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. 
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Match Blitz is a fun, challenging multiplayer game that the entire family can enjoy.
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Devices: 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.
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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.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids will learn as they engage in each beautifully designed lesson in The Social Express. The situations presented are relevant to kids' lives and will help them transfer skills to real-life situations outside the app.
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Devices: iPad
(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.
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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.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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
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
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids will actually enjoy looking up words and playing around with WordFlex Touch Dictionary. By exploring, kids can develop a depth of understanding for old and new words and broaden their vocabularies. 
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Devices: iPad
(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.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
In this highly addicting simulation game, kids learn about real-word financial concepts as they build a dinosaur theme park. And unlike many simulation apps, Dinorama doesn't tempt kids with in-app purchases.
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Devices: 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.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids create fabulous-looking faces using everyday items in this simple but highly creative art-making app.
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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
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. 
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Devices: 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
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.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This excellent app helps kids identify and manage their emotions.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)

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