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Getting ready for a flight or long car ride with children? Yes you can plug them into a video.... but there are other options -- here's a list of apps that create cooperative play experiences.


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Ages: 3-8
For grades: P, K, 1, 2
Teaches: reading, phonics
CTR Mar 17 Feature Review Entered 02/03/2017 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/31/2017 by BL
This well-designed "read and learn" apps mix...
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Ages: 4-6
For grades: P, K, 1
Teaches: food, problem solving, economics, memory, fine motor skills
CTR Feb 17 Feature Review Entered 01/19/2017 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/06/2017
Diner Dash for preschoolers? Sort of, in this case wit...
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Ages: 6-8
For grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
Teaches: language, story arcs, writing, creativity, verbal skills
CTR Feb 17 Feature Review Entered 01/13/2017 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/30/2017 by BL
Powerful and free, this rich language experience lets ...
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Ages: 4-up
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: spatial relations, logic, fine motor skills, problem solving
CTR Feb 17 Entered 01/12/2017 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/31/2017 by BL
Graduates of Busy Shapes (CTR March 2014) http://revie...
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Ages: 2-5
For grades: T, P, K
Teaches: christmas, holiday, trucks, construction, fine motor
CTR Ja 17 Feature Review Entered 12/09/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/01/2017 by Rebecca Lingelbach
This is a holiday-themed edition of Sago Trucks and Di...
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Ages: 3-up
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: creativity, hair care
CTR Jan 17 Feature Review Entered 12/06/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/06/2017 by Warren Buckleitner
Featuring new characters but missing the ability to im...
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Ages: 5-up
For grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: logic, memory, spatial relations, math
CTR Dec 16 Feature Review Entered 11/21/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 03/06/2017 by Rebecca Lingelbach
It's always nice to see a good app get better. If you'...
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Ages: 7-up
Teaches: maps, geography
CTR Jul 16 Feature Review Entered 06/28/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Anyone knows that Google Maps can help you get to your...
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Ages: 3-12
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: spatial relations, logic, creativity, language, fine motor skills
CTR Feature Review Entered 06/13/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
This fourth, open-ended app in the Toca Life series co...
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Ages: 6-10
For grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: fine motor skills, strategy, memory
CTR Jul 16 Feature Review Entered 06/13/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/19/2016 by SOM
There's plenty of beautiful, slippery, addicting fun i...
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Ages: 6-8
For grades: 1, 2, 3
Teaches: fine motor, memory, logic, classification
CTR Jul 16 Feature Review Entered 06/13/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Jump into a high energy rock quarry and interact with ...
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Ages: 12-up
For grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: language, problem solving, social interaction
CTR Jul 16 Feature Review Entered 05/31/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
This is the children's version of the Ellen DeGeneres ...
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Ages: 3-up
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: creativity, language, cause and effect
CTR Jun 16 Feature Review Entered 05/10/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/26/2016 by SOM
Touch and discover dozens of delightful surprises in t...
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Ages: 6-up
For grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: creativity, art, language, cameras
CTR Jun 16 Feature Review Entered 04/26/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Stick your head in a magical mirror where you can try ...
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Ages: 2-6
For grades: P, K, 1, 2
Teaches: causality, creativity
CTR May 16 Feature Review Entered 04/22/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Freely mix and match robot parts, and then take them a...
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Ages: 4-7
For grades: P, K, 1, 2
Teaches: spatial relations, LEGO, grids, logic, cars, vehicles, creativity
CTR Apr 16 Entered 03/09/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Car play meets blocks, in this well designed creativit...
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Ages: 7-up
For grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: US geography, social studies, spatial relations, state capitals, state...
CTR Apr 16 Feature Review Entered 03/08/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/22/2016 by SOM
A good app gets better, with this major upgrade Stack ...
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Ages: 4-12
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: rhythm, music, creativity
CTR Apr 16 Entered 02/25/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Turn your iPad or iPhone into your personal Swedish di...
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Ages: 2-5
For grades: T, P, K
Teaches: logic, vehicles, construction machinery, community helpers
CTR Mar 16 Feature Review Entered 02/03/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Freely play with six responsive, finger-driven constru...
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Ages: 3-12
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: creativity, using the camera, cartoons
CTR Mar 16 New Release Entered 01/27/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/22/2016 by SOM
From the brain of New York Times illustrator Christoph...
