TRACE AND DRAW

“Trace & Draw” is a free app from Crayola for iPhone/iPad and Android devices. Place a piece of paper over your screen and a drawing underneath shines through, allowing you to trace it. The opening screen tells you to buy a $20 Crayola clip to hold your paper, but that’s unnecessary. Besides this app, you can get lots of images to trace for free from Images.Google.com. Search on “black and white clip art.” Ordinary paper works fine if you turn up the brightness setting on your tablet.

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TIMELY TUTOR

“Timely Tutor” is an app for iPod/iPad/iPhone that asks children to take a break from playing video games and take a quiz.

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FEMALE FORCE

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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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