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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 8/5/19

Although Sago Mini already had an app called "Planes," this newest app in their collection focuses on a different part of the air travel experience -- not the flight itself, but the airport experience.  When kids fly for the first time, they may have lots of questions about airports.  Why do you...

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Reviewed on 10/24/14

Just like a real geoboard, but without the fear of getting snapped by a rubberband! Geoboard's simple, clean design is intuitive to use and easy to learn. In addition to creating the outline of shapes with the colored bands, the app has the added feature of being able to fill a shape with color...

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Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2
Topics: Concepts, Math
Reviewed on 10/24/14

Singing is an important early literacy activity because it helps kids to hear the different syllables in words as they are sung.  This app reinforces that lesson with a physical motion for each syllable as the notes for the song, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are played -- one note for each...

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Age group: Baby/toddler
Reviewed on 10/24/14

The Allen County Public Library created this excellent free app, full of helpful literacy-based information for families with young children in a fun, kid-friendly package.  The app includes librarian-recommended, themed booklists; a reading timer (useful if you need to track how many minutes or...

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Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool
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

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