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15 Android and iOS games to keep your kids entertained (and quiet)

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DRAWNIMAL ($2)

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DRAWNIMAL is an app that brings the simple tools of pen and paper to the iPhone. The app encourages kids to draw an animal on the iPhone screen based on the letter they choose. The app lets kids practice the alphabet, promotes curiosity for new technology, and, most importantly, teaches children to think outside the box. The app is suitable children of all ages, starting from preschool age on. The app is also compatible in five different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

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Artkive (free for Android, $5 for iOS)

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Artkive is the refrigerator door of apps. It allows you to take pictures of your kids’ artwork and share them on Facebook or send them to anyone via email or text. Artkive offers child-friendly navigation and lets anyone easily edit pictures for brightness or filters. Artkive lets you create a plaque for each picture that includes the child’s name, age, and date, so you don’t have to try to remember who painted what. You can also upload artwork you like onto the Artkive website and create calendars and books, which could be used to embarrass your children for years to come. Artkive can be used to preserve school work and projects as well

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Little Fox Music Box ($3)

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If your child likes to sing and listen to music, Little Fox Music Box is the perfect app. The user can sing along with the Fox and his friends to classics such as Old MacDonald and London Bridge. Each song is paired with a different scene with interactive animals and backgrounds. If your little one is tired of the standard basic songs, head to the fox studio where you can record original songs while Little Fox dances along.

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Musical Me! ($3)

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Musical Me! is an award-winning app that teaches kids notes, rhythm, and pitch. Children will join Mozzarella the Mouse in a musical world and learn the fundamental components of music. They’ll work on their memory by listening to the notes and copying the pattern to train their ears to hear different pitches. Kids will also learn about rhythm, short and long notes, how to read music notes, and even how to create their own music. A handful of popular children’s songs recorded especially for the app are featured, including Mary Had a Little Lamb, Pop Goes the Weasel, and Skip to My Lou. Kids will also hear instrumental versions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald, and more.

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Art of Glow (free)

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Lite-Brite was a revelation of the ’90s that combined the glory of neon, art, and potential choking hazards. This relic used to be found in every suburban home, but now it has gone the way of Pogs and fuse beads. Art of Glow brings back the national past time digitally — without the choking risk. Every creation begins with a blank black screen and children choose which kind of brush stroke to use, such as stars, hearts, and circles. Choose a color, all of them neon, and draw away. It’s like finger painting without the mess. Some of the shapes are animated and will come to life, but all of them are bright and eye-catching, perfect for a young child. After the masterpiece is completed, you can then save them to enjoy later. And perhaps the biggest upside to this app: you won’t find those little Lite-Brite tabs stuffed in the carpet.

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This article originally published May 4, 2014, and updated on May 13, 2016, by William Cannon to include Moonbeeps: Fireflies, Endless Alphabet, Rosetta Stone Kids, DRAWNIMAL, and Musical Me!

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