The best iPad apps for kids

Learning and Creativity

The Three Little PigsThe Three Little Pigs$7.99

Kids as young as two and as old as six will love this interactive book, which was just released last February from Nosy Crow, its first iPad app. The company hit it out of the park, combining a familiar story with interactive features (you can tap a button to make characters talk, tilt your iPad to see hidden areas, make the pigs do somersaults, and more) and unique, witty and endearing illustrations. A must-own!

The Three Little Pigs

Interactive AlphabetInteractive Alphabet$2.99

ABC Flashcards are a dime a dozen on iTunes, but Interactive Alphabet takes it a step further by making every letter an interactive toy. For example, your toddler can actually play the xlyophone shown alongside the letter ‘X’. The app’s music is fun and won’t make you want to jump off a bridge, and there is even a baby mode if your tiny tot can’t figure out how to move from letter to letter just yet.

Interactive Alphabet

Drawing PadDrawing Pad$1.99

This lauded app gets points for being attractive to both kids and adults alike. Your kids will have minutes (maybe even an hour!) of fun creating their own art using crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, and even imported photos. They’ll love the different downloadable coloring books, including Farm, Sea Life, Fairy Tale, and other themes. And once they are done, you can share their masterpieces with the grandparents instantly via Facebook or e-mail.

Drawing Pad

US Geography by Discovery EducationUS Geography by Discovery Education$4.99

This top education app will certainly make your kids smarter than you when it comes to US Geography. (Admit it, you don’t know where Montpelier is!) It makes learning about the country fun, and does a very thorough job with more than 700 challenge questions, tons of videos and interactive games and even sharing results via Facebook and other sites.

US Geography by Discovery Education

Tap FishTap FishFree

This one is an oldie but a goody for all ages. Yes, even adults will find themselves obsessed with creating the most beautiful fish or stockpiling those that will make them the most money. There is strategy here to figure out what fish to buy and sell to start building your fish empire. There is the sheer joy of watching your fish mature and achieve 100-percent happiness, and there is the monotony of cleaning your tanks that is somehow soothing. Even the toddlers love this game, though you might find yourself wincing when they sell your sea turtles before they fully mature. The older kids had a blast sabotaging each other’s tanks with slow-growing and low-profit fish.

Tap Fish

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