Joy Preschool Games – Animated Dictionary: 100 Most Common Verbs Spelling & Learning Game For Kids – Animated Dictionary provides 101 of the most common verbs in English, Germany, Spain and France organized alphabetically. You can spell it, learn it and play with it in each of the 4 languages. Every verb is spelled and pronounced by native teachers, and animated by cute and vivid animations. Animated Dictionary is designed to be kid-friendly. There are no complicated menus for kids to get confused by, or multiple options to get lost in. What’s more, not only will your children love the spelling, but they will also be kept constantly motivated by rewards, such as: Colorful Balloons and Bubble Popping! Amazing Shape Puzzle-Kids Favorite Word Learning Game – Amazing Shape Puzzles will keep your kids educationally entertained, while developing their concentration, memory, and cognitive skills. This app also teaches children spelling, and what sounds objects make. Amazing Shape Puzzle is also designed to be kid friendly such as an added (+) button to help kids finish difficult puzzles automatically. Children will also enjoy the enthusiastic hippo, which is always ready to praise children for their efforts. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price for Animated Dictionary: $.99 (limited time) ~ See Animated Dictionary: 100 Most Common Verbs Spelling & Learning Game For Kids in the App Store . Price for Amazing Shape Puzzles: $.99 ~ See Amazing Shape Puzzle-Kids Favorite Word Learning Game in the App Store

Rockmate – Rockmate is a breakthrough music creation app. It turns your iPad into a complete music studio that is easy and super fun to use. You can compose, record and play songs with up to 4 Rock players on one single iPad. Rockmate with smart chords progressions is easy to play, sounds great with separated guitar effects and in-house produced audio samples and is also fully customizable with multiple drums and keyboard styles. Your guitars are always well tuned, there is no need to carry your drum kit or to patch your keyboard. A smart metronome and a real-time looper will assist you in composing and recording your songs. Share your songs by email or iTunes sharing folders. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Price: $3.99 ~ See Rockmate in the App Store

Bo’s Bedtime Story – Bo’s Bedtime Story is a fun and educational story/game to help children 2-6 years old develop good bedtime habits. Children will help Bo the Giraffe, the playful main character, with his bedtime routine. This app reinforces positive bedtime habits, making it easier for parents to do the same. Bo’s Bedtime Story is divided in 10 consecutive and interactive scenes. At the beginning of each scene the child will be told by Bo the Giraffe what needs to be done and how to help him. During the 10 scenes the child will use a variety of skills such as sorting, color recognition, matching, counting, listening and coordination to accomplish the scenes’ tasks. In the last scene, Bo will go to sleep and then meet up with all of his friends in his dream accompanied by the nice sing-along song “Hey, Hello My Name is Bo.” Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. *iPhone version now available for $.99* Price: $1.99 ~ Bo’s Bedtime Story in the App Store

NumberStax – NumberStax is a cool arcade-style math app just released by educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is a Tetris-like game intended for ages 12+ and helps polish math fundamentals through solving number problems and algebraic equations. Players increase their score by strategically arranging integer and operation tiles to solve for designated numbers or expressions. They can swap tiles, freeze the game against the ticking time clock, and take advantage of bonus operations to eliminate as many tiles as possible and achieve a high score. The speed of the game increases with extended use, and play ends when the tiles in the NumberStax grid reach the top of the screen. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Price: $1.99 ~ See NumberStax in the App Store

Sarah little fairy and grandma – Sarah little fairy and grandma is an interactive, educational app for children ages 5 to 9. Sarah and her family are getting the room ready for Grandma Mary, who is coming to live with them. She’s not very well, and everybody wants to help make her feel better. Her illness makes her forget certain things. One day hundreds of shining stars appear in Sarah’s bedroom. Where did they come from? The fairy Mina uses them to show Sarah how to understand her Grandma’s illness, Alzheimer’s. And Sarah can use what she learns to find her Grandma and give the story a happy ending. Sarah little fairy and grandma features original music, sound effects, and a narrative in five languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan, or the story can be read without sound. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: $2.99 ~ See Sarah little fairy and grandma in the App Store

Family Touch – Children love to see different events that relate to their tiny world; surprise your child by downloading this beautiful app. Your little one and the rest of the family will thank you for it as they see, hear, and learn from their very own photo album. Family touch allows you to upload your child’s favorite pictures and also record sound to explain the image and the scenario they see. The Family Touch album has 12 beautiful and well-organized categories for your child to play, touch and relate with. The developer has also included 64 beautiful images and sounds to get them started straight away. The default album list consists of the following: Dads album, Moms album, Grandparents album, Brothers album, Friends album, Family Trips and holidays, Bath Time, Pets album, Birthday Album, Bed Time album, and a Food & Meals album. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Price: $1.99 ~ See Family Touch in the App Store

