Many moms often ask me what the best IOS kids’ apps are, and I in turn ask them what their faves are. I’ve searched for some new ones, and included some of my favourites here – I’m sure they’ll come in handy while travelling, or on holiday.
Please note that with hundreds of thousands of educational and kids’ apps available, this list is by no means exhaustive or complete. I also haven’t included age suggestions for every app as all kids are different. Most of these apps are free though, so you can experiment to see if they’re suited to your child.
The Night Sky: This is a fun and educational app. When you hold your iPad to a dark sky, it tells you what constellations you’re looking at. ($0.99)
MONOPOLY Hotels: This old favourite has a new spin – here you can buy, build and manage MONOPOLY’s iconic hotels, and customise them. Good for older kids or tweens. (Free)
Moody Monster Manor: This app is awesome to ease kids’ fears in new places. By allowing them to create their own monsters, zapping bad dreams, throwing a “Monsterrific” party or helping monsters with their homework, kids are less scared of them. (Free)
Around the World With Lilup: A little pricey for an app at $2.99 for less than 30 pages, but it’s a wonderfully narrated and interactive app with Lilup, who travels around the world.
Match It Up (1, 2 and 3): A great learning app for development and cognitive skills. Match It Up 1 uses identical images, Match It Up 2 uses visually related images, while Match It Up 3 uses conceptual-related images, which means you can find the right level for your child. (Free)
Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim: This is a wonderful guide to water safety told through the story of Stewie, a duck who wants to swim with the ‘big ducks,’ but isn’t allowed until he learns the water safety rules. There are interactive options, a memory game, a singalong, and a “read-to-me” option. (Free)
My Big World: If there’s one thing you should download or even purchase, it’s this one (though there is a free option with less features). This is interactive app about the world (all continents, plus space and the oceans), has moving images, video and sound, and has photos, illustrations, stories and games. There’s even a revolving world globe. ($2.99)
iLuv Drawing Animals: I love this app for adults too, where you can learn to draw over 40 animals (for example hippos, giraffes penguins and pandas), by tracing over step-by-step templates. There’s also voice instruction, colour palettes, editing tools, and more. ($2.99)
My Little Suitcase – This is a fun app for younger kid who can plan their own holidays (beach trip, snow trip, camping, sleepover), and what to pack. Once they arrive at their destination, they get to play. (Free)
Draw and Tell by Duck Duck Moose: The apps from Duck Duck Moose were among the first I ever discovered, and remain among my favourites. This is a colouring-in book with 27 colours, with crayon, paint or pencil options, plus you can record your voice to send a message or tell a story. There are also more than 150 stickers, 32 papers and 22 patterns, and my best, rainbow and glow-in-the-dark crayons ($1.99). Also look out for Wheels on the Bus, Word Wagon and Trucks by Duck Duck Moose.
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox: Another good educational app for toddler which teaches your child how to count, build shapes and match objects. The monkey with his squealing and energy might irk parents after a while, but kids will probably love him.($0.99)
Road Trip Bingo: This is a cool app for drives, and has more than 40 roadtrip-themed Bingo squares ($0.99)
Also good for travel: Anything by Spinlight, Toca Boca and Disney, plus Slurpy the Frog, Barefoot World Atlas and ABC ZooBorns.
Moms, what are your top holiday apps?
All images via iTunes