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Holly Seddon
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Dean Bootcheck expert
Dean Bootcheck Executive Technology Coach Indianapolis, US
Technology expert!

My daughter asks me the definition of words all the time. She has the app on her iPod Touch, so I tell her "Look it up!" Then, if the dictionary definition is a bit difficult to understand, we have a short conversation about the meaning of the word.

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Experience 4 years ago
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Alesha Bishop expert
Alesha Bishop Educational Tech Consultant
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Toontastic is a fantastic outlet for kids to let their imagination and creativity shine. The app is not only fun and engaging, but also teaches kids about storytelling, music, art, and my favorite part is the social aspect - kids can share their work with family, friends and other kids around the world.

Kids can share finished videos with other kids on the "ToonTube" network.

Parents and teachers can check out the app's supplemental material, which contains expanded explanations and discussion questions.

I believe it has all the elements of a great kids app - fun, educational, and social.

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Experience 4 years ago
Chanda Gohrani admin
Chanda Gohrani Social media manager of London, GB

Maily is a good app (although only available for iPads)

It teaches kids (from four and up) to use and learn email in a fun way, as it's very visual and colourful. It is safe, as all the contacts are parent-approved and also free.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Carolina Nugent expert
Carolina Nugent Director of Education US
Education expert

Such a loaded question for someone who is an app reviewer! Since Toontastic has already been mentioned (great call, Alesha), I'll recommend Doodlecast.

Doodlecast is an app that records while kids are drawing. Kids can then replay, watching and listening as their drawings and stories emerge on the screen. There are also lots of other creative ways the app can be used.

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Experience 4 years ago
Angela Lopez
Angela Lopez MC

I have downloaded Find Friends for my 13 and 11 year olds. iPhone to iPhone.

At any given moment I can check where they are!

It will pin point an exact location and address. Although I live in a relatively safe area the app can alert me when my son (for example) leaves his rugby lesson and is due to arrive home on the bus.

For me it has been a security blanket and one added step to helping me be sure that they are safe and a way to start giving them the independence that they crave!

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Experience 4 years ago
Vivek Khare
Vivek Khare Doctor. Learner. Educator. London, GB

I just came across an app/game called "crazy machines - golden gears" on android in which you are challenged to complete a task by building a machine with engines, belts, ramps, steam generation etc.. There is an inventory of about 50 - 60 different machines/parts to choose from and the biggest asset is that there is no single right way to do it, one can complete the task using their own imagination and creativity. So it doesn't matter if one person knows how to do it, the other person could invent his/her own way to solve the problem.

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Experience 4 years ago
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Marty Schultz expert
Marty Schultz CEO, McGruff SafeGuard Washington, US

A fun (free) one is WishToList (iPhone/iPod/iPad) - built by kids, for kids - it lets them create & share birthday / holiday wishlists.

Students in grade/middle school designed it during an afternoon club. Visit and read OUR STORY for how the app was built.

And if your curious about how we're educating kids about technology by building app, follow the blog: STEM Miami - Twitter: @STEMdad

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Experience 4 years ago
Andy Battle
Andy Battle infoSec geek, proud father of 4 Perth, Western Australia

Scribblenauts! It is singularly the most played game ever by all my older kids. Kids find it super fun and they expand their Imagination, Vocabulary, Spelling, Life Skills, Problem Solving, Lateral Thinking, Inspiration and Creativity

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Priya Desai expert
Priya Desai Speech and Language Therapist London, GB
Language expert

I read this question and immediately thought 'I have no idea'! Dean Bootcheck, thank you! You are spot on, it has to be In fact, all of us adults should have it too!

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Opinion 4 years ago
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David Rhodes expert
David Rhodes Director of Technology Education US
Education expert

Kid Pix 3D. An amazing piece of software that you can do so much with for a wide age range.

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Experience 4 years ago
Umer Khurshid Awan
Umer Khurshid Awan SSQAE RWP, PK

When it comes to games or to keep your child busy ,Fruit Ninja can be a good option :)

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Opinion 4 years ago
Maria Claudia Brigido
Maria Claudia Brigido ipadfamilia apps for kids brazil São Paulo, Brazil

My 3yo loves Princess Fairy Tales - it enables her to play with stickers in different backgrounds and record a narration of her own to the scene, creating stories. It's fun and helps develop storytelling and role playing ;-)

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Experience 3 years ago
Steve Ellis
Steve Ellis Dad of 5 and kids app developer FI

Going to have to mention Monsta Points

Free, very effective way to get your kids to help out at home and learn life skills.

It also opens up hundreds of good quality kids apps for you to discover.

Disclosure: I made it to help manage my own bunch of little monstas...

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Opinion 3 years ago

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