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10 iPad Apps for Teaching Kids to Read

        Tech | Tablet PCs

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ABC Phonics Animals

ABC Phonics Animals offers several sections of activities to teach kids phonics while learning to identify animals. In the flashcards section, the app displays flashcards of a cartoon animal along with the spelling of its name. A voice recording says the sound of each letter, and the child has to touch the letter that has just been spoken. In the animal match section, children identify a cartoon animal from a choice of three words. In the balloon pop section, a voice on the app says a letter that is used in the name of the animal, and the child has to touch the corresponding letter on the screen. A balloon makes a fun popping noise when the correct selection is made.

Although the app costs $1.99, a free lite version is also available. One caveat: You might want to give your kid headphones with this app as the carnival-like sounds could become annoying.