I don’t know what it’s like in your home home, but in ours I got rid of the TV at the beginning of the year and now just have an iPad. I got rid of the television for a number of reasons, one of which was my 7yo daughter starting to act older than she was and talking permanently with a different accent, an accent she was only ever exposed to on television – and this was from viewing I had allowed, she was never given the remote. The satellite signal was lost during a crazy Christmas storm and I just simply never had it reconnected. I wanted to preserve her innocence for as long as possible in this very fast moving world we live in and I wanted to see what changes if any would be evident. Within a week behavior had changed in the house and my daughter was content to play more and for longer without the ‘draw’ of the television, aka goggle box. To be honest it hasn’t been missed one bit.. best thing I ever did.
Now coming back to the iPad, my daughter does like to play on it and I can understand why! I would have been just as amazed if I had the use of an iPad was when I was a child. It’s of course vital for us to set ground rules such as time limits but it’s great that parent are in control of what apps are download for the kids to play….. unless you give them your password!!! Ya right!!
There is no shortage of apps available for preschool, kindergarten and elementary aged children… the choice is overwhelming and recommendations are what I go by, with a mix of educational and entertainment apps. We’ve downloaded the free ones, some of which are good and not too overburdened with ads and prompts to buy tokens to move to the next level. The choice to download those is an easy one as they can be quickly deleted if they are rubbish, but what of the paid ones?…. it’s nice to know if they are going to be good ‘before’ we fork out the $2-$5 to buy.
So to help your choose to buy or bot to buy I’ve rounded up 24 of the best apps for kids for you here on KAB – all Parent Recommended – to help make your decision to download all the easier.
Presto Bingo Colors! (Educational)
Educational app for preschool kids age 4+
This app received the most recommendations of all – a fantastic simple app for teaching little ones their colors. Basic colors like red, yellow and blue are mastered first, but then kids can move to intermediate colors like magenta, gold and turquoise. Finally, in the advanced mode they can tackle crimson, ochre, cobalt and many more – over 80 colors in all!
Presto Bingo Shapes (Educational)
A very cute puzzle and counting game for preschool to kindergarten kids – 16 beautiful puzzles that challenge young children to find circles, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, semicircles, squares, triangles, trapezoids and triangle shapes within colorful, cheerful, modern illustrations. A perfect introduction to geometry.
Compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Toca Band (Entertainment)
I think this is my favorite of the Toca apps. In Toca Band your kids can mix beats and sounds to make their own hit song in a fun fun way. The little band characters are deliciously creative – I just love the Opera singer… she reminds me of myself!!
Toca Hair Salon (Entertainment)
A sure fire hit entertainment app for kids age 4+. They will love to cut, curl, color and style with oodles of tools and accessories. They bring out special editions every now and then, make sure to watch out for the Christmas edition so your kids can spruce up Santa himself before the big night.
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (Educational)
This one was my daughter’s favorite apps when she was age 3-4yrs. The cute little monkey and sounds kept her engaged as she went through the activities designed to teach her about colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching and differences. I can absolutely recommend.
Don’t Let The Pigeon… (Educational)
If you are a fan of the great Mo Willems this interactive storybook app is a must. This is a quirky little app which offers kids the chance to co-author a version of a story with Mo! He also reached kids how to draw the Pigeon and his special shape ‘the circ-angle’. There are three levels of involvement for different ages and reading abilities. Gotta love the Pigeon!! Gotta love this app!! Suitable for kids age 4+
Faces iMake – Right Brain Creativity (Educational)
A modern day take on Mr Potato Head this app is a fantastic art app that encourages children to use their imagination! This app is much more than just a fun and addictive interface for creating collages using pictures of everyday objects, it is an intuitive tool for children with disabilities, and a powerful tool for expanding children’s visual awareness and associations. See everything objects in new ways! It says it is made for kids age 5 and under but my 8yo still loves making whimsical art with it.
Make Me Smile (Entertainment)
Even cute, cuddly and colorful monsters feel a little blue sometimes. In this delightful little app toddlers and preschoolers get to cheer the monsters up. The app teaches children to “not to be afraid of an angry monster” and “to have compassion to a scared or sad one.”
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