App Reviews

Hopster: Kids TV, Nursery Rhymes, Music, Fun Games App Poster Image
age 4+
Cute, curated content with monthly fee; only light learning.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Clangers - Playtime Planet App Poster Image
age 2+
Promo for TV show has cute graphics and uneven game design.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Ruff Ruff Tweet and Dave App Poster Image
age 4+
Interactive companion to TV show plus stand-alone games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Sheriff Callie's Tales of the Wild West App Poster Image
age 4+
Excellent story-creation app encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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IF... The Emotional IQ Game App Poster Image
age 8+
Fantasy game promotes real-life social and emotional skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Disney Story Central App Poster Image
age 3+
Favorite characters, badge rewards motivate kids to read.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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The Sonnets by William Shakespeare App Poster Image
age 13+
Slightly scholarly app features expert Bard interpreters.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Foldify App Poster Image
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age 8+
Classic 3-D paper craft transformed; actual paper optional.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Disney Junior Appisodes App Poster Image
age 3+
Fun, interactive shows can get pricey, hog data.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Animal Band ~ 3D Interactive Music Toy App Poster Image
age 2+
Silly sing-along great for toddlers, except for in-app buys.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
age 6+
Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Toca Hair Salon Me App Poster Image
age 8+
Kids play hair stylist for mom, the dog, or even themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Toca Lab App Poster Image
csm_app
age 6+
Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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National Geographic World Atlas App Poster Image
age 10+
More detail would enhance interactive but basic world maps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Kerpoof Tell a Story: Dino Edition App Poster Image
age 7+
Dinosaur scenes help kids tell their own giant-size tales.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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The Free Dictionary by Farlex App Poster Image
age 9+
Comprehensive reference tool with games and customization.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Sky Map App Poster Image
csm_app
age 10+
Excellent tool encourages appreciation of the universe.
Devices: Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
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Dictionary.com App Poster Image
csm_app
age 9+
Comprehensive tool with voice search, fun daily features.
Devices: Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
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Google Earth App Poster Image
csm_app
age 12+
Must-see geographic exploration tool; watch for iffy videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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The World Factbook for iPad App Poster Image
age 8+
Database of global statistics is a great reference tool.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
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