While iPhone and iPad apps are certainly helpful for grown-ups who want to manage work, home life, or simply watch a movie over the web, these programs also offer kids diverse learning and entertainment experiences. Whether it’s teaching math or reading skills – or even some stealth elementary physics – iPhone and iPad apps have moved way beyond the grown-ups’ table, enticing kids of all ages to learn while also having fun.
Here are eight iPhone and iPad apps that will stimulate kids’ reading, science, and even art skills – plus a few more just for kicks.
1. Cut the Rope
Tapping into the less “angry” side of physics-based games, Cut the Rope encourages kids to use their noggins as they figure out how to feed treats to a hungry little monster. Players need to cut a sometimes swinging rope to land a tasty piece of candy in the little guy’s mouth. As levels get more difficult, kids need to navigate floating bubbles, hungry spiders, and menacing spikes.
2. Helicopter Taxi
This creative app uses augmented reality to show an animated yellow helicopter flying around a child’s room. Simply hold up the iPhone, and the helicopter looks as if it’s hovering over your own bookshelves and dressers. The app also provides a game mode that lets kids pick up and drop off five different animated characters.
3. Super Why!
Kids can boost their vocabulary with this engaging and kid-friendly app. Just like the PBS Kids show, the Super Why! apps for the iPhone and iPad offer kids choices of words to place into fairy-tale stories. Boys and girls can also find letters and rhymes and earn sticker rewards.
4. Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections
What child does not love dinosaurs — or at least find them fascinating if not exactly cuddle-worthy? Both boys and girls will enjoy this paleontology-friendly app, which features a near encyclopedia of dino fossil facts and more than 1,000 photos from the archives of the New York museum.