The lights are shimmering and the sleigh bells are jingling as the holiday season kicks into full gear. Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile, keeping your little ones and even yourself occupied at times can bring out the Grinch in you. In celebration of the holidays, here's a roundup of some of the top kid-friendly apps that will keep your little ones on the nice list as you travel this holiday season.
|Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift|
If you love Cut the Rope, this holiday version will keep you "under wraps" as you trim through obstacles, collect stars and scope out for hidden ropes and other holiday helpers like Christmas stockings to help you teleport and ultimately help feed antler-donning Om Nom some candy.
|Santa's Christmas Village|
Get into the holiday spirit with seasonal songs, pictures and 17 fun activities. Classic games like hangman, solitaire, sudoku and tic-tac-toe are all taken on a holiday spin to celebrate the season. Christmas cookies replace traditional game pieces in checkers and hangman is brought to life as you try to keep the snowman from melting away.
|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer|
The classic children's book goes digital as a "talking book" that will keep your youngsters entertained for hours. With three ways to read the tale, ("auto play," "read it myself," and "read to me") this app also includes custom music, background audio, enlarged artwork and real audio clips from the 1964 Christmas special.
Tilt and turn your screen while you tackle the snowmen and Santa obstacles in your way as you try to get the snowball down the snow-covered mountain slopes in one piece. The snowball increases in size as it rolls down the mountain and your speed gets faster with the more obstacles you dodge.
The Dr. Seuss cartoon takes on new life with colorful graphics that invite you to take on the role of The Grinch while throwing snowballs or presents down to Who-Ville, depending on whether you feel "merry" or "mean," all with the swipe of your finger.
|Snowman Maker Plus|
Traveling somewhere exotic where your kids will be missing out on the snow? With this app, your kids will be able to build their own snowman from head-to-toe without the messy cleanup that usually follows. You can customize your own Frosty with hats, scarves, gloves and other attire and even choose how tall or chunky you want him to be.
|Dr. Seuss Camera- The Grinch Edition|
Fans of Dr. Seuss can pose with their favorite characters like the Grinch, Max or Cindy-Lou and customize cards with borders, stamps and traditional "Seussian text" before emailing them to family and friends or saving to one's own photo library.
|Christmas Music- 10,000 FREE Christmas Songs|
This virtual holiday jukebox will be a hit with your little ones as you sing along to all the classics, from "Jingle Bells" to "O Holy Night." An advantage with this app is the ability to close it and put your phone on standby, enabling you to carry on with Christmas shopping or wrapping last-minute gifts while chiming in to those holiday tunes.
|Bo's Matching Game- Christmas Gift|
Your kids will be testing their memory in this Christmas-style card-matching game. Kids can choose from eight different themes and can play matches with other children or even battle against you.
|Motion Maze Holiday Adventure|
For the active kid always on-the-go, this app will have them moving all over the place. With over a hundred mazes, the objective is to get Captain Mapp through the zig-zags as quickly as possible by walking or jogging in place.
|Santa Claus and Christmas Games|
Get your kids to help Santa find matching pairs of Christmas objects, color shades and animal sounds while helping improve memory skills, eyesight and listening skills
Transport your kids to the North Pole in time to help Santa's elves fill his sleigh with all the presents before the sun goes down. Complete with a holiday soundtrack, this tower-stacking game comes loaded with two ways to play and will be fun for the whole family.
Love to bake with your little ones but dread cleaning up the mess? This app brings the fun and joy of baking from the kitchen to your fingertips, enabling you and your kids to do everything from roll the dough and cut the cookie shapes to frost and decorate with sprinkles and candies.
This virtual dreidel brings the spinning fun from the table to your phone or tablet screen with ease. The app enables up to eight players to spin, keep track of scores and listen to the classic dreidel song