The coolest apps for little kids and preschoolers: Editors Best Tech of 2012
One our favorite things to do is really pare down the best apps for kids, keeping an eye out for red flags like in-app purchases and safety concerns. In fact, it's amazing how many apps for kids we try and delete compared to those we can truly recommend. So here, our favorite apps from 2012 for little kids and preschoolers.
And while iOS is still truly trouncing the other platforms in terms of beautifully rendered, functional apps for kids, Android is starting to catch up, so we've found a few picks for both platforms.
Wee Alpha Alphabet App
For the youngest kids, design studio Wee Alpha's app
is just wonderful. Not only does it look clean and beautiful, it really
teaches helpful skills from letter recognition to vocabulary and even
those fine motor skills you get from stealing Mommy's iPad.Colorforms Revolution App for iPad
love apps that encourage creativity (making me feel a little less
guilty about giving my 5 year-old screen time) so huge props to the new
which brings the classic vinyl fun to life on your tablet. Really well done. PrestoBingo Shapes App
Can you tell I have a thing for modern, graphic apps for kids? This truly lovely app is wonderful way to teach basic geometry and shape sorting for the 2-5 year old set. No time limits, no error messages, no prizes--just the joy of learning. Kristen
It's tough to choose between all the new Toca Boca apps
, which are all fixtures on our gadgets, but I think the standout has to be Toca Tailor
, which has allowed my already budding designer to make her designs a reality.
I love apps that are as beautiful to look at as their are educational, and that's what the HippoSeasons app
is. I'm always glad when my kids pick this one to play because I get to enjoy it too.
If there was ever a creative way to learn the alphabet, the Numberlys
is it. If your kids are like mine, they'll sit back and watch in
wonder, then get sucked in by the gorgeous illustration and amazing interactive features.
If I Ran the Circus app
For more great apps for kids, visit our archives
This new app
is a great ebook adaptation of the Dr Seuss Classic. While it's often
tough to find Android apps that live up to our standards, Oceanhouse
Media always does a super job in any platform. Sweet for that new Galaxy
the developers who brought you Angry Birds, Amazing Alex is part Rube
Goldberg, part secret trick for getting kids excited about cleaning
their rooms. Wonderful game that's not getting nearly enough attention.KristenSpinlight Apps
trio of apps including TallyTots, AlphaTots, and TableTots, are an
exceptional series of educational apps for little kids that expanded to
Android this year. Even better, they're affordable.
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