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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 8/12/22

By the same folks that brought us the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books, now you can listen to the stories through an app! Stories of women and girls from long ago or from right now, from artists and activists, to scientists and athletes, and from all over the world.... there's a wide...

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Reviewed on 9/11/21

Videos real people signing common sentences. Watch the short videos, practice the signs yourself, then play a game where you have to identify which signed sentence the person in the video is signing. The videos include a wide variety of ages, races and abilities. In addition to the sentences...

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Reviewed on 7/14/21

Grab a photo from your camera roll and play along with this app created by Harvard University. There are three things you can choose to do with each photo: talk about the photo, decorate the photo (using virtual stickers and markers) or (my favorite) play hide and seek. The first option gives...

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Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2
Reviewed on 6/18/21

Try out improv with cartoon characters! In this app, designed to be a way for parents and kids to practice creative conversational skills, players take turns making two silly animals talk together.  You can choose the scene and have a structured set of conversation prompts or create your OWN...

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Reviewed on 6/18/21

Battle your friends (or enemies or strangers or the app itself) using VOCABULARY! In this wacky app created by The Oatmeal, you spell words to send out battalions of exploding cats to counteract your opponent's cats. You can play solo (against the app) or you can play against strangers or you...

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Age group: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Reviewed on 6/17/21

An app of truly open-ended play for little ones! As of the writing of this review, there are six different virtual play areas (they are adding more options as they are developed), including a tiny neighborhood scene to explore (including a child in a wheelchair and lots of other people...

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Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool