Best Apps and Digital Games in 2012


Parents always want to give their kids hours of listening, reading and playtime fun. These Gold-Award winning apps, software, video games and websites do just that.

By Allen Raush


Pat the Bunny for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Random House; $4.99;

Designed especially for toddlers and preschoolers, the app features 14 fully interactive scenes your kids can tap, swipe, and explore. Your kids will giggle with delight as they play hide and seek with Bunny, pop bubbles in the bathtub, make music in the kitchen, catch butterflies in the garden, and much more.

Random House added many improvements, including the ability for children to record themselves and a camera.


Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow; $9.99 a month or $29.99 for six months;

Hosted by LeVar Burton, this unlimited reading subscription service offers a trusted library of books customized to your child's interests, plus exciting video field trips to visit fascinating people and places. New books and videos are added EVERY week. The Reading Rainbow App is a completely re-imagined and interactive experience reminiscent of the original TV series.


Toca Kitchen

Toca; $1.99;

Ever wanted to play with your food? Now you can! Toca Kitchen lets you cook food for four hungry characters. Pick any ingredient and prepare it in your own way! Slice, boil, fry, cook, microwave or blend? It's up to you!


LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

A new LEGO city to explore. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; $19.99-$59.99;

In this new game, the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin join other famous super heroes from the DC Universe to save Gotham City from destruction at the hands of the notorious villains Lex Luthor and the Joker. Batman fans of all ages will enjoy a new and original story filled with classic LEGO videogame action and humor as players fight to put the villains back behind bars.


National Geographic Animal Jam

National Geographic; prices start at $5.95 per month;

A virtual world where kids can explore Jamaa with other kids from around the world. National Geographic's rich multimedia window to the natural world has been combined with fun characters and immersive gameplay to create the ultimate online destination for kids.


Skylanders Giants

Activision; $74.99;

In Skylanders Giants, the rich mythology of the Skylands continues, engaging audiences with new, super-sized Giants with super-sized powers, an all-new story, new puzzles to solve, and new discoveries that will fire the imagination.


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