Kids Use iPad Apps for Learning and Fun
It’s a daily ritual for this family to make sure all the iPads are charged, so the kids can enjoy them the next day. They get access either during their free time after schoolwork for homeschooling is done, or as part of their homeschooling when it is an educational app on the iPad or a learning game they want to play. I allow a large variety of apps included in their daily routine to sharpen their skills in reading, spelling, math, science, geography, art, music, Bible, history and learning to speak Spanish.
Often times though, the kids learn just as much in the way of new skills such as public speaking, creating stories with script writing, and drama by playing apps and games that incorporate the microphone and camera functions of the iPad. They love to be actors and actresses in their own little plays or movies and will many times include each other as part of the show! I love to see this type of cooperation, creativity and interaction with my kids! They’ve even pulled me into a few of the video creations and story albums they’ve made over time. It’s all lots of fun!
Below, I’ve listed a brief explanation beside each of five fun and potentially educational apps. These are apps that my kids specifically wanted me to share with you today because they are some of their top favorite iPad apps to play!
5 Great iPad Apps for Kids
Here are 5 great apps I believe your family would benefit from trying out today!
- Action Movie FX (FREE! However, we love the Star Wars version which gives you one free and then it’s very cheap to buy extra effects! Love the results! Kids become the stars of their own movie and you’ll see their acting and posing talents blossom before your eyes!)
- Neko Atsume Kitty Collector (FREE) This adorable app gives your child the opportunity to set out food and toys to attract stray kittens to come and play or eat in your backyard. You can also earn an expansion to have the kitties come inside your home with the free fishes (money in the game). You can take pics of your kitties and put them in albums. You can collect gifts from the kittens too that allow you to get more toys and food, or the home expansion if you hadn’t earned it yet.
- Super Why Phonics Fair (Purchased in a bundle, but also sold separately) In this app, there is a multitude of attractions or rides the child can go to. Each attraction assists in helping the child learn Phonics concepts and they earn virtual rewards or sticker prizes. Great for PreK to early elementary age.
- Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (FREE) Great for early elementary age and up. There are Light side and Dark side battles your child can participate in. You get data cards that unlock new characters from the Star Wars movies to play with. It depends which character you choose as to what type of battle you have. You can choose which move you want to use or the weapon/skill you use in battle to defeat the enemies.
- Disney Dream Treats (FREE) This is a matching game app that allows you to create your own personalized characters using the camera or pics you already have in your photo album. Disney characters like Ariel from the Little Mermaid host the games and you match up a variety of treats trying to get three or more in a row in order to earn points to reach your goal. It includes bonuses and other incentives to raise your score. It is not a timed game so this makes it less stressful for kids and more enjoyable. When you earn 3 out of 3 stars for every 5 or so levels, it unlocks coins to help you purchase free costumes for your personalized characters. My kids love that part! It dresses up your child’s character like a Disney tourist with Mickey Ears hats in different styles, the green Aliens from Toy Story, Ariel, Jack Skellington, and others.
Looking forward to hearing about more great kids apps? Stay tuned for more App posts about Our Top Picks for Preschoolers, Homeschooling Friendly Apps, Free Apps and Games for Kids and more!
Do you have a favorite app or game for the iPad that you’d like to share with the audience here at Love2EncourageYou? Please leave a comment and tell us about your best suggestion for iPad apps for kids or education. I’ll be happy to reply. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions.