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Saturday, November 24, 2012

2012 List of Best iPad Apps for Kids (so far)

With reviews and videos of each app!

There are so many excellent iPad apps for kids that are fun and educational!  App developers continue to create apps that help keep kids engaged while they learn.

After reviewing hundreds of these apps on our site, Kids Best iPad Apps, I have listed those iPad apps that are the best of the best in 2012.

Click on the link of an app title and you can watch our video and read the review.

Touch the image of pets, farm & zoo animals and toys, and a friendly voice tells you exactly what you’re looking at!

This is an app that will keep young kids engaged for a long, long time.

"Alien Buddies" provides a wide range of fun games for preschool and kindergarten kids to play that help teach colors, shapes, letters, numbers and more.

Is there a more fun way to learn about the midnight ride of Paul Revere at the start of the American Revolution than "Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere's Ride?" Probably not!

"Artkive" is a quick and easy way for you to save all of your kids artwork, store it chronologically, and even print it out. The app is very easy to use--just take a picture of the creation, add key information including the date, and store it digitally in the cloud.

"Baby DJ" is a unique, music app for kids that is so much fun and addicting even parents will want to use it! The app uses original music created by famous Russian producers which is perfect for kids.

A fun and touching interactive morality tale about a bee who isn’t accepted by the other bees in the hive until he reveals a special talent.

This app is an excellent way for kids to learn about light as it is highly engaging, interactive and educational. Bobo is a great guide that makes learning fun for kids.

There is virtually no limit to what this app can teach. It covers all subjects and supplements a wide variety of school curriculums. It really emphasizes listening and comprehension. Kids must pay attention to the movie in order to successfully answer the questions for the quiz at the end.

This app teaches children a number of critical learning skills. In mathematics, they learn counting, classification and sorting, and recognizing patterns. They must also use their problem solving skills for activities such as the bug mazes and tic tac toe. 

English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, and Italian – your child can start to speak any one of these languages with this bright and bold flashcard series.

The interactive experiments kids can do within the app are incredibly interesting and fun, making learning about color an exciting adventure.

"Creatures of Light" is an iPad app that informs kids about bioluminescence and the organisms that produce light. The app is based on the exhibit of the same name at the American Museum of Natural History.

Young kids must shuffle picture cards of animals or dinosaurs that are divided in three parts and make them whole again in "Shuffle Fun." This is a cool, fun way for younger kids to learn the names of animals and dinosaurs.

Travel to the weird and wonderful Elfishki Land to help two very different bakers make one very big cake for an important party!

The "Unwanted Guest" is another great Elfishki storybook app where brilliant illustrations, engaging animation, wonderful storytelling, and the education value of reading and comprehension all combine to create a superior iPad app.

This app helps foster positive self-expression in children. Using a variety of fun activities, kids learn appropriate words for what they are feeling and how to properly communicate those feelings to others.

This app offers a large catalog of preset flashcards or options to customize your own. There are so many options for organizing the flashcards and audio capabilities, including hearing cards in other languages (available as separate purchases).

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears—Kidztory animated storybook” is a classic and a great way for kids to experience reading using the latest form of digital media. With wonderful illustrations, surprise animation and options to read with and without narration, there is a lot to explore in this story.

The story is so well done that kids will learn to read along and be eager to find out what happens each step of the way in the haunted house.

Based on the characters and locations from the Jake and the Never Land Pirates TV show, this app helps kids have fun and learn to count, trace shapes, identify sounds, avoid objects, collect objects, identify sounds and more.

Salman Khan has created an incredible educational site and YouTube channel, and this app is the best way to view these sites complete library of 3,200+ videos. The topics of these videos include biology, chemistry, physics, the humanities, finance, history and K-12 math. 

"Learning Games for Preschool to Kindergarten" is everything you'd want in a free app for 2 to 5 year olds as it builds skills kids need for reading, writing, and arithmetic and does it with highly entertaining and involving games.

A great iPad app for toddlers and preschool kids as it makes tracing fun which makes learning how to write letters, numbers, shapes, and words fun as well.

The "Magical Music Box" app captures the spirit of classical 19th century music boxes and enchants kids with imaginative looking boxes and musical favorites from around the world.

For a new twist on the classic game, “Math BINGO” lets kids search for answers to math equations on a virtual Bingo card. Once they get five in a row, they have Bingo!

"Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 HD" is a fast-paced, arcade, shooting game that teaches kids basic math skills, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.

“Math Evolve” is a totally unique way for kids to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. The app has superior graphics and sound, and successfully combines a fun storyline, math equations and an arcade game all into one.

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode" is a great iPad app for toddlers and preschool kids as it lets them help Mickey and his friends cross the finish line of a road rally by completing various activities. The app looks like the TV show of the same name with outstanding video play.

This app teaches kids fractions in all its different forms by using motion and fun game play. Kids are exposed to a large number of concepts and given multiple opportunities to find the correct answer.

