Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Our Picks for the Top 100 Apps for Kids


The time of the year for giving and receiving has come, and we know that means there will be new devices to fill with apps and iTunes gift cards to redeem. We wanted to bring you a list of our top apps to help fill those devices. Some of these apps have been highlighted on our site, while others have been on Smart Apps for Kids. This list is arranged by categories, but the apps are in no particular order. The first app highlighted in each section is either the top choice chosen by Rachel H. or Heather S. or a highly recommended app on Smart Apps for Special Needs.

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Games and for fun: (#1 - #27)


Dr Panda ($1.99 each, iPad/iPhone)
Dr. Panda's Hospital           Dr. Panda's Restaurant

Dr. Panda's Airport             Dr. Panda's Supermarket

Dr. Panda's Daycare           Dr. Panda's Handyman  

Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon  Art Class with Dr. Panda

Toca Boca ($2.99 each, iPad/iPhone)
        Toca Hair Salon     Toca Band     Toca Store     Toca Kitchen     Toca House

More Series ($0.99 each, except More Buffet is $1.99, iPad/iPhone) - fun food apps
        More Donuts!     More Buffet!     More Cakes!     More Noodles!    
        More Grillin'

Doc McStuffins - a popular Disney Jr character who needs your help taking care of sick or injured toys
        Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up! ($3.99, iPad/iPhone)
        Doc McStuffins: Moving With Doc HD  ($1.99, iPad Only)

Despicable Me: Minion Rush (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - compete in fast-paced challenges

PBS Kids Video (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - allows kids to watch many of their favorite PBS shows

Wubbzy's Animal Coloring book ($2.99, iPad/iPhone)- allows kids to practice coloring the lovable Nickelodeon character without going outside the lines

Clumsy Ninja (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - train a cute little ninja to move up belt colors

Minecraft ($6.99, iPad/iPhone) - place blocks and go on adventures

Slow Tunes ($1.99, iPhone/iPad 2x) - slow down your favorite songs to learn the words

Dr. Seuss Band ($0.99, iPad/iPhone) - turn your device into a musical instrument

eBooks: (#28 - #49)


Dr. Seuss (ranging from $3.99 to $4.99, iPad/iPhone)
The Lorax            Green Eggs and Ham

Fox in Socks        The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss' ABC    Oh, The Places You'll Go

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

                                                Hop on Pop      

Little Critter ($1.99, iPad/iPhone)
        I Was So Mad     All By Myself     Just Me and My Mom 

        Just Go to Bed     I Just Forgot     Just A Mess

Berenstein Bears ($3.99, iPad/iPhone)
        The Berenstain Bears and the Big Spelling Bee
        The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle
        The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy 
        The Berenstain Bears’ Really Big Pet Show 
        The Berenstain Bears' BIG Bedtime Book  ($5.99, iPad/iPhone)

The Mighty League Vol 1 - The Terrible Taunting ($3.99, iPad/iPhone) - a wonderful interactive and customizable storybook app with an important life lesson about stopping bullying. (4.5 Stars)

Even Monsters Get Sick ($1.99, iPad Only) - lets kids read, listen, touch, play and interact with Harry as he struggles to find out what’s wrong with his new monster.

Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo! ($3.99, iPad/iPhone)

Math: (#50 - #60)

Splash Math ($9.99 each, iPad/iPhone) - lite versions are offered
1st Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets Game for 13 chapters

2nd grade worksheets of Numbers, Addition, Subtraction, Time & 9 other chapters

3rd Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets Game for 16 chapters

4th Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets Game for Kids 

5th Grade Math: Splash Math Common Core Worksheets for kids 

Todo K-2 Math Practice (Free, iPad Only) - strengthens children’s number sense as they work and play through the seven activities. (5 Stars)

Dragon Shapes: Geometry Challenge (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - helps to improve visual-spatial skills and geometric relationships. (4.5 Stars)

Vizulator The Visual Calculator ($5.99, iPad/iPhone) - allows kids to see math in action (4.5 Stars)

Counting Around the World ($4.99, iPad/iPhone) - offers videos, games, pictures, puzzles and music, learn numbers count and play with REAL KIDS from all around the world (4.5 Stars)

Math Heroes2: Multiplications (FREE for first 4 levels, iPad/iPhone)

Moose Math ($1.99, iPad/iPhone) - helps children learn to count, subtract, add and so much more.

