Angry Birds App Poster Image
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This ubiquitous game is a fun, addictive puzzler based around destruction and revenge (the birds want to get back at the pigs for stealing their eggs). No mobile device is complete without it!

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island App Poster Image
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As the owner of an island in ecological distress, kids learn what hurts it and how to fix it. They buy trees, pick up garbage, and clean oil spills until the island is rainbow-framed; kids make the connection to our own environment's problems.

Monument Valley App Poster Image
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A silent princess leads users through a captivating world in this M.C. Escher-inspired puzzle game. By routinely ignoring gravity and physical laws, it creates a surreal dream world. It's very soothing and best suited for players who need a slower pace.

Toca Mystery House App Poster Image
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Usually known for preschool apps, Toca Boca aims slightly older with this mildly spooky app. As kids explore different rooms, they'll solve puzzles and play through fun activities.

Hands-on Equations 1 App Poster Image
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Though it doesn't have the bells and whistles some math apps have, this does take kids through a solid learning process. The visual elements may help them make sense of algebra's abstract concepts.

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Common Sense Tips

  • Discuss how a mix of playing, reading, and interacting with others makes for a balanced day.
  • If your kid loves to read, the ability to immediately download the next book in a series, a resource for homework, or a rainy-day read is a major benefit.