There is no getting around it or denying it – – kids love using their parent’s iPhone to play games. I will not debate whether our children are becoming too spoiled or attached to technology because that is a matter of personal opinion; however, I think we all agree that giving our children educational toys is a great idea. While it may be difficult to carry LeapFrog with you everywhere you go, most parents have their iPhones with them at all times. By downloading education apps for kids, your iPhone not only becomes entertainment for waiting in line or waiting at the doctor’s office it also becomes educational for your kids. The best educational iPhone apps for kids hide education within the entertainment (and being cheap does not hurt either).
1.Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is only $0.99 and you get six games for the price of one. The games are designed for ages 2 – 5 and teach a variety of skills through fun and entertaining games. After each game, a virtual sticker is the reward encouraging kids to play more.
2.Super Why! is an iPhone app based on the PBS Kids television show. Kids ages four and up learn to read by playing rhyming games, learning letters and writing words. Virtual stickers as rewards makes playing fun and rewarding for kids. Only $2.99 from iTunes.
3.Wooden Labyrinth 3Dhelps kids learn hand-eye coordination by moving a silver ball through the wooden maze. Children tip the phone forwards and backwards to move the ball through the maze without losing it into the holes blocking their path. For just $2.99, you get an iPhone app with that allows you to increase to levels that are more difficult and customize your challenges.
4.Wacky Chatter is only $0.99 but is priceless. I must admit that I cannot keep a straight face when my daughter plays with this iPhone application. Shake the iPhone or tap the “wacky” button to spin the wheels to get a combination of three words (pronoun, verb and noun) and three characters (each with a silly voice). The characters say phrases such as “It chewed cockroaches” or “I saw balloons” (or even “You blew farts”). With so many combinations, your child will be reading before they stop laughing.
5. Bookworm is one of my addictions online and I was thrilled to find an iPhone app for my daughter. In this PopCap game, make words by linking letter tiles left, right, up and down – – the bigger the word the more points. However, watch out for the burning tiles because if they reach the bottom your game is over. Not a bad vocabulary builder for older children at only $2.99.