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Old December 28th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can any of you parents of 3-5 year olds out there let me know if you have found any games or apps that are educational or at least fun for kids in this age group? I have several games on my itouch but can't seem to find them for the droid. The droid serach engine does not seen to work as well as itunes. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old December 28th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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kids paint, my kids (3 and 6) love it.

you can go to androlib.com to find apps and scan the barcodes to download them.
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My boys (3 & 6) are big into starwars, so The Shwartz is their favorite. Only let them play this one while tucking them in for bed at night... where a drop will either land on them or the blankets (of course, I always remind them to "hold on tight so you don't drop it!")

My six year old also likes Robo Defense... It was tough (read: frustratingly difficult) at first, but I've been playing for a bit now and have most towers upgraded to almost 200% damage and reload. Now he can play level 0 and not worry about loosing as the rocket towers are basically one-shot-one-kill for most baddies. Abduction is another one he likes.


3yr old also likes "Poke A Mole" .. and "Zebra Paint". "Toddler Lock" isn't bad either.
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There is no reason a three to five year old should ever touch a cell phone, ever.

Educate your kids through something educating, or perhaps teach them a little something yourself, if you can.
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There is no reason a three to five year old should ever touch a cell phone, ever.

Educate your kids through something educating, or perhaps teach them a little something yourself, if you can.
you know what ... never mind. You'll understand if/when you have kids.
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man what an awesome post, thanks for your contribution BuhBye...
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Funny how you assume I don't have kids. I have a three year old and a seven year old. My three year old is already at a kindergarten reading level. Don't assume things you don't know, especially about my children.
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super cool, are you teaching them how to be a internet troll too?
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hey, cool post edit..

how long did it take you to think about that one?
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bout 5 seconds, i like you, friend request coming your way
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super cool, are you teaching them how to be a internet troll too?


If thay can reed thay can tipe to!
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hey, cool post edit..

how long did it take you to think about that one?
I know you are but what am I.


<sigh>

anyway... back on topic: For those of you ignorant, neglectful parents who DO play with your kids on your phone, Lucid is another good game for kids. Probably to difficult for the 3yr old, but the 6yr old would probably like it.


Also, Sonorox is a fun music making app. It's basically a sequencer, where you put dots on the screen, and there's a line that sweeps across the screen, making a sound when it hits the dot. Yellow dots are 'piano' sounds, red dots are drums, etc.
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oh... Steamy Window is another good one. Whole screen fogs up and you wipe the steam off... to get more steam on the window, you blow on the phone!


edit: Bubbles is another good one for the 3yr old.
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Wow...I just got back from lunch and was very excited to see how many replies my post had received in just an hour...then I read the replies...
Thank you to those of you that took the time to post helpful information.
To BuhByeEris...I don't know who I feel more sorry for...you or your kids. And don't bother replying to this BBE, since I will not waste my time with you.
Anyway...
My 5 year old LOVES star wars, thanks for the advice, anything else you may have would be greatly appreciated.
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Some very Good suggestions ladies and gentleman. I have 4 nieces and 1 nephew so these apps will come in very useful

Everyones allowed to express their opinion but Let's keep this thread nice and on-topic thank you ........ if their are any more suggestions I'd love to hear. Barbie , family guy & Madagascar puzzles are a few suggestions.
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Hi BiggusDiccus,
There is one more game you can add to your list for your 5 year old - SmarToucans. It is a trivia game that my 6 yr old enjoys.
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These are fantastic suggestions. Technology, in my opinion, can be very useful in educating children, of which I have one.

Thank you!
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Funny how you assume I don't have kids. I have a three year old and a seven year old. My three year old is already at a kindergarten reading level. Don't assume things you don't know, especially about my children.
You are probably a liberal.
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my daughter enjoys ABCs (basically just like flashcards - can't believe how much she likes this simple one), Touch! 4Kids (animals float across the screen and you touch them to make them disappear) and MagicMarker (paint program).
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Old January 8th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #20 (permalink)
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There is no reason a three to five year old should ever touch a cell phone, ever.

Educate your kids through something educating, or perhaps teach them a little something yourself, if you can.
Maybe the OP wants to have something for their kid to do while they're out running errands or something, as opposed to just being bored and having to follow behind mommy or daddy. Wouldn't that be a decent reason?

PS: No reason ever?
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My daughter loved this little iPhone app a friend had where you touch the picture of the animal and then it tells you what the animal's name is and makes a sound. There are computer programs that do the same thing, but I'd rather have a "game" like this on a portable device rather than a stationary one.

As far as using it to babysit my child, no thank you. As busy as it gets with a 2-year-old daughter that's up till 10 every night, we still find plenty of time to do things like draw on her white board, make coffee for the next morning, and play with our cat. I realize that this post isn't about me, my child, or my lifestyle, but I can see it both ways. I am a technology professional who attempts to include the positive aspects of technology into his and his family's life. However, I also want my daughter to enjoy the natural things in her environment and to respect the outdoors, animals, and people.

Tangents aside, I appreciate everyone who gave an earnest answer. This is an awesome phone with some great features, and if I can use it in part to enrich my time with my daughter, perhaps in a doctor's waiting room or while taking a break in the park to eat lunch, then I am all for it.

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There is an app that is kinda like a tamagochi (sp). I love it! It is furdiburb lite in the market. Just updated today. This is being developed as we speak(type)! Very cute! Have to feed him and give him a shower when he stinks. He starts out as an egg. Hint: Drop the egg to hatch him faster.
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Here is a nice app for learning math Learning Numbers v1.2 Game for Android | Brain & Puzzle
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My daughter (she's 2) loves Smart Mini Kids:
YouTube - Smart Mini Kids, children playing on Android (2 & 3 years old)

A really nice app for Android.

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As to great iPhone apps for kids I would suggest you to consider Kinder Hangman iPhone App that has been released recently, it is iTune link of the game. I like this game because it is interesting and educational at the same time. This app helps keep my kids busy. It improves vocabulary of children and helps them remember new words very quickly. Nice app, really recommended!
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Our 2 year old loved the baby faces book and I found yesterday very cute app for Android "Happy Baby Faces".

Here is their website www.mobilebabytoys.com. It is nice that phone keys are locked and I can upload our pictures as well, so baby can recognize his parents, grandparent and his friends He also likes to copy funny baby sounds and shake the phone to hear rattles.

hope this helps!
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check out Learn Animal Sounds Free - we like it a lot!

also there is Toddler Video Player Free from the same developer so you can play any video on your phone and lock the phone keys
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Our three year old loves "puppy dog", it is educational, has maths and flags quizzes, and also some storybooks. He likes to use it on my Android phone
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Thumbs up New Intuitive way of Learning Maths... Android Game "MathOperations"

I recently played this game and is amazing... Good thing is, Its Free.. GREAT use of BODMAS rule and kids are gonna love it.

Here is the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crevo.games.mathoperations.activity
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