New apps for kids
There are literally thousands of apps for kids in the iTunes App store, ranging from educational baby games and storybooks filled with little ones' favorite characters to tween and teen shopping guides, fun quizzes and more. To help you stay on top of what's new, here's a round-up of fun, new apps for kids.
Sofia the First: Story Theater
To mark the TV premiere earlier this month of the Disney Junior animated series "Sofia the First," Disney Publishing has launched a storybook app called Sofia The First: Story Theater that follows the show's opening story line and features the voices of the show's characters. Meant for beginning readers; $3.99 at the iTunes store.
UP: My name is Dug!
In the Disney movie "Up" is a dog name Dug who wears a collar that allows him to speak. He's the star of Disney Publishing's app: UP: My name is Dug! The interactive app features two reading modes for different skill levels. $1.99 on iPad only.
Happy Mrs. Chicken
Peppa Pig is the star of "Happy Mrs. Chicken." The app is designed for preschoolers, and based on the star of the animated TV series. Features five interactive games, a virtual sticker book activity and appearances by George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Suzy Sheep and Rebecca Rabbit. $2.99 at the iTunes store.
Ranger Rick's Tree House
Does your child dream of working with the next Flipper? A new subscription app from the National Wildlife Federation includes stories and games such as Dolphin Tricks, in which children teach animated dolphins to perform. The app, Ranger Rick's Tree House, is for kids ages 7 to 12. Buy one version for $4.99 or an annual subscription that updates content five times a year for $19.99 at the Apple Newsstand.
The Tot Yoga app teaches kids to do 13 yoga poses demonstrated by 3-D animated animals, trees and the sun. The moves are narrated in a child's voice, and set to upbeat music and environmental sound effects. After completing a yoga pose, kids are encouraged to take a breathing break before the next pose; recommended for kids ages 2-7. $1.99 in the iTunes App store.
Pizza Crazy Chef
This free app allows kids to prepare digital dough, create sauce and choose from more than 100 toppings. Once the pie is baked, slice it in the pizza shop, box it up and send it out for delivery. Or set a table and select drinks, napkin colors and more. Then share a photo of your pizza with family and friends.
Starring You Storybooks by StoryBots
This app is perfect for kids ages 2-6, and there are multiple e-books to choose from as well as interactive videos, activity sheets and more. Just upload a photo of your child and insert him or her into the action; the app does the rest of the work. The app is free and comes with one free book. You can sign up to receive a new book every month for $3.99. Additional titles are $1.99, with 18 themed books available ranging from pizza and circus to trucks and princesses.
Sesame Street Elmo Story Collection
This iPad-only app includes six popular Elmo titles, plus two exclusives including: "Elmo’s ABC Book," "Counting with Elmo," "Mommy Loves Elmo" and more. It also includes text highlighting, which visually helps new readers while listening to the audio e-books. The auto-play feature automatically turns book pages, making it easy for toddlers to read along. $1.99 in the iTunes App store.
Barbie Color, Sparkle and Style
New from Random House Children's Books and Mattel, this app allows kids to play with color and art tools while they decorate, design, dress-up and create Barbie and friends. It includes two coloring books with 16 pages, a Barbie bubble wand to blow and pop bubbles to decorate, the Glitterizer to magically add sparkles and glitter, a fabric fill with patterns, prints and textures, watercolor paintbrushes, stickers and more. $4.99 in the iTunes App store.
This free app from Baby Loves Disco and H&M allows kids to follow instructions to the beat while testing their DJ skills. When the music begins kids have to scratch the record, tap the microphone to check it and shake their booty when the MC says "Shake That."