iPad, iPhone, iPod touch Free
Being a young artist can be frustrating. Your imagination and ambition know no bounds, but often those creative juices are cruelly halted mid-flow by a lack of, well, ability. But don’t dismay, cartoonists of the future, until your dexterity catches up with your determination, Disney has the answer. This modern arty app offers a chance to create images based on Disney and Pixar stars past and present, including Mickey Mouse and new-kid-on-the-block Wreck-it Ralph. User-friendly pixelated stamp tools help your child create faultless works of art that can then be turned into mini animations (perhaps with a little helping hand from a kindly elder) and shared online with other artistes. We like to think of it as a colouring-in book come to life – where staying within the lines is a certainty.
Britannica Kids: Dinosaurs
The esteemed Encyclopaedia Britannica fights back against its online rivals with nine interactive apps for children, including this, looking at what is surely many children’s preferred prehistoric period. A mix of fearsome facts about all things Jurassic is lifted by simple games and imagery for a lively lesson.
Where’s Wally Now?
As if he wasn’t difficult enough to spot already, bespectacled wanderer Wally is now journeying across not only land but time and space, too. Eagle-eyed children can test their observational skills by trying to track the tricksy traveller in the past and future, play games, and take on Wally’s mortal foes, Woof and Odlaw.
The Koala Brothers
iPhone and iPod touch £2.99
Say g’day to Buster and Frank, the affable Antipodean stars of CBeebies’ The Koala Brothers, now hitting an even smaller screen for this app. In typical outdoorsy Aussie style, the bear bros invite your child on an outback adventure with vibrant graphics and educational games in six zones, including literacy and mathematics.