Some educational apps are rather predictable. Lars and Friends, a new combination story and puzzle app, is anything but predictable. From the opening screen, in which Lars, the red horse, has a knot of frogs perched atop his head, to the end, there are plenty of surprises. This wonderfully creative approach to learning about the animal kingdom makes it a Top Pick at Fun Educational Apps.
As you can tell by the title, Fun with Colors is an app about colors- how they mix, how they make you feel, and how they make the world a more interesting place. It combines an original story with creative art activities, including interactive coloring pages and a space for individual expression, drawing, and experimentation with colors.
Updated versions of fairy tales are some of the most popular story apps currently being developed. Senda and the Glutton Dragon tells the story of how a little girl saves the day using only her courage and positive attitude. It will appeal to children ages 2-6 who are beginning to understand the magical world of princesses and dragons.
Hans Christian Anderson's beloved tale The Snow Queen is digitalized in this interactive story for iOS (iPad) and Android devices. The Snow Queen is a page by page, illustrated rendition of this classic story. With an in-app purchase to make the entire story interactive, users can choose the level they want to be immersed in the story.
Take a sky full of twinkling stars, add a child’s imagination and a cardboard box, and you have the ingredients for Laura’s Journey to the Stars. This is a story app that makes a great addition to your child’s bedtime library, and is appropriate for children as young as 2 years. With gentle narration (available in English, German, and Mandarin Chinese) and a soothing lullaby playing softly in the background, it takes your child on an adventure up to the stars and back again.
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Welcome to the swamp. It may seem like a quiet, calm place, but beware- the gator is lurking just beneath the surface of the water, ready to strike. The Swamp Where Gator Hides is a well written story app for children ages 6-8, which describes life in the swamp and highlights the abundance of animals living there. Its unique style and solid design elevate it to the level of a Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps.
It’s difficult to decide whether Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins is a story that contains lots of mini-games, or an adventure game that features an ongoing story. Either way, Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins is a delightful app that immerses your child (ages 3-9) in Alfie’s world, complete with an amazing tree house, good friends, natural curiosity, boyhood mischief, and incredible magic.
Have you heard about the CosmoCamp series, featuring Migo and Pandy? They are two little bears jetting around space looking for adventures. Their intergalactic cosmocamper takes them to new places where they have fun and make new friends. Along the way, they may run into obstacles, but together they can always solve the problem. CosmoCamp: The Sweet Adventure is a story about trying your best in the kitchen, even when the flour and the sugar go flying everywhere! If that happens, it’s important to rely on your friends to help you succeed. As an added bonus, the app is adapted for two different reading levels, and offers excellent tips for parents to promote early literacy skills.
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