10/21/2014 07:39AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier
By Gail Suberbielle
Duck Duck Moose Reading®
Duck Duck Moose’s educational apps are touted as some of the best apps for kids, and the Duck Duck Moose Reading app is no exception. This award-winning app takes little ones on a “phonics learning adventure” with characters like Milo the Meerkat and his pal Puffs. With nine word and letter activities, the app helps little ones learn to read, while entertaining them by feeding flamingos, lions, monkeys and other animals. Little ones learn phonics and spelling of consonant-vowel-consonant words. Cost: $1.99.
Bugs and Buttons®
Bugs and Buttons includes a series of 18 games that are both educational and entertaining for the 5- to 8-year-old set, teaching them counting, fine motor skills, sorting, patterns, and other skills. The activities include eight different bugs – ladybugs, roaches, dragonflies, bees, ants, butterflies, tarantulas and butterflies – and games that involve connecting the dots, tic-tac-toe, a slingshot, and other fun activities, like helping bugs find their way through mazes, or catching the “buttons falling off Uncle Bob’s button truck.” Once they succeed in an activity, users win stamps to collect in a book. Cost: $2.99.