December 4, 2011
In our third-in-a-series of Gift-Guides, we look at 12 of the best accessories, apps or iDevices for kids. Enjoy!
Cars 2 AppMATes by DisneyLaunched earlier this year, Disney’s line of AppMATes (Mobile Application Toy) features six vehicles from Cars 2, including Lightening McQueen and Tow Mater. Each is used interactively on the iPad screen (called the “play mat”) using the free Cars 2 AppMATes app. Impressive.
The iPod touch (fourth-generation) by AppleThe iPhone might get most of the press, but the iPod touch is also very cool. Now in its fourth-generation, the top-selling iPod is the perfect gift for those Steve Jobs of the future. Available in black and white, the iPod touch comes in 8GB, 32GB, and 64GB models,, starting at $199.
Toca Boca series of apps for iPhone/iPod touch and iPadSwedish-based Toca Boca has only been on the iOS development scene since March. Still, during that time the company has developed an impressive line of kid’s apps for both the iPhone and iPad. Among the hot titles are Toca Store, Toca Hair Salon, and our favorite, Toca Tea Party. The company’s next title, Toca Kitchen arrives on December 15.
Big Grips Frame by Big GripsWith the Big Grips Frame, your iPad/iPad 2 is easily protected from the smaller hands in your house. The frame is big, squishy, and easy to grab. It also comes in kid-friendly colors such as pink, blue, green, and gray. Frame: $34.95, w/Stand: $49.95.
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case by Fisher PriceOne part case, another part learning tool, the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case is perfect for parents and kids alike. Not only does it protect your investment from baby spits, food and the like, but it comes with three free Fisher Price apps. Best of all, the case is only $15.
Crayola Color Studio HD by GriffinWe’ve mentioned the Crayola Color Studio HD numerous times since it arrived and we do so because it’s a keeper. Now usable with two free apps (Crayola ColorStudio HD, Crayola Paint & Create HD), the iMarker digital stylus easy becomes a marker, crayon, pen or paintbrush, but without the mess. Available for $29.99.
Mini Microscope for iPhone by DiscoveryAdd this clever little gadget to your iPhone and it transforms your camera into a mini microscope capable of 60x magnification.$39.95. Created by Sesame Street, both e-books are based on the popular real-life titles. While parents will find Grover’s voice annoying almost from the start, the kids will absolutely love him and his lovable pal, Elmo. Prices begin at $.99.
MyPhones by GriffinThese headsets are great for listening to music (or apps) and come with soft washable ear pads. In other words, the perfect gift for kids on the go. $29.95.
Woogie 2 – by GriffinAvailable for the iPhone and iPod touch, the Woogie 2 is huggable and squeezable and just $19.95. Perfect for children looking for a cool way to watch movies and listen to music on their iDevice. $19.99.
iCADE Arcade Cabinet for the iPad and iPad 2 by Ion AudioThis arcade cabinet is designed for use with iPad and iPad 2 and features a joystick and buttons for intense gaming. The wooden design provides style and durability. $99.99. Compatible with a ton of iOS games including Arcade Jumper, Atari’s Greatest Hits and many, many more.
Life of George by LEGOThis appaccessory brings LEGO to iOS without doing away what made LEGO popular in the first place – real-life model building. Available for $29.99, the Life of George kit comes with the free iPhone/iPod touch app. Coming Tuesday: AppAdvice Gift-Guide: iPad Cases On 11/30: Appcessories; on 12/2: iPhone Cases
Cars 2 AppMATes
Toca Hair Salon
Toca Tea Party
Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo!
The Monster at the End of This Book...starring Grover!
Life of George
The LEGO Group
Crayola ColorStudio HD
Crayola Paint & Create HD
Atari's Greatest Hits