Sunday, November 3, 2013

Top Free Educational Apps for iPad

My oldest loves playing the iPad. It's a good way to get her to calm down before bed. We have quite a few apps for the girls, and over time, I have compiled a list that are not only good for an older child, but a toddler as well.

Top FREE Educational Apps for iPad

Lazoo ZOO
It’s snack time at the zoo, and everybody’s hungry. Of course this is no ordinary zoo, it's Lazoo Zoo, filled with giraffes whose spots magically change depending on what they're fed, an ape who sprouts new hairstyles when he's overfed and a finicky lion who tells you what he feels like eating. Just like at the real zoo, have fun feeding the animals using the handy dandy food dispenser. And if you don't see the food you want in the dispenser, simply draw something new or look for hidden foods. 

Alphabetical Order
ABC Order is for children learning the alphabet. Practice putting the letter blocks into alphabetical order with the following options: - Letter names - Letter sounds 
- Uppercase - Lowercase. There are also three bonus activities!

Learn With Homer
Learn with Homer is designed by literacy experts for children ages 3–6. The program is based on the best scientific research on how children learn. Our award-winning program covers: phonemic awareness, phonological processing, phonics for reading and spelling, fluency, and comprehension.

Farm Animals Digital Activity Pack
Think of it as a farm animal-themed academic amusement park, where practice, assessment, standards, competition, reinforcement, and even collecting are blended together into a single unforgettable experience that brings EXHILARATION back into learning.

ABC Genius 
ABC Genius comes with many interactive games and activities that are great for kids of all ages. Whether you have a toddler or a kids starting kindergarten, they will know their ABC in no time with ABC Genius.

Math Racer
Wish your child spent hours doing math instead of playing mindless games? Math Racer features a StoryBots character personalized with your child’s face, racing other StoryBots for the title of Math Champion. It’s so much fun your kids won’t even realize how much they’re learning! 

Animals will get your child ready for school with these fun life sciences learning games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten! Bruce, Rhonda and Wendell – the lovely characters from the Mighty Jungle show broadcast on Sprout and the Disney Channel – are hiding in the Jungle. Your child has to help Babu the Meerkat seek his friends by matching the clues to the animals they meet on their way! A fun treasure hunt instilled that combines fun with serious learning.

Toddlers and preschool kids Pairs matching learning games 2
This game is the second game in our Pairs matching series. Like the previous game in the series it is based on pairs matching, but it introduces more challenging concepts such as logical groups, counting, numbers, and associations. In most cases this game requires the child to understand WHAT he sees in order to make the correct match as opposed to visual similarity.

PixieDust brings the classic magic drawing board to the iPad with many magical options and surprises! Suitable for boys and girls of all ages. In PixieDust little artists can expect unique magical stamps, patterns and lines from very different themes, a variety of wallpapers and coloring pages, a wide range of brushes and crayons in different colors and line thicknesses, and more. PixieDust supports the creativity and skill of your child and gives them their own free space to create a colorful world to share in all colors with you.

Grade 1 Math: First Step Zoo Picnic
First Step Grade 1 Math is a unique app combining comprehensive learning with high quality entertainment and fun for children ages 4 to 8 years. The app has a captivating Zoo Picnic theme that keeps children engaged and motivated while learning new skills. Children answer math questions to earn coins that they can use to add more animals to the zoo and to buy picnic items. Dinah, the dinosaur is the zoo guide who helps children navigate through the zoo and the math questions. Children can take a break and visit the interactive zoo where they learn quick facts about the animals. The app contains kid friendly rich graphics, animations, voices, and intuitive click, drag and drop type question templates that are easy for children to follow without parent or teacher supervision. The app is aligned to common core standards and with over 900 questions focused on developing core math skills in five areas: 1). Counting, 2). Addition, 3). Subtraction, 4). Geometry, and 5). Time.
Hurry, take advantage of the introductory discount pricing for a limited time only.

Toca Hair Salon
Toca Boca is a game studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all - we do it in a safe way without third-party advertising or in-app purchases.

Grandpa's Workshop
This dancing Grandpa and his whacky tools are ready for fun projects in the workshop! Created by the makers of the wildly popular "Grandma's Garden", Grandpa's Workshop includes seven action-packed mini-games loaded with educational content for kids ages 2-6. Plus, your kids will get to choose parts to build their own colorful clubhouse and watch educational videos of real tools in action! 26 A-Z Music Videos
These original music videos help children learn and remember the names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet, and also help develop their oral vocabulary. Additionally, every letter song is produced and arranged in a different musical style, so children are introduced to a wide variety of musical genres.
With 26 songs filled with educational and musical fun, this app will keep your children engaged while learning!

Note: Rankings are updated several times a day, and are based on the number of downloads at the Apple App Store. Apps status changes (such as an App moving from Paid to Free) could result in a temporary glitch that will be automatically corrected. Apps prices are set by developers, and are subject to change without notice.

What are your favorite apps for your kiddos?

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