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Four great road trip apps for kids!

  • Games and activities to keep kids happy and brains active
  • Apps for Apple, Windows and Android devices

Tablets and smartphones are great ways to keep kids busy in the backseat on holiday road trips. And you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of them that will not only keep them occupied but actually teach them something too!

HLN's digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong recommends four apps to download before you hit the road with your little ones: 

  • 123 Color: Talking Coloring Book
    For Apple devices
    Sale price $.99
    On sale right now for $.99! Being featured by Apple as a “new and noteworthy app!"
    Offered in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and German); also helps teach the languages.
    Teaches numbers, letters (upper- and lower-case) and colors by way of artwork, voice-overs, sound effects and animation.
    Has sounds effects and songs.
    Allows you to save or email artwork.
  • Stack The States
    For Apple devices and Windows phones
    Price $.99
    Has been voted “Best Kids App For iPad” — Best App Ever Awards.
    Voted “Best Educational Game App” —
    Makes learning about the states so much fun! 
    Learn about capitals, state shapes, bordering states, locations on the map, flags, and more all while having fun! 
    Carefully stack the states to reach the checkered line to win each level.
    Asks hundreds of interesting questions. 
    Opportunity to unlock bonus games along the way.
    Great for about ages 8 and up.
  • Family Car Games
    For Apple Devices and Android
    Price $1.99
    Remember all the games you used to play as a kid with your parents? 
    How-to-play instructions for 100 creative games that you can play anywhere with your family while traveling. 
    Brings back oldies but goodies like “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” “Who Am I” and much more. Fun for the whole family!
  • Scribblenauts Remix
    For Apple Devices
    Encourages and rewards players for using their imagination.
    Players are given puzzles and must write in the objects they wish to use.
    Great for about ages 8 and up.

Which apps/devices do you and your family rely on for smart, fun entertainment on the road? Or do you keep road trips low tech?


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