Parents and kids will enjoy this creative app that allows you to create unique, colorful characters, then assemble them for a fun family "photo." Bonus: no additional payments and no annoying advertising pops ($1.99, itunes.com).
Allowance and Chores Bot
You and the kids can keep track of their responsibilities while helping them learn the importance of earning and saving money. Parents assign chores, receive notifications when they're completed and make payments if they've been done to their satisfaction. This app automatically syncs between multiple devices so everyone can monitor the the action on individual devices. Chores are at least kind of fun this way ($3, itunes.com).
This read-aloud app lets parents who are on the road video-call their kids and read a book together at bedtime. One free book gets you started, then a large selection is available from the app store (free, itunes.com)
Cate & Levi Puppet Theater
This new puppet theater app allows you and your tykes to create your own short plays—even lending your own recorded voices to the productions. Effects, borders and backgrounds can also be added (free, itunes.com).
Bond with your baby, toddler or preschooler with these games that foster artistic, cognitive, emotional, motor, sensory and language skills (free, itunes.com).
Canvasly allows you and your child to keep his one-of-a-kind artworks neatly organized with one simple app. Share the creations with friends and family by inviting them into your private circle—or turn them into original, handmade gifts at holiday time! (free, itunes.com)
Huggies Pull-Ups Big Kid App
This app takes the grueling task of potty training and makes it more fun for all. Children can collect virtual stars for good potty skills and create a personal nighttime routine with the "big kid checklist." Parents can set a timer to remind their little one when it’s time to go potty, take pictures capturing achievements and receive tips and articles on effective potty training techniques (free, googleplay.com anditunes.com).
You're at the office, your kiddo is home sick with the babysitter, and you're both feeling oh-so bad. Now you can send your ailing babe a get-well card on a sick day, and she can send a card back—just because she loves you (coming later this month; $1,itunes.com).
Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow
You and your child can make your own version of the classic Red Riding Hood tale by choosing different paths for Goldilocks to follow—each leading to a different ending. You'll both enjoy this new take on choose-your-own-adventure storytelling! ($5, itunes.com)