Teachers With Apps has highlighted some TERRIFIC APPS for anyone with an iPad and a youngster. These apps cover a variety of different skills and all are engaging, entertaining, and extremely educational! You’ll find these apps are appropriate for a wide range of interests and abilities – the levels span from toddler to preschool to the early elementary grades. Check Them Out!
Felt board, by Software Smoothie, is an app that brings us back to much simpler times via a virtual felt board. Unlike traditional felt boards, this digital version offers many opportunities for customization due to its large selection of characters, props, and backgrounds. Having all conceivable options covered, this app excels at fostering creativity, promotes storytelling, and brings imaginative play back to the forefront as its main purpose. With all that going for it, Felt board is a must have for any iPad being used by the younger set.
Ready to Print, by Essare LLC, was created by Diane Reid, an Occupational Therapist with over twenty years of experience. Her extensive experience has been brought to this app and is demonstrated in every feature and activity throughout. It is a tool for parents, therapists, and educators to help teach pre-writing skills to children.
Little Bee’s ABC, by LisbonLabs, is yet another ABC app to hit the shelves. This one stands out among the rest as it has unique stylized appeal, and there are abundant options that will help teach the alphabet through a variety of engaging and highly motivating activities. This app is not just full-featured, it is enormously fun as well. This app teaches the ABC’s in a way that actually puts things into context with a series of activities customized and tailored to each individual letter.
Montessori Letter Sounds HD, by Les Trois Elles Interactive, upon opening Letter Sounds, the colorful menu prompts a child to put their name in the book. The child can also add a picture. Even for this opening screen, the consonants and vowels are different colors, helping children know right from the start, there are two types of letters. The cute child characters of Tam and Tao help them along their journey. This learning app is set up in a sequential manner. So many marbles need to be earned in order to unlock the next level. This helps assure that the child has mastered a lower skill before guessing at higher skills.
Pip and Posy: Fun and Games, by Nosy Crow, is an activity book chock full of entertaining play for the younger set and will not disappoint. Everything this developer touches is golden, and that includes this charming rendition of classic kids games. There are puzzles, match-ups, spot the difference, and coloring pages, all featuring the two delightful buddies from the storybooks, Pip and Posy.
Press Here, by Chronicle Books, is a new release inspired by the International bestselling picture book by Hervé Tullet. This app is like the piped piper, as it mesmerizes children into following polka-dots all around the iPad. The blue, yellow, and red dots dance, connect, morph, shrink, spin, disappear, and just as quickly reappear. All the while, delightful sound effects, and music hypnotize players into a feeling of relaxed bliss. This very open-ended app has no format, each game slides into the next without ever displaying a definitive conclusion.
Meaurement HD, by Emantras’ Punflay – This app comes with five activities that each teach a different measurement concept:
Crazy Clock, Scale Tale, Fill Me Up, Long & Short and Action Months. In a nutshell, early learners are introduced to the basic concepts of measurement such as weight, volume, and length, set in an utterly cute learning environment. Measurement HD definitely keeps a child’s attention with its bright and cheerful graphics and fun activities.