When I first got my first smartphone about six years ago, it did take me some time to get used to the smartness of the phone. Depending on apps for entertainment, reminders and even daily accounts surely made life easier. Then I began to see how young children, as young as two, could easily make their way through all the apps of the phone with no trouble! My own children started to learn their second languages on an app on their tablets. Learning has suddenly become fun and interesting, thanks to the many apps on smartphones and tablets. Here are the top eight educational apps you may want to consider for your children under 10, in no particular order.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss has always been a genius when it comes to introducing reading to young kids. This e-book not only encourages reading, but also highlights the words as the narrator reads them. Your young reader will enjoy the hands on activities in this e-book, such as interacting with the objects featured on each page as he or she touches them. As he or she touches an object, the associated word pops up, making sight learning easier. Recommended for ages 2-8, priced at $3.99, and can be downloaded on your iPhone and iPad.
The Magic School Bus: Oceans by Scholastic
This interactive story book is based on Ms. Frizzle and her students who embark on an aquatic journey. Featured here are pictures, games, videos and science facts. Your child will learn plenty of age appropriate vocabulary and general knowledge facts. Recommended for ages 4 and up and priced at $8, there is a free light version available. This app can only be downloaded on an iPad.
Fish School HD
If your preschooler is about to learn about his or her numbers, shapes and colours, what better way to do it than in the underwater world? With vibrant colours and sea life, your child will have less trouble remembering new things. Recommended for ages 3 to 5, priced at $2.99, you can only download this app on your iPad.
ABCmouse.com Visit the Zoo Interactive Environment Series
This is a perfect app for future veterinarians and biologists! Your child will be able to explore the habitats of various animals. Along the way, children absorb new facts and also are able to take quizzes to test themselves. Recommended for ages 2 to 6, this app is free for download on your iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone
Scout's ABC Garden by LeapFrog
An interactive green dog who will mention your child by name and know about all his or her favourite food and colour, will guide your child through a series on number and letter activities. Recommended for ages 2 to 4, and priced at $1.99, it can be downloaded on both your iPhone and iPad.
This hangman like game is a great way for your kids to learn new vocabulary and practice their spelling skills while a gorilla has to be kept afloat with a number of balloons. Recommended for ages 6 to 10 and priced at $1.99, this app can be downloaded on your iPad and iPhone.
Math Easy HD
Math Easy HD consists of ten math-based puzzles that include counting games, connect the dots and many others; helping your children bridge the gap between basic counting and the start of arithmetic. Recommended for ages 4 to 6, and priced at $1.99, you can download this on your iPad.
School Zone Time, Money & Fractions On-Track
In this app, your child learns how to tell the time on a clock with hands, understand coins and figure out how one-third is less than one-half. Fun effects, sounds and animal characters will ensure your child will be entertained. Recommended for ages 6 to 7 and priced at $4.99, you can only download this on your iPad.
Since learning has transformed in this digital era, there will be more and more such apps to keep children busy while they still learn. I would not mind learning this way!