Tablets tend to be impressive teaching devices, as I have mentioned at great extent in other online articles. So, having established that, what apps are the most effective for teaching the basic topics and encouraging literacy and numeracy in small ones?
For £1.99 is ‘Herd Absurd’, that is an application that mixes and matches characters and their attributes, of this app, Guardian.co.uk stated,
“Herd Absurd! is a characterful take on those children’s books where you flip sections of the page to put different heads, bodies and legs of characters together. Here, it’s animals that your kids will be mixing and matching, with suitably cheeky animations making them smile along the way”.
Herd Absurd is best performed together with your son or daughter, sort of a book or a game (of which it is a mixture). Also available for £1.99, ‘The Land of Me’ is one more enjoyable game that doubles as a learning experience; this one introduces kids to ‘Shape, Size and Colour’ (as the subtitle suggests). The Guardian said of this one that,
“British startup Made In Me has been exploring interactive children’s fiction with its The Land of Me apps, scooping a BAFTA nomination in the process. This latest example focuses on, yes, shapes, sizes and colours as kids create monsters, animals and vehicles”.
A little bit less costly at £1.49 and perhaps, a small bit more literate is a app ‘Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek’. This one is more like a digital paperback, but with interactive basics. The exact same guys who designed the Dr. Seuss apps make this one. As outlined by the Guardian’s Top thirty list,
“It’s a digital version of a book starring five cheeky monkeys trying to get out of bedtime by playing games. Expect rhyming text, lots of chances to practise counting, and a mixture of voice narration and word highlighting to help young readers”.
For our acquaintances across the pond, ‘Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride’ is a kid-friendly application that teaches Us history in fun, participating, bitesize chunks. According to Teach Thought.com, the makers are ones to keep an eye on.
“Cognitive Kid is one of those companies that will go down in history as being one of the first to develop outstanding learning content, where discovery is the model & play is the focus, where students love it as much as the teachers and every school considers it a must have! Let us share some feedback from the students during round one. When kids were asked to respond why they thought it was a good way to learn, the responses were plain and simple. “Because it teaches important history stuff in a fun to play way.” Or, the let me get right to the point comment, “Made boring history fun.””
Teach Thought also highlights ‘Eye Paint Animals’ as being an app which is fun, educational and highly imaginative. Within ths app, the kid’s imagination is in the fore, but you can find educational elements as well. From the developers, Curious Hat, Teach Thought said that,
“They strive to design tools for children that encourage discovery play and foster creativity, they succeed spectacularly. Curious Hat has taken the iOS user experience to a whole n’other level. Luca states, “Our apps are not games, they are discovery tools aimed at energizing kids to play, create, invent, explore and learn in enjoyable ways without the limitations of set parameters.””
So there you go, a pleasant catalog of reasonably priced, educational apps for iOS. I hope this will help.