Category: Fun Apps for Kids

Tinybop Homes: Take a peek inside a Brooklyn brownstone. Or a Mongolian ger.

I confess: I’ve always been super curious about how other people live. I’m the nosy one who tries to catch a glimpse through lit windows while walking or driving by, and I’m afraid my kids have inherited my curiosity. Thankfully the new Tinybop Homes app lets all of us take a non-creepy peek inside four different, beautifully illustrated homes from around the world. From a brownstone to a tower house, and an adobe to a ger, Tinybop has charmingly captured what makes a house a home in these four parts of the world. You’ve got the trademark Tinybop key, so slip inside and...

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Bring the great outdoors inside with the scenic Toca Nature app

Though my kids love to explore the woods behind our house, with the weather turning frosty their time spent outdoors will be shortened considerably. So for those days when Mother Nature is less than hospitable,  I’m thrilled to find the Toca Nature app from Cool Mom Tech favorite Toca Boca that will keep them exploring and thinking about the great outdoors. Toca Nature is a beautifully designed app for iOS that has a very different look from the more cartoony and well-loved apps like Toca Boca Monster Mashup, Toca Store, and Toca Hair Salon. In Toca Nature, kids are invited to create their own little ecosystem...

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6 of the most fun Halloween apps for kids to get them excited about something other than chocolate.

So of course Halloween has crept up on us seemingly faster than ever before. I’m going to avoid thinking about what happens after Friday (holiday shopping, eek!), and focus on getting those costumes ready and devising a strategy to not eat every peanut M&M in the house. And even though the kids are pumped as it is, there are some adorable kids’ Halloween apps to keep that excitement going, even after trick or treating has ended. Add these to last year’s list of our favorite Halloween apps for kids and you’ve got more than a dozen of the best to choose from. Related: 7...

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Windy and Friends: Apps so good, they’re making our kids put down the tablets.

For me, exposing my preschooler to tech is about inspiring him in his non-tech world too. So I tend to be drawn toward apps with a simple aesthetic that he can relate to. The new Windy and Friends apps are some of the best iOS apps (edited to add: And now Android apps!) for preschoolers because they are exactly that. My son can interact with these stories about Windy and her friends, and afterwards, he wants to go—gasp!—put down the iPad and go play with his own dolls to create new Windy stories. Mama couldn’t be happier. From our friends at Canada’s Loud Crow Interactive, makers of apps like...

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Flying among the stars with the Space Racers app: World Space Week pick

We’re smack in the middle of World Space Week which offers a perfect opportunity for kids to explore all the wonders of outer space. Older kids can take advantage of great apps like Star Walk 2 or the original Star Walk to learn about constellations and astronomy, but younger kids can be introduced to outer space concepts too. And the brand new Space Racers! app is a fun way for them to do that. The Space Racers! app for iOS is a cute game for kids ages 4-6 is based on the animated series of the same name. It features four adorable, Pixar-like airplanes that need help navigating around a...

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Kiwi Corner app: More than a thousand kid-friendly crafts and activities at your fingertips

About halfway through our summer, my bag of tricks is getting dangerously empty when it comes to creating fun, new things to do with the kids. But one of our favorite arts-and-craft companies, Kiwi Crate, has developed Kiwi Corner, a well-organized app for iOS and Android that puts a ton of clever offline ideas at my fingertips. And most of them can be done without making a stop at the store for supplies.     Kiwi Corner organizes their library of over 1,500 (!) crafting ideas into one well-designed app that organizes all of that content into logical categories like Beach...

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Toca Town app – An interactive, virtual dollhouse that your girls and boys will love

As much as my kids are obsessed with Toca Boca apps, it’s really no surprise that they are now in love with their newest, the Toca Town app, which is now available for Kindle Fire users. Whoo! What’s so cool about Toca Town is that all of my four kids, ages 3 through 10, love playing it, which is pretty rare these days when apps are so age-specific. And yes, my son loves it just as much as my daughters. My oldest described this app as an “interactive dollhouse” and after tinkering with it myself, I concur. Once you open the...

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My Virtual Fashion Show app brings kids’ drawings to life on a virtual runway. Calling Tim Gunn…

Sadly, my kids’ interest in most drawing apps are growing more and more short-lived. The basic digital coloring pages just don’t hold the interest of a seven and nine-year-old they way they once did. And then we found the My Virtual Fashion Show from Crayola. Which sounds like nothing I would actually think to try, and yet it turns out to be one of my favorite kids’ apps of the year so far. This fashion illustration/app hybrid (iOS and Android) is like the best of hands-on illustration and creativity, coupled with the best of technology. The gist is that kids get the...

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The Shadow Puppet app is back, letting kids turn photos into videos that are even more fun than before.

In the five months since we introduced you to the coolness otherwise known as the Shadow Puppet app, which lets kids create their own voiced-over slideshows, an updated, upgraded version has already launched. And version 2.0 has definitely turned up the dial on the fun-o-meter. And that says a lot considering that Liz featured it among her favorite apps for kids on the TODAY Show recently.  To bring you up to speed: the original Shadow Puppet app allowed your kids to make photo montages from pics pulled from the camera roll, then add their own voice narration to the slideshow. Not unlike an ultra-mini Ken Burns documentary. Only definitely not...

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Funny pet apps for pet owners or kids who just have to settle for the virtual kinds.

I’ve seen my fair share of funny pet apps over the years because let’s face it, pretty much every kid we know loves pets, or even just the idea of a pet — especially for kids with allergies or parents who prefer to enjoy other people’s pets. (I get it — some of us opt to be party poopers over pooper scoopers). So I rounded up some of our favorite funny pet apps that we think all kids will love, even if you’ve already got a furry or scaly companion at home. My Talking Pet ($0.99 for iOS, free...

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