5 Positive iPad Apps for Kids

WordWorld's Build a Word

What it is: a spelling app, spun off from the TV programming "PBS KIDS," that enables kids to put together letters to create words

How it works: As letters float across the screen, the child touches and drags them into an on-screen outline, placing one letter next to the other. When a word is formed, the child "squeezes" the letters together and, voila: they magically change into an image of the word. Spell "cow," for example, and the letters change into a cartoon cow, or a cow "WordFriend."

Why we like it: Build A Word teaches children how to spell words in a highly entertaining, graphic way.

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