I have two current education app obsessions: 1) early literacy apps that allow for different languages and 2) Montessori based learning apps. I am not a huge fan of flashcards but give me one that offers different languages and I’m yours. I love matching memory games too! I made comments on a few of my most favorite below.
- Montessorium’s Intro to Letters is by far one of the best Montessori apps that exists in cyberspace. The options include tracing lower and upper case letters, identifying letters, tracing double letters (th or oo, for example) and sounding out the letters and letter combinations. The app’s voice is realistic and reads/sounds to you but also gives the opportunity to record. Plain ol’ awesome.
- Duck Duck Moose Fish School and Word Wagon
- Learning Touch First Words
- Night and Day’s Eric Carle My Very First App
- Montessorium’s Intro to Numbers is also one of the best educational apps that exists in cyberspace. The app offers counting, tracing numbers, ordering numbers, ordering blocks, etc. A great hands on tool that helps develop math and fine motor skills.
- Duck Duck Moose’s Park Math and Fish School
- Spinlight Studio’s Tally Tots
- ITot Cards Toddler Flashcards: nice images and offers in a variety of languages. My only issue with the app is thy for Chinese it only offer the Chinese letter spelling and not Pintin or phonetic
- Learning Touch First Words comes in a variety of languages although I’m still waiting for Chinese!
- Little Pim’s Talking Coloring Book and Word Bag: I like the talking coloring book, although there are some functionality issues and the app currently offers a small sample of vocabulary, better than word bag which is essentially a fancy version of flashcards. Little Pim is adorable and kids really take to the character. One thing to note, Word Bag only currently offers French and Spanish.
- Heidy Spurrel’s Chinese for Munchkins has fun illustrations and memory and counting games. Love that the cards show pinyin and Chinese spelling.
- Kundermusik: kids version of Pandora with lyrics and add on activities to boot
- Duck Duck Moose Musical Me and Wheels on the Bus
- Star Walk: This app allows you to point your device to the sky and identifies stars, constellations, etc for you. Enough said.
- ABCya’s Create a Car: The app’s name kind of says it all but I can verify that this app is awesome. Add on some Automoblox into the activity and your child will be a happy learner.
- Green Mountain Digital’s Audubon Society: An app for adults but kids will get a ton of enjoyment out of the animal sounds, birds songs, images, fun facts and more. Your kids will get a kick out of identifying creatures and more with this app. We had a blast listening to bird songs and then hearing the same songs when we were out on walks.
- Drawing Pad gives kids many, many options use their imagination and to create a drawing. Loads of fun and is bound to keep your kid entertained for a good while.
- Clicky Sticky: This app is basically an interactive sticker collection, which, for me, is a gift. Love my kid’s enthusiasm but if I find one more sticker on the bottom of my foot or, oh, I don’t know, on our shower drain, I might have to swear off stickers for life. So, the app is a ton of fun creating scenes, dressing characters and more. .
- PBS Kids: a wonderful educational app filled with loads of stuff for you and your kids.
Other Apps we are excited about but haven’t yet test driven include:
- Critteroos Mix and Match
- The Bilingual ABCs
- Hey, Hey Colorful Sounds
- How Are You Feeling?
Some of these apps, such as the drawing and art apps, are more effective on the iPad.