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.
[More from Mashable: 11 Biggest Social Media Disasters of 2012]
$1.99 Ages 3-10 Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars Why we like it: The name says it all -- this crossword puzzle app contains 48 crosswords with more than 300 word in different categories including animals, food, clothes, and colors. Each puzzle is leveled, and the design is very clean. A color coding system is used for hints, which are available at any time. Need to know: You can't unlock the harder levels until you solve each puzzle, which could slow children down. Also, the letters tend to float above your finger letting you see what you're doing. This makes sense, but takes some getting used to. Ease of use: 9/10 Educational: 9/10 Entertaining: 8/10
[More from Mashable: 10 Adorable Animals Feeding Other Animals [VIDEOS]]
This week's apps have a theme: temporal and spatial relations logic puzzles. Flip through the gallery above to see which of the apps -- filled with mazes, puzzles and more -- your kids will have a blast exploring.
The folks over 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.
Check back next week for more Top Kids Apps from Children's Technology Review.
This story originally published on Mashable here.