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4 New Apps (and 1 New Portal) Guaranteed to Entertain Tots This Summer

Jun 14 2013 - 1:14pm

If your iPad looks anything like ours, it's filled with apps for your kids, rather than yourself. You're also probably always on the lookout for a new app that will not only occupy your little ones' time, but teach them something at the same time. There are more than 33,000 kids' apps in the iTunes store, so finding the best ones out there can be a chore. Lucky for you, we've found recent additions to the iTunes store that will make both mom and tot happy. From new color-educating apps for toddlers to a movie-making app from Disney, check out our favorite latest downloads now!

PBS Kids on the App Store

Not as much an app as a portal in the iTunes App Store, the new PBS Kids on the App Store [1] (free) is a one-stop shop for all things PBS — meaning Elmo, Super Why, Daniel Tiger, and Dinosaur Train all live in one easy to find place. The portal has more than 25 educational apps that help develop math, literacy, and other early learning skills right now (some free and none more than $4), and that collection is expected to grow.

Toy Story: Story Theater

Calling all budding Steven Spielbergs (or John Lasseters, more accurately)! If your little one has dreams of directing the next blockbuster animated movie, Toy Story: Story Theater [2] ($3) is for you. Using characters from Toy Story, kids can create, record, and animate their own flicks in a few simple steps. Simply choose your main character, recored your story in your own voice, and then animate with various backgrounds, props, and surprises that appear throughout the final film. Even the youngest kids who play with this app will love seeing their characters come to life!

Intro to Colors, by Montessorium

One of our favorite app developers, Montessorium, is back with a new app that is sure to get parents and kids excited. Intro to Colors by Montessorium [3] ($3) uses the Montessori Color tablets to teach tots how to identify their primary and secondary colors through a series of interactive games, and then how to appreciate gradients by placing shades in the correct order. The beautiful app does a fabulous job of teaching colors in a fun, non-dumbed-down manner.

Magic Stickers!

Lazoo, the company behind some of our favorite doodling and coloring books, is back with a new app that brings stickers to iOS devices. In Magic Stickers [4] ($2), Lazoo's beautiful artwork serves as the background for images that animated stickers interact with once they're applied. So a piece of broccoli turns into an enormous tree full of flowers and birds that animate once tots push the "go" button. Kids can also create their own stickers by drawing within the app and then pushing go, and watch their creations animate around the backgrounds.

Spanish Colors by Little Pim

Later this month, Little Pim, the language curriculum created by Julia Pimsleur Levine, will introduce Spanish Colors ($5) — an app designed to teach tots the Spanish words for colors. Though tap-and-swipe and touch-and-reveal technology, little kids will play games and hear stories created to teach them their colors. Language lessons have neve been so fun, or easy, to learn on the go!

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