Top 5 Kids Apps of the Week

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Top 5 Kids Apps of the Week

1. Pumpkin Pal

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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1. Pumpkin Pal

$0.99 Ages 3-6 Overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars Why we like it: An oldie but a goody, this is one of the better jack-o-lantern Halloween apps in the app store these days. Children first choose from five pumpkin shapes. They can then either freely carve (with an adjustable-width knife) or they can select different eyes, noses or mouths that can be resized. Need to know: The resizing is a little clumsy. After your pumpkin is done, you see it as if there were a candle flickering inside it, and can send it as an image, attached to your email. Work is automatically saved. Ease of use: 9/10 Educational: 7/10 Entertaining: 9/10

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October can only mean one thing for kids -- Halloween! There are some great Halloween-themed apps for kids to play, keeping them busy until the main event. Some let you put your kids right in the action, others are wonderful renditions of classic children's books like I Spy, but with a spooky mansion to explore. All are sure to be a treat!

Children's Technology Review has shared with Mashable five top apps from its comprehensive monthly database of kid-tested reviews. The site covers everything from math and counting to reading and phonics.

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