The iPad has entered the world of families by storm. This oversized iphone, and undersized laptop seems to be a perfect lightweight device for traveling families who don't want to lug around a full size laptop on their next trip. Although there are lots of good reasons to unplugged on vacation, parents like a backup babysitter too. Rachel Maguire of the Fabumom Blog adopted an iPad right when they were released and has assembled for us, her list of the best iPad applications for kids. Go ahead and load up your iPad with an arsenal of boredem busters.
Looking for that perfect distraction for a long road trip or plane ride? I’ve compiled a list of my top ten Favorite iPad Apps for children. These apps are sure to hold your child's attention, provide hours of entertainment and they might even learn something in the process! All iPad Apps were tested by myself and my two and a half year old daughter. All the apps that made it to our top ten list offer educational value, have beautiful graphics and are entertaining for younger children.
The Super Why App is the grand daddy of our top ten list. At only $3.99 this app is exceptional value for the money. There are four interactive games, including: Fill in the blanks, letter tracing, and more. All while providing exceptional graphics and featuring the Super Why Characters authentic voices from the show. Children are able to trace the letters with their fingers, fill in the blank on a story and more! Your child will practice rhyming, letter recognition, spelling, reading and writing. This app is perfect for those just learning their Alphabet or for school-aged children learning to read. I would recommend this app for children between the ages 3 - 7 years of age.
Dr. Seuss ABC
Who doesn’t love Dr. Suess? This iPad app comes complete with our beloved Dr. Seuss Characters and illustrations. The recognizable artwork and fun audio is sure to be a big attention grabber. There are three levels of learning including; ‘Auto Play’, 'Read to Me' and 'Read it Myself’ so it can grow with your child as they become a more proficient reader. I would recommend this for children learning their ABC’s and also for those beginning readers. You will definitely get your $2.99’s worth. You will love it in your house and you will love it with a mouse!
Monkey Preschool Lunch Box
The Monkey Preschool Lunch Box App is quickly becoming a family favorite in our home. The monkeys are just so darn cute! There are about six different games that flow from one to the next. Some highlights include; Puzzles, Counting, Letter Recognition, Matching games and more. Children earn a virtual sticker for correct answers. The fun sounds and colorful graphics make this one a huge hit! I also love the ease of navigation geared for younger children. It will be the best $.99 cents you’ve ever spent!
RedFish 4 Kids
RedFish 4 Kids offers over 50 interactive and creative play time for hours of fun. This app is best suited for children aged 2 - 7 yrs old. There’s something for everyone. Your child will practice Musical Composition, Letter Number and Shape Recognition and more! This app cost’s $9.99, but remember you get over 50 games! Highlights include; learning exercises, creative activities and open-ended play. Your child will enjoy Interactive Games and Activities.
123 HD Talking Color HD
This award winning app is great for younger children as they just tap on the section they want to color. Coloring is accompanied by fun audio that coordinates with the tapping. Your child will develop their number and letter recognition. Highlights include; vibrant graphics, adorable pictures, voice-overs when the numbers/letters are tapped and fun children's songs. Great value for just $4.99!
Miss Spider's Tea Party
Do you have a Miss Spider lover in your home? If so, this is a must have iPad app. Offering some amazing graphics and audio, this is sure to become one of your child’s favorite apps. Some of the interactive games include; Puzzles, Painting, Memory Cards and more! Your child can Read-Along to this classic picture book and tap on the characters for an interactive experience. Everything really seems to come alive. Multimedia and Video are also included for the Price of $9.99.
Match & Learn
This is a great one for the animal lover in your home. Match & Learn is a fun memory game that offers exceptional graphics and coordinating animal sounds. Some of the animals include; The seals, cows, cats, dogs, polar bears and more. You can play alone or against a team. We especially loved the ease of use, perfect for younger children. This app costs $3.99.
Preschool Playmat: Farm Fun
The Preschool Playmat is another fun app for the animal lovers out there. This one is farm themed with three different activities to engage your child. Shape Matching, Memory Cards and a cute ‘find the animal’ game are sure to big popular with the younger set. Your child will develop letter recognition, sorting and counting. We love the fun sound effects and adorable graphics. This app will cost you $2.99.
Alphabet fun is perfect for school-aged children. It will help them practice their writing and beginning reading skills. You’ve got to love the vibraint graphics and fun audio sounds. This app will help your child with word, letter, colors and number recognition. The page looks like actual school notepad where you can trace your letters and words. Great value for just $1.99. This one is rated for children four years and up.
The Craft Finder App by Disney is more geared for mom. Its chalk full of fun crafts for you to do with your child. Highlights include; Step by step photos, and instructions. There are Fun Seasonal Crafts and activities to keep the children occupied for hours of creative fun! You can sort the crafts by time, age and theme. This app is a must have for mom’s of children aged 3 – 13. You’ve got to love that this app is currently free at the apple store!
About the Author:
Rachel Maguire is the voice behind Fabumom a resource for Southern California Family Activities, Day Trips, and Reviews. For more articles like the one above, please visit the Fabumom Blog. or follow her on twitter: @fabumom.
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