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25 More iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Apps for Kids
Parenting's Birthday Party Playtime, $1.99, Ages 3 and Up
If your kids had fun with the adorable Toca Tea Party app, they'll love the newest offering from Toca Boca and Parenting. This super-sweet app lets your kid have a birthday every day of the week. Let your kids gather 'round the phone to share birthday cake and more! (Parenting's Birthday Party Playtime)
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Toca Tea Party for iPad, $2.99, Ages 3 & up
Toca Tea Party brings the time-honored pastime of tea parties to the digital world. Children use the iPad as a virtual tea party setting and can do everything that a good host would do including picking the right tablecloth, dragging and dropping dishes, putting out the right tea cookies and cakes, and even cleaning up for guests who spill. Using simple taps and swipes, your child will soon feel like the hostest with the mostest with a beautiful table setting and when guests are happily enjoying their virtual tea and cookies. The app also lets kids clean up all the dishes to get set up for the next fancy tea party. (Toca Tea Party)
Bubble Popper, Free, Ages 2 and Up
Every kid we know loves popping bubble wrap, and just about every mom we know has reservations about the potential choking hazards. Voila: a safe electronic version. You'll still get the popping sound, and even get scored on how many bubbles you break. (Bubble Popper)
Scoops, Free, Ages 3 and Up
Is there anything better than ice cream? How about ice cream that doesn't leave a sticky mess? This game of towering ice cream scoops lets you tilt your screen left or right to keep the ice cream from falling. Avoid the veggies and stack similar colors together for bonus points. (Scoops)
Doodle Buddy, Free, Ages 3 and Up
One of many artsy iPhone apps, this one lets the tots draw in all kinds of colors, lines, shapes and backgrounds. You can draw by yourself or invite others, and use your camera to take your own mugshots—perfect for drawing mustaches on your brother.(Doodle Buddy)
Giraffe's Matching Zoo, Free, Ages 3 and Up
Matching games are like brain food for kids: a healthy way to strengthen those memory muscles. Now your kids can match a bunch of cuddle-worthy animals without having to arrange (or clean up) dozens of cards. (Giraffe's Matching Zoo)
iBowl, Free, Ages 4 and Up
It's REALLY hard to throw a gutter ball in this game, so as one of our staffers said, "This is so much better than the real bowling alley." The free version lets you pick from three different lanes and simulates that satisfying crashing sound when the pins are knocked over. (iBowl)
LEGO Photo, Free, Ages 5 and Up
What would your dog look like if he was made of LEGOs? Let the little ones find out by transforming any of the photos from your camera's gallery into LEGO-ed works of art. Touch the screen and it ripples into different LEGO colors.
Lightsaber Unleashed, Free, Ages 5 and Up
Use the Force: One of our staffers said her niece and nephew couldn't get enough of this Star Wars light saber app. It glows and buzzes just like the real thing, and actually makes the signature buzzing noise when two iPhones face off in battle.
Paper Toss, Free, Ages 6 and Up
Like basketball without the sweat, this game of throwing paper into the trash can is good for older kids. With measurements explaining how far away you are, our staffer added, "It actually helps teach math skills and angles." But be warned: this game is addicting for grown ups too. (Paper Toss)
Hangman, Free, Ages 7 and Up
Some things just never go out of style, and Hangman is one of them. In single or double player mode, the classic game has been converted to electronic usage for easier navigation. A perfect distraction for school-aged children looking for a vocab challenge.(Hangman)
Monkey Preschool LunchBox, $0.99, Ages 2-5
Get six games for the price of one. From matching to counting and more, Monkey Preschool Lunch Box not only encourages a wide array of skills, but rewards tots with a virtual sticker after each game. (Monkey Preschool LunchBox)
ShapeBuilder, $0.99, Ages 2 and Up
One iTunes reviewer shouted, "This App rocks!" The easy-to-move shapes are a perfect way to entertain little ones who drag the puzzle pieces into place. Including letters, numbers and a wide array of pictures—the app tells you what you've created once you're done.(Shape Builder)
More Pizza, $0.99, Ages 3 and Up
For the littlest chefs, this fun app lets kids pick and choose how they'd like to top their own little pizza. Users choose the sauce and then select from mushrooms, pepperoni, olives and more. Once finished, you can slice,"bite" and share your culinary creations. (More Pizza)
Wheels On the Bus, $0.99, Ages 2 and Up
The timeless children's song has been made into a fun, interactive musical book for your iPhone. Readers can spin the wheels, swish the wipers, open and close the doors and much more.(The Wheels on the Bus)
CupCake Maker, $0.99, Ages 3 and Up
It might not be as delicious as the real thing, but the mere idea of making cupcakes is infinitely satisfying for little ones. This game lets you pick the type of cake, the icing flavor and the toppings. It's a totally guilt-free way to indulge.