“Motion Math: Wings” helps kids to practice multiplication and estimation conceptually rather than as tables to be memorized. It is a super app as kids get to control the action by tilting the bird to the bigger number using the iPad.

“Nighty Night! HD” is an amazing interactive story that provides a truly unique experience for kids. With incredible 2D animated graphics, a professional narrator and a sweet tale, kids will love exploring this app as part of their bedtime routine.

"Phonics Genius" has gone phonics-crazy with over 6,000 words grouped by phonic sounds. This app teaches kids words through phonics, both reading words and how to speak them.

Elementary aged kids who like a challenge will love “Pictorial.” This is a really creative app that takes the concept of identifying constellations in the night sky and turns it into a game of skill. The app incorporates interesting settings and backgrounds and even includes a few hidden secrets.

"PLAY123" is a simple yet unique and engaging iPad app for toddlers to help them learn shapes, colors, and numbers.

"Plug and the Paddywhacks" is a highly engaging, interactive storybook iPad app that young kids will enjoy and learn about choices, redemption and more.

“PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit” is an interactive book that takes the classic story of Peter Rabbit and provides a level of interaction unlike any other. Kids can “pull” and “slide” tabs to see pictures “pop” out and “rotate” to life.

When it comes to an app that truly makes learning fun, “Presidents vs. Aliens” covers all the bases. In order to “knock down the aliens” kids must correctly answer questions about all 44 presidents of the United States. With surprise features, bonuses and adjustable skill levels, this is a great game that all school-aged kids can enjoy.

"Solar Walk" is the best astronomy app in our Solar Syatem with its incredible 3D graphics, time-sensitive feature, information on planets, stars and satellites--and with real 3D TV support!

For a fun lesson in U.S. geography, “Stack the States Lite” is a good app to teach kids about all 50 states. They can learn the shape of the state, its location, capital, cities, landmarks and more.

Children of all ages love to tell stories, and “StoryBuilder for iPad” lets them tell a story and record it in their own voice. Using a series of questions about pictures on the screen as prompts, kids get to decide what happens first, next and last.

“TED” is an app that provides a number of videos featuring talks from world-renowned scientists, business leaders, artists and physicians who present information on a wide variety of interesting and thought-provoking topics.

“TJ’s Art Studio” turns the iPad into a portable art studio for kids. It is a powerful yet easy-to-use art app that lets young children be creative using pencils, paintbrushes, stickers, numbers, letters, photographs and much more.

- Mitchell

Monday, October 29, 2012

Please Don't Take This App Away From Your Kids

Instead, challenge your son or daughter to a game and see if you can beat him/her.

The app is "Guess the Character" and I found it to be lots of fun and frankly, it is one where observation and deductive reasoning is required.

The concept for the app is a simple one:

You have to guess the character of your opponent before your opponent guesses your character.  There are 24 characters to choose from--or the app selects for you.

You can play against a living opponent or against the "computer."

Now, each player gets a turn to ask questions about the characters--like "does the character have blonde or brown hair?" in order to narrow down the choices.  The better the questions, the faster you eliminate the wrong characters.

You can take a guess at which character is your opponent's at any time--but it is usually better to use observational skills and deductive reasoning to eliminate the most characters with each question.

Here is a video for the app:

I read that this app is great for those who know the game "Guess Who," but frankly, I never heard of it.

If you would like to find out about more fun and educational iPad apps for your kids, please visit our site Kids Best iPad Apps.  We now have more videos and reviews of the top 50 free iPad apps than any other site.  Why download apps based on screen shots alone?


Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Monsters Family: Preschool kids will love it and learn from it!

"The Monsters Family" is an iPad and iPhone app that kids from the age of 2 to 5 will have fun and learn.  The app uses fun looking monster characters and excellent animation to guide kids in games that help with concentration, color recognition, counting and more.

The family of monsters include the Mom and Dad, and the kids Ella and Elliot.  When your child selects a photo with one of these monsters, the app opens up a new screen.

For example, pick Dad, and the new screen is Dad is in his chef hat wearing his "I Love Dad" apron.  He starts a learning activity for your child, and as your child plays he makes comments to help.

The learning games include matching, counting, words, spot the difference, silhouettes and colors.

Here is our video to help you decide if this app is right for your child.

If you want to find more great iPad apps for your kids, please visit kids best iPad apps.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

4 Free & Excellent Math iPad Apps for Kids: Videos

From Kids Best iPad Apps.  The smarter way to find smarter apps.

1st Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets: a dynamic app that will help early elementary aged children with a number of beginning math concepts. These include numbers, place value and number comparisons. 

Read the review for 1st Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets.

Posted below is the video for 1st Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets:

Motion Math: Wings: helps kids to practice multiplication and estimation conceptually rather than as tables to be memorized. It is a super app as kids get to control the action by tilting the bird to the bigger number using the iPad.

