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Carissa's App Picks for Kids

High-quality apps you can feel good about using with your child.

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Reviewed on 11/10/20

If you've ever played the board game "Guess Who" then you know how this game works -- except this version is way better.  FIrst of all, it features photos (not caricature cartoon drawings) and quotes from the real people in the photos. It also includes each person's self-identified race along...

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Reviewed on 1/15/21

Welcome to the most complicated bakery ever!  Choose a pastry to make, then it goes into the "oven" where  players must move the pastry along a super long conveyor belt with ... complications. You might have  to press a button that bounces the pastry from one spot to the next or spin a wheel...

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Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2
Reviewed on 1/9/21

Minibombo's newest app is all about opposites. In this app, appropriate for even the youngest players, you first choose which animal you'd like to play with. Each animal then has a series of opposite options.  Players can choose whether the animal might be tall or short, for example, or far or...

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Reviewed on 1/9/21

Note: This app is only available on Apple Arcade. A new game from the makers of "Love you to Bits" and "Bring You Home" this app continues on the theme of CUTE cartoony characters on a search for loved ones.  In this case, it's a hapless mother hen searching for her lost chicks. Also like the...

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Reviewed on 12/16/20

A trading game for one or two players.  In this game, you need to buy supplies for your castle. There are many options to choose from that change up the details of the game, but the basics are the same.  A boat pulls up to the dock with items for sale. You choose the items you want to buy and...

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Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Reviewed on 12/16/20

A clever word-building game! The main story in this app is that 7 swords have been stolen and need to be recovered. The majority of the game play consists of one-on-one battles against either an automatically generated opponent OR another player (with a pass-and-play option). The way that you...

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Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5

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