Thursday, July 21, 2011

top 15 must-have *PAID* iphone apps for kids of all ages

this is the last in our series of the best free and paid apps for parents and children. if you haven't seen the other posts, you can find them here:


as always, let us know if we missed your favorite by leaving a comment--we would love to know!

one:

old mc donald by duck duck moose--$1.99
created by parents, this app is a musical book with 12 colorful pages of fully interactive, original illustrations. delight your kiddos while encouraging cognitive, language, and motor development:

- sing and read with your children.
- listen to the song in english, spanish, french, german, and italian.
- record your children’s singing!
- hear the music played on a violin, cello, piano, and even a kazoo.
- touch, explore, and discover fun surprises in the captivating, interactive
   illustrations with more than 35 playful activities for children.
it is a *huge* hit in our house!

two:

abc go--$1.99
your child will learn about different words, letters, and vehicles on their own with this app, but don't be surprised if you come along for the ride.

this app features:
- over 68 vehicle words (everything from fire truck to gondola)
- includes hundreds of photos and videos (videos are all from youtube, but they

   are pre-screened to be kid-appropriate and fun.
- full of interesting fun facts.
- teaches letter and word recognition



i think that if you have a little toddler or preschool-age child that is into cars, trucks, trains and anything that moves, then this is the app for you! my 3-year old tested it and loves it!

three:


monkey preschool lunchbox--$0.99
this app is a collection of six exciting educational games for your preschooler. honestly, if you are only going to buy one app for your preschooler, this is my numero uno pick--it is a *huge* hit in our house and you get SO much for your money in just one app!

features:
-7 different games that teach kids about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes,

  matching, and differences.
-lovable animated monkey helps kids along as they play the games.
-dozens of sounds and voice recordings of colors, letters, fruit names, and more.
-animated stickers! kids get a sticker reward after every other game they win.
-designed for preschoolers -- no confusing menus or navigation.
-unlimited play! Each game flows right into the next.

games include: colors, matching, counting, letters, a puzzle, spot the difference and shapes.


four:


book: when i grow up--al yankovic (yes, weird al)--$1.99
every page of this funny book has multiple interactions & animations on every screen. this book brings an awesome story of billy - an eight-year-old boy, who is done cataloging his dream jobs. i love that you can add your child's name to key scenes, there are hidden interactive things to do on pages, super unusual career options and the choice to "read myself" & "read to me". 

five:

britannica kids apps: dinosaurs, solar system, volcanoes, snakes and more---each are $4.99
all of these apps feature exclusive encyclopedia britannica curriculum-based features written specifically for ages 8-12. learning has never been more fun with this quick, interactive, and educational app based on the school curriculum......and its appropriate and safe for the whole family. i was impressed with both the content, design and outstanding quality of these apps and KNOW that i will be using these frequently when my children are older.

six:

disney fairies fly-- $4.99
fly with tinkerbell through beach cove, gathering pixie dust or with other fairies in their own lands in this fun game for toddlers/early elementary. simply tilt your iphone to guide your fairy. as you fly, try to pick up items and collect pixie dust to score points and unlock new surprises. watch out for birds, thistles and other hazards that might slow you down. this app is such a cute game for the little princess in your life.


seven:

tozzle--$1.99
39 different puzzles that your toddler can pick from and solve by dragging and dropping the pieces. once the puzzle is solved, he/she gets to play around with all of the different sounds that it makes while they interact. great for improving shape recognition and motor activity.


eight:

elmo's monster maker--$3.99
so cute! your toddler gets to build a monster by picking a body, eyes, nose, hat, etc. when they are done building, elmo dances and plays with the monster they created. 


nine:

up with a fish (dr. seuss)--$0.99
a fun game for toddlers. tilt your phone to catch falling objects and move your fish further up the stack.

ten:

i love potty training--$1.99
what a fun potty training app. it truly is a ton of apps all rolled into one. there is a "i love potty training" interactive e-book (boy’s/girl’s AND english/spanish versions), a potty tracker, great job reward button, a potty drop gamepotty training tips and advise. wish i would have had this when we had potty trained. adorable. 


eleven:

stack the states--$1.99
stack the states makes learning about the 50 states fun! as you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.

you earn a random state for every successfully completed level. all of your states appear on your own personalized map of the united states. try to collect all 50! as you earn more states, you begin to unlock the three free bonus games.

twelve:

penny me--$0.99
penny me is a u.s. coin matching game for kids. with multiple games and tutorials. an app for learning to use and count US coins. players are challenged to count out given amounts or determine the correct amount shown. slide pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars across the screen just as you would coins on a table or in the hand. the counting and quiz modes keep a running tally – for each amount you get correct, your “money score” increases, but get it wrong and you’re bumped back to zero! 

thirteen:

sight words kindergarten--$0.99
a sight word is any word that is known to the reader automatically. this application will help your preschool or kinder aged child to learn the most frequently used English words without sounding them out letter by letter. 


fourteen:
stack the countries--$1.99
help your child learn countries, capitals, landmarks, etc through a fun game. so cute and so fun. love. love. love. 



fifteen:


toddler juke box: $1.99
if your toddler is anything like mine and loves singing and dancing, this will be a huge hit! this app contains twelve classic songs that your little one can easily control what they listen too and how many times. no more standing by the ipod or cd player to play dj---empower your toddler to do it on his/her own.