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Learning apps that captivate

You can feel good about screen time with some locally produced apps that unlock the magic of words, nutrition and the final frontier.


Sky Guide Stargazing taken to a whole new level. The center of your universe can learn all about the night sky by simply turning the screen skyward. Sky Guide automatically determines your position and reveals what lies just beyond. fifthstarlabs.com, iOS only, $1.99.


Reading Raven Interactive and customizable reading app for ages 3 to 7. Letter-tracing, word-matching and read-aloud options with no-pressure, self-paced lessons means reading won’t feel like w-o-r-k. readingraven.com, iOS only, $1.99 to $2.99.


Hippo Hooray Hooray for hippo-sized fun! Letter, number and color learning games will delight toddlers with these charmingly designed apps. hippohooray.com, iOS and Android, $.99 to $1.99.


Veggie Bottoms Can fruits and veggies actually be fun? With shaking, clicking and spinning, your little one will cook up plenty of fun with these delicious characters. veggiebottoms.com, iOS and Android, free and $.99 versions available.

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