, and catching other friendly snowmen along the way!

If you would like to download The Snowman and Snowdog (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


Elmo's Monster Maker ($2.99)
Currently holiday themed.

From iTunes:
Elmo wants you to make a monster friend! It’s easy! Choose a monster body and touch its face to give it eyes, nose and a hat—there are lots and lots and lots to choose from. When you’re done, Elmo will dance and play with your monster! This is going to be so much fun!

• All original Sesame Street video.
• Elmo’s photos of your monster go to your iPhone/iPod's photo album.
• Elmo interacts with your monster.
• Your monster comes alive to dance and play.
• Change your monster as many times as you like.

• Fosters art and creativity.
• Encourages decision-making.

If you would like to download Elmo's Monster Maker ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

(iPhone only)            (iPad/iPhone) __________________________________

Starfall Gingerbread ($0.99)

From iTunes:
The Starfall Gingerbread app is a delicious way to learn 2D and 3D shapes. Children choose a girl or boy cookie, then decorate it with shapes and colors. In this App edition, create a tray of gingerbread cookies, then choose a favorite cookie to run through a maze following shapes or shape patterns. Run the maze again and again, it’s different every time!

If you would like to download Starfall Gingerbread ($0.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


Christmas Eve book (FREE)

From iTunes:
It's Christmas Eve and Nina and her family are decorating their Christmas Tree. As Nina hangs a decoration on the tree, she overhears her mother saying that it's been a while since she believed in Santa Claus.
Nina, with the help of her little brother Jeremy, decides to prove to their mother that Santa really does exist.

Chocolapps apps promote your child's development because they help to improve listening abilities as well as observation and concentration skills.

If you would like to download Christmas Eve (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter ($0.99)

From iTunes:
Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he helps his family prepare for Christmas! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Little Critter be helpful, or will get just get tangled up in tape and Christmas lights?

Explore the Story:
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- RECORD your own narration & share it with others
- SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation
- KEEP kids in the story with parental controls 

If you would like to download Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter ($0.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:


Little Fox Music Box – Kids songs – Sing along ($2.99)
Currently holiday themed.

From iTunes:
New X-Mas Version! Many great new animations in the snow!

A sing-along songbook with more than 100 interactive elements in 3 songs and the little fox music studio where you can record your own songs! Brought to you by the team that created the bestselling App “Nighty Night”! Great for kids between 2 and 6 years old. 

If you would like to download Little Fox Music Box ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please show your support by using our link:

From our families to yours, Smart Apps for Special Needs wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

Rachel H. compiled this list with the help from Ron, Sarah, Amanda and the supreme editing skills of Heather S. 

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