IT column: entertainment for free...

IT can be hard to keep children entertained during the school holidays or when on long journeys.

Here, we have come up with several free and fun apps that will help keep you all happy through the Easter holidays.

The Lego Movie Maker app is great for budding film-makers of all ages, as it enables users to make an animated movie by taking a stream of photographs. From capturing images to adding titles, dialogue, sound effects and photo filters, LEGO Movie Maker is simple to use but has enough capability to keep older children amused, too.

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Another great Lego app is Lego Duplo Food, which lets children build ice creams, cakes and burgers for customers, and there are rewards for getting the order just right!

There is also an app called Split Pics which allows you to edit photos to create collages, clone pictures of people, combine pictures together and more. This is one that will keep all the family entertained!

The app Funbrain Jr is a collection of fun and engaging games for younger children to help jump start their learning. With the help of colourful and quirky characters, children will love the games and videos that help with skills such as maths, literacy and problem solving. There are also lots of Easter themed apps to download for family fun such as egg hunts, online colouring books, painting eggs and pop up animated books.

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