Top 5 Kids Apps of the Week

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Top 5 Kids Apps of the Week

Crazy Chinese Flashcards

Crazy Chinese Flashcards

$1.99 Ages 6-up Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars Why we like it: Anyone with doubts about the pedagogic power of an iPad or Android device should spend a few minutes with this app. Why? They'll be speaking Chinese in just a day. Of course you'll only learn the basics: things like numbers from one to 10, animals, fruits, colors, countries by flags, shapes, transportation and stationary. Still, that's 71 Chinese words, presented in a series of drills. Need to know: Testers found the experience to be engaging, and fast repetition was surprisingly effective, despite the primitive-looking graphics. Ease of use: 8/10 Educational: 9/10 Entertaining: 9/10

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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.

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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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