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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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View videos of Carissa's Top Five Picks for Apps in various categories.

Featured App

Reviewed on 7/31/23

With all of the hype about the recent Barbie movie, why not try out a Barbie coloring app?  In the free version of this app, users can color a limited number of Barbie illustrations (including a Barbie with an artificial leg and vitiligo). There's a wide variety of colors, tints and shades as...

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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
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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