The Sweetest Little Apps For Valentine’s Day

It’s still a cozy time of year, a season that’s perfect for sweet storybooks and paper heart crafts. For years I’ve known app makers who capture the spirit of family time, and I’ve listed some of their apps for Valentine’s Day below. Whether you have a paper copy of the books, or just want to reread them on your device, I hope this list gives you plenty of activity ideas for the cold winter months. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Apps for Valentine's Day
Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day (storybook)
Apps for Valentine's Day
Draw With Hearts (open-ended drawing with heart themes) *KWI Member
Apps for Valentine's Day
A Little Book About Feelings (social and emotional learning)*KWI Member
Apps for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Coloring Book (coloring) *KWI Member
Apps for Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! (storybook)
Apps for Valentine's Day
PostMarked (Craft Your Own Love Note)
gifoodles! (make your own animated GIFs – updated for Valentine’s Day, see example below) *KWI Member

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More apps are being released as Valentine’s Day approaches. Please check back if you’d like to add another to your list. Apps with *KWI Member belong to the Know What’s Inside community. 

Lorraine Akemann | Cofounder and Editor | Moms With Apps

Photo credit [Flickr creative commons]

Gifting Apps for the Holidays

With millions of apps in the mobile marketplace, chances are likely that a specific interest can be matched to a specific app. Gifting apps for the holidays is a way to deliver thoughtful and contemporary content to friends and colleagues. Do you have a favorite app that enhances your daily life? How about gifting it for your best friend? Ideal for simple and tailored seasonal giving, apps can be sent directly to the recipient. Let’s review how it’s done.

All you need to get started is an app store account, the email address of the recipient, and a link to your favorite app. I am an iPhone user so this tutorial will cover gifting from Apple’s iTunes Store directly from the phone, but all mobile platforms should support app gifting.

Find your app of choice from the App Store app, and press the share icon (circled in red)

Share

Select the gift option (also circled in red)

Gift

Type in the recipient’s email address

Send Gift

Pick a theme for your gift!
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Confirm your purchase

Confirmation

There you go! App gifting can be fun and easy. For kids app recommendations, check out my blog post featuring a list of holiday themed educational apps. For tweens and teens, you may want to read about Apple Music memberships or ways to set up an iTunes allowance. Whatever your preference, app gifting is a great way to check off your to-do list in a friendly and helpful way.

@LorraineAkemann | Cofounder and Editor | Moms With Apps

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Holiday Cheer Comes to Apps for Kids

Welcome to a wholesome and handcrafted collection of holiday apps for kids. These choices are ideal for upholding family traditions during the coziest time of year. Storybooks, songs and games are among the options to capture your attention. Cuddle up and settle in, because after browsing the selection you‘ll be ready to celebrate the season…

holiday apps for kids
Snowflakes are Falling (storybook)
 holiday apps for kidsWee Christmas Puzzles (drag & drop puzzles for toddlers)
holiday apps for kidsChristmas with Corabelle (5 games for preschoolers)
holiday apps for kids
Reading Train Christmas (foundational reading skills)
holiday apps for kids
Christmas Songs (gentle tunes for toddlers)
holiday apps for kidsFelt Board Christmas (create seasonal scenes)
 holiday apps for kidsChristmas Kids Piano (create holiday music)
 holiday apps for kidsHolidays 2 (festive educational games)
 holiday apps for kidsFind the Difference (classic holiday puzzle game)
 holiday apps for kidsFar to the North (Snowy Arctic storybook)
 holiday apps for kidsChristmas Games for Kids (toddler puzzles)
 holiday apps for kidsChristmas Jam (Interactive musical scenes)

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Christmas Gift Hunt (find the hidden gift game)

Check back when you can, because more apps are released on a regular basis. Looking for something specific? Try the Know What’s Inside app discovery center, or sign up for App Friday’s weekly newsletter.

🎄 Happy Holidays! 🎄

Lorraine Akemann | Co-Founder and Editor | Moms With Apps

Halloween Apps to Delight Young Learners

This post started as a core selection of Halloween apps for an article on SheKnows.com. I wrote the post to let parents know that even apps get dressed up for Halloween, making learning more festive as the holidays approach. But after I worked on the post for SheKnows, more apps came to my attention. Now there are over 20 apps listed and ready to celebrate Halloween!

Boo! HD for storytime

Mystery Math Town for math practice

Easy Studio for cartoon making

Halloween Kids Puzzles for jigsaw fans

Guess and Spell Halloween for spelling activities

Spooky Story Dice for creative writing prompts

Monster Mingle for open-ended play and exploration

Harry and the Haunted House storybook

Witches Brew for potion making

Holidays 2 Spooky Games for game night

Zombies iMake for monster making

Felt Board shapes for making scenes

News-O-Matic’s Spooky Story Contest

Zombie Challenge Adventure for some grueling competition

Easy Brainteaser Halloween true/false questions

Annie’s Picking Apples 2 in app mini game with Halloween theme

The Unknown Number for solving math equations

Wee Halloween Puzzles for toddlers

Halloween Dress Up Costume Party for getting dressed up

Holidays Junior Halloween games for kids (tic tac toe, thimblerig, whack-a-monster, pumpkin says)

Labo Halloween Car to design, build and drive your haunted car

Boo Numbers for handwriting and number fun

Wee Halloween Bundle from Night & Day Studios includes Go Away Big Green Monster, Peekaboo Trick or Treat, and BabyLit Frankenstein

If you check these out, let me know what you think. I know there are many more apps participating in Halloween, and invite comments to hear about any you especially like. Or, if you’d rather just read some Halloween joke printables from a fellow app maker, that’s fine too!

@LorraineAkemann | Cofounder and Editor | Moms With Apps