Toonstastic Jr. Pirates is a storytelling app that allows young kids to make their own pirate-themed animated movies.
Kids choose the beginning, middle, and end of their stories by scrolling through sets of scene starters. The characters act out the beginning of a scene, such as “Love at First Catch”, then kids finish the story. They record their own narration (with funny voices, matey) as they move the characters through the scenes.
Why we love it:
The original Toontastic app is one of the best free creative apps for school-aged kids. Teachers use it because it teaches storytelling concepts through imaginative play. This junior version simplifies the process for preschoolers.
Watch out for:
It’s difficult to scroll through the scenes when they move at the speed of a slot machine, so slow it down by tapping the screen gently. The app also doesn’t give kids much time to think of the narration as it counts down quickly to record. To get the perfect movie, kids will need to use the redo button a lot.
Fraction Math is an educational app that helps students kick their math homework blues away.
Can’t figure out the lowest common denominator? No problem. The app guides kids step by step as they work out the fraction problem and offers tips if they get stuck. Kids can solve random fraction operations or input their own custom problems.
Why we like it:
This tutorial app is a lifesaver for students who cringe at the sight of improper fractions. The app will help kids get the right answer, but they have to do the work themselves to get it. There are over 20 similar math apps by iDevsBooks, everything from long division to rounding decimals, that are worth checking out.
Watch out for:
This is not a game app. The fun part of this app is that it helps kids learn how to solve the math problem. Hard to believe, but not all kids will see the fun in that.
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Wee Kids ABC is a brightly colored educational app that teaches kids letters and words through a series of fun age-appropriate activities.
It has letter matching, word scrambles, and a word finder that will keep kids happy. Even better, they’ll be learning without noticing.
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