If you decide to make your kids’ wish come true, don’t forget to load their new tablet with the apps they’ll love.
Developers have taken advantage of the iPad’s larger screen to update some of the best kid-friendly iPhone apps with updated graphics, controls, and levels.
And many of them are so addictive, you’ll find yourself competing with your kids for some quality iPad time.
Players build a Smurf village from scratch, creating new homes, gardens, and bridges. The catch? If you want your village to grow, you have to buy 'Smurf Berries' -- magical fruit that help the smurfs work faster -- within the app. (Prices range from $4.99 for 50 berries to $59.99 for 1,000). Otherwise, it could take hours to advance a level.
Price: The app is free, but you have to pay for the Smurf Berries that speed along gameplay.
Angry Birds needs no introduction.
This version has all the same levels as the iPhone version, but the graphics are scaled for the iPad's larger screen. It may not be worth the extra cash if you already have the game on iPhone, but rest assured, it's just as fun and addicting as its little brother.
Fruit Ninja consistently ranks as one of the top 10 paid iOS apps.
The concept is simple: players slash fruit by swiping their finger across the screen. It's easy, fun, and nearly impossible to stop playing.
The classic arcade game Frogger has found new life on the iPad.
There's no way kids will know the history behind this epic game, but for such a reasonable price, now is the time to teach them.
Super Monkey Ball was one of the first games released in the Apple App store in Summer 2008.
This sequel takes full advantage of the iPad's larger screen and has extra levels and mini games you won't find on the iPhone version.
Drawing Pad is an art studio for kids.
You can save your creations to Facebook, iPhoto, or e-mail them from within the app. There's also a selection of colouring books and other add ons you can buy.
Price: $1.99, extra colouring books are available for in-app purchase for $0.99 each.
Phineas and Ferb Arcade is four games in one. If your kid is a fan of the cartoon, this is a must have.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is an action platformer for the iPad.
Players use the touchscreen controls to conduct spells and other actions as they play their way through the first four chapters in the Harry Potter saga.
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