App Reviews

Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Toca Town takes a classic play pattern and manages to adapt it -- perhaps even improve it -- using technology, without losing the open-ended possibilities of imaginative play. Here, kids (and their imaginations) run the world. 
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Procreate isn't just an app to use on the go; it's simply impressive enough to take the place of many desktop programs. Thanks to the customization function the brush options are limitless, but an impressive arsenal is also included.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sketchbook Pro is a serious digital art tool not to be mistaken for the many simple drawing apps available. It is an excellent, professional-caliber tool designed by Autodesk, developers with a history of well-regarded apps for designers, engineers, and architects. 
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Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Elmo is at his charming best as he encourages young kids to explore numbers.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Reading Rainbow is a nostalgic touchstone for many of today's parents, so there may be some concerns that the app can't live up to the landmark television program. Those fears are unfounded, as it keeps the focus on education and the joy of learning.
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Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Numberlys combines beauty, versatility, and learning potential to create a unique app that's sure to spark your kids' imagination.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Kids will love learning while they play, and the parent guide is a bonus for parents who are trying to prep little ones for kindergarten.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Meanness and superficiality take a backseat in this version of the classic tale.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This app lets you create art using your fingers and any sound you can make. It is a magical experience!
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Whether or not you believe that puzzles help the brain, these colorful conundrums are super fun.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)