Kids Doodle – Color & Draw

Kids Doodle – Color & Draw

Kids Doodle is an app that, as its title obviously suggests, lets kids doodle! Users can start with an empty canvas (a color of their choice) or a picture already stored on the device. A simple and hidable panel is displayed on the bottom of the screen with the following icons: canvas (select a new canvas), paintbrush (select one of 24 paintbrushes), eraser (erases where you touch), back arrow (undo), forward arrow (redo), play symbol (show a video of how the doodle was created), and a disk (save the doodle into the gallery). In the free version, kid-friendly apps appear at the top of the screen and occasionally in between drawings, but these can be removed by purchasing the pro version for $0.99. Also, from the main menu of the app, you can select the gallery to view past paintings...

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Pet Rescue Saga

Pet Rescue Saga

From the creators of the well-known Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga comes this similar puzzle game built on the plot of rescuing captured pets. Each level shows a variety of colored blocks with different animals in different places. The goal of the game is to tap on groups of blocks to remove them, thus rescuing the pets by bringing them down to the bottom of the puzzle. A variety of “boosters” also become available throughout the game which help achieve these purposes--like a rocket that will remove all blocks in a vertical line, or a hammer that will eliminate a block of your choosing. Dozens of levels appear in each of four maps, with levels becoming increasingly more difficult as they go on. Levels are passed by rescuing a required number of pets and reaching a certain score...

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Starfall FREE

Starfall FREE

The Starfall app is designed by the Starfall Education Foundation, which seeks to “create free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration” (according to their app page). This program in particular, which requires an internet connection to run, is focused on a variety of core skills mostly related to reading and math. It is set up in a way that young children can easily explore, with a large home screen featuring over a dozen categories which can be clicked on and looked into with a variety of options to select. The free version includes access to only a few subcategories....

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Ruzzle

Ruzzle

Ruzzle is a spelling game, similar to the board game Boggle. You spell words by swiping your finger across the screen and highlighting the letters. You can highlight letters in all directions - up, down, diagonally, to the side - as long as the letters in the word are highlighted sequentially. To start a new game, you can choose to challenge a Facebook friend, a Twitter follower, a Ruzzle friend, a previous opponent, or a random opponent. You don’t need a Facebook or Twitter account to play, however—you just need to create a Ruzzle account (connecting to other social media sites is optional). At the end of three rounds against your opponent, scores from each round are added up and the player with the highest score wins...

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Disney Emoji Blitz

Disney Emoji Blitz

In a “match three” game with a twist, Disney lets users play with their favorite characters to gain points and unlock new emoji to use in their communications online with friends. Players earn coins by winning games, which allows them to use their coins to use power-ups or unlock more emoji. Each character emoji has a special power that can be activated when playing the game, making the game more interesting and able to change. Currently there are 37 emoji characters from Finding Dory, Zootopia, Wall-E, Frozen, Cinderella, the Muppets, Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Bambi, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc, The Lion King, and Mickey and his friends...

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Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a location-based app by Niantic released for Android and iOS model phones. It is a game in which the user catches, trains, and battles with Pokémon. Pokémon, or “pocket monsters,” were first seen in games developed for the Nintendo Game Boy, but quickly grew in popularity, leading to a card game, an anime, and many more games since. Pokémon Go is the newest release of the franchise, and is very different from everything that came before it. The game mechanics make it possible for Pokémon to become a bigger part of everyday life. Using your phone’s GPS...

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