Alphabet Sonnets, $0.99, Ages 2 and Up
Recommended by one of our readers, this application features 26 alphabet-themed poems set to music. Each poem is 45 seconds long and helps those tots trying to master their A-B-Cs.
Brushes, $4.99, Ages 5 and Up
A longstanding favorite app for both kids and adults, award-winning Brushes is sort of like Adobe Photoshop on the go. With different brushes, layers, colors and shading tools, kids can create sophisticated little works of art.
Skee-Ball, $0.99, Ages 4 and Up
A one-time winner of the New York Times' "App of the Week," this miniature game works just like the real thing. Slide the ball into the holes of different value, and score points to win virtual prizes, like watches, T-shirts and balls. (Skee-Ball)
Sneezies, $0.99, Ages 5 and Up
Furry little pompom creatures called "Sneezies" float across the screen trapped in bubbles and it's up to you (and your sprinkle sneezing powder) to save them. Adults and kids alike are quick to get addicted to this game. (Sneezies)
Wooden Labyrinth 3D, $2.99, Ages 4 and Up
Another staffer recommended this app for those kids working on their hand-eye coordination. Maneuver the silver ball through the wood maze, in regular or 3D mode, by tipping the phone forwards and backwards.
Tip: Download the full version to avoid the annoying ads. (Wooden Labryinth)
First Word Animals, $1.99, Ages 2 and Up
A great educational game, First Word Animals teaches kids how to spell by dragging and dropping letters underneath the animal's picture. When you drag a letter to the right spot, your phone pronounces first the letter and then the word. (First Word Animals)
Elmo's Monster Maker, $3.99, Ages 3 and Up
There are few things that make toddlers as happy as Elmo can. Here, kids get to interact with him by making their own monster: choosing its eyes, nose, ears and accessories. As a reward, their creation gets to boogie with Elmo. It's a total win. (Elmo's Monster Maker)
Tozzle, $1.99, Ages 2 and Up
Touted as the "Toddler's Favorite Puzzle," this great buy keeps my three-year-old amused through almost every meal. Drag and drop the puzzle shapes to their matching silhouettes, and do it again and again, in over 20 different puzzles. (Tozzle)
Squiggles, $4.99, Ages 4 and Up
Sort of like an art table without the mess, Squiggles lets your kids doodle, write, paint and stamp your iPhone photos. The little ones will enjoy the variety of stamps while the older ones will enjoy adding accessories (animal ears, noses, hats) to the pictures. (Squiggles)
My First Puzzles, $1.99, Ages 3 and Up
This is another drag-and-drop game that features adorable puzzles of 12 different animals. Kids love sliding the pieces around and are rewarded with the full picture once the puzzles are complete. (My First Puzzles)
Super Why, $2.99, Ages 3 and Up
From the folks over at education-friendly PBS, this literacy game lets you play with the four main characters from the show. Early readers can practice their rhyming, spelling, reading and reciting the alphabet. (Super Why)
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