My Animals For Kids: Quiet Your Toddler and Teach Him New Words

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For parents, one of the benefits of owning a smartphone or a tablet, is that these devices work like digital pacifiers. Put an iPhone in front of a crying toddler, load up a game, and the tears should dry. My Animals for Kids is a cute new app that will keep a child occupied while beefing up his or her vocabulary.

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What does it do?

It helps kids learn the names of various items by asking them to identify 10 different animals based on their shape. You can upgrade for $0.99 to get a total of 33 different beasts on the app.

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Why do we like it?

The app is super simple but very cute. After showing the outline of a lion, for example, it will then show a real picture of the big cat, list its name to the side, and repeat it out loud. It also has a few touches that a kid would enjoy like flourishes of sparkles after each answer. With a heavy focus on memory skills, it will help a child learn in a format specifically tailored to recognize tiny fingers. You don't need an internet connection, and it can be played in automatic or manual mode. It's like a free babysitter and a tutor all in one! [Smile Time Club]

Illustration for article titled My Animals For Kids: Quiet Your Toddler and Teach Him New Words

My Animals For Kids

Download this app for:

The Best:

Make cool slo-mo videos

The Worst:

60fps only works on iPhone 4S

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DISCUSSION

In about 5 minutes this article will be overrun with comments like:

"I would never allow a young child to pay with a $500 device."

"Children should be outside playing, not fiddling with electronic gadgets."

"What will this world come to if kids are looking at virtual images on a screen rather than paging through real books."

And before anyone else has a chance to comment, my 3.5 year old loves the iPad, learns a lot from it, and has a balanced life with plenty of time outside, reading real books, and playing with toys.