Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 100 Apps of 2014, Part 4 (Reading, Writing, eBook, Exercise, and Relaxations apps)

And last but not least, here is our final installment of the Top 100 Apps from 2014! In this last grouping of apps, we have some of our favorite apps to help with reading, writing, handwriting. We also listed some of our favorite eBooks and apps to get kids up and moving as well as to help them relax. Just to help make sure the parents, teachers and therapists don't feel left out, there are also a few game apps for adults who just need to take 5 minutes to them selves to have a little fun!

Reading, Writing, and Handwritting Apps:

72. StartDOT Handwriting by TrishCo LLC
5 Stars from Heather S
Developed by an occupational therapist with 20 years of experience working with handwriting for young children and children with special needs.

$4.99 iPad Only

73. Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words by L'Escapadoucomes 
5 stars from Heather H
Designed to help every child learn how to trace through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation. The app is fully customizable to suit every child's needs.

$2.99 iPad/iPhone

*Go see the other apps in this series, including Cursive Writing Wizard.

74. Write to Read by Writereader Aps 
5 Stars from Rachel H
Write to Read is a book creator app in which children from the age of three easily can make or participate in making their own books and at the same time learn how to write and read.

$6.99, iPad only

75. Phonics with Phonzy from MeowTek 
4 Stars from Kelli
Phonzy is an engaging 3D character who demonstrates correct pronunciation of phonic letter sounds and words and encourages kids to practice aloud!

(FREE, iPhone/iPad)

76. StoryLines by Edmodo
StoryLines is an award-winning game of 'telephone' with pictures. You begin a StoryLine with a common saying. A friend grows the StoryLine by illustrating that saying. Another friend titles that drawing (without seeing the original saying). Yet another friend illustrates that title, and so on.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

77. Little Writer by Innovative Mobile Apps
A tracing app that's done just right. Little Writer is super fun and so easy to use that your kids will think letter tracing is a game vs. a boring chore.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

78. Rocket Speller by Little Big Thinkers 
A fun and engaging spelling app for 3-7 year olds. Educators, occupational therapists, special education teachers, and parents agree that kids are engaged and learning with this app.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

79. Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games by Innovative Mobile Apps
Help Your Child Learn to Read. Sight Words, also known as the Dolch List are an integral part in learning how to read.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

Book Apps

80. Dr. Seuss Treasury by Oceanhouse Media
4.5 Stars from Heather H
Over 50 Dr. Seuss classic books in one app!

FREE, iPad/iPhone (one week free trial, then requires subscription)

81. I Like Books - 37 Picture Books for Kids in 1 App by Grasshopper Apps 
The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy stories with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in.

$1.99, iPad/iPhone

82. Even Monsters Get Sick by Busy Bee Studios 
Kids play and interact with Harry as he struggles to find out what’s wrong with his new monster.

$1.99, iPad/iPhone

83. Mr. Elephant & Mr. Mouse by By Jelly Biscuits 
4.5 stars from Rachel H
This adorable story tells how Mr. Elephant and Mr. Mouse learn to embrace their unique attributes and ultimately succeed at life.

$2.99, iPad/iPhone

84. Axel's Chain Reaction by Laura Allison Pomenta Badolato
A creative tinkerer, Axel Jansen struggles to connect with his classmates and get them to see past the fidgety, distracted, clumsy boy they think he is.

$2.99, iPad/iPhone, or FREE Lite Version

84. Into the Snow: A Sam and Stella Adventure by zinc Roe 
Play alongside Stella and Sam and their dog Fred as they go outside to look for their toboggan.

$1.99, iPad/iPhone

85. I Hate Washing My Hands by Tinman Arts
Little princess just hates washing her hands! She ate cakes with her dirty hands. As a result germs started to upset her stomach! How terrible!

FREE, iPad Only

86. The Kissing Hand by Oceanhouse Media
Join Chester Racoon in this interactive book app as his mother shares a family secret called The Kissing Hand to help ease his fears about going to school.

$3.99, iPad/iPhone

87. Collins Big Cat: Around the World Story Creator by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Develop your children’s reading and writing skills with Around The World interactive book and Story Creator, from the primary literacy specialists at Collins Education.

FREE, iPad only

*See all 8 FREE book apps from HarperCollins Publishers!

88. Pigeon Presents Mo... on the Go! by Disney
Three-time Caldecott honoree Mo Willems invites you to join some of his most beloved characters in this collection of entertaining games and activities to play anytime, anywhere!

$3.99, iPad/iPhone

Apps to get kids up and moving as well some that help with relaxation:

89. NFL PLAY 60 by American Heart Association
Run, Jump, and PLAY 60! Can you run fast? Jump high? Turn quick? Do you have what it takes to PLAY 60? Collect coins and get football power-ups!

FREE, iPad/iPhone

90. Dance Party Zoo by FIZZBRAIN LLC
Many children need practice in balance, coordination and rhythm. Dance Party Zoo is a fun way to get it!

$2.99, iPad/iPhone

91. Super Stretch Yoga by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
Move, play and breathe as Super Stretch introduces you to his friends and their yoga poses. Super Stretch is your guide who takes you on your journey. 

FREE, iPad/iPhone

92. Kids Yogaverse: I AM LOVE by Gramercy Consultants
This mobile application empowers young children through strength, fitness and breath affirmations.

$1.99, iPhone/iPad

93. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street
Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as she is exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, personalized encouragements, and more!

FREE, iPad/iPhone

94. Relax Melodies HD: Sleep zen sounds & white noise for meditation, yoga and baby relaxation by iLBSoft
Select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. Adjust the volume of each sound individually for better results.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

95. Smiling Mind by Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment. 

FREE, iPad/iPhone

96. Humming Timer by Richardo Fonseca
Humming Timing is a timer app, a fun way of counting down time using your music library.

FREE, iPad

Apps for grown ups who just need a quick break:

97. Two Dots by Betaworks One 
Join two brave dots as they traverse arctic tundras, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

98. Ruzzle Adventure by MAG Interactive
Take part in the exciting adventure of magical worlds with hundreds of levels filled with mind boggling word puzzles.

FREE, iPad/iPhone

99. Wordament by Microsoft Corporation
Wordament® is a real-time continuous word tournament. Players compete on the same board with everyone at once. Rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter tiles, themed words, speed rounds and more. 

FREE, iPad/iPhone

100. Bonza Word Puzzle by Minimega Pty Ltd
A new type of crossword that has become an instant classic. It mixes word search, jigsaw and trivia knowledge to create something completely fresh.

$0.99, iPad/iPhone

If this list wasn't enough for you, go over and check our Top Posts of 2014.

In case you missed any of the rest of our Top 100 Apps of the Year, here are the other links:

Part 1: Speech and Language apps as well as apps useful in therapy sessions

Part 2: Apps for Autism community, Emotions and Creative Play

Part 3: Apps for Early Education, Math, and Science Apps


Rachel H wants go curl up with a book in front of the fire on this cold, rainy day, but she's going to go grow crystals with her daughter's new science kit instead.

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