Good Free App of the Day: An animal alphabet

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Listen to crabs skitter, elephants trumpet, horses neigh and bees buzz in this colorful creation. Today's GFAOTD features beautiful Eric Carle-ized drawings in an interactive alphabet storybook.


In An animal alphabet by Candice and Jason Walters, each letter is represented by an animal. The sound each letter makes is repeated when tapped and an alliterative line featuring words starting with the subject letter is also read when tapped.

Elephants enjoy evenings and I hope you enjoy your day with this surprisingly nice freebie. Grab it now as price could change anytime.


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An animal alphabet - Jason Walters

From itunes:


Created for little ones that want to learn the English alphabet, are amused by animals, and love being read to.  An animal alphabet is a charmingly original interactive educational app.

Carle gfaotdFEATURING

✓ 26 unique vibrant animal works of art
✓ Alliteration poems for each letter
✓ High quality audio for little ears
✓ Intuitive user interface for all ages
✓ Animal soundpad – all animal sounds on one page
✓ Universal App, created for Retina display

-Tap the letters and words to hear them read.
-Tap the animals to hear their sounds.
-Swipe left or right to turn the page.
-Swipe up to access the menu or down to dismiss.
-Tap ♫ to access An animal soundpad.


Every day we pick what we affectionately call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that we have downloaded, tested and certified: It can't have a ton of ads or just a little content with a ton of in-app purchases.

It also has to be good.

We then present them to you to read, download, and share and, based on which ones got the most hits, here are your Top 100 Favorite Free Apps!

We've done our best to only include apps that are permanently free, but sometimes developers do change their minds so please leave a comment if you find an app that's no longer free.



(** indicates that the app contains in-app purchases or is very closely tied to a purchase)

1) Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (students/teachers can make whiteboard videos)

2) LEGO App 4+ (build a vehicle and then use it in activities)

3) ** Toddler/Preschool Flash Cards (warning! now has ads!)

4) Disneyland Explorer

5) Open Wide Snap (we rated five stars, pictured)

6) National Geographic Explorer

7) Toy Story Read Along

8) The Lorax

9) Peggy Storybook 1

10) ** Storylines for Schools

11) Play 123

12) Hide Run Growl (we rated five stars)

13) Disney's Where's My Water – free (pictured)

14) Little Stars – Toddler Games  (letters, numbers, shapes, colors, words)

15) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode

16) ** Playful Minds: Math (5-8 years old)

17) ** Build a Word Express

18) Rover (flash-enabled web browser for kids)

19) Lego Star Wars – Battle Orders

20) ABC Alphabet Phonics

21) NASA App HD (pictured)

22) Disney's Jake's Never Land Pirate School

23) Scholastic's Sushi Monster

24) Khan Academy (educations videos for adults and older children)

25) ** Draw Something (Pictionary online! Older kids/adults only)

26) I Can Write 2 (make sentences about images)

27) Super Duper's Using I and Me

28) Little Writer – Tracing Letters, Numbers, Words and Shapes (awesome app)

29) Miss Spider apps (Bedtime Story and Tea Party)

30) PBS Kids Video (all their favorites, U.S. only)

31) ** Thomas & Friends – Engine Activities

32) ** Brain Quest (from the people that make those card thingees)

33) ** Goodnight Safari (baby animals!)

34) Toca Kitchen Monsters (all kids need Toca Boca)

35) ShowMe (virtual whiteboard app, shared education videos)

36) Learning Games for Preschool to Kindergarten

37) ** Scribble Press (make an book!)

38) Rocket Speller

39) ** Toontastic (we rated five stars)

40) Color Uncovered (please don't let your dog drive)

41) ** Puzzingo

42) Little Finder

43) Lego Duplo Jams

44) ** Spy Mouse

45) Touch the Sound

46) The Elephant's Bath

47) Bluster! (McGraw-Hill)

48) ABC Mouse Zoo Sets 1, 2 and 3

49) ** Let's Color (drawings come to life)

50) ** Math Vs. Zombies

51) ** BrainPop Featured Movie (No. 1 on our Editor's Choice list)

52) Chugginton – Be Safe

53) ** Articulation Station (lite version, only one letter free)

54) Easy Bake Cupcakes

55) ** MeeGenius (six ebooks for free!)

56) ** Alphabet Tracing

57) Kids Learning – Photo Touch Learning Concepts

58) ** Sock Puppets

59) ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions

60) ** Monkey Drum

61) 6-in-1 Children's Games (lite version)

62) ** Clockwork Brain (mind-training puzzles for older kids/adults)

63) Sprout's Doodle Dots

64) DialSafe Pro (we gave five stars, kids learn to dial emergency numbers)

65) Cool To Be Clever

66) Creatures of Light

67) Sprout's Good Night Star (nighttime routine, brusha! brusha! brusha!)

68) iTunes U (go to college on your iOS device/older kids & adults)

69) Whole Foods' Awesome Eats

70) Chipper's Rainy Day Adventure

71) Lego Duplo Zoo

72) Rocket Math Free

73) Feel Electric (The Electric Company is back!)

74) Screen Chomp (virtual whiteboard)

75) Hannah Habeebee McHats

76) ** BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week

77) Kids Learning – My First Numbers Counting Game

78) Tim and Tom

79) Google Earth

80) Super Duper's Let's Name Things

81) Stewie The Duck Learns To Swim

82) ** Booksy (one of our Top Picks)

83) Dress The Octopus

84) Lego Star Wars Funzone

85) Squiggles (bring scribbles to life)

86) ABC Mouse Grand Canyon

87) Real Fireworks Artwork

88) ** Motion Math – Hungry Fish

89) Astrid & Siri (ebook, Vikings who love fashion design?)

90) The Lorax Truffula Shuffle (U.S. only for some reason)

91) How Stuff Works (parents/older kids that have had "the talk" only)

92) ** Jingle All the Way (Hallmark Christmas app)

93) Fisher-Price's Laugh & Learn Animal Sounds

94) Pocket Law Firm (learn the amendments)

95) The Land of Me – Story Time

96) ** JibJab Jr. Books (put the child's face in a book!)

97) IQ Test – Free Edition (older kids and parents only, not a real IQ test)

98) ** Domino's Pizza Hero (U.S. only)

99) Little Stars – Word Wizard

100) Little Bird's Internet Security Adventure (internet safety!)


We've done our best to only include apps that are permanently free, but sometimes developers do change their minds, so please leave a comment if you find an app that's no longer free.

(** indicates that the app contains in-app purchases or is very closely tied to a purchase)

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