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Ages: 6-8
For grades: K, 1, 2, 3
Teaches: reading, spelling, writing, fine motor, letters
CTR Mar 16 Feature Review Entered 01/14/2016 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Great for reading skill reinforcement, in or out of th...
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Ages: 4-10
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Teaches: creativity, logic, spatial relations, art, blocks
Languages: English
CTR Jan 16 Feature Review Entered 12/22/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Block play comes to your iPad or Android touch screen,...
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Ages: 2-5
For grades: 3-5
Teaches: logic, one to one correspondence, driving, spatial relations
CTR Dec 15 New Release Entered 11/20/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Extremely easy-to-use, responsive and playful, this Dr...
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Ages: 3-5
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Teaches: spatial relations, logic, blocks, shapes, geometry
CTR Jan 16 Feature Review Entered 11/11/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016
Ideal for any block-loving preschooler, this collectio...
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Ages: 2-up
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: art, creativity, relaxing
CTR Jan 16 New Release Entered 11/10/2015 , Modified 11/02/2016 by SOM
This is a "geometric finger painting" experi...
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Ages: 6-up
For grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: logic, problem solving
CTR Dec 15 New Release Entered 10/26/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci loved cats? That's...
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Ages: 6-up
For grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian...
CTR Nov 15 Feature Review Entered 10/13/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016
Ideal for children or adults, and on just about every ...
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Ages: 2-6
For grades: P, K, 1
Teaches: logic, cause and effect, matching, creativity, carnivals
CTR Oct 15 Feature Review Entered 09/16/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
Looking for a great starter program with plenty to do,...
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Ages: 3-6
For grades: P, K, 1
Teaches: matching, reading, math, logic, counting
CTR Oct 15 Feature Review Entered 09/08/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
Nine fun, well leveled math and logic games greatly in...
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Ages: 6-9
For grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
Teaches: math, addition math facts
CTR Oct 15 Feature Review Entered 09/01/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by CC
Build addition math equations as fast as you can, or T...
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Ages: 6-8
For grades: 1, 2, 3
Teaches: logic, pretend play, representation play, outer space, astronomy
Languages: English
Scaffolding: no scaffolding
CTR Sep 15 Feature Review Entered 08/21/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
This interesting app turns your iPad or iPhone into a ...
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Ages: 4-10
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Teaches: logic, memory, fine motor skills, spatial relations
CTR Nov 15 Feature Review Entered 08/19/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by SOM
Nine games are set in a fair, featuring Jeremy Jaguar ...
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Ages: 2-6
For grades: T, P, K, 1
Teaches: logic, visual and spatial perception, fine motor skills, grids, symmet...
CTR Jul 15 Feature Review Entered 06/18/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
If you liked OverColor (CTR Feb. 2014) here's some goo...
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Ages: 2-up
For grades: T, P, K, 1
Teaches: music, rhythm, melody, math, counting, computer sequencing
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
CTR Jul 15 Feature Review Entered 06/11/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 04/25/2017 by LD
Like Garage Band for toddlers, this app turns your iPa...
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Ages: 3-9
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Teaches: logic
CTR May 15 Feature Review Entered 04/09/2015 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 02/18/2017 by LD
11/22/2016 See Thinkrolls Kings & Queens. Swipe yo...
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Ages: 2-6
For grades: T, P, K, 1
Teaches: spatial relations, number, counting from 1 to 10, fine motor developme...
CTR Dec 14 Feature Review Entered 11/06/2014 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
Making friends and driving cars get mixed up in this p...
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Ages: 2-6
For grades: T, P, K, 1
Teaches: causality, timing, fine motor
CTR Mar 14 Feature Review Entered 02/24/2014 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
We've reviewed a lot of veterinarian apps, but none th...
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Ages: 3-up
For grades: P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Teaches: creativity, photography, visual arts
CTR Dec 13 Feature Review Entered 11/24/2013 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
The third edition of Toca Hair Salon lets you import y...
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Ages: 8-up
For grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: astronomy
CTR Jan 11 Feature Review Entered 04/09/2010 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by LD
9/20/2014 See Star Walk Kids. Versions are now availab...
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Ages: 7-up
For grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, Jr, Sr.
Teaches: geography, science
CTR Oct 07 Feature Review Entered 10/31/2005 by Warren Buckleitner, Modified 12/13/2016 by Warren Buckleitner
Have you used Google Earth lately? Since it was first ...
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