Read the review for 
Motion Math: Wings.

Posted below is the video for Motion Math: Wings:

Motion Math ZoomTo help kids learn place value with numbers, “Motion Math Zoom” features an expandable number line, fun animal graphics and bubbles that kids have to pop with their finger. Add the timed challenge, and this app becomes a complete educational math tool.

Read the review for Motion Math: Zoom.

Posted below is the video for Motion Math: Zoom:

Rocket Math FreeBuild a rocket, blast off into space and learn math facts all with “Rocket Math Free.” This is a fun, educational app that helps kids with math equations, telling time, number and more. 

Read the review for Rocket Math Free.

Posted below is the video for Rocket Math Free:

Check out the videos and reviews of Kids Best iPad Apps here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

3 Best, Free Music iPad Apps for Kids: Sing-Along

Happy Earth Day, Dear Planet-Tab Tale LTD
Singing familiar songs is a fun activity for little ones, and “Happy Earth Day, Dear Planet-Interactive Sing Along Song” is a good example. This is a sing-along app that encourages toddlers to sing a cheerful song over and over again. A colorful screen adds animals and birds that respond to touch with limited sound and movement.

Read our in-depth app review for Happy Earth Day, Dear Planet.

Here is our video for Happy Earth Day, Dear Planet:

If you're happy and you know it-Kids Games Club
For simple games and a fun sing-along song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” is an app that toddlers will enjoy and find a number of activities to keep them busy that they can navigate on their own.

Read our in-depth app review for If you're happy....

Here is our video for If you're happy and you know it...

Kids Tap-Along Lite

“Kids Tap-Along Lite” is a fun way for kids to explore musical notes and songs in a dynamic, interactive setting. Simply tap the colored stars on the screen to hear a musical note and see it animated. There is also a karaoke setting that encourages kids to sing along.

Read our in-depth Kids Tap-Along Lite

Here is our video for Kids Tap-Along Lite:

Please check out our site Kids Best iPad Apps--over 200 videos and reviews of the best kids iPad apps. And, more are being added almost every day.  

Thanks, Mitchell

Thursday, September 6, 2012

4 Best, Free Writing iPad Apps for Kids

ABC first words - learn to spell musical instruments : Letters , Sounds & Writing fun game for children HD - Kids Place (iPad & iPhone)

Kids enjoy apps with music and a lot of animation, and “ABC first words—learn to spell musical instruments: Letters, Sounds & Writing fun game for children HD” incorporates both of these. Children can learn the sounds of the instruments and how to spell them using interactive letter building blocks.

Read our in-depth app review for ABC first words.

Here is our video for ABC first words:

ABC Tracer—Letters, Numbers, Words, Phonics-App-Zoo

Learning to write letters using the correct strokes is so important for kids to learn as they enter Kindergarten. “ABC Tracer—Letters, Numbers, Words, Phonics—FREE” not only helps kids practice this concept, but it goes a step further to reinforce recognition of letters and words.

Read our in-depth app review for ABC Tracer.

Here is our video for ABC Tracer:

Little Writer-The Tracing App for Kids-Innovative Mobile Apps

A great iPad app for toddlers and preschool kids as it makes tracing fun which makes learning how to write letters, numbers, shapes, and words fun as well

Read our in-depth app review for Little Writer.

Here is our video for Little Writer:

Pre-K Letters and Numbers-BrightStart LLC

“Pre-K Letters and Numbers” is an app focused on teaching preschoolers the correct way to write their letters and numbers. Using a connect-the-dot method, kids can write upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers.

Here is our review for Pre-K Letter and Numbers.

Here is our video for Pre-K Letters and Numbers:

Please check out our site Kids Best iPad Apps--over 200 videos and reviews of the best kids iPad apps.  And, more are being added almost every day.  Thanks, Mitchell

Saturday, September 1, 2012

This Week's Top 10 Free iPad Apps For Kids: With Videos

This Week's Top 10 Free iPad Apps For Kids: With Videos

#1. "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode continues to be the #1 free iPad app for kids.

Kids help Mickey and his friends cross the finish line of a road rally by completing various activities. Is it an app or is your kid appearing in a TV show?  When you watch the video, you'll see why kids love it!

#2.  Jake's Never Land Pirate School
This app still holds on to second place.  Based on the characters and locations from the Jake and the Never Land Pirates TV show, kids have fun learning all kinds of things from counting to identifying sounds.  Here is a sample of this app:

#3.  Khan Academy

Khan Academy continues to be on the top 10 list, and for good reason! This app provides access to 3,200+ videos on topics including biology, chemistry, physics, the humanities, finance, history and K-12 math. Never heard of Khan Academy? Then check out this video:

To check out the rest of the Top 10 Free iPad Apps for Kids go to our Kids Best iPad Apps site.