Upcoming holiday travels with kids might require a few new iPad apps, preferably educational ones, right? Here are the latest educational apps the girls and I recommend.
I think this is our favorite educational app yet! It’s such a clever concept. To solve the puzzles in each scene and level, you need to imagine what your player needs. Then, you type that in — and voila! it appears! So, you might type in dinosaur or hammer. It’s great for spelling, writing, imagination, and problem solving!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App
You might think that this is a book app but it’s not. It’s a creative storytelling app. Basically, kids create their own stories with either the Egg, Chick, or Big Pigeon. Then, the bus driver asks the kids questions which are recorded. Later, the main character and the recorded answers become a unique, new story. It turns out so cute – very funny as you might expect.
A cute alligator wants to take his bath – you have to get the water to him with varying degrees of difficulty – or he’ll sob and sob. (Which is hilarious.)
This is similar to the Waldo books; my kids aren’t interested in this yet but it seems engaging with lots of activities.
Memory Game: Multiplication
Another way to practice math facts.
Math Showdown: Multiplication
Timed math tests in a western setting.
iDress for Weather
We check this in the mornings to get the day’s high and low, the current temperature, and suggestions for what to wear.
Gives you a mostly accurate weather forecast and suggestions for clothing.
I love the Tacky stories and, as usual, Oceanhouse Media did a fantastic job adapting the picture book for the iPad.
Millie Was Here: Meet Millie – FREE
We think this book is hilariously cute! JJ has read it so many times, she can recite it by heart. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. Really funny story about Millie and her love of bacon. More from Millie: The Lost Key and Millie’s Book of Tricks and Treats.
To summarize, this iPad book gives readers fantastic graphics, it’s easy to navigate with great sound effects, and I love the expressive narrator!
This charming, not-scary story is about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, a young boy, and his trusty cat, Envelope. Sir Charlie seeks adventure so adventures he finds. First, he tames the beasties –with sandwiches! Then, he befriends the fire-breathing dragon — he just needed some water. Finally, he goes off to investigate a little wooden door at the bottom of a tower. There he finds a princess. As it turns out, The princess is very sad because no one ever comes to her birthday party. Lucky for her, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks has a group of friends (the beasties and dragon) who are already there to attend the party. It’s a happily ever after and a well-conceived iPad book app.
Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures by Reecca L. Johnson
Beautiful photography immediately hooked 9-year old AJ but the text is not easy. However, it’s rich with information so is a great resource. All the pages have a dot you can tap for even more information about the photograph.
But, there’s more! Don’t miss these iPad app posts:
- NEW Educational iPad Apps (September 2011)
- Best Children’s Books for the iPad (June 2011)
- Best Educational iPad Apps (Summer 2011)
- 12 Educational iPad Apps (Spring 2011)
Download my "can't put 'em down" book lists for your kids ages 3 - 13.
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