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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

February Kids’ App Roundup — Ten iPad Apps We Love

213karfeatWe 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 highlight how visually stunning or downright quirky that a kids’ app can be, as well as some that teach valuable life skills.

Did we miss anything? Please share the name of your favorite newly released edu-apps and games for kids.

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Gekko Stand for iPad — A Successful Kickstarter Project

gekkostandBefore learning about Dwight Houser’s Kickstarter project, the Gekko Stand for iPad and iPhone, I had never heard of nanosuction, but the technology sounds almost magical. According to the project’s Kickstarter page nanosuction uses a large number of microscopic suction cups to “bond to almost any surface like an industrial adhesive,” yet it leaves no residue behind.

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Behind the App: Open Air Publishing Founder on Creating Betterbooks and What Nonfiction Titles Need to Succeed on Tablets

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Since its inception in May 2011, Open Air Publishing‘s Betterbook series has released an impressive number of spot-on how-to guides for grown-ups, including Wine Simplified and Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide, by Food52. Wine Simplified and Food 52’s holiday guide impressed me when I reviewed them last December, and I still apply the knowledge I gained from each digital book, as well as returning to the apps themselves, on a regular basis.

I was thrilled when Jon Feldman, Open Air’s President, Founder, and CEO, agreed to share his thoughts on what makes a Betterbook, the future of digital nonfiction, and his opinion on which company makes the most needed iOS apps.

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America’s Presidents for iPad Unites US History and Portrait Art – iPad App Review

uspresappHappy Presidents Day! Can’t make a visit to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery to celebrate? Not to worry, there’s a new way to enjoy these historic works of art without leaving home.

The newly released America’s Presidents for iPad offers users a virtual tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s American Presidential Collection, enhanced for the iPad. While there are a number of activities within the app, the Gallery, is its heart and soul. The user may watch the evolution of the American Presidency through its portraits.
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Get Lost in a Good Story with Versu, the Interactive iPad Story App

From socializing with friends to tracking finances, the iPad makes most experiences more interactive. Thanks to Versu, even the self-contained process of reading is now more immersive. Versu’s creator, Linden Labs, brought us Second Life and Creatorverse, and now the enterprising developer takes on story telling, offering users a gamified reading experience that is part sim game, part choose-your-own-adventure.
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Top iPad Apps to Teach Kids About the Periodic Table

elements-1Do you remember the first time you came face-to-face with the Periodic Table of the Elements? Was it exciting? Daunting? Maybe a little boring?

We’ve selected a range of iPad apps that teach the periodic table to a number of age ranges. Whether a student is learning about the periodic table for the first time or is on her way to becoming a dedicated student of chemistry, these apps will help her learn about the difference between Hydrogen and Ununoctium, and every element in between.

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Specialty Kickstarter Retail Sites Bring Crowdfunded iPad Products to Your Doorstep

bitestartIt’s no secret that we at PadGadget love to keep an eye on the many iPad-related projects that find successful funding on Kickstarter. But sometimes backers fund a project, then wait months for the item to be produced. That’s where and come in. These sites offer consumers products that are ready to buy and ship. No more waiting!
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Behind the App: Software Smoothie’s Felt Board Brings Timeless Play to iPad


Mindy Douglas, founded Software Smoothie with her husband Dave, then the pair created Felt Board, an iPad-only kids’ edu-app that recreates the open-ended play of its real life counterpart.

We reviewed and loved Felt Board (PadGadget = 4.5 stars), so we were thrilled when Ms. Douglas agree to speak to PadGadget about the creative power of play, her favorite Felt Board creations, and why it’s deceptively hard to develop an easy-to-use app.

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Traditional Play Goes Digital With the Littlest Pet Shop Game App

lpsappLittlest Pet Shop is now available for iOS. What? What was that sound, you say? It was the sound of countless 7-year-old girls shrieking with excitement. Littlest Pet Shop for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch was released last November, but it just got a big update.

A player may now collect a virtual version of the toy pets she has purchased directly on her smartphone or tablet and unlock extra virtual bonuses. The universal app is free to download from the App

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An Awesome Book of Love, Free for Valentine’s Day — Starbucks Pick of the Week

abloveappReading self-published writing phenom Dallas Clayton‘s An Awesome Book of Love is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The iBooks version of this feel good title retails for $11.99, but as Starbucks Pick of the Week, it’s free.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Pick of the Week, every Tuesday Starbucks offers customers a free iOS download or two. The ubiquitous coffee chain prints up little paper cards that include a code for an iOS freebie. Redeem the code to receive a download such as a song from a popular artist, an iOS app, an iBook, or an episode of a TV show to watch in iTunes.

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