Busy Shapes App Poster Image
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Busy Shapes mimics a real-world environment but also gives kids a safe, appropriately stimulating way to explore this digital world. A refreshing and smart use of technology, supported by research.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar App Poster Image
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Kids tap an egg until it hatches into a caterpillar. Each day they feed it, play with it, and make sure it gets plenty of rest until it becomes a butterfly. Has feel-good written all over it, from the tinkling musical notes to the bright colors.

Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
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Peek-a-Zoo is a great first app for toddlers and preschoolers. Its cute, colorful animal characters are appealing, and its controls are easy to master. Better yet, it can help very young kids identify emotions by studying the animals' facial expressions.

Sago Mini Babies App Poster Image
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Goes back in time to when the virtual animals in the Sago Mini clan were super cute, highly responsive babies. Kids care for them by feeding them, entertaining them, playing with them, and so on. Graphics simplistic but appealing; play easy and open-ended.

Avokiddo ABC Ride App Poster Image
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Beck and Bo ride a bike along a path and explore each scene, following alliterative instructions to reveal the hidden letter. The gentle voice narration gives lots of encouragement, and the graphics are impressive -- everything seems to be made from cardboard.

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Common Sense Tips

  • Create a "starter kit" of apps from every category, including art, learning, and social development.
  • Using the iPad's Guided Access setting, you can limit access to a single app.