1. TinyHands Sorting
The app comes with four different boards, and you can unlock the remaining 9 boards for a $2.99 in-app purchase. This may seem a bit steep for only 12 boards, but your kids will enjoy each board over and over again. Note that younger kids may need to be told what to do on each board at first, especially on the more complicated ones, but they’ll catch on quickly and start playing by themselves.
An amazing, intuitive game to learn all about letters and numbers: writing, counting, phonics and more.
The app comes with three different profiles, so up to three kids can play and keep track of their own achievements. You can also choose between several different fonts.
This free app contains all the features of the full version for a subset of letters and numbers. You’ll find the complete alphabet, the numbers 1-10 and a few more games in the full version.
3. Native Numbers
Math is an important skill, but it can easily become a hated subject due to misunderstanding of basic concepts. Native Numbers takes children through the simple elements of math, starting with rods and moving on to pictures and numerals. Slowly but surely, kids can understand what these numbers are all about, and that there’s more to numbers than just symbols – they actually stand for something.
The free version of Native Numbers comes with the first 5 activities. To get access to all of them, $4.99 will get you the full version. Yes, it’s a bit much, but you’ll end up paying much more for a private tutor if your child has a hard time with math, so it could be worth it.
4. The Opposites
For $0.99, The Opposites can provide hours of educational fun for children who know how to read bigger words. The goal of the game is to find pairs of opposites and match them, reaching the level’s goal number of pairs. If the screen fills with word balloons, then game over.
The only downside is that the game sort of revolves around sibling rivalry. The girl and boy each say a word in turn, and it’s clear they’re always angry at each other. This was sort of a downer for me, bu other than that it’s a fun little game, and a great way to learn new words and their opposites.
5. Doodle Buddy
Doodle Buddy Gold is the most fun you can have with your finger! Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps. Connect with a friend to draw together over the Internet.
- Funny sounds paired with stamps are a blast!
- Doodle and stamp all over your own pictures
- Scribble inside fun stencils to draw perfect shapes. Get more stencils with Doodle Bucks!
- Text Tool with resizable text and four fonts
- Post your doodles on your Facebook page
- Draw with other users on the same WiFi network
- Text chat back and forth with your drawing buddy
- Send your drawings to friends via email
- Option to buy out ads