Best Kids Apps


Fraction Math

The ultimate math homework helper
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  • Age: 9+ |

  • $3.99


Fraction Math is an educational app that helps students kick their math homework blues away.

Can’t figure out the lowest common denominator? No problem. The app guides kids step by step as they work out the fraction problem and offers tips if they get stuck. Kids can solve random fraction operations or input their own custom problems.

Why we like it:

This tutorial app is a lifesaver for students who cringe at the sight of improper fractions. The app will help kids get the right answer, but they have to do the work themselves to get it. There are over 20 similar math apps by iDevsBooks, everything from long division to rounding decimals, that are worth checking out.

Watch out for:

This is not a game app. The fun part of this app is that it helps kids learn how to solve the math problem. Hard to believe, but not all kids will see the fun in that.

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Fun Apps for Summer Travel

Backseat and airplane entertainment for family vacations? Check

Ah, summer.  The beach, the mountains, the lake, the… long hours in a car or airplane with impatient children.  If you’ll be flying or road tripping this summer, download a few new iPhone and iPad apps to help the miles go by a lot quicker.

1.  Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1
Ages: 6 and up | $0.99

Jacob Jones is off to summer camp, where everything isn’t exactly as it seems.  Along with his hairy new sidekick, he has to figure out what is going on at Camp Eaglefeather by solving a series of narrative-style puzzles that are just right for young kids.

2.  State Plate Bingo!
Ages: 4 and up | $0.99

This app really won’t keep kids occupied for hours, but it’s fun as an ongoing quest on road trips.  Can you find all 50 states in a single journey?  There’s only one way to find out.  The iPhone version works on an iPad, but isn’t optimized for it.

3.  Sago Mini Sound Box
Ages: 2 and up | free

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and maybe even some older kids) will love this cute, simple music discovery app.   Kids choose an “instrument” (though it could be a puppy barking or a noisy barn).  They tap the screen to add the sounds, then grab, fling, bounce and play with them.

4.  Road Trip Bingo
Ages: 4 and up | $0.99/1.99

Got exactly two kids?  Download the only travel-themed bingo app that lets both of them compete head to head.  Your kids can scour the landscape for everything from road signs and blue cars to snow-topped mountains and dogs.

5.  StoryLines
Ages: 8 and up | free

Got three or more kids?  Check out this hilarious app that’s a lot like the telephone game we all played when we were younger!  Player one types a well known phrase, such as “The early bird gets the worm.”  Player two illustrates the phrase with a fingertip drawing.  Player three captions Player two’s drawing without seeing the original phrase.  And so on.

Don’t think it’s only for travel either.  My kids beg me to play every night.  Can’t think of a good phrase?  The developers have thought of that — just tap the suggestions button.



WWF Together

Extraordinary, inspirational, innovative and -- wait for it -- free!
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  • Age: 3+ |

  • free


WWF Together, the animal conservation app from the World Wildlife Fund, is the only app we’ve ever tested that made us wish we could award more than five stars.  It’s that good.

Also, it’s free, so go download it right now.  We’ll wait.

This educational app is like nothing you’ve seen before.  At the most basic level, it showcases the animals that the World Wildlife Federation is fighting for.  But there’s so much more than that.

Why we like it:
Choose an animal to learn about, and you’re presented with a photo of it.  Zoom in, and each of the nine tiles offers a different interactive experience from Facetime (a narrated video) and conservation facts to captioned photos and a species snapshot (which tells you population, habitat, and how far away you live from these animals).

The acoustic guitar soundtrack is a nice accompaniment, and the origami paper video effects are amazing.  Very young kids will need a parent to navigate, but this makes a really good bedtime story.

Watch out for:
Currently there are eight species to explore.  If you want to be notified when rhinos, gorillas, sharks, and jaguars come online, be sure to set up an email notification.