Best Kids Apps

Highlights My First Hidden Pictures

A fun hidden picture app for the very youngest detectives
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  • Age: 4+ |

  • $1.99

Best iPad and iPhone Apps for Kids: Highlights My First Hidden PicturesHighlights My First Hidden Pictures is a fun app and a great way to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to the delight of hidden picture puzzles.

Kids can look for almost a hundred objects hidden in the eight included illustrations and get clues whenever they need them with no penalty.

Why we like it:
We’re not surprised that this app is polished and intuitive, since it’s basically just an easier version of the Highlights Hidden Pictures app (which we know and love).  These classic illustrations are easy on the eyes and looking for the hidden objects will provide your kids with hours of quiet, thoughtful fun.

The music and sound effects add to the experience, but you can turn them off if you’re somewhere silent.

We’d still like to see more puzzles included in the initial purchase price, because once you solve them, you’re done.  You can get two extra puzzles by registering and many more with in-app purchases (which you’ll need to turn on in your settings if you’ve previously turned it off).

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We tested version 1.3.1, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.1.3 or later),  iPhone touch, and iPad. Developer Mobad Games. Read our disclosure policy.


A challenging puzzle game for the iPhone, iPad, and Android
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  • Age: 8+ |

  • $0.99

Fling iPhone App Game best apps for the ipad, ipod touch, and iPhoneFling! lets kids (and adults) get in touch with their competitive side by flinging or “shoving” colored furballs into each other across a green lawn.

There are user-friendly levels: easy, medium and hard. You can even play under the Arcade setting (if you want time pressure), Free Play (no pressure) or Challenge mode (solve a certain number of puzzles within the time allotment).

Why we like it:
In a chess-like fashion the puzzles make you think about future moves and their outcomes before you make them. So that the player doesn’t go on tilt too much and quit before they’ve reached their full potential – Fling offers an “undo” button and a number of “hints” with each game.

If you are in Challenge mode – you’ll get a scorecard giving you your recent stats.  In arcade mode it shows you how many points you score after completing each game.

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We tested version 1.1.2 on iPhone OS 3G. It is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.0 or later) and the iPod touch. Developer CandyCane. Read our disclosure policy.

Sums Stacker

A deviously educational app that will trick kids into liking math
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  • Age: 5+ |

  • $1.99

sums-stackerSums Stacker is a sneaky educational app masquerading as a fun game for kids.  And who doesn’t love sticking it to their kids?

At the bottom of the screen are three numbers. “Stacked” on top of them are things that can be added (dice, coins, numbers, Roman numerals and so on).  Your kids have to make each stack add up to the number it sits on.

Why we like it:

This is a great, fun way to improve math fluency without boring drills.  It’s a surprisingly different experience working with word numbers (one, two, three, or uno, dos, tres) than with cardinal numerals (1, 2, and 3).

The Roman numerals (you guessed it, I, IV, and VI) are almost freaking impossible, but it’s a fun challenge.  We like the pencil sketch-style graphics too.

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We tested version 1.0.1, which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.1.2 or later) and the 2nd generation iPhone touch. Developer Carstens Studios Inc. Read our disclosure policy.