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Friday Favorite: A bushel of educational apps for learning fun


A friend on Twitter asked me the other day if I had a list of the educational apps I have on my iPad. With all the reviews I have done, I was ashamed to admit that I've never taken the time to list those apps that I use on a regular basis with my children.

I reached out to the other writers at TUAW and asked them the same question. Together, we compiled a list of our favorite learning apps for children, and wow, what a list. The apps are presented below in no particular order.

NXTapp ($0.99)

Khan Academy (Free)

Elmo Loves ABCs ($4.99)

Where's my water? ($0.99)

Simple Physics ($0.99)

Simply Find It ($1.99)

SparkleFish ($0.99, 99-cent in-app purchases)

My First Wood Puzzles: Dinosaurs (Free, $1.99 in-app purchase)

Zoo Sounds ($1.99)

Paper by FiftyThree (Free, in-app purchases of $2.99 for tools and $7.99 for everything)

Plants HD for the iPad ($1.99)

Discovery Kids Sharks ($4.99)

Minecraft-Pocket Edition ($6.99; more game-ish, but building with blocks is learning, no?)

Articulation Station (Free; sound packs are $2.99 to $5.99, full app is $49)

Letter of the Day Interactive Activities ($1.99)

AniMatch ($0.99)

iBuildABCs ($0.99)

Junior Bingo ($0.99)

Rocket Speller (Free)

Wood Puzzle USA Map ($1.99)

Word Bingo ($0.99)

Math Bingo ($0.99)

Beginning Sounds Interactive Game ($0.99)

Motion Math Hungry Fish (Free, in-app purchases from $2.99 up to $8.99)

Letter Quiz ($1.99)

Phonics Tic Tac Toe Interactive Game (Free)

Sentence Maker (Free)

Flashcards+ (Free, in-app purchases to get new voices)

Word Jigsaw (Free, in-app purchases to get extra hints and unlock all the levels)

Monster Coloring Book ($2.99)

Math Tables ($1.99)

Word Search + (Free, in-purchase of $1.99 for premium version)

Missing Link (Free, in-app purchases for hints and extra levels)

Bookworm ($2.99)

If you have any educational apps you enjoy, please share them with us in the comments.

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