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The Dream by Swipea (4.5 stars)
Price: Free
Developed by Swipea Kids Apps

The Dream is an interactive kids’ book that takes you on a journey to the Middle East and introduces the Arab culture through a story, mini educational games, craft activities, as well as 60 fun facts found throughout this application. This FREE iPad and iPhone ebook/game app includes a story about a common, hard-working father named Ahmad who lives in the Arab world. (more…)

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Talking Tom Cat (2 stars)
Price: Free
Developed by Outfit 7

Talking Tom Cat is a free app that makes use of the iPad microphone and creates a virtual puppet for you to play with your toddler.  Our 2-year-old tester loved the cat, and seemed to ignore that he was repeating her words also.  She listened intently to everything we said into the microphone, and asked questions like “What’s your name?” and “Are you happy?”  Of course, Tom the Cat obliged and asked the same questions back to her. (more…)

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Numberland HD – Learn numbers with Montessori (3 stars)
Price: $4.99
Developed by Les Trois Elles Interactive

Tam & Tao are two pint-size explorers who act as your guide through Numberland, a beautifully drawn world of education and adventure.  This app is affiliated with the Montesori method of learning, popularized by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori.  At it’s core, Montesori strives to enable the true learning nature of children through self-directed activity (or so Wikipedia tells us).  To that end, there are definitely some nice self-directed, exploration aspects of Tam & Tao. (more…)

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ABC – Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors with Mathaliens HD (3 stars)
Price: $1.99
Developed by By CFC s.r.o. (22learn)

What in the world is a Mathalien?  Our 2-year-old sure doesn’t mind, she loves the color and shape games with high quality illustrations and background music. (more…)

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (4 stars)
Price: $0.99
Developed by THUP Games

Get ready for some monkey fun!  Oh, and while you’re at it, get ready for some seriously repetitive music.  Keep reading: your toddler is going to love this game.

Common kids app themes are involved: memory, find the different fruit, play with puzzles and get awarded with stickers.  Only the responsiveness to the tapping and the snappy, kid-friendly interface really stands out. (more…)

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Fish School HD – by Duck Duck Moose (3 stars)
Price: $1.99
Developed by Duck Duck Moose

Fish School HD is a deliciously illustrated undersea alphabet adventure with (8) mini games available from a simple 1-tap navigation in the bottom-left of the screen.

This app is for younger tots, with a mix of “flash-card” style learning and basic games.  There is also a wonderful, encouraging voice-over that narrates the alphabet and also sings along. (more…)

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