Fun apps for the whole family

Fun apps for the whole family
Screenshot of Disney Karaoke: Frozen, an app for iOS device.

The biggest Apple iPad fan in your family might also be the youngest.

Tablets and smartphones - with their bright, colourful screens and easy-to-use touchscreen controls - have quickly replaced more traditional toys as a playtime favourite for many children.

App makers have cottoned on to the trend.

Log into any app store and you will find thousands of apps designed specially for children, ranging from kid-friendly games to educational titles.

Boy-boy or Girl-girl may find a new playmate in your iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, but this does not mean that you have to be left out of the fun.

Here are four apps for everyone to enjoy.

Disney Karaoke: Frozen

iOS, $9.98

The Disney movie, with its now indelible theme song, has captured the hearts of many a tween girl and even counts some parents as fans.

If Let It Go is on constant replay at home, this app will probably be an instant hit.

Featuring nine songs from the animated blockbuster, this app lets you sing along to music videos, with footage taken from the movie.

Each song comes with the original vocal performance, as well as a music-only mode to sing along to.

Even though the littlest Frozen fan in your family is likely to have memorised every song, parents unfamiliar with the lyrics can now join in.

Just as in a true karaoke system, each track comes complete with lyrics, while a bouncing snowflake guides you along.

The app even includes a recording mode, which lets you mute the vocal performance and record your own voice instead. This can be saved to the in-app gallery for viewing, or exported to your iTunes library.

My only gripe is that this is quite a lot of money to pay for an app with relatively few features.

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