We at PadGadget are lucky, lucky people because so many wonderful apps cross our digital desktops that we can’t possibly review them all. In this month’s installment of the Kids’ App Roundup, we include 10 can’t miss apps that cover playtime, bedtime, and (of course) schooltime.
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1. Toca Tailor ($0.99 until 11/1/12) — Another month and another great app from Swedish developer Toca Boca. With its ingenious use of the iPad’s camera, Toca Tailor allows kids to dress four different characters in nearly limitless ways. Be just like the designers on Project Runway without the drama, the challenges, and the actual sewing. This may be the first Toca Boca app to take off with tweens. Did you ever want to make a sweatshirt with your cat’s face on it? Now you can!
2. Daniel Tiger ($1.99) — Though the neighborly Fred Rogers is gone, his gentle spirit lives on in Daniel Tiger for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This universal app ties in to the PBS Kids show of the same name. It encourages toddlers and preschoolers to help Daniel play doctor and get ready for bed. Kids can also have fun telling stories with the app’s digital stickers.
3. Who Stole the Moon ($4.99) — Who Stole the Moon is an interactive iPad story that follows a little boy named Bertie as he wonders what happened to the moon. Suitable for bedtime or anytime this iPad-only app also includes 4 games and 8 songs that you and your little one can karaoke to.
4. Dolphins – dive into their world! ($1.99) — Despite the astonishing number of kids’ book apps available there is a dearth of strong non-fiction apps for kids. Dolphins – dive into their world helps remedy the situation as it brings kids nearly everything they need to know about these intelligent sea mammals.
5. Noa and Ladybird ($2.99) — Noa and Ladybird’s expressive drawings tell the story of an animal-loving little girl who tries to help a ladybug that feels left out because he has no spots. Readers will relate to the saddened ladybug as well as Noa, her plucky champion. Spoiler alert: the story ends happily and the app will even teach your child how to craft a ladybug from a walnut shell.
6. Wubbzy’s Space Adventure ($1.99) — Kids will recognize Wubbzy from his animated show on Nick Jr. Wubbzy’s Space Adventure lets kids explore with Wubbzy and pals as they try to reach the Man in the Moon in time for him to watch the sun rise. This universal digital book also integrates games into the story and lets kids sing along to the included music videos.
7. Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book ($4.99) — While there are many storybook apps that retell classic fairy tales available on the App Store, Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book stands out thanks to impressive 3-D graphics. The story is also a lot longer than a typical kids digi-book, and is sure to keep kids busy with its included interactive elements and integrated games.
8. Stop Math ($3.99) — Aimed at middle grade readers, Stop Math is a storybook about — you guessed it — math! Calculations are integrated into the story with an interactive calculator. With innovative graphics and a colorful animated presentation will entice kids who, like Sparks, the story’s narrator, claim to hate math. Kids who already like math will delight in seeing the favorite subject at the center of this adventurous tale.
9. 3rd Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets Game ($9.99) — Parents of children who could use extra reinforcement in math will love the Splash Math Series. There is a different app for each grade level 1 -4, the content of which follows common core standards. The app breaks the activities down into manageable sections, rewards kids for their effort, and is suitable to use regularly throughout the school year.
10. Hands-On Equations 1 – Lite (free) — Taking a cue from the success of Khan Academy, Hands-On Equations brings math instruction to the iPad. The app keeps students honest, since new content can’t be unlocked until the previous lesson was completed. If you like the lite version there are three paid levels of the app available for $4.99 each.