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Best apps for the iPhone: Fun apps to keep kids entertained

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Kids' play, iPhone style

Between the useful functions your iPhone serves and the entertainment it provides, you might have your iPhone glued to your hand during your waking hours. We do, too. You've heard the saying "There's an app for that" -- and there is! We're bringing you fun and useful apps for your iPhone every week. This week, we've rounded up five fun apps to keep your kids entertained. That's right -- hand over your iPhone, because these apps will make your kids happy.
iPhone apps
iPhone apps

Kids' play,
iphone style

Between the useful functions your iPhone serves and the entertainment it provides, you might have your iPhone glued to your hand during your waking hours. We do, too. You've heard the saying "There's an app for that" -- and there is! We're bringing you fun and useful apps for your iPhone every week. This week, we've rounded up five fun apps to keep your kids entertained. That's right -- hand over your iPhone, because these apps will make your kids happy.

You love talking to your kids, but occasionally you need a few minutes of peace and quiet. Whether it's because you're ready to pull your hair out after a long day at work or you're in the doctor's waiting room, your iPhone is an excellent tool for distraction. So download one (or all) of these great iPhone apps to keep your kids entertained. Remember, sharing is caring -- and this counts for your iPhone, too.

Smack Talk

Smack Talk

The Smack Talk iPhone app might drive you crazy, but it will keep your child occupied. This crazy iPhone app for kids features an animated guinea pig, kitten and Chihuahua. The animals repeat what your kids say in high-pitched squeaky and low-pitched freaky voices. The developers claim it provides hours of hilarious laughter -- and it's quite possible.

Price: 99 cents

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Colorama

Colorama

For the little artist in your life, the Colorama app for your iPhone enables him to color in an animated coloring book. It includes more than 700 coloring pages, but even better, you can post his masterpiece to Facebook, email it to friends, save it to your camera roll or print it. Taking parental pride in your kid's creations has never been easier.

Price: 99 cents

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Disney Fairies Fly

Disney Fairies Fly

If your little Disney fan is obsessed with the Tinker Bell series, you might want to download the Disney Fairies Fly iPhone app. Your child can tilt your iPhone to guide the fairy on a magical flight, during which she picks up items and collects pixie dust to score points and unlock new surprises. Follow Iridessa, Silvermist, Rosetta, Fawn or Tinker Bell herself on the adventure.

Price: $4.99

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Angry Birds

Angry Birds

No app roundup for kids would be complete without Angry Birds. Unless you've been living under a rock, this iPhone app really needs no explanation. However, just in case, here's the short version: You slingshot angry birds into snorting pigs who have stolen the birds' eggs, with the simple goal of destroying the greedy pigs. Word to the wise -- make sure your kids can't purchase the Mighty Eagle to pass levels. The in-app purchases add up fast, and even a 3-year-old can figure it out!

Price: 99 cents

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Balloonimals

Balloonimals

What kid doesn't like balloons? The Balloonimals iPhone app allows your child to create balloon animals by blowing into the microphone on your iPhone. As the balloon inflates, shake the iPhone to begin creating a cool animal. Keep shaking ... and when the animal is fully inflated, your kiddo can pet his creation to find out what happens next.

Price: $1.99

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