Science: (#61 - #63)

Bill Nye The Science Guy, by Disney (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - allows children to explore the world of science

Sid's Science Fair, by PBS Kids ($0.99, iPhone/iPad 2x) - lets kids engage in experiential learning with core science and math concepts with Sid the Science Kid.

Dinosaur Train Eggspress ($1.99, iPhone/iPad 2x) - By PBS Kids, challenges kids to find and match dinosaur eggs and then reunite dinosaur families while progressing through three different time periods.

Alphabet: (#64 - #69)

ABC Actions ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - helps children learn a variety of action words through pictures, easy to understand descriptions, videos and interactive mini games (5 Stars)

ABC Wildlife ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - lets children explore a large variety of animals through stunning pictures and fun videos.

ABC Go ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - allows children to explore things that go through pictures.

Elmo Loves ABC's ($4.99, iPad Only) - introduces children to all the letters of the alphabet through video clips, coloring pages and activities.

Letter Reflex ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - Overcoming Letter Reversals (5 Stars)

Phonics Genius (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - practice the individual sounds of letters


Vocabulary (#70 - #76)

Sight Words List (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - practice Dolch sight words

Fry Words (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - practice Fry sight words

I Spell MY Words ($3.99, iPad Only) - customizable spelling app with pictures

Splingo's Language Universe ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - practice listening and language skills


Endless Reader (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - join the monsters to learn about sight words)

Sight Words by Little Speller (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - fully customizable app focused on Dolch words

Rocket Speller (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - practice spelling words with increasing difficulty

Handwriting: (#77 - #81)

Writing Wizard ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - helps children practice letters, numbers as well as words. Customizable

Handwriting Without Tears Wet Dry Try ($6.99, iPad Only) - an app based on the popular Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.

Little Writer (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - a great free version for practicing letter writing

Chalkwalk ($0.99, iPad Only) - practice writing with a pincer grasp

Write-On Handwriting ($2.99, iPad Only) - offers both digital and paper workbooks, this app provides another way to practice the same methodology. (4 Stars)

Early Learning: (#82 - #91)

TeachMe (Toddler is $0.99, all other apps are $1.99, iPad/iPhone)
TeachMe: Toddler

TeachMe: Kindergarten

TeachMe: 1st Grade

TeachMe: 2nd Grade

TeachMe: 3rd Grade

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99, iPad/iPhone) - includes 7 different games that teach kids about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences

ABC Phonics Word Family ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - practice letter sounds, word families, and more

Peekaboo Toy Box ($1.99, iPad/iPhone) - specially designed for toddlers so it focuses on eye tracking and fine motor skills development, and introduces cause and effect and early vocabulary.

LEGO DUPLO Train (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - a child can be the train driver

LEGO DUPLO Peekaboo (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - a classic hide and seek game with LEGO characters

Life Skills: (#92 - #100)

iSequences ($2.99, iPad Only) - an app for practicing sequences using social situations and emotions (4.5 Stars)

See.Touch.Learn ($39.99, iPad Only) - a series of picture cards which are used to create multiple choice tests complete with verbal prompts.  A free version is available also (5 Stars)

Dial Safe Pro helps children learn their phone number as well as emergency numbers such as 911 (5 Star)

Stepping Stones ($0.99, iPhone/iPad 2x) - visual schedules for children to follow (4 Stars)

Calm Counter ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - a visual to help children self calm.

Plan It, Do It, Check It Off ($2.99, iPad/iPhone) - a visual to do list

Touch and Learn Emotions (FREE, iPad/iPhone) - learn emotions from real children's faces

Feel Electric (FREE, iPad Only)  - Through the use of games, music, videos and more, children learn about 50 different emotions as well as explore self awareness.

Fizzy's Lunch Lab (FREE, iPad Only) - learn about healthy eating habits

*****

Rachel H kept putting off addressing Christmas cards and wrapping presents in order to keep working on this list. Luckily she works well under pressure!






Heather S. may not have any food made for today or any presents wrapped, but she is excited that this list is finally finished.  

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