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ARTHUR’S BIG APP

“Arthur’s Big App” is based on the PBS kids TV show and has four games, such as a music game for pounding out a tune, create-your-own smoothie, library book shelving and freeze tag. It’s $3 for the iPhone/iPad.

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STORY BUG

Story Bug  lets you share an ebook with a child from afar, while video chatting together on an iPad or iPhone. It’s free for the first two books, then $5 a month. Of course you could do this in Skype for free, but it’s kind of neat to be able to look down at a story page and in a corner of the screen there’s a small video chat window.  The books are aimed at babies and on up to age 6. Nice illustrations.

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WEIRD BUT TRUE!

“Weird but True!” from the National Geographic. It’s a free kids app for iPhone/iPad/iPod that lets you in on some of Nature’s strangest secrets. Like: Cheetahs can change direction in mid air while chasing prey. Or so they say.

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BABY CAM

We’ve looked at a lot of security cameras, but the $129 “Baby Cam” from TRENDnet.com is the simplest we’ve seen:

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SELLING YOUR KIDS CLOTHES ONLINE

MoxieJean.com lets you sell “like new” kids clothes or buy them at a big discount. They have over 40,000 items. Items that can’t be accepted for sale are donated to charity.

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THE 3D STORE

Instead of buying your own 3D printer, you can have Amazon print 3D objects for you for around $30 for most items.

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SKIT!

“Skit!” is a fun app for kids who are enchanted with The Lego Movie. Use Lego characters like “WyldStyle” and “Good Cop” to make a brief cartoon. We didn’t like the results we got, but we may not be the right age.

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A VIRTUAL WORLD FOR CHILDREN

Woozworld.com lets children walk around in a virtual world, try on new clothes, play games and talk to others by choosing pre-selected phrases from a menu. It’s free but has lots of ads. The artwork is stunning but we got a little woozy waiting for things to load in Woozworld.

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GAMES: LOST CIVILIZATION

“Lost Civilization” is a “hidden object” game set in Prague, London and Mexico it’s $5 for iPhone or $10 for PC or Mac. We found ourselves hooked for three days, trying to get our heroine’s fiancé back safely as we went from one archeological dig to another.

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