Absurd Mall Math: DELUXE – It’s a day like any other day at absurd mall except for the fact that it’s different. People are still here to shop, but the shoe store has an infestation of shoe flies. They make a mess and that’s where mall maintenance comes in. Oxnard bear and Alice alligator are working the day waiting for trouble such as this. Join Oxnard and Alice in their epic battle with the shoe flies to save business and commerce at Absurd Mall. Armed with an ooze squirting apparatus known only as a flyswatter Oxnard and Alice square off against the dreaded shoe flies. You can command either Alice or Oxnard and earn promotions and new, more powerful ooze squirting flyswatters when you play the math and action-packed shooter known as Absurd Mall Math Deluxe. In Absurd Mall Math, the player engages in an activity that not only requires hand eye coordination and timing, but also multiple addition calculations. The player is presented with five pairs of shoes, all having a randomly determined price. Across the screen shoe flies travel carrying images of the shoes. Along with the shoes the shoe flies have a numeric value attached to them. The player uses a flyswatter and targeting system to shoot down the flies in the game. The point values are attached to the shoes the flies are carrying. A running total for all five shoes is kept. If the player successfully accumulates points equal to but not greater than the value of the shoes, the player wins the shoe. Values greater than the shoes’ price result in the loss of the shoes. The round ends when all the shoes are either won or lost. After each round the player is given experience points. For every hundred experience points gained the player rises to a new level and gains a new, more powerful flyswatter. Random values, level increases and game difficulty choices provide hours of quick computation practice that is both engaging and rigorous. Absurd mall math provides players with both right and left brain engagement. A quick round of absurd mall math focuses the mind and engages the cognitive process. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See Absurd Mall Math: DELUXE in the App Store

ZOOMin Game – ZOOMin is a game that will enrich your children’s imagination while they have fun. Children see pictures (parts of a larger object), and as their curiosity grows, they will try to guess what the whole object is. By tapping the image, they will see the answer – a picture of the complete object. In this process of challenging discovery, your child will enjoy 50 beautiful pictures of objects (plants, fruits and vegetables, mammals, birds, insects and life under the sea ) accompanied by sound effects. There is a button on each picture, and by tapping on it they will hear a human voice saying the name of the object. Your children can play ZOOMin by themselves, but it is also a great opportunity for a parent to spend quality time teaching and having fun with them. ZOOMin supports 7 languages: English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Hebrew. The game navigation is very simple and child oriented and does not involve any language. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: $.99 ~ See ZOOMin Game in the App Store

Dreamery – Some people think that dreaming is a waste of time. Others have committed their lives to decipher the meaning of dreams. But only one person affirms that our dreaming time is far more important to attain happiness than being awake. He is Dr. Wonders. Come and see Dr. Wonders’ universe and check out his Dictionary of dreams. With a single touch you’ll find out the 144 most frequent universal dreams, their meaning, and what they predict. You’ll know your future on Fortune, Love, Work and Health. Dreamery is available in English and Spanish and voiced by Christopher Smith. * Dreamery is currently only available for the iPad. Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Price: $3.99 ~ See Dreamery in the App Store

iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids – iTouchiLearn Feelings gives preschool and special needs kids the social cues needed to identify, interpret and communicate their emotions. By engaging with words and associated visual actions, children step through the process that causes an emotion. iTouchiLearn Feelings sequentially builds early learning social cues and enables children to apply what they learn to real world situations through funny animations that demonstrate cause and effect feelings and emotions. Six fun activities that identify core feelings and improve communication skills and audio directions to facilitate learning and aid children with speech difficulties help children in their understanding of emotions. iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids is an ideal supplement for play and speech therapy. iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids also includes a bonus animated sing-a-long happy song. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Price: $.99 (limited time) ~ See iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids in the App Store

iAssociate 2 – iAssociate 2 is a word association game, where players have to figure out which words or phrases are associated to each other. iAssociate 2 was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America as a game that is great for keeping your brain sharp. iAssociate was one of TUAW’s favorite apps of 2009. With the release of iAssociate 2, the developers have made improvements based on the requests of fans. iAssociate 2 offers brand new, never before seen, levels for you to enjoy. You will get to figure out what some of the most powerful forces on mother earth are, food in all different forms and tastes, go treasure hunting knowing that X marks the spot and lots more. Besides the new levels iAssociate 2 also offers lots of new features to help you progress in the game. You can now get hints for all of those words, which you get stuck on. If the Hints aren’t enough then you can now also quickly ask for help on Facebook, in seconds you’ll have your help requests published on Facebook allowing everyone else to aid you in the game. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See iAssociate 2 in the App Store

Lily Rock Band – Lily Rock Band is designed to show the fun part of rock music, to children between 1 and 8 years old. Lily Rock Band allows kids to join the band interactively on a virtual concert stage. Five 3D cartoon characters (a toddler, a polar bear, penguins and a chick look-alike character), each play a musical instrument in the band. In Talk mode: Lily, the toddler character, repeats everything with a chipmunk sound effect. Sing mode is similar to the talk mode, any recorded sound can be re-played with a rock loop. Free Play mode is where the main interactivity of the app takes place with its music-composing feature. In the purchased (in-app) version there are 30 musical instrument loops with interactive animations. The free version is limited to 9 loops. There is also a Dance mode (not available in the free version), two different songs can be played with over 25 interactive animations. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See Lily Rock Band in the App Store.

FlashPowder – Now you can fully utilize the improved camera in your iPhone 4 and 4S with the power of a professional photo lab. Turn your iPhone photos into professional prints, posters, canvas wraps, or have them professionally framed at the tap of a finger. From a 4×6 for a photo album of your vacation to a 27”x36” poster for your wall, FlashPowder has you covered. FlashPowder is Simple: Just select the photos you want to turn into amazing prints in FlashPowder, choose your size and format, enter your info and tell us where to ship, and they’ll handle the rest. Convenient: FlashPowder is the solution for printing the pictures off of your phone. Shoot with your phone, tap to make your choices, enjoy your photos on your wall or send them as a gift to friends and loved ones. Professional: Use the equipment and services the pros use right from your iPhone. We’re sure you’ll be amazed at the results when you pair your shots with our prints. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Price: FREE ~ See FlashPowder in the App Store

Disclosure: I have not personally tried any of these apps. These descriptions come from the developers with some minor editing (and perhaps commentary) by myself.

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