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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 10/6/15

Create a photo collage in the shape of a whimsical elephant.  Choose an elephant from the parade of illustrated pachyderms, then choose a pattern (stars? Patchwork squares?), then the hunt for the best pictures begins!  What photos will you take to fill in the shapes on your elephant? Perhaps a...

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Age group: Preschool
Reviewed on 4/6/21

A scavenger hunt for colors that you can play with a group of friends! Create a game by choosing the number of minutes you want to play and how many colors to hunt for. The app will generate a code that you can share with friends (or you can play alone). Once you begin the game you'll see...

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Reviewed on 3/10/21

Play around with four types of strolling musician groups in this app for kids. First, choose which type of band you'd like to play with -- traditional marching band, mariachi band, electronic robot band or a Japanese group or mix and match all four.  Then, drag instruments from the bottom of the...

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Reviewed on 3/9/21

A cartoon illustration plus micro-bio on 77+ women in history (err... "HERstory") including no less than SEVEN women named Harriet. This app is a companion to the textbook titled "A HIstory of the US: Liberty for All?" but it can be used without the textbook.  If you have the textbook (or if you...

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Reviewed on 2/13/21

It's not an app, but it's an excellent digital media resource and you should know about it. I discovered this podcast after it won the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award from ALA and my daughter and I both love it! While I normally wouldn't be...

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Reviewed on 2/6/21

It's a good time of year to go out and try ice skating, but... maybe today is too cold.  Or maybe you can't get skates? Try out this Nice Skating app instead.  First, choose one of 4 skaters.  Then, help them refine their skating costume.  Last, draw their path on the ice.  Then, as they skate...

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Age group: Grades K-2

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