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.
Dora & Kai-Lan's Pet Shelter Game Poster Image
Learning what happy, sad, and confused feelings and faces are are crucial skills for kids.
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Pet Pals 2: Best of Friends! Game Poster Image
Bank on these favorites for serious money learning.
Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle App Poster Image
These engaging products help kids learn letters and words.
Leo's Pad Enrichment Program for Preschoolers App Poster Image
Come face to face with famed men and women of history.
Curious About Me App Poster Image
Bring Hollywood home.
Sketch, doodle, and draft to your heart's content.
Doc McStuffins Color and Play App Poster Image
Painting products perfect for the next Picasso.
Happy Snap App Poster Image
Snappy picks for shutterbugs and photography lovers.
CAST UDL Book Builder Website Poster Image
Kids' ideas get a chance to shine with these great digital picks.
Story Dice App Poster Image
Great digital outlets for budding cinema scribes.
NRICH Website Poster Image
Stats standouts that far exceed the average.
BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image
Go from debt to surplus with economy picks that really have the goods.
AlphaTots App Poster Image
Common Sense Media's ON for Learning Award is given to the very best in kids' websites, games, and apps.
Giraffe's PreSchool Playground App Poster Image
Enriching, exciting apps for Android phones or tablets.
Active Life: Extreme Challenge Game Poster Image
Fun and physics on two wheels.
Trucks HD App Poster Image
Do you have a kid who can't get enough of trucks? Check out these apps and games.
Umigo Website Poster Image
When the wacky idea wins.
Picasso - Mirror Draw! App Poster Image
Mobile apps are a fun addition to those long car rides.
There's a Wocket in My Pocket App Poster Image
Whimsical rhymes encourage early literacy.