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Flow Free by Big Duck Games LLC. This is an all-absorbing puzzle game that challenges kids’ spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills. Players must connect matching colored dots on a grid, creating a “pipe” between each dot, without pipes from different colors crossing. Increasingly complex levels add colors and spaces to the grid and require more forethought and planning. Free on iTunes.

Moody Monster Manor - Create your own monster avatar and play four active games. Teaches kids about emotions, animals, colors, and matching. The app helps increase problem- solving skills, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. Recommended for children ages 3-8. Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0+. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Price: Free

Sushi Monster by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. These monsters love sushi! Feed them the sushi pieces that will add up to the number on the monster’s neck. The app does focus on addition and multiplication. Feed the monster the right numbers or they will throw a tantrum! Free on iTunes.

Roxie's Puzzle Adventure by OCG Studios. The format of Roxie Munro’s maze books has been created into a challenging digital product, having 16 landscape puzzles, each with multiple levels of difficulty, seamless interactivity, intuitive navigation, and cheery art . School Library Journal’s Top 10 Apps of 2013 Hours of fun and the best part is you never lose a puzzle piece! $1.99 on iTunes and Google Play.

Bugs and Buttons 2 by Little Bit Studio, LLC. This app has 18 educational, interactive, and fun games. It teaches hand eye coordination, counting, the alphabet, colors, patterns, parts of the body, music memory, sorting, and helps develop critical thinking skills. It contains 54 achievements with increased difficulty. $2.99 on iTunes and Google Play.

Big Nate: Comix by U! by Night & Day Studios, Inc. In this app, choose from the familiar characters and settings of the increasingly popular book series to create your own Big Nate comic. $0.99 on iTunes. 2/19/16

Alien Assignment by Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. This app encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and family interaction. The alien family has a problem, and children must take a picture of something around them that could solve the problem. Then, children hand the iPad to their parents, who determine if that was a good solution to the problem. Free on iTunes. 8/9/16

Dino Digger by TegTap, LLC. Dig up dinosaur bones, build them into interactive 3D skeletons, and even bring them to life! Dig up and interact with 18 different dinosaurs, learning facts about them along the way. This app is great for engaging children with nonfiction material while also allowing them to play and explore. $1.99 on iTunes and Play Store. 7/20/16

Blue Hat, Green Hat - Boynton by Loud Crow Interactive Inc. Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic. You can choose to have the book read to you, or read the book yourself, and even if you choose to read it yourself, you have the option of clicking on the text to highlight and have it narrated to you. $3.99 on iTunes and Google Play. 8/1/15

Everyday Grooves by Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. This app contains 12 different songs to help kids switch to different everyday activities and routines. The tunes are very catchy and get kids excited about not-so-fun tasks like brushing their teeth or bath time. Free on iTunes.

AlphaTots Alphabet by Spinlight Studio. This app is an interactive introduction to the alphabet for children ages 2-5. When a letter is chosen, the name of the letter and the sound it makes is spoken out. followed by a game related to the letter. For example with the letter B, children build a robot by dragging the parts into the correct places. $2.99 on iTunes and Google Play.

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Make A Tent

Make A Tent I think that is why I love this project so much. Ryan recently had a sleep-over at a friend’s house for a camping-themed birthday party. His friend’s mom had cut some PVC pipes and provided blankets so the kids could create their own indoor sleeping tent in her living room. It was such a hit with my kids, that we borrowed the idea

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Talking Tech App Spotlight: Heads Up

heads up app - like charades on the phone!

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Shoot & Add { Nerf Gun Math For Kids

This fun nerf gun math game will have your kids shootin' for '"A's" in class! (via No Time for Flash Cards)

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FREEbie: Flow Free For iPad/iPhone App!

Flow Free. Connect dots of the same color in fewest, most efficient moves. Can a 3-year play?! Yes, my daughter is trying on the 5x5 version. Great problem solving activity

25 Cheap to FREE boredom busters to keep kids having fun and make mom's day easier!