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Free and fun iphone applications for kids

February 19, 2010

There are always new iphone apps coming out for kids. One of the newest and coolest is Dinosaurs from  The American Museum of Natural History. This app lets paleontologists of all ages explore the Museum’s famous fossil halls in depth.  The apps splash page is a huge collage of the Museum’s archives of over 800 images. The interactive mosaic creates a cool scale shift from which a child can choose an image to zoom in on. Once an image is selected, you can learn more about the dinosaur or fossil and send the image or comment on it.

If you have a space fanatic in your family, this iphone app Space Images from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s has spectacular images of space and stars. The images are beautiful and awe-inspiring. You can get more information about the images with a touch of the button.

2010 World Maps iphone app

Looking for a way to talk about the world visually or a way to educate your child (and you!) on the ever-changing world of maps?  World Maps has nice, clear maps that are on a “globe” and are easy to read with bright colors with clear boundaries.

Vocal Zoo is an app that allows your kid to select an animal and hear its call or sound. It’s fun, though it doesn’t last for more than a few subway rides. One of the most fun uses is to press a whole bunch of the sounds together and you get an entire cacophony that sounds like a real barnyard! This app is particularly appreciated by babies.

I have to rave about this one. This is a mini Photoshop for kids.  Splash of Color’s app teaches kids about how to isolate color and to work with a limited palette. They immediately see how color can energize an image.  Choose any photo and Splash of Color will convert it to a black and white image. You can begin painting in color right away with your fingers. Don’t worry about mistakes, this application keeps track of every single step from the moment you selected which picture to edit. The only complaint: it needs a zoom feature to color smaller areas. Tip: use photographs with large detail areas.