Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

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This is the main list of best and most educational apps for children for iOS devices (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad) for all ages, both paid and free, for all types (brain teasers, crafts, education, games, interactive books, interactive play, interactive toys, magazines, music apps, teacher & parent tools and other), skills (creativity, early literacy, early math, attention & concentration, eye-hand coordination, interaction, language, memory, music & art, personal & social skills, thinking & problem solving, understanding of the world) and language versions, reviewed by Appysmarts editors and ranked by users. The apps are listed by their overall score. If you would like to know how we rate apps for kids, please click here

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Rounds: Franklin Frog

Rounds: Franklin Frog
by Nosy Crow

Price: 4.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive book about the life cycle of a frog presented by... a funny frog character called Franklin.

What you do with it: listen to the narration or read the book yourself. Touch Franklin to make him talk about frog facts ('I swallow my food without chewing it') or perform simple tasks (jump over lily pads, eat worms etc).

What we liked: the 'story' (the concept is well explained and easy to understand, lots of details included), simple illustrations and animations, easy operation, interactive elements complementing the story, great educational value.

What we didn't like: we would prefer an adult narrator (as an option).

Bottom line: the price may be high but we really recommend Franklin.

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LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers

LetterSchool - learn to write letters and numbers
by Letterschool Enabling Learning...

Price: 6.99$
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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is:an app teaching letters and numbers (shapes of letters and numbers, sounds, tracing, writing).

What you do with it:please see our video review.

What we liked:great concept, overall look and feel, simple operation and navigation, types of activities, great educational value (inclusion of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as 'written' fonts), visual clues.

What we didn't like: we missed some sort of spoke instructions.

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The Rooster Who Lost His Voice (The Full Story)

The Rooster Who Lost His Voice (The Full Story)
by iMagine machine llc

Price: 0.99$ (was 1.99$)
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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive animated story (about 18 minutes long) about the values of caring, generosity and friendship.

What you do with it: follow The Rooster and his Grandma around the farm, interact with the story (e.g. collect various objects from farm animals that are met along the way to help solve the mystery of the Rooster's lost voice).

What we liked: the story (theme, flow, humor), beautiful illustrations and animations, cute characters, great narration and voice acting, background music. The interactive elements don't distract and help to keep the child 'immersed' in the story.

What we didn't like: no text for reading/following the story on your own (we would like to see it as an option), for children and parents used to typical 'swipe the page' interactive books the navigation may not be intuitive at first.

Bottom line: we wish there were more apps like this one...

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TeachMe: Kindergarten

TeachMe: Kindergarten
by 24x7digital

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 3.2

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a pack of activities for teaching sight words, spelling, addition and subtraction.

What you do with it:please see our video review.

What we liked: high educational value, easy operation, audio instructions and clues, intelligent reward system, 'player' configuration, management and reporting options.

What we didn't like: activities may get repetitive after some time. We experienced occasional audio glitches when using this app.

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Cars in sandbox: Construction

Cars in sandbox: Construction
by Thematica

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a set of construction activities with 8 interactive trucks and machines in a virtual sandbox.

What you do with it: touch parts of the vehicle for interaction (starting/stopping the engine, opening doors, turning on/off lights). Perform various tasks with the help of the machines: put toy elephant's head on it's place with a mobile crane, transport a toy bear and duck with a dump truck etc.

What we liked: the idea, overall excellent quality of the app, beautiful, detailed graphics, lots of interaction and 'little touches' (sounds, animations), simple tasks, simple scoring system.

What we didn't like: we were missing any sort of voice clues, the names of vehicles could be read aloud. Links to Facebook and Twitter on the main screen.

Please note that during our review this app was free but even if the producers decide to charge for it will still be worth purchasing!

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