My Very First App – This is based on Eric Carle’s artwork (Books like the Very Hungry Caterpillar) that kid’s love.  It’s 1.99 and I didn’t buy it since the reviews on ITunes made it sound very buggy.  I did see it reviewed on a few blogs (Here’s one) and even listed as a top 10 on one site… but the reviews included that it was very buggy, froze, and that the home key is inconveniently placed.  I would have still purchased it from the pics if the price had been .99 – that extra dollar is really  what stopped me. – As well as the mention that there is additional content to purchase. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but there are so many great things out there that I’m going to wait on this one.  If you are a fan of the Hungry Caterpillar graphics though this app definitely is worth looking at.

I love following the links to apps customers also bought…  One I just found is Preschool Animals.  It is reviewed by parents as a great app for their kids.  It’s only .99 and is a great app for the 1 to 3 year old group.

With the help of drawings, sounds, names and photos, your kids will learn to recognize animals! Touch the animal’s funny drawing once and you’ll see the name and hear the noise. Touch it again and you’ll see some real world pictures of the animal in action.

One sign of a good app is when the reviews include parents asking when more like it (and/or more content) will be released.

When are you getting more animals? My daughter loves this app but she would love some more animals please.

My First Words was another I wandered off to. I didn’t get this one since it was $4.99 and doesn’t have any reviews, but the pictures are encouraging.  It’s also available in other languages, so it might be one for older kids that are taking a class in another language.  I’m going to keep an eye on this one.  It’s listed for the 0 to 5 year old group.

Another First Words I found is First Words with Phonics the link is to the lite version in English (Free), but I went ahead and got the full version (.99) and the lite versions of a few other languages.  Several of the reviews included that the person’s child won’t put it down (a good sign) and kid’s want more content. I found the reviews under the full version and found a link to the facebook page of the developer where I found several more great reviews.  That’s always a good sign.  First Words learning animals is $1.99, but it includes a lite version that you can try out first.  I love the try it before you buy it type lite apps.

Disclosure: I bought many of these apps myself and did not receive any free other than the apps that are free on ITunes.  My reviews are based on my experiences, recommendations, and reviews on the ITunes store.