This weekend’s list is a round-up of some educational iOS apps I’ve found for your preschooler/kindergartener.
I introduced Carlo to the ABC’s and numbers using the Montessori way. (I am a product of the Montessori method of learning.) This app is a fun and interactive way for your preschooler to learn how to count and write numbers from 0 to 9. The different scenes for each number have little surprises for your child to discover. For instance, the portholes on the ship (on the scene for the number 5) each play a different note. (Target age: 3+)
Avokiddo is one of my favorite app developers. They’re the creators of Thinkrolls & Thinkrolls 2, which I’ve blogged about before. This ABC app they created is an alphabet adventure where your child learns about each letter through creative puzzles they must solve. For instance, he will need to pick the right egg to crack so that the “E” will hatch. (Target age: 2+)
I learned about this app because I previously downloaded an app they created to teach car-crazy kids all about the inner workings of a car: This is My Car. So when I began teaching Carlo about why he needed to wear a thick coat, mittens, and boots during the winter, or why there are four seasons, this app came in very handy.
Our weather here in Canada is very, very unpredictable. We once had snow all the way into April; and one winter, we had an ice storm wherein everything outside was a frozen wonderland straight out of Narnia. Now, because of the app, talking to Carlo about the weather has been lots of fun. Plus, Carlo can actually understand the meteorologists whenever we watch The Weather Network. Hahaha. (Target age: 4+)
If your child has learned his ABC’s and his numbers, this app has over 20 games to help him master those basic skills in an engaging way. I downloaded their other apps in this bundle for Carlo; but this one (Bug Mazing) is the app he has been playing with the most these days. (Target age: 3+)
5. DialSafe Pro
I found this app by accident! Turns out it was developed by the same guys as Bug Mazing! And since Carlo will be going to start school in a few weeks, I couldn’t have found it at a better time as I’ve been teaching him to memorize our phone numbers so that he knows how to call me or Charlie when it’s important or how to dial 9-1-1 when there’s an emergency.
I love this app because it allows you to program your own, actual phone numbers so that your child can learn them. You can even pre-record a message so when your child gets the telephone number sequence right, the “phone” will ring and he’ll hear that message. How neat is that?! The app also teaches about phone safety (that is, why it’s important not to give personal information to strangers). And best of all, DialSafe Pro is FREE on the App Store. (Target age: 4+)