Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fun, Free iPad Apps for Kids

Even though I am bugged by Toodles and I question the legitimacy of rhyming "come inside" with "fun inside," we watch a lot of Disney Jr. over here. Ellen, in particular, has become a fan of all things Disney, which is SO much better than Caillou. I swear to you on the lives of the Babble.com bloggers that you will never see me shilling a Caillou app on this blog. I am a principled woman.

That said, Disney Junior is getting the word out about their new free apps for kids. We already have Mickey's Road Rally. It's free and my kids love it. I can give you no stronger recommendation than to tell you that my kids--ages 5, 9, 12, and 15--fight to play it. Bear in mind, this app is geared toward younger kids. I'm just telling you what I know in my heart to be true: My kids fight over this game.
I also noticed that while a very nice Vietnamese husband and wife gave Maggie and me pedicures, their 6-year-old daughter remained quietly engaged with this game for the duration. 5, 6, 15-year olds across many nations love this game. It's kind of a must-have and it is free.

So I just downloaded Jake's Neverland Pirate School and it is basically keeping Ellen entertained while I write this post. Disney Jr. doesn't advertise the fact that their apps are enabling bloggers to blog and I think it's a huge mistake. Yes the games look great. Yes they are educational and unobjectionable. Yes they keep your daughter entertained while you give Americans pedicures and YES--these iPad apps will double your blogging time.

So you should download the apps--remember, they are free--and then watch for a Twitter party on August 8th. (The Twitter party will be worth it because they're going to be giving away an iPad.) Until then, enjoy the games. I myself am killing it in Pixie Dust Class.

Join us August 8th at 9 PM EST for a Disney Junior Twitter party! You could win an iPad. RSVP at http://bit.ly/QsXDE2 and use the hashtags #spon and #mackidtips

 You can watch full length episodes of Disney Junior shows for free online or with  the Disney Junior WATCH app for iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Comcast Xfinity subscribers can watch "on demand" which is super-convenient for moms and kids. Hello pause button! Fans who aren’t on Comcast can contact their cable provider to ask for the service via the website or the app.

A big thanks to Disney Junior for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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