December Kids’ App Roundup: Ten iPad Apps We Love

12karfeatWe 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 will please animal lovers, future stylists, and scientists-in-training.

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1. 12kar1 Robots ($1.99) — Robots will appeal to aspiring future scientists, science olympians and other curious readers. The reader will learn about 126 different robots from 19 different countries. The app’s scope is set to impress its reader with hundreds of photos and robot videos as well as interviews with robotics experts.

2. 12kar2 Numbers with Nemo ($3.99) — Preschoolers will love being “schooled” by Nemo under the guise of planning an undersea party. Disney’s favorite fish teaches counting, matching objects, number identification and sequencing. Kids will love earning stickers and while kids play their parents will appreciate the app’s educational underpinnings.

3. 12kar3 Kindergarten Reading by Duck Duck Moose ($0.99) — Duck Duck Moose consistently releases apps for pre-K – early elementary school that are educational, engaging, and affordable. Even a reluctant reader will enjoy Kindergarten Reading as it teaches him phonics. Parents will relax knowing that Kindergarten Reading follows the Common Core Standards.

4. 12kar4 Rounds: Parker Penguin ($4.99) — Nosy Crow expands its Rounds series with Parker Penguin. Parker joins Franklin Frog (PadGadget = 5 stars). Kids as young as 3 will learn about the life cycle of a penguin. The app’s tone is pitch perfect throughout, particularly the dance segment, and is sure to have kids giggling and playing the story again and again.

5. 12kar5 Feel Electric! (free) — Sesame Street’s Feel Electric! revives the beloved Electric Company for an exploration of emotion. Developed as part of the Military Families “Finding the Right Word” initiative, Feel Electric! focuses on helping a child track his moods, while expanding his emotional vocabulary. Learning to express ones feelings is a critical skill, and some kids will benefit from Feel Electric’s gentle, but structured approach to self-monitoring emotion.

6. 12kar6 Toca Hair Salon 2 ($1.99) — Toca Hair Salon 2 is the follow up to the wildly successful Toca Hair Salon. As we might expect from this dependable developer, Hair Salon 2 is another fun app that let lets kids experiment and be silly. Kids will love exploring all the new accessories — especially the curling iron — as they help coif four new characters.

7. 12kar1 Sea World Presents: Turtle Trek (free, optional in-app purchases that benefit the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund) — This free universal app aimed at 4 to 9-year-olds covers a lot of ground. The user journeys through an under water world meeting up with many different types of sea creatures (including Shamu!) while he tries to avoid predators. The player will learn about the sea turtle’s lifecycle as well as earn coins and stickers on his journey.

8. 12kar8 Myro and the Jet Fighter – Animated Storybook with Read and Record ($3.99) — This Australian digibook will appeal to airplane-obsessed youngsters and parents alike. An aeronautic David and Goliath tale where bigger isn’t always better shares an important lesson as well. Though the story features professional narration, the reader can also record the story in his own voice.

9. 12kar9 My Little Rocket ($0.99) — My Little Rocket’s playful, colorful graphics encourage kids to experiment with building and launching a real rocket on a digital launch pad, as well as letting kids launch a digital rocket that’s powered by the loudness of their screams. It’s a chance for kids to let loose and work off a little steam — if they aren’t loud enough the rocket crashes.

10. 12kar10 Whale Trail Jr. (free) — One of my favorite casual games, Whale Trail, now has a little brother app. Whale Trail Jr. includes all of the colorful fun of the original, with simplified game play that will excite rather than frustrate younger gamers. Kids aged 3 – 6 will enjoy unlocking all nine play modes and 12 different whale costumes, and it won’t cost parents a penny, but it does require iOS 5.0 or later.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite