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11 Engaging Educational Apps for Kids (VIDEO)


11 Engaging Educational Apps for Kids (VIDEO)

How many times have you spent $1.99 on an app only to find your child doesn't want to play it more than one or two times? You no longer have to play the guessing game with apps in the iTunes app store. Read on to watch my video reviews of 11 popular educational kids apps and to find out which ones will truly keep your little learner engaged.

 

Montessori Letter Sounds HD

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 to 6

What it teaches: Pre-Reading Skills (Letters and Sounds, Phonics, Letter Writing, Reading)

Why we recommend it: We love that kids are not rewarded or driven by the app to complete one isolated activity. Montessori Letter Sounds uses self-correction and playful literacy activities that kids want to use again and again— largely because the learning is really fun!

Get it here, $2.99.* (Available as a Universal app in the iTunes App Store)

 

 

Marble Math Junior

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 5 and up

What it teaches: Math (Operations, Counting, Fractions, Shapes, Sequencing, Measurement, Money, Telling Time)

Why we recommend it: Marble Math Junior pairs quality game design with educational play that kids come back to again and again. Kids use strategy to answer given math questions. In Marble Math Junior the questions are read aloud which is very supportive for young children. Have an older child? Marble Math is available to challenge kids 8 and up.

Get it here, $1.99.* (Available as a Universal app in the iTunes App Store)

 

 

Draw and Tell

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 and up

What it teaches: Storytelling and Creativity 

Why we recommend it: Kids' art work comes to life with a thoughtful recording feature included in Draw and Tell. Kids draw using a variety of tools. When finished they hit record and share their story, animating the video as they move around the stickers they added to their artword. Coloring pages are included in the app and can be animated as well.

Get it here, $1.99.* (Available for iPad and iPhone)

 

 

Stop and Go!

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 to 4

Languages: English, Spanish

What it teaches: Langauge (Vocabulary), Social Studies (People and Place)

Why we recommend it: Stop and Go! is an engaging app for young children and their parents to use together. Language is abundant as converstations about a variety of vehicles flow between the mom and child narrators of the app. These converstations expand as you talk and explore together with your child while using Stop and Go!.

Get it here, $0.99.* (Available for iPad and iPhone)

 

iLearn with Boing: Savannah Adventures

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 to 6

What it teaches: Math (Operations, Counting, Number Recognition)

Why we recommend it: Savannah Adventures has three games that progress children through learning simple numbers 1 to 5 all the way to counting backwards from 20. Each game increases the difficultly as your child shows proficiency at each level. Monitor your child's learning with the personalized tracking system.

Get it here, $1.99.* (Available as a Universal app in the iTunes App Store)

 

 

Happi Full Throttle

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 and up

What it teaches: Creativity and Community Roles

Why we recommend it: Imaginative role play is an important part of childhood. Happi Full Throttle takes kids on adventures through the screen of the iPad with a variety of familiar vehicles used to accomplish various jobs. This is a great addition to the "things that go" play that's probably already happening in your home.

Get it here, $1.99.* (Currently available for iPad)

 

 

ABC ZooBorns

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 and up

What it teaches: Language (Vocabulary), Science (Investigation and Life Science)

Why we recommend it: The ABC apps by Peapod Labs are delightful for children. The app is organized so kids can search by letter, flip through the pictures like a book or skip from picture to picture from the letters on the bottom spelling each word. The images are delightful and paired with meaningful facts that kids enjoy sharing. Videos and interactivity in the app encourage kids to dig deeper and learn more about each baby animal.

Get it here, $2.99.* (Available as a Universal app in the iTunes App Store)

 

Wee Alphas

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 to 6

What it teaches: Language (Letters and Sounds, Word Play, Vocabulary)

Why we recommend it: Wee Alphas is an early literacy app that gives your child tons of exposure to letters, sounds and language. Each line of the story is incredibly creative. We appreciate language like: twirl, quirky, snapdragons and mighty which engage kids to ask questions and add dynamic descriptors to their language.

Get it here, $2.99.* (Available for iPad)

 

Reading Raven

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 and up

What it teaches: Pre-Reading Skills (Letters and Sounds, Phonics, Sight Words, Letter Writing, Reading)

Why we recommend it: To date, Reading Raven is the most comprehensive pre-reading app in the app store. Parents have tools to customize the app to suit their child's needs. Our kid testers come back to Reading Raven often to play through the variety of levels and collect stickers for their tree house.

Get it here, $2.99 & $3.99.* (Available for iPhone and iPad)

 

 

Montessori Numbers

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 and up

What it teaches: Math (Number Sense, Counting/Reasoning, Number Recognition)

Why we recommend it: The math play in Montessori Numbers is fun for both your 3-year-old and your 13-year-old. Kids can learn numbers 1 to 5 and all the way to 999. Four games in the app help kids make connections between groups of ones, tens and 100s.

Get it here, $2.99.* (Available for iPad)

 

Jewel River

 

 

 

 

Suggested ages: 3 to 5

What it teaches: Math (Counting, Number Recognition, Subitizing)

Why we recommend it: Jewel River is one of the few apps that work children through the process of subitizing (the ability to instantly recognize quantities). 

Get it here, $3.99.* (Available for iPad)

 

*Price as of publication date

See more of Carolina's video reviews in the FREE KinderTown App, available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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