Published on February 20, 2014
20 APPS FOR KIDS IN 20 MINUTES Melissa Brisbin Cherry Hill Public Library
Question: What is an app? Answer: A self-contained program or a piece of software designed to fulfill a particular purpose; an application, esp. as downloaded by a user to a mobile device. Image Credit: http://cameratradersltd.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/kidsapps.png
iTrace •Designed for ages 3-7 Practice handwriting, letter identification, and spelling Users learn upper case and lower case letters, numbers, words, and how to write names Print out work sheets Featured in the App Store as one of the best new apps for education Users can earn over 600+ rewards Supports multi-players Information and Image Credits: http://itraceapp.com/ $3.99
AlphaTots $1.99 •Ages 4 and up 2012 Parents’ Choice Award/Common Sense Media 2013 ON for Learning Award Uses 26 action verbs to teach kids the alphabet Geared to a younger audience with sing-a-long songs and easy navigation Audio-visual cues to promote associations between sounds and words Informational and Image Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alphatots/id436142340?mt=8
Speech with Milo: Verbs $2.99 •Ages 4 and up Used in therapy for children with special needs, such as: Autism / Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, cognitive delays, speech and language delays* Verb is spoken and then Milo depicts action (feature can be turned on/off) Listen to verbs used in a sentence Other editions: Sequencing Informational and Image Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-with-miloverbs/id405441288?mt=8
Kids’ Reading (Preschool) Free •Ages 4 and up Children learn to blend sounds into words, form and read simple (3/4 letters) words Prior knowledge on the sounds of all letters in the alphabet needed Other options: Kids ABC Letters teaches letters Kids ABC Phonics teaches sounds Kids ABC Trains teaches letters and phonics
Kid Weather $1.99 •Ages 4 and up Use real-time weather conditions and forecasts to learn about meteorology Includes math and science along with S.T.E.M for greater understanding Trivia: fun facts, safety tips, and extreme rather reports. Learn a new fact for each day of the year Fahrenheit to Celsius calculator Graph daily weather: Elements of S.T.E.M. graphing Informational and Image Credits: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.justinweather.kidweather
Alien Buddies-Preschool Learning Activities $1.99 •Ages 3-7 2012 Parents’ Choice Award Teaches: MATCHING: color, shape, letter and number recognition (audio and visual modes) PUZZLE: problem solving, shape recognition DOT TO DOT: sequential counting, fine motor skills STICKERS: creative free play, fine motor skills (over 40 stickers and 8 landscapes
Count TV $1.99 • Teaches how to touch the screen and count with the Count, Ernie, Cookie Monster, and more Uses IDEO: Human-centered design and innovation firm ranked independently among the 10 most innovative companies in the world* Teaches decision making, number recognition, and counting Informational & Image Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/counttv/id369229779?mt=8
DragonBox Algebra 5+ $5.99 •Ages 5 and Up (Also, 12 and up version) Gold Medal: 2012 International Serious Play Awards/Best Educational Game: 2012 Fun and Serious Games Festival/Best Serious Mobile Game: 2012 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge/App of the Year/GullTasten 2012/Children’s App of the Year:GullTasten 2012/Best Serious Game:9th International Mobile Gaming Awards (2012 IMGA)/2013 ON for Learning Award:Common Sense Media 10 progressive chapters, with graphics and music Also, great for parents looking to improve algebra skills Covers basic algebraic concepts: Addition Multiplication Division
Move the Turtle $2.99 •Ages 5 and up Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award Teaches children the basics of coding with a colorful, graphic interface Builds skills: Reuses previous work, plan complex activities by layering simple elements Use sound, graphics and spatial orientation Children learn loops,variables, procedures and conditions used in various programming Informational and Image Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/move-turtle.-programmingfor/id509013878?mt=8
iTouchLearn Life Skills: Morning Routines for Kids Free/Paid •Ages 4 and up Each routine must be completed before moving to the next routine. Players receive an award for completed tasks Reinforces life skills Includes music, play to speech therapy, verbal directions and modeling for children with speech needs Pattern activities ideal for children with special needs
ABC Music $2.99 •Ages 3 and up English, Spanish or Dual modes Teaches ABCs and musical instruments: piano, violin, etc Visual, video, interactive touch content, musical sounds Introductory musical vocabulary 100+ videos
Shape Builder—Preschool Learning Puzzle Game $0.99 •Ages 3-6 Total of 173 puzzles! 30 Music instruments with sound effects 21 Fruits & Vegetables 45 Animals - awesome sound effects! 26 Letters - speech therapist sounds out each letter in a fun way* etc 5-10 pieces in each puzzle with sound effects Build fine motor skills & cognitive thinking
Kid Art for iPad $0.99 • Ages 3 and up Draw and create with 10 various colors 20 different backgrounds and 3 themes: Under the Sea, At School, and Animals Share creations to your camera, add to texts, emails, etc Informational and Image Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kid-art-foripad/id364820354?mt=8 Coming Soon!
•Ages 6-10 This Is My Body - Anatomy For Kids $1.99 Designed by Drs, educators and parents Reviews various systems: nervous, digestive, skeletal, muscular, nervous, etc Text is spoken
Bobo Explores Light $4.99 •Ages 4-12 One if the Best Kids Apps of 2011 by USA Today & New York Times/2012 Apple Design Award 100+ interactive pages about various sources and applications of light Video, articles, trivia, animations, and touch screen tools 21 topics: Lasers, sunlight, photosynthesis, colors, bioluminescence, etc Informational and Image Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bobo-exploreslight/id463809859
Toy Story Read-Along • Choose read-along mode to have story read aloud or record your voice to read to your child • Includes animations and surprises on each page • Color/paint pages • Sing along with Toy Story songs Image and Informational Credits: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toy-story-read-along/id364376920?mt=8
Three Little Pigs Lite FREE • Ages 3 and up Parents/children record voice to tell story Additional purchases within app Informational and Image Credit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/three-little-pigs-liteby/id485518740?mt=8
Chatterpix Kids-Free •Designed for ages 4 and up Animate pictures: Take a photo, draw a mouth, recorded a voice Share creations with friends and family Create interesting book reports or greeting cards
Pickle's Paper Dolls Lite Build a Train Lite Queca Dress Up Paper Dolls Kids ABC Trains Game Lite
AniMatch $0.99 •Ages 3 and up Practice memory by 31 matching animals NYT mentioned apps as a good choice for kids when traveling Also, try: Memory for Android
Duolingo Free • Apple’s App of the Year 2013! • Learn Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, and Portuguese
Zinio FREE • Borrow digital magazines with your library card • OWL, Girl’s Life, Seventeen • Titles never expire • Read on your mobile device or PC
OverDrive FREE • Check out 8 titles at a time (Any combo of audiobook & eBook) • Sort by age range • Return items early • Renew titles
BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. Gudmundsen, Jinny. USA Today. “Snazzy science apps explain the unknown to kids.” Retrieved on 01/21/14: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/17/scienceapps-kids/3498581/
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