Best Kids Apps


Best Halloween iPad Apps of 2011

Lots of Halloween fun on your iPhone or iPad

Last year we put together a list of our Best Halloween iPhone and iPad apps for kids. My (then toddler) daughter played with several of them well past Halloween, but now it’s time to freshen up our iPad with the newest Halloween story books, puzzles, games and not-so-spooky app treats for toddlers, preschoolers and grade school kids.

Here’s our list of our favorite Halloween apps that we’ve found since last year.

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch

Age rating: 2+ | Price: $2.99

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A sweet puppy dog tale that’s enchanting for the little ones regardless if they’ve read other Biscuit story books. See what else Biscuit finds at the pumpkin patch besides pumpkins. We love that this app also contains a coloring book and a sticker book feature too. It might distract the kids from reading if they’re in control of the iPad or iPhone, but it will keep them coming back to this app again and again.

 

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

Age rating: 2+ | Price: $2.99

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There’s nothing scary about this app! The littlest of Halloween trick-or-treaters can get the Berenstain Bear’s Halloween story read to them by their parents, or via Auto Play. Pre-schoolers can touch words and characters to see the word read aloud to them, and turn the pages them selves by touching the lower right corner. (more…)



Millie and the Lost Key

The best iPad book we've seen, and that's saying something
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  • Age: 1+ |

  • $3.99


Millie and the Lost Key is the $3.99 follow-up to Meet Millie, the first book in the quirky and wonderful Millie Was Here series.

The first one is free, so go download it right now.  That’s alright.  We’ll wait.

A hero such as Millie is only born once every million billion trillion years.   She’s a master of disguise, the mortal enemy of a stuffed villain named Kitty, and the cutest canine we’ve ever seen.

This is her first full length adventure.

Why we like it:

It’s funny.  It’s tongue-in-cheek clever.  It’s ridiculously cute.  It’s got great sound effects and a perfect narrator too.  Plus it takes awhile to read, so you’ll get your money’s worth.

The app stitches together the story of a quest for limitless bacon with real photos and videos of a Shih Tzu named Millie.   As if the story weren’t cute enough (and it totally  is), there are hidden stickers to find and bonus games too.

We especially loved how you can see the owner’s hands holding Millie up in some of the pictures, like when she’s riding the carousel horse.

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We tested version 1.0, which is compatible with the iPad (iOs 3.2 or later). Developer Megapops LLC. Read our disclosure policy.



JibJab Jr. Books

Animated books make your kid the star of the show
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  • Age: 2+ |

  • Free


JibJab Jr. Books has launched a story app that includes a free introductory book  called “The Biggest Pizza Ever”.

Simply upload a photo of your child’s face, trim and resize it to fit, and the app plugs your child into the animated story.

If you like the experience enough, you can buy additional stories a la carte for $7.99 or subscribe to monthly stories for $3.99.

Why we like it:

If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough of  Elf Yourself , this is the app for you.  There’s not quite as much dancing as in the web-based JibJab applications, but so what?  It’s still funny.  Since there’s only one character (your kid), it’s also much less work.

This is not award-winning children’s literature (spoiler alert: child makes ridiculously large pizza and must deal with the consequences), but it’s fun.  Don’t overthink it.

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We tested version 1.1, which is compatible with the iPad (version 4.3 or later). Developer JibJab Media Inc. Read our disclosure policy.