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Whether we like it or not , but we live in the world of technological development. While we may have not had an easy access to a computer ( the bulb with a blue screen! remember those?!), and definitely the "look at a face while talking" phone was something from a sci-fi movie, our children live in the time of "i-everyting" and , like it or not, we need to keep the pace up.  So, why not to make the best of it?

Here are some of the best apps and tools to include in your parent-controlled gadget.

ART.

Some of our absolute favorite apps are art related. Perfect for mess-free ( and clutter free) travel, easy to use on-the-go ( mini-ipad rocks!) those art apps won out hearts the moment we came across the sensu brushes, because, seriously - a REAL brush that works like a REAL brush would? It's amazing. Highly recommend. There are wealth of apps to go with sensu brushes, but these are some of the current favorites on our gadgets:

ArtRage - allows users of all levels the ability to work with a wide range of natural painting and sketching tools.

Procreate - sketch, paint, create. With over 45 professional brushes, Procreate is a professional studio of tools at your finger tips.

Paper - capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.

Zen Brush - Zen Brush is an app that allows you to easily enjoy the feeling of using an ink brush to write or to paint.

Auryn Ink - our most used one. Creates the authentic simulation of watercolor painting intuitively and easily.

PLAY.

While most I-gadgets come with a collection of touch instruments and a full-featured recording studio via GarageBand, there are more apps that are worth looking into when you have little ears that are eager to learn.

InHarmony - InHarmony is a new kind of a musical instrument simplifying composing and playing music by just displaying notes limited to the selected diatonic scale, which are always in harmony with the presented chords.

Dropophone - this app allows you to make songs that sound like drips and drops falling on a tiny orchestra of instruments. Pressing the multi-colored raindrops triggers notes that loop every six seconds. Combine different colored drops and notes to compose your own rainy-day melodic backdrops. A metronome is also included to help you keep time.

DrumJam - this app is a real first for percussion. It's an exciting and powerful tool, opening up the world of rhythm in a completely hands-on and inspiring way. Whether you are a novice just looking for a bit of rhythmic fun, a songwriter or producer looking for a fresh rhythmic idea, a percussion student writing arrangements for a project, a music teacher looking for rhythm ideas to teach, or a drum circle facilitator seeking to expand their repertoire, this app has something for you. Added bonus? Your neighbors will continue to love you.

Monkey Drum - create real music just by drawing and watch as the creatures play your creation. Get creative and re-mix your songs with different instruments, or accessorize your characters with a hat and sunglasses.

Ear Trainer - an educational tool designed for musicians, music students and anyone interested in improving ones musical ear. It is filled with over 160 individual exercises covering intervals, chords, scales and relative pitch. I only with I had my hands on this handy tool when getting my degree way back when...

READ.

One of the best things that happened to digital reading ( and writing ) world is Storybird.

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. Curated artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspiring writers of any age turn those images into fresh stories.

It's a simple idea that has attracted millions of writers, readers, and artists to the platform. Families and friends, teachers and students, and amateurs and professionals have created more than 5 million stories—making Storybird one of the world's largest storytelling communities.

Whether you want to read a story, to write it or let your little one try his story-telling powers, there is something for everyone on Storybird. To start your journey, we highly recommend Some Pig in the City, a book by Jodi Kendall, an NYC writer whose work representation ranges widely from National Geographic Channel and ABC News to well-known publications. Turn the e-page of "Some Pig in the City", and we guarantee you will be counting days until you can read another chapter of the book.

WATCH.

We are somewhat partial to this cartoon app. Although most of the cartoons are not in English, the kind and warm nature of them is very appealing among the contemporary animation's philosophy of "super-hero/super-blow up everything". It's a breath of fresh air to see beautiful animation and storylines that , conveniently, most of the time do not have much talking, delivering the message through visual expression. Extremely useful feature - most of the cartoons are 5-15 minutes long. While enough to give a little entertainment break, it is easy to control gadget - exposed time without tears from certain little someone.

Do you have favorite apps? Do share - we would love to know!