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5 iPhone Apps That Will Keep Your Kids Content

Eliminate the ‘I’m Bored’ Blues

By Torrey Kim

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a young child like the words “We have to watch your sister practice volleyball today.” Kids often feel like they’re being dragged along for the ride when you or your other children have appointments or errands, but the following five iPhone apps can help your child pass the time and kill the doldrums during your outings.

Balloonimals

Price: $1.99; IDEO

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

I downloaded the “lite” version of this clever app for free and by the end of the day, my son was so enamored that I bought the $1.99 version. It was worth it—he plays it every time he can get his hands on my phone. Kids will use your iPhone’s microphone to blow up balloons, and then they’ll shake the phone to turn the inflated balloon into animal shapes. Touch the animal and it will do some tricks for you—my favorite is the lion, which roars, causing the screen to shake. Read the rest of this entry