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
Random House; $4.99; rhskidsapps.com
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; $9.99 a month or $29.99 for six months; rrkidz.com
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; $1.99; tocaboca.com
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!
A new LEGO city to explore. Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment; $19.99-$59.99; dcuniversesuperheroes.lego.com
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; prices start at $5.95 per month; animaljam.com
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
Activision; $74.99; skylanders.com
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.