Often children’s applications described as educational simply are not. Talking cats or bubble popping games, aside from hand-eye coordination skills and annoying mom with obnoxious noises are simply NOT educational!
So? What are the best EDUCATIONAL smart phone or tablet apps?
I took a big zoom around the best Android and iPad App Reviews from Famigo.com and downloaded an iPad full of highly rated games and apps for educational skills. I also located many Android apps for the on-the-go time with younger kids, like when stuck in car pool, or waiting at a restaurant.
Many of these are free apps (according to Famigo 88% of families download free apps) but several are paid, and prices are listed.
- Simple early learning skills for toddlers:
- Pre-School Skills, learning letters and numbers:
123s ABCs Handwriting set
Android, FREE —Easy, educational and includes numbers, letters and shapes to trace and draw.
- Early Math Skills:
i Learn with Poko: Counting & Addition
Apple, $1.99 —“Kids are taught the basics of addition through activities such as bowling, playing in a sandbox and cleaning up. The narration is pleasant and the tasks are engaging enough to keep kids learning and entertained for a long time. A really stellar educational app, excellent for learning and reinforcing the basics of addition.”—Famigo Review Team
Apple, $1.99—Simple graphics and simple math skills: sorting, counting, easy addition/subtraction. A little kid can sit with a grown up or completely on their own using this app. The graphics are fun without being overwhelming.
Phonics and Early Reading:
Apple, $1.99-$3.99 —You can’t beat Bob Books for teaching early reading! I was excited to see them available for iPad. The familiar Dot, Mat and Cat characters are all still there and the drag and drop function makes learning simple words fun and even addictive.
Apple, $0.99—Customize for different children, math and reading. Tara, of FeelsLikeHomeblog.com, turned me on to this app, and THANKS! We love it.
Apple, FREE—This app isn’t completely for younger kids, but the rhyming portion of the app worked really well for my pre-schooler, and the competitive part engages older kids WITH the younger kid, MOM loves that!
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