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5 Interactive iPhone & Android Apps for Kids in 2013

5 Interactive iPhone & Android Apps for Kids in 2013

Moms, let’s just face it. It’s tough to get through a day with your own work and the household chores, let alone have the time and energy to play with your kids. It’s no wonder the majority of the app purchases in the Apple App Store are made by women (88%). A lot of studies proved that mobile computing devices like the iPad and the iPhone are considered effective pacifiers for busy parents as well as great tutors to teach kids. In fact, recent studies showed that 7 out of 10 kids aged twelve and under who live in households with an accessible tablet PC already know how to use an iPad or an iPod Touch!

With the amount of exposure children have to these kinds of consumer electronics, it’s now probably a must for parents (and adults in general) to have apps that are not only fun and child-friendly but are also educational. Some great examples are interactive educational apps. Not only are they specifically designed and marketed for kids, they are also fun to use—even for adults! Here are some interactive apps you should try on your iPhone.

Complete Toddler Preschool

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        There are many things young children have to learn before officially starting school. There are lots of interactive apps that can actually help you prep your kid for school without the hefty budget. Consider Complete Toddler Preschool by Toddler Teasers, an app that helps kids learn all about colors, numbers, shapes, animals, letters, and even mundane things like food, transportation, and musical instruments! The great thing about this app is that while it’s highly educational, it presents simple lessons to kids in a very enjoyable way. It features games, quizzes, puzzles, and flashcards to help parents teach kids how to identify objects. The games and puzzles are so simple to use, kids could easily figure them out by themselves.

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        Download: Complete Toddler Preschool [Android]

        Nursery Jam

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              Some studies show that music can help accelerate children’s mental development. They not only learn music and rhythm, they also get to practice proper word pronunciation. Nursery Jam is a great way to start your kid’s love for music through your iPhone or iPod Touch. Unlike most nursery rhyme applications, Nursery Jam allows kids to interact with the graphics of the song showed on the screen. This not only teaches kids the basic nursery songs they would enjoy, it also shows them what each song actually means through pictures.

              Download: Nursery Jam [iOS]

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              Letter Writer Ocean

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                    Gone are the days of scratch paper and big pencils for practicing writing. In this modern era (where writers like me would much rather type than actually write), parents can do much better teaching their kids how to write by using apps like Letter Writer Ocean. What makes the alphabet more fun to learn is that each letter actually features an underwater animal, thus broadening their knowledge of sea creatures at the same time. While teaching a kid how to write holding a pencil is still very important, practicing writing on an iPhone could always be handy when you need to distract your kid.

                    Download: Letter Writer Oceans [iOS]

                    Make Me a Superhero/Princess

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                          Interactive apps also serve as a great way to keep your kid busy while getting groceries or driving. For those times when you just want your kids to have a world of their own and be caught up in their imagination, you can try downloading Make Me a Superhero or Make Me a Princess. The app allows your kid to design his or her own costume and choose superpowers, looks, and hairstyles. They can even go as far as giving their characters wings, capes, or tiaras, giving it the ultimate superhero/princess feel. The UI looks like it came straight from a manga or a comic book!

                          Download: Make Me a SuperheroMake Me a Princess [Android]

                          Doodle Find

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                                Games with an art or hidden pictures theme is probably the best way to keep a child quiet during an event or a dinner party, and Doodle Find is no exception. The most fun part about this app is that it’s free and very enjoyable, even for adults. All you need to do is to find the doodle picture that matches the doodle on top of the screen in 90 seconds. This may sound like too much for a kid but it actually trains them to have better hand and eye coordination and teaches them picture-to-word associations. Another plus is that you can brag about their scores (and yours too) on Facebook!

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                                No matter how you use your iPhone for your kid, make sure they are learning using the most effective methods you know of. Whether it’s the high-tech or traditional way, at the end of the day it’s the fun you had with your kid and the new lessons you both learned that matter most. Have fun!

                                Download: Doodle Find [iOS]

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                                8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                                1. Zoho Notebook
                                  If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                                2. Evernote
                                  The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                                3. Net Notes
                                  If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                                4. i-Lighter
                                  You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                                5. Clipmarks
                                  For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                                6. UberNote
                                  If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                                7. iLeonardo
                                  iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                                8. Zotero
                                  Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                                I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                                In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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