Ages: 5 and up
Why I recommend it: Toontastic is the perfect app for inspiring creativity while learning about storytelling. Kids design, create, record and edit their unique stories using a variety of scenes and characters from the app, or using ones they create themselves. Learning the parts of a story is not something kids instinctively know how to do, so Toontastic works them through each part of telling a story to teaching along the way.
Available at iTunes, free*>>
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Carolina Nugent is an expert in early childhood education with nearly a decade of experience in public schools and private early childhood programs. As the Director of Education at KinderTown, an educational app store that helps busy parents find the best apps for young kids, she's evaluated more than 1,000 apps for kids. She scours the app world from the Philadelphia area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. You can see more of her app reviews in the free KinderTown App, available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.