App Round Up – Doing It For The Kids

I love how versatile the Android platform can be. Thanks to the countless apps in the marketplace your Android handset can facilitate all kinds of situations. Something I could never do with my previous handsets was get my young children involved but now there’s all kinds of apps that your children can enjoy to help stimulate their co-ordination and spark their imaginations. For this App Round Up I have highlighted a few apps suitable for your kids to enjoy, even if you don’t have kids some of these are definately worth a try just to enjoy a change of pace from all that stressful Angry Birds action.

Ethereal Dialpad (Synthesizer) – Whilst not being strictly aimed at kids this excellent musical app is great for for messing about with whatever your age. Simply drag your finger across the screen to create flowing musical tones whilst the screen reacts to your movements. It really has to be seen to be fully appreciated and at a tiny 32kb install there’s no reason not to try it out. Recommended.
Kaleidoscope – Draw simple or complex multi-coloured Kaleidoscope images with this simple app. You can actually create some surprisingly cool results with this.

MagicMarker – A simple touch paint app that creates neon images on a black background, kinda retro but also cool. You can share your results online or save your creations as wallpaper for your android handset homescreen.

Talking Tom Cat – Over 250,000 downloads and counting. It’s a large install but it’s worth it for at least a few minutes of fun if you have room (since I installed this it would seem that install to SD is now possible). Your on-screen pet cat ‘Tom’ will respond to your voice and touch. You can pet him, grab his tale or poke him and when you speak to him he repeats what you say in a high pitched voice. You can also disable the slightly more violent animations (although my kids think they’re hilarious) as well as record videos of him in action to upload to Facebook or YouTube.

xPiano – An effective Piano app that boasts 4 octaves, 12 instruments, multitouch and a record/play function. The free version is no longer being updated but it’s still has plenty of features to make it worthwhile. There’s also a more featured stacked paid version.

Zebra Paint – Colouring in, Android style. Pick a template and start adding colour using the touch screen. Simple but great for younger children.

Hope you find some of those useful. Do you have any other suggestions? If you do, feel free to add them in the comments section.

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