The Best Educational Applications for Kids

Let’s face it, kids nowadays are as tech savvy as any tenured office employee. You’ll have to admit that on your trips to the mall, you’ve seen kids aged 5 to 12 playing with a PSP, an iPad or a tablet. Times like these make me wonder if kids are growing too fast or if I’m just getting too old. Well, whatever. With the rise of technological advancements and gadgets, kids rarely get out of the house or let go of these devices. So here are a list of educational applications that are best suited for kids with the iconic Apple iPad.

Having grown up with Disney, “Toy Story” would be the ultimate classic animated film. Thanks to the brilliant minds behind the film, there is an application available on the iPad for free. Apart from teaching kids the catchy tune of “You’ve got a friend in Me”, the “Toy Story” app offers fun an interactive storybook activities sure to keep preschool to grad 1 kids entertained.

When it comes to math, sometimes it isn’t all fun and games. However, for kids having a hard time with math and numbers (like yours truly), I’d suggest the Jungle Coins app available for $0.99 on the iPad. This application basically teaches kids in kindergarten to grade 4 all there is to currency through finding coins, comparing coins, counting money and counting the correct change. The downside for this app would probably be that it only comes in the Canadian currency.

Next category would be Science and the best applications under this would be the 8 Planets and Leafsnap app. The 8 Planets app basically teaches kids in preschool to grade 1 all there is to planets while the Leafsnap app teaches kids of all ages all there is to know about plants simply by taking a picture of leaves.

For budding artists in kids, Draw Something may be the best app so far but a “little” version called Doodle Buddy would be another incredible app. It comes with a variety of tools such as chalk, stencils, stamps, paint and photographs enough to keep your future Picasso busy.

Last but not the least is a recent app launched May 21 created solely by Filipinos. Maddie & Matt’s A to Z’s of Good Manners and Values created by AppLabs Digital Studios and Kid Apps Inc is the perfect companion of kids with the iPad at hand. This app not only has fun and interactive games enough to keep them busy but teaches them all the basics of “please, thank you” and more. The best part, it’s free and there are a few more additions in the works.

Got a kid or a pesky little one in the family? Then these apps are your best bet to keep them busy plus the Maddie & Matt app is enough to teach them all they need to know.

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12 comments

  1. milkybunnie · June 29, 2012

    nice article:) concise yet informative!:)

  2. littlemunchters · June 29, 2012

    I love how this article subtly promotes our companies.

  3. bloggerizta · June 29, 2012

    Makes me wanna try some of the featured apps here. Great job! πŸ™‚ I’m just wondering if the song title featured in your 2nd paragraph should be in title case instead of writing it as β€œYou’ve got a friend in Me”. Also, the second to the last paragraph needs a little bit of improvement. Anyhoo, this is still a great post. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  4. Snippy Snips · June 29, 2012

    The personal bits gave a nice touch to your post. πŸ™‚

  5. daintydreamer · June 29, 2012

    Nice one! I love the idea of listing the best educational apps to introduce Maddie and Matt’s! I also like the conversational tone which is very fun and exciting. πŸ™‚

  6. Sarah DeBellis · July 1, 2012

    The Jungle Coins App is actually really good and they’ve just done an update so that you can have individual profiles. It has currency for 16 countries that install with it, but you have to buy Canadian coins as an in-app purchase because of a licensing agreement with the Canadian Mint. I reviewed it a few months ago and it has been updated since. And yes, the toy story App is fantastic. You should also check out Loud Crow interactive books, Blue Quoll books, Toca Boca Apps and any interactive book by Wheelbarrow.

    • Shiol.Devincross · July 1, 2012

      hi sarah! πŸ™‚ thanks for the heads up about the update on jungle coins app. Will include that info on the next blog posts. Blogging about interactive books also seems interesting. Thanks again for the input! πŸ™‚

  7. rock in prevention · July 2, 2012

    I am now not certain where you are getting your info, however good topic. I needs to spend a while learning more or figuring out more. Thank you for wonderful information I was searching for this info for my mission.

    • Shiol.Devincross · July 5, 2012

      Oh, I searched them up on Google, a few of these apps are actually being played by my nephews and nieces. You could say that I just “deemed” some of them as the best. πŸ™‚

  8. best tablet for the money · July 2, 2012

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find
    this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am
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    • Shiol.Devincross · July 5, 2012

      Is it that complicated? Oh, uhm, please do tell me which parts need attention so I could work on them. Thank You. πŸ™‚

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