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posted: 8/13/2014 6:00 AM

Apps for kids: Virtual pets teach life lessons

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  • Littlest Pet Shop's free app.Ages: 4 and upYour child will wash, feed, and play with pets at the shop through educational and fun mini-games.

      Littlest Pet Shop's free app.Ages: 4 and upYour child will wash, feed, and play with pets at the shop through educational and fun mini-games.

  • My Virtual PetCost: FreeAges: 4 and upMy Virtual Pet gives your child all the fun of owning an actual pet. Your child can feed, clean, and train a dog, cat, hamster or llama. The app teaches your child how to be responsible, while making sure the pet is happy, fed, rested, and clean.

      My Virtual PetCost: FreeAges: 4 and upMy Virtual Pet gives your child all the fun of owning an actual pet. Your child can feed, clean, and train a dog, cat, hamster or llama. The app teaches your child how to be responsible, while making sure the pet is happy, fed, rested, and clean.

  • Puppy Dog SitterCost: FreeAges: 4 and upYour child chooses from four adorable puppies that need someone to feed, clean, and care for them. The job of being a "doggie sitter" even includes the task most kids leave for mom or dad to do -- picking up the puppy's poop.

      Puppy Dog SitterCost: FreeAges: 4 and upYour child chooses from four adorable puppies that need someone to feed, clean, and care for them. The job of being a "doggie sitter" even includes the task most kids leave for mom or dad to do -- picking up the puppy's poop.

 
By Chelsey Boutan

Are your kids begging for a pet, but you don't think they are ready? Try getting them a virtual pet in the meantime. Below are three iPad apps that will teach your children about the responsibilities of pet care.

Littlest Pet Shop

Cost: Free

Ages: 4 and up

Your child will wash, feed and play with pets at the shop through educational and fun mini-games.


Puppy Dog Sitter

Cost: Free

Ages: 4 and up

Your child chooses from four adorable puppies that need someone to feed, clean and care for them. The job of being a "doggie sitter" even includes the task most kids leave for mom or dad to do -- picking up the puppy's poop.

My Virtual Pet

Cost: Free

Ages: 4 and up

My Virtual Pet gives your child all the fun of owning an actual pet. Your child can feed, clean, and train a dog, cat, hamster or llama. The app teaches your child how to be responsible, while making sure the pet is happy, fed, rested, and clean.

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