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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 5/29/19

Breaking words down into individual syllables is a key literacy skill and this app gives players a lot of practice with that concept!  In this game, users search for familiar words within a pile of circles each containing a single syllable. When they find the syllables for a particular word,...

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Reviewed on 10/10/14

What happens when the circus’s beloved ringmaster gets sick? Read this book with your child and then imagine together what might happen if you swapped roles with someone else for a day.  Who would you like to swap with? An original story, written especially for the app format.  This is a book...

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Age group: Preschool
Reviewed on 10/10/14

Scribbling is an important pre-writing skill.  This app gives simple drawing prompts that allow kids to try their scribbling skills on pre-illustrated scenes.  When they're done scribbling with their finger, they press the "GO!" button and their drawings come to life!  With a nice variety of pre...

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Age group: Preschool
Reviewed on 7/29/14

My child actually played this as a 2 year old, but it took a lot of adult assistance as he conquered the learning curve. I’ve put it in school age here because I’m guessing that’s closer to its intended audience. Use the gadgets and pieces in the sidebar to build an “invention” that will perform...

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Age group: Grades 3-5
Topics: Puzzles, STEM
Reviewed on 7/29/14

A wordless game that invites you to explore this tiny world together, solving puzzles, collecting missing pieces and unlocking new areas to discover.  Utterly delightful and an excellent multi-generational activity. Reminiscent of Myst, but without the sense of foreboding. Available on both the...

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Age group: Grades 3-5

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