Top 5 Apps for Kids You Don't Want to Miss

Chris Crowell
Top 5 Apps for Kids You Don't Want to Miss
1. Star Walk HD-5

1. Star Walk HD-5

Ages 8-up Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars Why we like it: You can turn your iPhone or iPad into a planetarium -- how cool is that? Point your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone at the sky (or ceiling) to harness the power of an augmented reality system paired with a database of the stars. The program uses your camera, compass, current location and accelerometers so you can turn your screen, like a periscope, to line up a celestial object. Need to know: There's not much to not like about this app. This is one of the best science apps you can buy. It’s especially great for clear winter nights. Ease of use: 9/10 Educational: 10/10 Entertaining: 10/10 $2.99

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Chris Crowell is a veteran kindergarten teacher and contributing editor to Children's Technology Review, a web-based archive of articles and reviews on apps, technology toys and video games. Download a free issue of CTR here.

This week's top apps for kids have one thing in common: beauty. From an iPad-turned-planetarium to an intricately illustrated e-book, your kids will be learning -- and awe-ing -- from these apps that are visually pleasing yet still educational.

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Our friends at Children's Technology Review shared with us these 5 top apps from their comprehensive monthly database of kid-tested reviews. The site covers everything from math and counting to reading and phonics.

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