With thousand of iPad and iPhone apps it can be difficult to know what to buy for your children. I am not a teacher or have a degree in education. I put this list together to show which apps my family has been enjoying and using on the iPad, as well as some highly recommended apps for older children. The iPad can be a great resource for parents and teachers for educational values. Parents that take the time and opportunity to use the apps together with your child will have the most benefits. This list covers ages infant to eight and a wide price range from free to $9.99. My six year old and nine month old have been enjoying some of the apps listed below. You can view our video about some of the apps listed below to learn more. I also have a list of apps I recommend for children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. If you are thinking about buying an iPad, I listed the pros and cons from my experience in this article.
Toy Story 3 Read-Along – ($8.99) Interactive read-along storybook app features your favorite characters from Toy Story 3.
* Two reading modes allow you to follow along as the story is read aloud, or explore at your own pace. Select Young Reader Mode to simplify page turns.
* Record your voice reading the story and hear it played back as narration. Record your child’s voice
* View select pages in a whole new way with fantastic 3D effects that have dynamic touch-to-play exploration. The 3D glasses used to view the 3D section of this App are FREE at your local Disney Store, while supplies last, exclusively in the United States and Canada. Plus much more!
Toy Story 2 Read Along- (8.99)
Alice for iPad – ($8.99)
Miss Spider’s Tea Party for iPad – ($9.99)
Dr. Seuss ABC – ($3.99)
Green Eggs & Ham – ($3.99)
The Cat in the Hat – ($3.99)
Jack and the Beanstalk – ($3.99)
MeeGenius Create Your Own Story- ($1.99) Children will learn classic and new stories such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf. 12 BEAUTIFULLY illustrated and enhanced books featuring many of your favorite titles. Features include word highlighting, audio playback and automatic playback. (6 books come pre-installed with the app. 6 more titles are available to download for FREE). After you enjoy these 12 amazing books, you can buy additional beautifully illustrated and enhanced books with our In App feature. After you install the app MAKE SURE your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad has an internet connection so you can download the books
The Wheels on the Bus ($ .99) The “Wheels on the Bus with Mango and Papaya” app includes all your favorite verses in fun, interactive sequences that will challenge and delight your children for hours. Plus, the app includes a minute long video, “The Mouse on the Bus,” along with links to more classic Wheels on the Bus videos from the In-App store. Three levels for ages 2 and up.
The Pianist ($3.99) – Transform your iPhone into an 88-key piano for your little Mozart. Realistic graphics feature 3D keys that depress as you touch them. And when the magnum opus is ready, your kids can record it, overdub it as many times as they want, and play it back for adoring fans. For ages 4 and up.
Preschool Memory Match – Limited time FREE! Preschool Memory Match features are unique and strive to make you and your child happy! Designed for education and fun without the pressure of timers or high scores. Over 220 different pairs to match in 5 categories! (Transportation, Musical Instruments, Animals/Bugs, Food, and Objects) Amazing Sound Effects for each matched pair! Studio voice recording of a speech therapist who specializes in Early Childhood Development! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (.99, six educational games for preschoolers)
SCRABBLE ($9.99) THE BEST SCRABBLE EVER, DESIGNED JUST FOR iPAD™! Enjoy the fantastically fun game you know and love with stunning new HD graphics, quick, easy play and incredible exclusive features. America’s favorite word game is now an iPad essential! iPAD EXCLUSIVE FEATURES. NEW Play up to 25 Multiplayer Games at a time. NEW Stunning HD Graphics. NEW Portrait AND Landscape Modes. NEW Ground-breaking Party Play Mode with up to 4 friends!
Charadium for iPad ($4.00) (Draw-and-guess multiplayer game for the whole family) Charadium for iPad is the fun & entertaining draw-and-guess multiplayer game for the whole family. Turn a word into a picture by drawing on the screen with your finger and then guess what others are drawing. Fully optimized for the iPad with higher definition graphic clarity and user interface. Each language version has a HUGE charade dictionary (nouns only), ensures long term play without recycling words.
