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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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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 12/16/20

An app that asks kids to explore who they are, how they feel, their hopes and dreams and all of their favorite things. This app is like a diary with prompts.  Some of the questions are ones you might have herad before like, "What's your favorite color?" or  "What does your dream house look like...

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Reviewed on 11/20/20

Here are a few apps that might help you connect with each other from afar, in order from youngest users to oldest. The first four are ones that would work well during a video call.

  1. Sesame Street Family...
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Reviewed on 11/19/20

A "whodunit" type game that involves one player "killing" one or more other players or sabotaging the ship and killing all of the other players was NOT an app I would have expected to be reviewing and recommending here, but after my 10 year old convinced me to play it during a family game night...

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Reviewed on 11/10/20

If you've ever played the board game "Guess Who" then you know how this game works -- except this version is way better.  FIrst of all, it features photos (not caricature cartoon drawings) and quotes from the real people in the photos. It also includes each person's self-identified race along...

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Reviewed on 10/24/20

A collection of 48 wordless comic strips, featuring the cute characters from Studio Pango. Being able to read pictures is an important early literacy skill, as is sequencing (knowing which parts of a story come first, second, third, etc.). This app is a great way to practice both of those skills...

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