1. PETTING ZOO
This app will get the whole family laughing. Fascinating is the way one illustration fluidly morphs into the next. With 21 animals to pet and play with, kids will be giggling over this new zoo.
2. CHATTERPIX KIDS – by Duck Duck Moose
Best for ages 4-12, Price – Free, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
This free app lets kids turn anything they can photograph into a puppet. You can even decorate your subject with things like glasses or hats. It’s a guaranteed giggle generator. And the sky’s the limit in terms of what you decide to make talk.
3. ANSEL AND CLAIR: LITTLE GREEN ISLAND
This masterful ecology simulation puts kids in charge of their own island. With fun missions, songs and loads of interactive activities, the app lets kids landscape their island. The simulation game makes learning about ecology fun and entertaining.
Best for ages 7-12, Price – $3.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Kids design the zoo, take care of the dinos, get feedback from paying customers and add attractions. This well-balanced sim is self-contained, so there aren’t any in-app purchases or ads, just pure worry-free fun.
5. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Nosy Crow
Best for ages 3-8, Price – $5.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
This story is a hoot to read, and it offers extra silliness when kids touch the characters to hear them speak. Because it has so many different endings, it’s an app that kids will want to play over and over again.
6. LA LUNA: THE STORY PROJECT
Best for ages 4-11, Price – $3.99, iPad
Based on an Academy Award-nominated animated short film, this book app seamlessly blends interaction into the presentation of the film. Kids can also explore a special section that teaches them how animated films are made.
7. WEE YOU-THINGS
Best for age 3-7, Price – $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
“Wee You-Things” made this list because it delivers an important message about empathy and accepting others. Presented as a charming rhyming book, the app introduces kids to 24 quirky characters.
8. TOCA HAIR SALON ME
Best for ages 4-12, Price – $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Kids snap photos of their faces and then style their own hair in the wackiest salon ever. The app offers lots of ways to personalize your image, from adding hats and glasses to blowing your hair out to look like a lion’s mane.
9. BUGS AND BUTTONS 2
Best for ages 4-6, Price – $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
This math app makes exploring educational concepts fun. Presented as games, the 18 activities have kids sorting, counting, ordering numbers, identifying shapes, applying logic and more.
10. CUT THE ROPE 2
Best for ages 7-up, Price – $.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
These puzzles are wacky, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining as kids help the beloved Om Nom get to his candy.