App Reviews

Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
For kids, simply creating their own little worlds is certainly entertaining and valuable play, but HOOPA CITY becomes mind-blowingly fun as kids figure out all the building possibilities.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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. 
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Busy Shapes mimics a real-world environment for kids to explore but also gives them a safe, appropriately stimulating way to explore the digital world that will be part of their experience.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Threes! is an engaging game that uses numbers in a fun way, and the whole family can enjoy it.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This atmospheric, brooding sequel expands on the best parts of the original. The brainteasers challenge players, but a well-done hint system keeps you from giving up.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
By adding objects to a scene, kids explore both logic and creativity in fun, interactive settings.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This ecology simulation empowers kids to care for the environment.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
There's really no app like GarageBand -- imagine being able to write, record, and share your own professional quality music wherever you are with a few taps of a screen. It's a powerful mobile digital audio workstation for multitrack recording with impressive, on-board loops and production and editing tools.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
For parents and kids looking for a kid-friendly daily news source, News-O-Matic is a winner, with its well-written stories and fun interactive features.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Proloquo2Go is an extraordinary communication aid for kids who need talking assistance. Kids can learn how to effectively convey messages of wants, needs, feelings, opinions, social manners, and more.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This excellent app helps kids identify and manage their emotions.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(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.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This creative free app based on TV show helps kids expand vocabulary relating to feelings.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Block-popping puzzler steps outside the mold of other physics-based apps.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
A photo a day is a simple thing to do, but over time the results are amazing.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Oddly addictive music rhythm game a clever surprise.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Meanness and superficiality take a backseat in this version of the classic tale.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
With excellent step-by-step instructions, even young kids can learn to sketch a dog, princess, and more.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This is a fun and creative way to practice using the number line and to put different kinds of numbers in order. Kids physically interact with the number line, moving it around, zooming in and out, until they truly understand how it works.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fling presidential portraits at aliens in this wacky way to learn history.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)

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