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AJ’s been playing The Oregon Trail on the iPad so I figured it’s time for a round-up of history and geography iPad apps. We haven’t tried them all but I’ll asterisk the ones we’ve tried and tell you what we thought.
Ansel and Claire Adventures in Africa
Ansel, a friendly inter-galactic travel photographer from the planet Virtoos, and Clair, a brilliant Virtoosian robot, explore Africa.
* Cute and interactive.
Stack the States
Learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.
* Very fun and better than Stack the Countries.
Quickly assemble a planet’s tectonic plates then smash them together to cause massive seismic activity. See life sprout on continents that rise from the ocean, then defend your creation from mega disasters long enough for strange creatures to evolve. (Okay, this is more science than geography . . . )
Barefoot World Atlas
An interactive 3D globe for iPad that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.
* Amazing illustrations and interesting content.
U.S. Geography by Discovery Education
Play the games, watch the videos, take the challenges, compete against your friends and with others worldwide, become an expert in U.S. Geography
United States Puzzle
United States puzzle map game will help you to learn the map’s shape and name of every state. In main game, touch state map you can see the full name
Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery.
Mission: Explore London (free)
London missions for specific locations, and others that can be done anywhere in the world.
Map puzzle geography game.
Learn the States
Take the ultimate road trip throughout the 50 United States while engaging in brilliant, animated activities to test your knowledge of state shapes and statistics.
Assume the role of a wagon leader in a side-view journey where your strategic decisions must ensure the safety of your party along the treacherous Oregon Trail.
* The huge bummer about this app is that to really experience the full game, you’re required to pay more money. We haven’t. So far, AJ still doesn’t mind losing and enjoys playing it.
Britannica Kids: US Presidents
U.S. Presidents takes young learners on a meet-and-greet with the 44 U.S. Presidents.
Ansel and Claire Cretaceous Dinosaurs
Another Ansel & Clair adventure focused on dinosaurs.
This Day in History World Book (FREE)
An interactive calendar with significant historical events that took place on the current day or any selected day.
Virtual History Roma
A fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience.
Civil War Today
Feel and explore thousands of original documents, photos, maps, diary entries, quotes, and newspaper broadsheets like never before.
Egyptian Hieroglyphics Decoder
Go to a museum, read an Egyptian book , or even look at Egyptian columns with Hieroglyphics and actually translate the Hieroglyphics.
Britannica Kids Aztec Empire
Images, videos and interactive learning games.
An interactive textbook on the early Jamestown settlement.
World War II Interactive
World War II Interactive covers the biggest conflict in history with photos, videos and speeches.
National Geographic Ultimate Dinopedia
A dinosaur encyclopedia with over 700 dinosaurs.
National Geographic Weird But True
Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike.