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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed their screen time recommendations, doing away with the two-hour-a-day limit. Instead focusing more on quality of screen time rather than quantity. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research validates their quality; choose wisely.

 

Green Eggs and Ham

Oceanhouse Media | Ages 2 – 8

$2.99 | iPad and iPhone

Youngsters can touch objects to bring up the words and more.

 

Montessori Letter Sounds HD

Les Trois Eiles Interactive

Ages 3-6 | $2.99

Pre-readers will love this award-winning app that uses phonics to teach letter sounds.

 

Magic School Bus: Oceans

Scholastic | Ages 4 and older

$8 | iPad

The wacky Ms. Frizzle and her class explore the sea with this interactive storybook app. Kids can enjoy pictures, games and videos.

 

Fish School HD

By Duck Duck Moose

Ages 3 -5 | |$2.99 | iPad

Preschoolers can learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in an under-the-sea world.

 

BookWorm

PopCap | Ages 5 and older

$1.99 | iPhone, iPad

An award-winning intuitive vocabulary-building word-search game for new readers and word lovers alike.

 

Marble Math Junior

Artgig Studio | Ages 5-8 | $2.99

Roll and drag your marble through math operations including counting, fractions, shapres, sequencing, measurement, money, telling time and more.

 

Draw and Tell

By Duck Duck Moose | Ages 3 – 9

$2.99 | iPhone, iPod touch and Ipad

Build your child’s imagination with this fun app – kids draw artwork and record the story behind it, Animations bring the art to life.

 

Stack the States

Ages 9 to 11

$1.99 // iPhone, iPad, Android

Helps your child learn state shapes, capitals, and abbreviations in fast-paced games and puzzles.

 

Smarty Pants Brain Building Cards

Melissa & Doug

$12.99 | PK – Grade 5

 

The cards are colorful, creative and packed with illustrated activities, including picture puzzles, math challenges, tongue twisters, mazes, vocabulary builders and much more. Each educational card set is thoughtfully developed to suit the learning style and curriculum standards of each age range . . . then spiced up with fresh, lively design and an infusion of humor (including a whimsical pants-shaped case!) to keep kids giggling, engaged and excited about learning.