The Jim and Frank Mysteries ($2.99)(puzzle-game follows the adventures of Jim and Frank) This entrancing puzzle-solving game follows the adventures of two friends: Jim and Frank. Jim’s a kind-hearted guy who hides his keen intelligence beneath a shy exterior, whereas Frank is a mischievous joker whose love of pranks is matched only by his fearlessness. Help them in their quest to uncover the mystery behind the Blood River Files! Rated 4+
Cogs HD ($4.99) (build increasingly complex machines using sliding tiles in 2D and 3D environments) Cogs HD is a groundbreaking puzzle game where players build increasingly complex machines using sliding tiles in 2D and 3D environments. With HD, iPad optimized visuals and all that extra screen size, Cogs HD gives fans of the original iPhone version and newcomers alike, a great new workbench to get inventive with. Starting with simple puzzles, players are introduced to the widgets that are used to build machines — gears, pipes, balloons, chimes, hammers, wheels, props, and more. Rated 4+
Number Sense HD ( $1.99) A Math game with 5 apps including Booster Balls, Do the Dotty, Numberella, Fishnooka and Toot Toot Train. All the games were redesigned based on feedback from parents, educators and kindergarteners. Every game has a unique reward that your kid can add to their ‘My Stuff’ shelf and show off proudly to everyone!
School Zone Addition and Subtraction Learning Game ($4.99)- The program makes learning addition and subtraction facts fast and easy. It’s flashcards with a techno twist! Children can practice problems against the clock, challenge another player to a game of fast facts, or test themselves for speed and accuracy. Children can set the program to practice addition, subtraction, or mixed problems, and the level of difficulty will be adjusted based on their performance. If there is a fact a child just can’t get, he or she can go to the handy, interactive chart to find the answer Ages 6 and up
School Zone Time and Money and Fractions On Track ($9.99) Prepare your child for school using trusted educational content. School Zone Publishing Company has been creating children’s educational products for over 30 years. Learning about time, money, and fractions can be challenging for many children. School Zone’s On-Track Time, Money & Fractions iPad app is the perfect tool to help children build those skills! The program’s kid-friendly approach delivers solid practice that will build confidence and help children. Ages 6-7
First Grade Pencil-Pail Learning Game ($9.99)- Your child will touch, listen, laugh, and learn as he or she discovers important skills through play and practice. Pencil-Pal First Grade will introduce your first grader to a sea full of activities. Captain Bingham Bear and his crew will help your child sharpen essential skills in no time. After all, it’s more fun to practice sight words, time, money, and more with friends! As your child follows these loveable friends around their cabin cruiser, from the movie theater to the art studio, he or she will gain essential reading and math skills.
Math Magic ($.99) Thanks to Math Magic, your child can get a big jump on learning arithmetic while loving every second of that education. Math Magic teaches in a way that is encouraging and tons of fun for your little one. Math Magic uses a combination of your choice of vibrant colours, simple interface and a reward system of stars to encourage and teach kids between the ages of 3 and 8. It’s really easy to use. The child simply has to tap on an answer to solve the problem. Whether they get the answer right or not, a real voice expresses appreciation for the child choosing a response.
Baby Flash Cards ($1.99) Now Baby Flash Cards 2 comes with even more cool features! You may now turn the English Baby Flash Cards 2 into ANY language you want! The new Baby Flash Cards 2 allows you to edit the words and also to record your own voice for each card. So you can design and create your own Baby Flash Cards app and turn it into French, German, Chinese, Japanese or any other languages, entirely up to you. Baby and up
Sentence Builder for iPad ($2.99) Sentence Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the english language. Sentence Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the grammer of all children. Simple and intuitive interface to build sentences. 100 distinct pictures to build sentences around. 3 Levels of play. 60 encouragement animations and audio clips. Optional correct sentence audio re-enforcement. Statistics to track students progress
Letters A to Z for the iPad from True Learning (.99) Letters A to Z is a captivating set of animated flashcards designed to help toddlers and preschoolers learn the letters of the English alphabet in a fun and engaging way. Each flashcard contains adorable characters and creatures that come to life in beautifully illustrated scenes accompanied by entertaining sound effects. Letters A to Z is simple, intuitive and easy to use. Large buttons and clickable areas make it perfect for the fine motor skills of young children. Baby and up.
Word Warp – (.99) Similar to Text Twist, Word Warp is a challenging anagram type of word game in which you try to form as many words as you can out of the six letters you are given before time runs out. You will receive points for each correct word you come up with, but in order to advance to the next level you must come up with at least one word that uses all six letters. age 8 and up.
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I have TWO apps to give away! (ONE WINNER) Toy Story 3 and Number Sense HD!
TO ENTER: Tell us which app above you might buy and why.