iPad apps that help your kids learn
The iPad is not just a fun gadget for adults, but thanks to its large, responsive screen, it can be a great educational tool for children.
0 - 2 YEARS
Baby Flash Cards: This free (ad-supported) app offers over 450 flash cards with high-quality images and professionally recorded voiceovers. It has large icons and buttons for easy selection and navigation. It’s a great way to introduce new words, sharpen learning skills and build the memory of a pre-nursery child. It also has a question mode, where the child can be asked to identify the answer based on an audio input or image.
Color Drops: A fun way to let your child draw and paint, Color Drops includes over 200 colouring pages spread across 11 categories. It works with simple gesture movements on the screen and shows animated effects (drops of colour or fireworks) to keep you child interested. The free version limits the drawing pages to two per category (22 pages), but you can unlock all of them with a Rs. 300 in-app purchase
Little Fox Music Box: Little Fox plays popular sing-along songs with a charming style. The app is probably the most beautiful app for children, with breathtaking art work, phenomenal attention to detail and even a karaoke mode. It is something that parents are bound to enjoy as much as their children. However, it is not free and is priced at Rs. 190, a small price to pay for a good app.
2 - 5 YEARS
Drawing Pad: (Rs.120) As the name suggests, Drawing Pad introduces your child to the world of drawing and painting. It comes with various colouring tools accessible on screen for quick switching, as well as photo stickers that the child can use within the app for his drawing. You can download additional colouring books using an in-app purchase (Rs. 60 for a new book).
Fish School HD: (Rs. 150) Fish School HD keeps your child interested by using fishes of various colours. These fishes make it fun to learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colours. It even comes with a built-in game to teach them how to match similar objects and pick the odd one out. A specially recorded version of the ABC song is included in the purchase price.
Toca Train: (Rs. 190) Toca Train is an interactive train simulator for kids, which puts them in the driver’s seat. The objective is to pick up passengers and load/unload cargo using the intuitive controls. There is no time limitation or schedule to be followed. The app will keep your child entertained because the beautiful scenery simply lets his imagination run wild.
5 - 8 YEARS
Barefoot World Atlas: (Rs. 300) Using a 3D globe, children can learn more about various countries. As you zoom in on a country, the app displays real photographs, as well as interesting facts and trivia about it. It also includes various animated illustrations to help your child learn more about the nature, culture and people of each country. You can download additional details of cities, art and various puzzles with in-app purchases
Bookworm: (Rs. 120) On the surface, Bookworm looks like a game, but it’s a great tool to teach children spellings and help identify new words. The child is presented with alphabet tiles, which have to be connected to form words; bigger words result in higher points. The app also keeps a log of your child’s progress and provides a history of identified words
Learning how to write words: (Rs. 190) This is one of the best apps to teach and improve a child’s handwriting. Using patterns and drawing, the app makes it easy to learn how to write the alphabet correctly. To make sure that the child remembers and relates the letter to an object, the app shows a relevant image each time the child draws a letter correctly. It also has support for using various styluses as pens for writing.