Lots of children will be receiving tablets under the Christmas Tree this year, and if I can give a bit of advice to the parents – preload them with apps and eBooks or your morning will be spent doing just that! This year I have had the opportunity to test and review a bunch of different apps and ebooks – most all of which Midge has loved. (Some even The Teen loved…) All of them *I* loved because they were fun and educational. Talk about a win-win.
Midge LOVES to help me cook. I think she is her happiest in the kitchen. (I am learning to be the same way) Grandma’s Kitchen is an adorable app that lets you bake and decorate – but also has learning tools built in. Learn math by measuring and sorting ingredients. Learn literacy spelling out recipes.
This app has been fun for all of us! Remember the “I Spy” books? This is similar to that in that you search for objects inside images. Midge and The Teen have loved this one – in fact The Teen even downloaded it to her iPhone. There is even a puzzle section where you fit the pieces together… let’s just say it is harder than I thought it would be…
For a free app, this one sure packs a lot of punch… and fun! There are 50 shape puzzles that all require some critical thinking to figure out. Plus my favorite part is they have help tutorials that explain shapes and why they are what they are, angles, and more! The Teen is taking geometry in high school… and even she enjoys playing this app with Midge.
I remember spending hours looking through National Geographic Books as a kid. The pictures alone would keep me mesmerized. This app does the same thing – but with a twist. Jam packed with crazy facts (and some that are just down right gross) this app has kept my girls laughing and “ewwwwing” for hours. Plus there has been some fun “Jerry McGuire Moments” at the dinner table… the human head weighs eight pounds…
Who can resist the cuteness of VeggieTales? Yes this app may be a bit juvenile – more for kids 3-5 years old – but Midge loves anything with Bob and Larry. Plus each letter has a story – so it is really a fun read even though she already knows her alphabet well.
The last few years we have had a garden – the first year in the ground (translations: the squirrels and raccoon ate well) and this year in beautiful planter boxes that my father in law made. However… I still have a bit of a black thumb and Mike and Midge do most of the gardening. This Dr Seuss app teaches all about plants – from basic photosynthesis, to pollination, and seed dispersal – all in a fun, interactive way… maybe *I* need to read this one.
Ok this one *I* liked because it was so realistic. I think thats what I love so much about the Berenstain Bears. Everything from spilling the milk to deciding what to order – this is exactly what going out to eat was like when the girls were little. The eBook also has fun interactive options like tappable words and objects.
Little Critter The Lost Dinosaur Bone
When the Dinosaur Exhibit came to the Civic Center a few years ago – Midge begged to go. She absolutely loves dinosaurs. So I knew when I saw this one in the app store, it would be a win. Little Critter The Los Dinosaur Bone is a great story about a field trip to the dinosaur museum. Full of cool facts about dinosaurs, Midge has memorized this one almost word for word.
First of all, if you have not seen the movie Frozen yet – you need to. It’s truly one of the best Disney movies ever. The Frozen Storybook Deluxe App just keeps the magic going with stories, games, puzzles, art projects, and clips from the movie. I can’t get enough Olaf – cutest character ever.
Whether you are wrapping a new tablet to go under the tree, gearing up for a long car ride, or just looking for some new fun apps for the kids, you will love all of these. These are our favorites and are sure to keep your kiddos happily playing – and learning!! – on their tablets for hours and hours.
What are your kids favorites?
Disclosure: Some of the apps above I received free of charge for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.