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Video Star

Video Star is a fun music video creation tool that allows kids to make original music videos for songs on their iOS device and share them via social media or email. Video Star records video only, and not audio, with numerous onboard special effects and upgrades available with in-app purchases....

Angry Birds Friends

Angry Birds Friends is a socially focused installment of the popular mobile game series. Players play a half-dozen new maps each week in a rotating series of tournaments, with the goal of getting...

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is a fun, addictive puzzle game based around destruction and revenge (the birds want to get back at the pigs for stealing their eggs). That violent-sounding theme, though, is played out...

Aquaria

Aquaria is an adventure/role-playing game set in an underwater world. The game is more of a quest for discovery than it is an action title, though there are some mild combat scenes. Through music,...

BeSeen

BeSeen is an innovative simulation of a high school's social network that teaches kids about being safe and responsible online. Players create a profile with a gender and class year, then...

Bobo Explores Light

Bobo Explores Light is essentially an interactive science textbook. Bobo is a little robot who serves as a guide of sorts as kids navigate through a thorough exploration of exactly what light is...

Book Creator for iPad

Book Creator for iPad is an app where kids and grown-ups alike can create their own eBooks. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors for assembling their book. Images are brought...

Bugs and Numbers

Bugs and Numbers covers a wide range of math skills -- spanning preschool through early elementary -- all in one educational app. Preschoolers would do best to start at the beginning and work their...

Builda the Re-Bicycler

Builda the Re-Bicycler is an interactive book that teaches kids the importance of reducing, recycling, and especially reusing. The story centers on Builda, who owns a bike factory and has an idea...

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga is a puzzle game that very aggressively pushes in-app purchases. Players are given a limited number of lives -- and they lose one each time they fail to accomplish a puzzle's...

Cargo-Bot

Cargo-Bot is a puzzler designed to teach kids about programming. The concept is simple -- direct a robotic arm to move crates to a designated spot -- but young programmers will find the...

Chore Pad

Chore Pad is a system for assigning, tracking, and rewarding tasks that can help parents and kids know who is supposed to do what and when around the home. While any sort of family chore chart can...

Codea

Codea is not a game, rather it is a software development tool that includes resources to teach kids to program in the Lua programming language. The free game Cargo-Bot was developed using Codea....

Colorforms Revolution

Colorforms Revolution is like having a Colorforms set on your mobile device -- except the pieces are much easier to keep track of than the small vinyl Colorform pieces. Kids manipulate the onscreen...

Contre Jour

Contre Jour is an atmospheric puzzle game that's in the same spirit as Cut the Rope. These physics-based puzzles challenge the user to navigate an animated blob (with an eyeball) around...

Cut the Rope: Time Travel

Cut the Rope: Time Travel is a sequel to the charming physics puzzle game that has become one of the most popular mobile games around. Om Nom returns, this time visiting several historical eras,...

Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com app provides sophisticated dictionary content with intuitive menus and navigation. It's a semi-hip reference (as hip as a standard dictionary can be) for kids as young as 9...

DigitZ

DigitZ is a Tetris-style block elimination game that revolves entirely around arithmetic. On each level, you'll have a different target number. As numbered blocks drop down, you need to tap...

Dinorama

Time may get away from kids as they run their own dinosaur theme park in this addictive app. Though the dinosaurs and animation look like it would appeal to preschoolers, Dinorama is a challenging...

Doodle Jump

This cute tilting game is fine for most kids. However, preschoolers and younger kids might not have the required hand-eye coordination to play. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android...

Draw Something 2

Draw Something 2 is the sequel to the incredibly popular drawing game. Developer Zynga has added lots of new features and social elements (such as a drawing of the day), but parents still need to...
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