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My 10 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids

ipad apps for kids, iPad apps, iPad and kidsIn an ideal world, I would always be able to give my kids my full attention.

But since we don’t live in an ideal world, there are times when I need a little help.

Once we’ve exhausted arts and crafts and toys and every other solo activity and there are things that I just have to get done, the iPad is my best friend.

For me to pay for an kids’ app, it has to meet one of three specific criteria: it must teach something that my daughter needs to learn, foster her creativity, or allow me to squeeze in a shower.

And if it can do all three? I’m in love.

Here are my ten favorite apps for kids.

Happy showering!

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    The PBS Kids Video iPad app is one of my daughter's go-to apps. She can find all of her favorite characters from PBS Kids and watch streaming video right on her iPad. Though less interactive than some of the other apps, this is still one of our absolute favorites and is often the only thing that helps me to squeeze in a shower some mornings! (Free)
    Click here for more information.
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    Doodle Buddy offers your kids an amazing and addictive drawing experience. If your child can imagine it, he can use the paints, stamps, and backgrounds to create it. (Free)
    Click here for more information.
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    Have a little one who loves dinosaurs? The Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever app is filled with dinosaur fun. With over 700 dinosaurs, this app will keep your child happy for a long while. ($4.99)
    Click here for more information.
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    Who doesn't love Woody and Buzz Lightyear? The Toy Story Read-Along app offers more than the story itself. Many pages include interactive features like coloring pages, songs, mini-games, and video clips. (Free)
    Click here for more information.
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    Roxie's Doors is one of my favorite apps that we've downloaded for our daughter. The illustrations are gorgeous and the app challenges little readers to think creatively to find hidden objects. Worth every penny! ($3.99)
    Click here for more information.
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    The Drawing Pad iPad app came highly recommended from my fellow Kid Scoop blogger, Meghan. Within moments of downloading it, my daughter and I were creating art together. We love the different brushes, pencils, markers, stamps, and more. So much fun. ($1.99)
    Click here for more information.
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    Remember Etch-A-Sketch? If you do, you'll love watching your kids play with the Sketcher HD iPad app. And if you don't? Well, you'll still love watching them play this fun game. ($2.99)
    Click here for more information.
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    The Geo Master Plus app makes learning geography interactive and fun. With an atlas and 9 games with high resolution maps, your kids will be able to identify places all over the world in no time. ($3.99)
    Click here for more information.
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    Mathboard is an app that removes the tediousness of practicing mathematical operations and makes them fun. ($4.99)
    Click here for more information.
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    I'm a sucker for a Disney princess, so I was all too happy to download the Beauty and the Beast: Storybook Deluxe app for my daughter. More than just a story, this iPad app has games, puzzles, coloring pages, and movie clips and sing-along songs from the movie. So much fun! ($4.99)
    Click here for more information.

If you have an app that you love, please tell me about it in the comments!

You can also find Nichole over at in these small moments and on Facebook and Twitter too!

Check out more awesome apps in Babble’s Best iPad and iPhone apps for kids!

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