14 Educational iPhone Apps Parents Should Know About
If you’re a parent like me, making the most out of any screen time is something you have to attack with relentless pursuit. Instead of letting our kids become TV or game device zombies, there’s an alternative in today’s tech-dominated world.
With hundreds of thousands of apps being sold in the iTunes app store, there’s got to be a handful of great educational app, right?
Well, I was relieved and excited when I found out that there are in fact a bunch of really good educational apps available to choose from.
Here’s a selection of educational apps that fellow parents, teachers and app developers themselves have tipped me off about so that you can go straight to the App Store and start download these apps for your kids. . .
1. UnblockMe – Problem-Solving and Spatial Awareness by Play
When I was a child, I loved playing a simple wooden game that my grandfather had built from scrap wood. Within a wooden frame on a flat board, there were rectangular pieces that you could slide to move one particular piece from a starting place to a finishing place. I learned problem solving skills and spatial awareness as I bent my mind around those blocks of wood.Now my six-year-old does the same thing on my iPod Touch as we ride the bus together. The pieces are virtual instead of wooden, but the app counts the number of moves you take to reach the goal (fewer is better); and once you’ve mastered one configuration, you can move on to another, and another and another.She loves it; and she is constantly learning to solve problems.
…and Glow Unblock
2. Who Am I? Race Awareness Game
There are many apps out there to help kids read or do math. But there is only ONE app out there that is designed to make learning and thinking about race and diversity engaging for young children.This app is a fun two-player “guess who” type game using real life pictures that represent a diversity of people. The adult picks a picture and the child asks questions to narrow down the choices until a guess can be made.
But parents have a hard time talking about race, don’t they? That’s why the app gives practical tips for discussing these issues in the game and beyond. It’s new and revolutionary and should not be missed. Developed by a Harvard University cultural anthropologist – this will help parents as much as children!
3. Words with Friends
If you’re familiar with the game of Scrabble, you already know the basics behind Words with Friends, which takes the crossword combat game format one step further by turning it into a very simple, easy to use multiplayer game.For kids, the game is a great opportunity to delve into the English language and learn new words, all while playing with family and peers. Many players report having increased their vocabulary and enhanced their strategizing skills after extended play.Most importantly, not only is the game educational, but it is highly entertaining and addicting, ensuring that children keep coming back to it again and again.
4. FlipCards-Spanish … Audio, Virtual Flashcards
I’m a bilingual mother of five children, a Spanish teacher, and curriculum author of Flip Flop Spanish. My passion is helping each individual, young or old, discover his or her best method for learning, and I have found those methods through teaching the most elusive of subjects – Foreign Languages.FlipCards Spanish was born out of my years of experience in guiding students on their bilingual journey.The App teaches Spanish with sight, audio, and tactile learning styles in mind. You can check “known” and “unknown” and even shuffle the cards by shaking! Children enjoy quizzing themselves and telling time in Spanish – treating the app just like regular flash cards, but they get to HEAR it too!
5. Chess with Friends
6. It’s Potty Time!
* Is reasonably priced at $1.99 for 12 introductory books and the option to purchase other books for an additional $1.99 each
* Was founded by entrepreneurial parents, Wandy Yeap Hoh and David Park, after 16 months of research and development. Yeap Hoh and Park met in 2005 and shared a dream to build a business by and for families that would educate and stimulate little imaginations.
8. Smarty Shortz for your smarty!
The best app for back to school season would probably be an all inclusive educational app (offering LESSONS AND GAMES) to brush up on all subjects (Geography, Spelling, Math, Reading, History and Science).Check out the app called Smarty Shortz, its content is for ages K-3rd grade and has 26 lessons (some challenging and some not as much) and 26 games.The lessons are quick which kids love and the games reinforce the lesson learned…it’s $1.99
9. Glow Puzzle Gets You To Connect The Dots
10. Fit It!
11. Sudoku4Kids Lite
12. iPuzzle Words
14. Stack the States
Of course, there are tons more educational games – for the elementary school crowd — out there in the field. In fact . . .