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July 19, 2013

Dr. Kate Roberts: What parents should know about the kids, technology and education apps


Kids Doodle — For all ages, this is a drawing app designed for kids so they can have an easy-to-use canvas to paint on.

Let’s Color! — For kids age 4 to 10, this free app contains a simple drawing program and a series of 18 pages with drawing prompts.

Music and video

Videolicious — This video creation app for age 6 and up allows kids to choose photo or video content already saved on their device, record a narration and select a copyright-free song from the in-app library.

Guitar! — Kids age 10 and up can strum or pick an on-screen guitar to generate musical sounds as they play along to vocals recorded by real pop stars.


Bugs and Numbers — By playing through 18 games, kids from 4 to 8 learn early math concepts, including numbers, how to count, comparing sizes and sequence.

Math Blaster — Parents need to know about this great online role-playing game for age 7 and up that is centered on educational play.

General creativity and learning

Faces iMake — This is one of the most creative apps in iTunes. It encourages kids (age 4 and up) to create faces using unusual collage materials. By thinking outside the box, kids arrange candy, toys, fruit, musical instruments and more to create fanciful faces,

TinkerBox — This app for age 7 and up combines engineering, puzzles and design. Children are encouraged to problem-solve, apply new skills and use their imaginations. They can invent crazy machines and share them with friends or with the app developer.

Pettson’s Inventions 2 — Old man Pettson and his talking cat, Findus, have 37 inventions for kids age 7 and up to re-create. Engineering is fun with this zany, hands-on building kit.

Where’s My Perry? — This physics puzzler for age 8 and up stars a secret agent platypus named Perry from the Disney television show Phineas and Ferb. In each puzzle, the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz has placed obstacles to make things more difficult.

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