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
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This ecology simulation empowers kids to care for the environment.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(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
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Putting Mobile Observatory into kids' hands is like giving them full access to an observatory and planetarium along with a docent to guide them on their self-paced tour. 
csm_app
Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(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
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Gorgeous art style and music accompany this puzzler about directing an animated blob.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
This classic read-along tale inspires kids to explore and has been wonderfully adapted to the iPad.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
Editors' pick
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This is a fabulous way to turn learning the alphabet into an engaging game.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(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)