By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media app editor
You're going to the DMV and have to take your 4-year-old. The wait could be over an hour, and when the books, crayons and songs run dry, you're likely to hand over your phone. Which app will get you to the front of the line, be safe for your kid and possibly even teach him something?
With over a million apps in both the App Store and Google Play Store, it can be tough to choose. Even in the Kids category, there are thousands of choices, and some are definitely better than others. These tips can lead you to an app that not only will pass the time but also will be time -- and money -- well-spent.
- Is your kid ready? Keep your kid's age and development in mind. The App Store might say 4+, but those age ratings don't tell the whole story: Though the game might be free of violence and other big-kid content, the controls might be too tricky for little hands. Read the description, check out Common Sense's reviews, look at the screenshots, and see if the app fits your kid's abilities and temperament.
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