Here are some apps I’ve been playing around with recently… I love how apps are integrating with “virtual reality”, and I’m never not wowed seeing the results of pictures and games come to life (literally) via apps.
For learning the alphabet and spelling: ABC Word Hunt ($0.99, iTunes)
This app is suited for toddlers and preschoolers and has 12 word puzzles for learning the alphabet and spelling. There are some lovely animations and sound effects.
For creating cool 3D animals: Foldify Zoo ($3.99, iTunes)
This app, for schoolgoing kids, allows kids to make their own animals using figures and digital stamps. They can then print them out, to cut and fold together to make 3D paper animals. Kids can also learn about the animals they make.
For creating games: Adventure Time Game Wizard ($4.99, iTunes)
This is an app for making games, and is based on Cartoon Network’s show Adventure Time. Older kids can play with the series characters Finn and Jake, plus build their own levels and share them online. game-maker app based on the popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time.
For creating videos: TeleStory (free, iTunes)
Kids can make videos with Telestory. They can choose from a theme, and more than 30 scenes, with face-detecting costumes, special effects and cue cards. Videos can be saved to the camera roll and shared, or published on TeleStory’s moderated video channel, ToonTube.
For fun puzzles: Gruffalo ($3.99, iTunes)
The Gruffalo and six puzzle games in one – score! These fun games develop problem- and logic-solving skills, and are suited to preschoolers and young school-going kids.
For editing pictures: Typic Kids ($1.99, iTunes)
Typic Kids is a fun editing app with 90 sticks, 28 fonts, 20 frames and 11 filters for kids to create fun pictures. Images can be saved onto a camera roll, emailed, or shared on social media (with a parent’s approval or assistance if kids are young and don’t have their own accounts).