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Interactive iPhone and iPad apps for kids

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Education through technology and play

With technology changing all around us, parents have turned to trusted apps to help educate their children and build communication skills through interactive play and stories. These interactive apps are fun for kids and parents and encourage learning along the way.

Education through technology and playThe Wiggles' Alphabet Adventure

The Wiggles' Alphabet Adventure app encourages communication and helps to develop literacy skills in children age two to six. Go on an educational journey through the alphabet while learning and having fun. In this educational and interactive iPad app, children can search for Dorothy with a magnifying glass, fill a bowl with fruit salad, play musical instruments with Murray Wiggle and discover the sounds on Captain Feathersword's jacket by pressing the magic buttons. Help your child learn and explore with his favorite characters, The Wiggles!

Compatibility: iPad
Cost: $2.99

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Education through technology and playLove You to the Moon and Back

The award-winning digital publishing group behind the popular apps Teddy's Night and Auryn Ink has brought yet another storybook to life with Love You to the Moon and Back. This beautiful story, based on the "art from the heart" work by Susan Shanahan, tells a story of the love between a mother and her child. While moms enjoy the memorable story, children will marvel in the images, word association, vocabulary building features and interactive fun on every page.

Compatibility: iPhone and iPad
Price: $0.99

Education through technology and playBig Bug and Little Bug

Engage and learn with this interactive book from Explore the "–ug" word family while navigating through the pages, pressing on clickable words and enjoying versatile reading options. For introductory readers, allow the narrator to read aloud to your child while you follow along with the pictures and sounds. For beginning readers, you can read along with the narrator -- or on your own -- while the child controls the pages. The best feature about this book? It comes complete with parenting tips direct from educators, which offer suggestions on specific things to discuss and do with your child to get the most educational value out of the book.

Compatibility: iPhone and iPad
Price: $0.99

Education through technology and playToca Kitchen

Cook, create, learn and play with your food with the popular Toca Kitchen. Feed hungry characters in this app while selecting your own ingredients and preparing the food exactly to your liking -- then see what the characters think about your culinary creation. This app could be a dream come true for moms of picky eaters because it lets kids explore with different foods without actually touching or smelling them. Or just let your kid get silly while creating unique food combinations. You never know, you might be raising the next Top Chef.

Compatibility: iPhone and iPad
Price: $1.99

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