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All about fun and learn­ing.

IN 2011, the ipad was named by PC World as the chil­dren’s toy of the year, but it’s not only ipad that grabs kids’ at­ten­tions.

Ev­ery de­vice with an app ca­pac­ity can pro­vide a world of won­der to our wee ones.

You may source apps that are use­ful, prac­ti­cal and sim­plify your tech life, but there’s a new mar­ket in apps for kids that are all about fun and learn­ing.

Apps de­signed for kids are de­signed for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses; from ebooks to ed­u­ca­tional games, sci­ence quizzes to lan­guage cour­ses, tech- savvy kids have a lot to learn from their smart­phones.

Whether you’re stuck in line at the gro­cery store or go­ing on a long car trip some place, there are a va­ri­ety of op­tions to en­ter­tain lit­tle ones with free or cheap iphone and An­droid apps and games avail­able cater­ing to tod­dlers, preschool­ers and big kids too.

Apps are a fas­ci­nat­ing new medium for ed­u­ca­tion in the lives of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. They will not re­place books, tele­vi­sion or the in­ter­net but they will pro­vide an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and new av­enue for en­joy­able learn­ing.

It’s a brave new world of tech­nol­ogy and kids are ‘‘ dig­i­tal na­tives’’, at the fore­front of adapt­abil­ity.

En­cour­age them with some fun and games for iphone, ipad, ipod Touch and An­droid de­vices.

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