Montessori Crosswords is an educational iPhone and iPad app that introduces new readers to the pleasures of crossword puzzles.
Feels like playing, but it’s really a tool for teaching preschool aged kids to read and spell.
Why we like it:
There’s no way to get stuck on these puzzles. First you choose the level that suits your child best. Then the app speaks the words aloud as it builds the puzzle. Touch the word clue image to hear it repeated. Still stuck? Touch the question mark next to the pictorial word list to see how a word is spelled.
(This isn’t really a fair complaint to make, since this app is designed for very young children, but I couldn’t help wishing there were some options for slightly harder puzzles so older kids could enjoy this app too.)
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We tested version 2.0.1, which is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires IOS 3.1 or later. Developer L’Escapadou. Read our disclosure policy.