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Kids' apps we love 2016

Each month we discover our favourite kids’ apps. Check back regularly to see what we’re adding to our list.

By Today's Parent
Kids' apps we love 2016

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Swift Playgrounds by Apple

Coding is the language we’ll all need to survive in our increasingly tech-centric world—and Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app is the perfect way to get kids interested in learning to code. In this iPad app, kids guide characters through an immersive graphical world, solving puzzles and mastering challenges—all by working with Swift, the programming language from Apple that’s used by app developers around the world. Free, AGES 7+, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Happy Daycare Stories by PlayToddlers

Your tot will love watching over five toddlers, exploring interactive rooms and finding treasures. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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George of the Jungle: Owie Owie

Owie Owie fever has turned some bugs into an evil army. Help George escape by climbing trees and collecting power-ups. Free, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

Artie’s Magic Pencil

There’s a monster on the loose! Help Artie save the day by matching dots, tracing shapes and getting creative. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Toca TV by Toca Boca

Watch over 1,000 videos—from animated originals to kid-hosted shows—on Toca Boca’s new interactive video platform. $6 subscription, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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Brush Teeth with The Wiggles

Kids can time their brushing time (and earn trophies!) with a dentist-approved Wiggles song and music video. Free, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

Disney Emoji Blitz

Play fast-paced rounds matching cute Disney emojis. Unlock characters, power up and play missions to boost your score. Free, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Epic!

Storytime just got a whole lot more exciting. Epic! is an all-you-can-read e-book subscription service that offers unlimited access to more than 10,000 books on iOS, Android or Kindle tablets, featuring classics like Goodnight Moon and newer titles such as Disney’s Frozen. The best part is you can set up profiles for up to four kids and personalize them according to their ages, interests and reading levels. $7 per month, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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Toca Dance by Toca Boca

Form a dance troupe, chorograph some moves and record a music video in this groovy game. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set

Kids can build their own train track with all their favourite characters from the original game, Dumb Ways to Die. $3, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

Explore the solar system, visit planets and discover stars and constellations with Jet and his friends. Free, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

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My Articulation

Have your preschooler sound out letters and words alongside cute animal friends. $14, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Trace It, Try It

Make learning to print less intimidating for little scribblers with these easy-to-follow practice exercises. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Pinkfong Mother Goose: Children’s Nursery Rhymes and Games!

Sing along, solve puzzles and colour favourite characters. Free, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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Monster Math 2

Kids in grades one to five can learn more than 40 math skills in different monster worlds. Free, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

King of Karts—3D Racing game

Race, throw water bombs and win trophies with six cool drivers in this multi-player game. $4, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue

Problem solve and complete physics-based puzzles to rescue Zeg’s lost dinosaur eggs. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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The Monsters by Tinybop

Your kid can create his own monsters, have battles, explore spooky rooms or take selfies with his creations. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

PBS Kids ScratchJr

Let kids play interactive stories and games with all their favourite PBS Kids characters. Free, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

Toca Blocks by Toca Boca

Kids can be their own architects and explore the many ways to build with blocks in this cool game. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

Preschoolers can practise their vocabulary with Cookie Monster in this goofy game. $4, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

Pacca Alpaca

BonjourHolaMarhaba! Introduce your kid to new languages with this engaging, educational app. Free, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

The Human Body by Tinybop

What makes our bodies tick? Kids can investigate, and learn about the heart, guts, lungs, eyes, skin and more. $6, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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Goosebumps Night of Scares

Tour an animated version of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine’s house and encounter spooky monsters. Free, play.google.com

Kids' apps we love 2016

Yum-Yum Letters

A chubby little worm and a cute snowflake make learning to write letters both fun and easy in this interactive tracing game. $6, itunes.ca

Kids' apps we love 2016

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This article was originally published on Dec 02, 2016

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