Whether you’re heading off to holiday in a car, plane or train, or are staying at home and just looking for some cool apps to engage your kids, here are some winners for iOS (for iPhones and iPads).
PS: I haven’t specified age suitability as it mostly depends on kids, plus some of the apps are suitable for adults too.
For funHoopa City – Kids can build roads and house when they create their own cities. (R36.99)
My Little Suitcase – This is a fun app for younger kid who can plan their own holidays, and what to pack. (Free)
Toca Mini – Kids can make their own Toca characters using controls, colours and stamps. (R11.99)
Moody Monster Manor: This app is great for easing kids’ fears in new places, by allowing them to create their own monsters. (Free).
For roadtrips and travel
Road Trip Bingo: This is a cool app for long drives, and has more than 40 roadtrip-themed Bingo squares. (R24.99)
A Family Matters. This app offers conversation ideas, questions and activities appropriate to where you are (e.g. on an aeroplane, at a restaurant, or on a road trip). (R24.99).
Family Car Games: This app has instruction for 100 fun and no-equipment-needed games for the road (or anywhere). (Free).
Drawing Pad – Children can create art with crayons, paint brushes, markers, stickers, rollers and more. There are also colouring books. (R24.99)
For family time
iStoryTime: With tons of illustrated children’s books to choose from individually, this app allows kids to read stories to themselves or get them narrated. From R11.99 per story.
Disney Storytime: Kids can listen to their favourite tales, from Frozen to Lion King, either on their own, or with narration. (Free).
Uno: Play this classic game in a beautifully designed app. (R59.99)
The Night Sky: When you hold your iPad to a dark sky, it tells you what constellations you’re looking at. (R14.99) https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/the-night-sky/id475772902?mt=821 Animal Puzzles for Kids (free) which help children work on fine motor skills, animal/object recognition both by photo as well as by name.
Endless Alphabet: This is one of my best apps, and is engaging and brilliant for learning letters and words. (R89.99)
Bugs and Buttons – This is one of the best rated and downloaded education apps, and has 18 games and activities, with great visuals and music. (R36.99)