As parents, we always try to find ways to incorporate a little learning with nearly every activity. This collection of free apps are some of the very best free kids apps, available in the iTunes store, that offer education and entertainment all wrapped into one. Whether your youngster needs to entertain themselves for a bit, or you have the time to sit down and fiddle with an app together, these app suggestions are risk-free thanks to their free price tag.
Toddler Teaser Shapes
Toddlers will strengthen their knowledge of basic shapes by working through the mini-quizzes offered by Toddler Teaser Shapes. A selection of five or so shapes appears on the screen and a voice prompts children to select a specific shape. Once children select their choice, they simply touch the correct shape and receive feedback from the app as to whether or not the right shape was chosen. Diamond, star, square…Your little one will know them all!
iWrite Words Lite
Perfecting the art of handwriting can be a tedious task for young learners. iWrite Words Lite enlists the help of an adorable cast of characters to make handwriting interactive. As a word appears, children follow along with Mr. Crab to trace the outline of each letter. Once a word is complete, an adorable animation appears on the screen to let children know they’ve succeeded.
Just like the handheld game, Simon Original for iPhone and iPod Touch challenges users to memorize and repeat patterns on the multi-colored touch pad. Beginning with one touch, the sequences become progressively longer and more difficult as players put their short-term memory to the test. If you’re unable to repeat the sequence, it’s back to the beginning you go. This one is fun for kids of all ages!
Finger Draw Paint
As a free drawing app, Finger Draw Paint has a lot to offer. By simply gliding a finger across the screen, users are able to create beautiful images that are reminiscent of pencil line drawings. Although younger children may get some enjoyment from the app, this would be an ideal choice for budding artists in elementary or middle school. Take note, however, that drawings can’t be saved within the app, so take a screenshot to preserve your child’s best works!
Miss Spell’s Class
Developed by the folks over at Dictionary.com, Miss Spell’s Class is one of the best spelling apps available for middle and high school kids. Users are presented with a list of commonly misspelled words from the English language. It’s then their job to identify whether or not the word is spelled correctly. Practice like this comes in handy for learning new words and ensuring that your youngster’s spelling is in tip-top shape. Parents can even play along to hone their letter wielding skills.
Timmy’s Preschool Adventure Lite
The three games in Timmy’s Preschool Adventure that focus on patterns, colors, letters and counting are a great way to give your preschool-aged child access to your iPhone. Children are challenged to repair a bridge made of different colors by replacing the missing plank, connect the dots to cross a river and match the correct key to open a magic lock. Success throughout the app is tracked by the collection of virtual stickers and kids can have some down time with Timmy coloring sheets.
Children and parents alike have given two thumbs up to Feed Me. A series of 100 questions is available in this free app, focusing on topics ranging from shapes to letters and colors. As children are asked a question, they must select the item that matches the answer and feed it to the friendly monster. Selecting the wrong answer will leave your monster hungry…And nobody wants a hungry monster!
ABC Maze Lite
ABC Maze Lite puts an educational twist on tilt maze apps. Users begin with a maze that is scattered with letters that spell out a simple word. Children must navigate their roll-poly ball through the maze by tilting th
e device from side to side in order to collect all the letters, in sequence, to spell the word out. Children and parents will be delighted by the ability to refine motor skills while also working on some spelling words.
My Alphabet Coloring Book
Children will refine their alphabet skills by working through My Alphabet Coloring Book. Arranged in alphabetical order, each page features a line drawing of an item that begins with the specified letter. To keep the app engaging, children can color in each picture with a bright color palette and practice reciting their ABC’s as they move through the app. This one is full of great pictures and the simple interface makes it more than appropriate for pre-school’ers.
ArithmeTick- Math Flash Cards
Elementary aged students will have no excuse to avoid practicing their multiplication tables once you’ve downloaded ArtithmeTick Math Flash Cards. As time starts, users are challenged to answer a series of math flash cards as quickly as possible. Instead of multiple choice, players really have to put their brains to work and enter the correct answer from a calculator-like interface. I like that the game also allows you to tailor the questions to meet your students needs; from multiplication to division and basic addition…This one has it all!
PBS Kids Photo Factory
This is just plain cool! After selecting a photo of your child on the iPhone camera roll, PBS Kids Photo Factory allows you to edit the photo to include characters from your family’s favorite PBS shows. Whether your munchkin loves Clifford, Dora, Super Why! or any other of the PBS family of characters, they’ll be able to instantly be in a photo together. It’s like visiting Disneyland for all the characters, but without all of the lines.