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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 10/30/14

Hilarious little animations surprise and delight both you and your baby (or toddler or preschooler) as you explore this app together.  Swipe up, down, left and right or tap the screen to see the different reactions.  A great way to reinforce cause and effect with no time limits, no plot, just...

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Age group: Baby/toddler
Reviewed on 12/10/19

A book app about a boy who finds "a little piece of line" and picks it up.  The story follows the adventures of the boy and the line throughout his life and offers the readers opportunities to draw pictures with the line (or erase lines) at points in the story that move the story along.  The...

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Reviewed on 11/18/19

The original Hideout app was one of my first reviews for this site.  Amazingly, that app is still around and has had elements added to the original "treehouse" to make it even bigger.  Now, there's also another Hideout app...

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Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2
Reviewed on 11/18/19

A pleasing simple music creation app by the band, Lullatone.  This app features a grid of 30 grey raindrop images.  When you tap a raindrop, it makes a sound and turns a color (that drop only ever makes that particular sound and turns that particular color).  Over the next six seconds, the color...

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Reviewed on 11/12/19

A simple but surreal matching game with a draw-your-own option.  In this game, first choose your language (English, French, Spanish or German), then match the colored shape (based on a pear shape, but with extra bits added) to an outline that will make it into an animal (or just enjoy the funny...

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Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool
Reviewed on 11/12/19

A story-starter, in French or English!  With simple design, this app allows players to mix and match phrases to make sentences from the sublime to the ridiculous. If you hit the button in the top right corner, you can hear sounds associated with each of the phrases ("kisses" gets a kissing sound...

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Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2

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