Who says iPhone and iPad games for kids have to be a mindless waste of time? Not us. Here are some of our favorite educational apps for kids:
A fun and funny educational app with colors, letters, and numbers for the preschool set. There are some simple written instructions, but games are intuitive enough for the pre-reading crowd. And silly enough. And fun enough.
Why weren’t flashcards this fun when we were kids? Match pairs of floating bubbles such as “7×8″ and “56″ in timed and untimed modes to sharpen elementary school level arithmetic skills.
Exactly like Boggle, but a solitaire version without all that earsplitting shaking of the letter cubes and the annoying upside letters.
You trace the words with your fingertip by sliding it over them sequentially. So, for example, if you want to make T-O-P then T-O-P-S then T-O-P-S-Y, you just pause before adding the next letter. Cool!
It’s never too early for gravity, friction, acceleration, and energy. A word of warning: this educational app is not for the easily frustrated.
A fun, vocabulary-building word search game for all ages with great sound effects and graphics and enough options and challenges to keep it fresh for wordsmiths of all ages.
A fun, sweet alphabet app that will have young kids wanting to go from A-Z over and over and over again.
An endearing educational counting and cooking game for the iPhone and iPod touch with a sneaky side of good nutrition.
A friendly waiter (Grover, assisted by your child) takes a grouchy customer’s order and then prepares it, but something always seems to go wrong to great comic effect. A really first-rate app—just what you’d expect from Sesame Street.
A global treasure-hunting game where participants (i.e. your kids) locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors by following clues and using WiFi, 3G, and GPS readings.
There are thousands of these containers hidden in cities, suburbs, and the countryside all over the world. An added bonus? Sometimes your kids can take a trinket and leave a trinket when they find them. Learning was never this fun when we were kids!
One-stop parent-curated video browsing for kids. And before you tell me that watching videos isn’t educational, may I just point out the mini-biographies of Ludwig von Beethoven and Joan of Arc? Lots of good and fun content for younger kids too.
A sneaky educational app that’s so fun your kids won’t notice their practicing math. Ha! Take that kid!
Like this? Get our monthly newsletter.