A new year might mean new beginnings but it is also time to take a look back at what made last year so special. The launch of the kids app store made is easier to track what apps made the Editors Choice 2013 in the iTunes store. The only drawback is that this applies to the iOS system but some of the apps can be found in the Andriod stores and Amazon. Despite the top 10 stressing one constant factor of fun activities, there are educational and learning apps on this list that are not game focused. Here is your list:
Duolingo by Duolingo
Apple app store says Learn a new language on the go through engaging mini-games that test your reading, writing, and speaking skills. With Duolingo, you can challenge yourself to achieve new high scores or compete against friends to earn badges that keep you motivated. Easily track your progress across devices and share your accomplishments as you master up to nine languages and 50 games—all available for free.
iTunes, Google Play, Amazon (free)
Endless Alphabet by Originator Inc
Amazon says: Kids will have a blast learning their ABC’s and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate!
iTunes: USD 5.99 and Google Play: Free
Friendstrips Kids Pro by PhotoinPress
The iMums.com says: Friendstrip Kids Pro is a universal app that allows your child to star in their own comic strips. The app includes sixteen different themes, each with a selection of comic strips, they are all included in the app. There is also a free version of the app available with an IAP to unlock all the themes. The app includes an option to share photos or comic strip via Facebook or email, this is child locked with password protection.
iTunes: USD 1.99 (all collections) and Google Play: USD 1.99
Toca Hair Salon-Me by Toca Boda AB
This app has various version available but the one talked about is the Toca Hair Salon Me. iTunes says Become the star of the famous Toca Hair Salon in this endearing outing from the kid-friendly developers at Toca Boca. Just take a picture of yourself, and you can become a character with the ability to add and style new hairdos. As you grow, color, trim, and accessorize your new look, you can let your imagination and creativity take over. It’s a captivating experience for all ages.
iTunes: USD 2.99
The Human Body by TinyBop
Apple app store says: Learning anatomy has never been easier thanks to this fun, kid-friendly alternative to classrooms and textbooks. By tapping on interactive layers of the human body, users young and old can see various parts and systems in action: lungs breathe, muscles bend, ears listen, and nerves respond to a pinprick. Plus, simple one-touch recording lets children leave questions for an adult to answer later, encouraging discussion of the many processes they’ve observed in this amazing, informative app.
iTunes: USD 2.99
Dora Appisode: Perrito’s Big Surprise by Nickelodeon Group
App description: Now your child can play along with Dora and friends in one of their favorite Dora episodes, Perrito’s Big Surprise! This new interactive appisode allows your child to lead Dora, Boots and Dora’s puppy Perrito through their adventure. Find stars along the way for added fun and rewards. Dora and Boots have a big surprise for Perrito on Surprise Hill and it’s up to your child to get them there before Swiper! Your child will help choose which way to go, pet and feed Perrito, and flap Yoyo’s wings.
iTunes: USD 3.99
Sago Mini Doodlecast by Sago Sago
App description: Sago Mini Doodlecast is a unique drawing app that records your voice as you draw. Capture every stroke, word and giggle. Perfect for children ages 2-6. Play back your drawings and share them with friends and family. Sago Mini Doodlecast comes with more than 30 drawing prompts – simple questions designed to inspire your child’s imagination.
Color Zen Kids by Large Animals Games
Amazon says: Color Zen is a new kind of puzzle game for phones and tablets. One that invites you to put on your headphones, relax, and find your way through an abstract world of colors and shapes. There is no score. No penalties for failure. Just a simple set of rules, intuitive controls, and satisfying puzzles.
iTunes: USD 2.99, Amazon (free) and Google Play (free)
Disney Animated by Disney and Touch (Apple’s iPad App of the Year 2013)
iTunes app store says: We’re absolutely spellbound by this all-star collaboration between Disney and acclaimed app developer Touch Press. From 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to today’s animated hits, this unique retrospective presents the studio’s 90-year history with interactive character models and storyboards, insights into animation techniques, and a mind-blowing spectrogram that visualizes every cel of all 53 feature films.
iTunes: USD 9.99 and iPad only
Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow
iTunes says: Nosy Crow’s spin on the beloved fairy tale is sure to win the hearts of yet another generation with delightfully fresh characters and marvelous, detailed illustrations. Because the storyline itself changes with the decisions and paths you choose, rediscovering this classic tale in a new way with your kids (or on your own) is a great pleasure. It is one of the best apps of 2013.
iTunes app store: USD 5.99
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