This Month’s Screen-Time Finds

Here are some of our favorite new movies, apps, and more!

DVDs and TV

Walk on the wild side with The Jungle Book Diamond EditionThe beloved film is coming to Blu-ray for the first time February 11.
*What’s in it for you Grown-up fans won’t want to miss the bonus features: behind-the-scenes interviews, an alternate ending, and a “Bear-E-Oke” sing-along.
Rated G, $40

Teach your child about important social and life skills with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Big Feelings and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Life’s Little LessonsThe PBS Kids series—which is inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—is coming to DVD for the first time. The little tiger attends many everyday activities such as going to school and visiting the doctor, but things never get boring when he utilizes his imagination. 2 years+, $13

Four popular films are returning to DVD on the My Little Pony: Classic Movie CollectionJoin the girls as they dance in the clouds, plan a party for friends, and deal with a dragon. 2 years+, $15

A young plane trains for a prestigious flight competition in WingsIn order to follow his dreams, he must remain determined and learn to become a hero. Rated G, $15

In Angelina Ballerina: On With the Show, Ms. Mimi loses her voice right before a big recital. But her performers get creative to keep the celebration going. 2 years+, $15

Video Games

If your family loved The Lego Moviecontinue the fun with The Lego Movie Videogame on February 28. Help Emmet save the world—with the help of some new friends, of course. 10 years+, price varies by platform for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and Wii U

Gamers of all ages will love celebrating the Olympics with classic characters in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter GamesCompete or work cooperatively in 24 exciting events including bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating, and snowboarding. 6 years+, $50 for Wii U

Football season may be over, but your little athlete can keep playing with Madden NFL 25New technology allows gamers to have more control over moves and makes the physics seem more realistic. Plus, the brand-new Owner Mode lets your kid manage personnel, set prices, and build a new stadium. 6 years+, $60 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4

Apps

Experience The Little Mermaid like never before with Ariel’s Musical Surprise app. Your child can explore Ariel’s grotto, teach fish to sing, and even create her own music. Unlock even more games by purchasing select toys, like a light-up dress or musical-instrument set. 4 years+, free for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Help little ones recognize faces with NameGames. Start by uploading pictures of family and friends and record your voice saying each name. Young kids can then play games that will help them learn the important people in their life. 8 months+, free for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android

Kids can learn geography with Travelzoo’s Map the World app. Players select from nine interactive maps including the 50 states, oceans, and seas around the globe. A narrator announces the name of each place, so little ones can learn correct pronunciation. And for those looking for a challenge, the timer monitors speed. 4 years+, free for iPad

Encourage healthy habits with a new app from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. I See the Animals Sleeping stresses the importance of getting enough rest, whether you’re a child or a critter. Explore different sleeping habits from around the world with a story, coloring pages, a puzzle, and quiz games. 3 years+, free for iPad and Android

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace takes readers underwater for a thrilling adventure. In the interactive story, our heroine befriends a mermaid and must help save her kingdom. After the story is over, your little one can create and record her own virtual puppet show. 4 years+, $5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Gather up to four players around your device for some word-building fun with Sushi Scramble. Compete or work cooperatively to collect letters from sushi boats, and complete challenges—such as creating the highest valued word—to “serve” customers. 4 years+, $3 for iPad and Android

Valentine's Day Heart Pop-up Card
Valentine's Day Heart Pop-up Card
Valentine's Day Heart Pop-up Card

The Jungle Book image courtesy of Walt Disney

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