How often do you find yourself passing your iPhone to your child in an attempt to appease him while you are waiting in a line or trying to get something done? It’s amazing how technologically adept children are, so it’s likely your child is capable of playing just about any game that you have downloaded to your phone. Rather than let him monkey around with Angry Birds all the time, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a stash of educational apps geared towards children? Here are a few of my favorites.
Based on the popular PBS program, this app helps your child with letter recognition, phonics, rhyming, reading and spelling. Pricey, at $2.99, it’s the most expensive app on my list, but if your child is a fan of the television program, this just may be worth the price tag.
Do you have a budding Van Gough in your family? This is a fun, free app and one of the best doodling platforms I’ve used. Kids love shaking the iPhone to erase and if you want to avoid the ad’s, you can upgrade to the paid version for $.99.
I love this app. A picture is shown of a ball, for example. Shown beneath the picture, is (_all). You child must choose from 4 letter options to fill in the blank and complete the word. This is a perfect app for later year preschoolers and kindergartners. Price: $.99
This is a great way for children to practice their math facts. Bingo is won only when correctly completing enough math facts to have five virtual chips in a row. Even I find this game entertaining. Price: $.99
If you have a boy who is as wild about cars as mine is, then this app is worth every penny! At $.99, your child will keep busy by picking and choosing from a wide variety of car parts. Once their vehicle is assembled, there is a feature which makes the parts move.
Although most of these apps charge a nominal fee, they are all, in my opinion, worth the cost. If you have young children who enjoy playing on your phone, this will keep these apps will keep them entertained and hopefully teach them a little something; reason enough not to feel guilty about handing over your phone.