Disney has created a new line of toys and apps called Disney AppMates, which allow kids to use the tablet's screen as a virtual playmat and bring their toys to life digitally. We imagine Disney will produce all kinds of toy / app pairings in the future, but for now the brand has created the Cars 2 AppMates App and a range of toys with sensors on the base of each of them, so children can move them around the tablet and see things happen on the screen. Different toys unlock different features, so it's not like you're just moving the car around, seeing the same scenes and activities every time. You can watch a Disney AppMates demo video here. The app is available from iTunes for Free. The toy sets are available from the Disney Store for £20.
We’ve covered 12 of our favourite iPad apps and games for kids in the past, but now we really want to focus on three brilliant applications that require a LOT of hands-on interaction with the help of a few special accessories.