#SocialParenting: Our Favorite Mobile and Tablet Apps for Kids
“My kids (preschooler and first grader) love playing on our family’s iPad, so I’m always looking for new apps to download. I like to choose games for them that have an educational slant whenever possible, and the app store typically has some good options. Does anyone have suggestions for good iPad apps for kids? What’s your child’s favorite?” – MsMacy2, Bright Horizons Online Community Member
In 2014, technology has found a way to integrate itself into most areas of our lives – and the lives of children, too! Is your family always connected to tech? How do you determine how much and what kind of technology is appropriate for your kids? There are so many mobile apps marketed to kids, both education-focused and some just for fun. Today our bloggers are sharing a few of their favorite mobile and tablet apps for kids.
Our Favorite Mobile & Tablet Apps for Kids:
Media Mom: We just got the Samsung Tab 3 kids tablet. It comes with a bumper case, easy-to- use parental controls and also comes pre-loaded with some kids apps. I am personally addicted to Fruit Ninja, and I like the Fireman Sam games for my son. As for my 7-year-old daughter – no great apps yet. Everything she enjoys is complete junk. I just try to limit the screen time to “very infrequently.”
Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom: 1) The Angry Birds franchise. It has actually taught my 4 year old patience and strategy. He got really frustrated when he first started playing, but now understands that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. 2) Free Fall Spelling 3) Montessori Numbers 4) As toddlers my boys both loved Peekaboo Barn.
Amy, Nourish Mom: We love Endless Alphabet which is a fun way for kids to learn letter sounds, how to spell, and discover new words. The words are often synonyms for more popular words so it’s a great way for kids of all ages to build vocabulary. And the video snippets are hysterical!
Ruth: We like Toca Boca Hair Salon. It has limited (ok…it has none) educational value, but man is it fun. You wash hair, cut hair, color hair, style hair and then you get to add accessories. Our girls (ages 4 and 8) both love to play with this app. When you are done with your creation you can take a picture of it.
What are your family’s favorite kid-friendly apps?
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