Looking for some help in choosing apps to buy for your children? The following are recommended based on educational and/or developmental quality. None are recommended for children under the age of 3.
Little Stars (iOS 4.3): A customizable app that features ten games for toddlers, including letter names and sounds, colors, and shapes. Kids can earn stickers as they progress through the games. $Free
Cat in the Hat (iOS 8.0, Kindle, Nook, Windows 8 or RT): Interactive version of the classic Dr. Seuss book. $3.99
Flow Free (iOS 6.0, android): A very simple yet highly addictive puzzle game. Connect matching colors with pipe to create a flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle. Free for apple and android products or upgrade with android for $1.99.
The Going to Bed Book (iOS 4.3, Kindle, Nook): Exciting interactive surprises await you in the delightful version of Sandra Boynton’s bestselling book. Have it read to you or read it yourself! $3.99
JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning (iOS 4.3, Kindle, Nook): Based on the CD-ROM series of the same name, this app is available for a variety of grade levels and in a free and paid version. Practice concepts and get ready to learn. $1.99
Chicktionary (iOS 7.0): Like the beloved game Boggle, Chicktionary invites kids to see how many words they can make out of the letters provided, here accompanied by chickens. $Free
Hopscotch: Make games! Learn to Code (Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 8.0): This programming based app allows young users to create their own games and animations. Kids get to unleash their creativity with this bright, artful, and easy-to-use visual programming language. Free
Slice It! (iOS 4.3, Android 2.1): Kids won’t even realize they’re practicing their math and spatial skills while they play this fun game that challenges them to slices different shapes into equal pieces. $Free
Where’s My Water? (iOS 7.0, Android): Help Swampy by guiding the water to his shower in this physics-based game app. Created by Disney, this app is sure to provide endless entertainment while also working your child’s brain. For apple products, $1.99. For android, Free or $2.99
Word Craft EE (iOS 4.3, Kindle, Nook): The “EE” stands for “elementary edition” in this app that breaks words down into building blocks. These are mixed in with extra blocks and your goal is to build the correct word, defined for you on screen, out of the blocks given. $0.99
Barefoot World Atlas (iOS 7.0): Much more than simply an adaptation of the print book, this app provides numerous opportunities for interaction – illustrations come to life and can be enlarged, and live data about each country appears on the screen as you explore. $4.99
02-10-16 BAO LERS