Best apps: Our Recommendations for Families

If it seems like the world of apps is overwhelming, that's because it is! But never fear -- our editors have combed through the thousands of apps out there to pick the best. Whether you want to teach your preschooler the ABCs or read a great interactive story, yes, there's an app for that.
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Educational goodies that won't break the bank.
Code Karts - Pre-school Programming Preparation App Poster Image
Programming is the new literacy all kids can benefit from.
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Get into the holiday spirit with these fun seasonal apps.
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Help your kids build friendships and gain world know-how as they gear up for their first years of school.
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We love the iPad for big-screen kid play.
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We keep track of the chart-topping apps.
Kids Listen: Podcasts for Kids App Poster Image
Podcasts aren't just for grown-ups, so find one your whole family can enjoy.
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Though not a replacement for professional help, these apps might help with common mental health issues.
Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collection App Poster Image
Explore art, science, and history from around the world.
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When homework has everyone stumped, these apps can help.
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Things just don't add up when your kid can't stand math, but these tools can help.
Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids App Poster Image
For some kids, picking up a book is like torture. Take the sting out of text and find a fun inroad with these apps.
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From little kid to teen, all kids get distracted (adults, too!), so consider using some tech to keep them on track.
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If your kids need extra practice or help with middle school math, check out this list of tools.
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Middle school is all about changes -- including in math class -- and these tools can help ease any tough math transitions.
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Use these tools to help your kid master new math skills.
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Whether your kid needs extra practice or a fun way to pass the time, these apps are sure to please.
Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication App Poster Image
Give your kid's math skills a boost with these fun games.
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Keep your kid's love of numbers alive with these super-fun tools.
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Plus and minus equal new math skills for your first-grader, and these apps can help reinforce their learning.