Best Apps for Kids

Best Apps for Kids
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Unless noted otherwise, all apps are compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Best Reading Apps
abc PocketPhonics ($2.99) - This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers with
emphasis on letter sounds and writing. Lite version available. Preschool-Kindergarten
Cinderella - Magic Ink Books (Free) - Classic fairytale storybook with the "magic ink" twist--swipe over
black & white pages to magically reveal the next page in full colour. Preschool-Grade 1
Shake-a-Phrase ($1.99) - Cleverly disguised app that encourages older children to read by way of silly
sentences that will help teach vocabulary and parts of speech. Grade 3+
The Cat in the Hat ($3.99) - Beloved Dr. Seuss classic comes to life through skilful narration and
picture/word association. Lite version available. Preschool-Grade 1
Toy Story Read-Along (Free; iPad) - Based on the original blockbuster, this is a fun and interactive
storybook with activities on each page that will surely keep the kids entertained. Preschool-Grade 1
Best Math Apps
Jungle Coins ($2.99; iPad) - Teach kids currency at varying levels such as finding coins, counting
money, comparing coins and correct change. Kindergarten-Grade 4
Jungle Time ($0.99) - With its easy to use interface, varying difficulty levels and built-in lessons (24 hr
clock, time zones, etc), this learn to tell time app is high on replay value. iPad version includes double
clock problems. Kindergarten-Grade 4
Park Math ($1.99) - Early math concepts are introduced with the help of cute animated animals with
plenty of activities to keep kids interested and entertained. Preschool-Grade 1
Rocket Math ($0.99) - Answer math equations to earn money to build a rocket that when launched, will
enable varied leveled math missions such as counting, shapes/patterns, fractions, decimals, telling time
and U.S. money. Lite version available. Grades 1-5
TallyTots Pocket ($0.99) - With 20 activities, younger children will have fun learning numbers 1-20 in
this interactive and fun app. Preschool-Kindergarten
Best Science Apps
8 Planets (Free) - Young astronomers will enjoy learning about the planets and earning ribbons in
games testing their knowledge. Preschool-Grade 1
BrainPOP Featured Movie (Free) - Features a different animated, short film each day on topics such as
Science, Social Studies, Technology, Engineering, Health, English, Art & Music and Math. Grade 2+
iLearn with Poko: Seasons ($1.99) - Preschoolers learn about the weather and seasons in this
interactive and preschool friendly game. Preschool-Kindergarten
Leafsnap (Free) - An app with huge potential, budding botanists can identify plants by taking a picture
of their leaves. All Ages
Best Art Apps
123 Color: Talking Coloring Book ($0.99) - Kids won't even realize they're learning their ABCs and 123s
(available in several languages) in this "colour by number" theme app. Premium version includes all
colouring books and 10 world maps. Preschool-Grade 2
Doodle Buddy (Free) - Future Picassos of all ages will enjoy creating their next masterpiece using a
variety of tools including, paint, chalk, stencils, stamps, backgrounds and photographs. All Ages
Faces iMake-Lite ($0.99) - Let your imagination go wild by making silly faces using common everyday
objects. Premium version includes more than 200 items. All Ages
Toontastic ($0.99; iPad) - Take storytelling to the next level by creating cartoons from start to finish,
using your own voice to narrate the story. Kindergarten-Grade 4
Best Spelling Apps
Licking Letters ($0.99) - Learn to spell 150 words and play mini-games along the way to earn coins to
dress Hoppy the Frog. Preschool-Kindergarten
Montessori Crosswords ($2.99) - Based on the Montessori method which includes the phonics-enabled
Moveable Alphabet, kids can develop their spelling, reading and writing skills by completing crossword
puzzles. Preschool-Grade 2
Sight Words by Little Speller (Free) - On the surface this may appear to be a no frills app, but what
makes it unique is that parents can fully customize the list of words, add their own voice and images.
Preschool-Grade 1
Word Wagon ($1.99) - With over 100 words in 7 categories, kids learn spelling, letter recognition and
phonics by progressing through 4 difficulty levels. Preschool-Kindergarten