Top 5 Kids Apps This Week

Chris Crowell
Top 5 Kids Apps This Week
1. Fire Station

1. Fire Station

Ages 3-8 Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars Why we like it: This virtual field trip lets you explore community helpers -- especially a fire station -- by way a set of well-chosen videos embedded in the app. Testers liked the hand-drawn images and the background music which can be toggled on or off. Need to know: Note that this is a big app, weighing in at 400MB due to the embedded videos. It is a good app for any child (or adult) who wants some real-world information and experiences. See this video review. Ease of use: 10/10 Educational: 9/10 Entertaining: 9/10 $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 are all about involvement. Using them, your kids will be gardening, jumping, going on field trips and starring in their own TV episodes -- all from the comforts of home.

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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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