Here are the five apps neurosurgeons let their toddlers play:
1. Dragon Box: This puzzle-game app secretly teaches algebra to ages 5 and older. Using pictures, kids learn basic algebraic concepts, such as making two sides equal. The puzzles get trickier as you move through the 200 levels. There is another version intended for children ages 12 and older. $4.99 in the App Store.
2. Numbers League: A superhero-based math game, this app teaches arithmetic without the usual do-some-problems-so-you-can-play-a-game bribery. In the words of its creators, "Clever use of basic math skills will save the day. The more you play, the sharper these skills will become until no villain is safe from your numerical onslaught in the streets of Infinity City." $3.99 in the App Store.
3. Puzzle Retreat: This block-sliding puzzle game is a fun brain workout for toddlers through adults. This game is frustration-free, an essential feature for young children. Available for Apple and Android. Free download. First 60 puzzles are free.
4. Magic Maze Adventure Game for Kids: This collection of 32 mazes teaches kids spatial processing and requires them to think ahead. Mazes also help children practice fine motor skills and improve handwriting. $1.99 in the App Store.
5. Typing Fingers: Is your toddler ready to learn how to type with the correct fingers? Yes! Typing is a practical skill that will change the way your toddler learns to use a computer and communicate. Children as young as 4 can learn to type with Typing Fingers, a simple but fun game with animated characters. Available in the Mac App store for $4.99.
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