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Tips: Top Kid-Friendly, Boredom-Battling Apps

If you’re a parent and have a smartphone or tablet, your kids probably know how to use it better than you do. I have some suggestions that will help you spend quality time with your kids and turn any night into family night by finding the best apps for young people.

kidappsApps for kids are one of the most popular categories available for smartphones and there are games and educational choices available in great quantity and quality. So for starters, check out the recommendations of the Best Apps for Kids website. They review and sort kid apps by age group and can quickly help you find the best app or eBook for whatever category you’re searching.

I like the apps from Duck Duck Moose, especially their free ChatterPix kids iPhone app that lets children take a picture with the smartphone and then turn their photo into a puppet that talks with your child’s voice.

If your kid likes science, try the Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island app. It puts your kids in charge of an island and they solve various environmental issues, from cleaning up an oil spill to planting trees. $1.99 for Apple and Android devices.

For educational and fun apps, check out SmartApps4Kids. Their various math apps are great to help young kids with their counting skills and even learn a little about money and finance. 99cents for Apple devices

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.