10 Cool iPhone Apps for Kids

"Tappy Tunes"
"Tappy Tunes" lets you choose from a number of musical genres.
"Tappy Tunes" lets you choose from a number of musical genres.
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"Tappy Tunes," as you may have guessed by its name, is a musical application. By touching the screen on your iPod touch or iPhone, you or your child becomes the maestro.

First, choose a song from more than 80 available tunes (more than 100 if you add the holiday package). Songs are categorized for easy navigation. For example, if you're looking for children's songs, choose that category and see what's available. Next, you can either start playing your version right away or push the play button to hear the tune first. It's that simple. Some songs even have the lyrics scroll across the top of the screen so you can see the breaks in the notes. The enjoyment comes from trying to match the proper tempo of the song. For instance, you tap your fingers to the rhythm of "Jingle Bells" and if your timing is good enough, the song will sound perfect.

Once you've chosen a song to play, you tap away and "Tappy Tunes" does the rest. Each song is programmed so the chords will play in unison. That means you can speed up or slow down the tempo of the song depending on how you touch the screen. Little ones will really get into this since they'll soon realize the faster they tap the screen, the more music they'll hear, even if they don't know the tune. Tappy Tunes is fun for everyone and a great way for children to learn songs from the "Star Spangled Banner" to "B-I-N-G-O."

Tappy Tunes is as simple as it gets. A version containing many of your favorite holiday songs is also available. Just be careful with your device. Little ones can get pretty rough when they hear a song they know and excitement takes over.

Cost: Free (lite, five songs only and holiday lite), $1.99 (Full), $.99 (Holiday Full)