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5 Must-have iPhone and iPad apps for preschoolers

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Educate and engage your preschooler

Download these entertaining apps to make your time with your preschooler on the iPad more educational and interactive.

If you have a preschooler and an iPad or an iPhone, chances are your little one knows how to swipe and tap his or her way into your device. Lucky for you, we have picked the must-have apps for your little sponge.

1Van Gogh and the Sunflowers

Introduce your preschooler to the beautiful world of color and art through this entertaining and heartwarming storybook. Based on actual events, the story of Van Gogh and the Sunflowers teaches an important lesson of tolerance and compassion to both boys and girls. This magical story implements reproductions of some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings and includes beautiful watercolor illustrations. Your preschooler can explore games and have fun with colors while interacting and learning at the same time.

Price: $1.99 (introductory)

Educate and engage your preschooler

2Harold and the Purple Crayon

Your preschooler will love helping Harold bring his story to life by coloring in the pages of this interactive book. Explore hidden surprises and interact with Harold to tell the story, or listen to a narrated version and read along. This digital storybook is sure to keep your preschooler engaged and entertained.

Price: $6.99 

Educate and engage your preschooler

3Wheels on the Bus

Bring a familiar song to your iPad with the Wheels on the Bus app. This app is much more than just a song -- it's an interactive musical book, which encourages language development and exercises your child's fine motor skills with a swish of a wiper and pop of a bubble. Listen to the popular song in five different languages, record your child singing, hear music from four different musical instruments and explore surprises as the bus (and story) rolls along.

Price: iPad $1.99  

Educate and engage your preschooler

4Teddy's Night

Does your preschooler ever ask you what her teddy bear does while she's away or asleep? With this storybook, she might just get some of her questions answered. Explore an adorable story that preschoolers can relate to, while marveling the detailed pictures on each interactive page. Your child can help stack blocks, play memory-matching games, customize wall drawings and even play a harp while reading this bedtime story.

Price: iPad $3.99 

Educate and engage your preschooler


This classic story gets your preschooler involved in more ways than one. Watch as your child helps clean the kitchen, stacks the King's invitations to the royal ball, dresses Cinderella and the stepsisters for the party and builds the magic carriage with the Fairy Godmother. Your child will love all the customizable details -- from selecting the dance music for the ball to seeing herself in the magic mirror on multiple pages of the book (with the iPad2 front-facing camera).

Price: $7.99

Educate and engage your preschooler

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