Learning and flashcards go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cheese and crackers. Bert and Ernie. These basic aids for memorization can help older children practice for tricky exams, or help lay the foundation for toddlers to master the ABC’s.
However, since the advent of the iPhone kids and parents don’t have to settle for just the paper versions anymore. Virtual flashcards provided via apps provide an opportunity for integrating technology into flashcard use and, not to mention, bring a whole new level of portability to memorization learning techniques.
This basic flashcard app is designed for children ranging in ages from 6 months to the end of the toddler era. Different categories of cards feature foods, animals, household items, letters, numbers, shapes and more. A clear, life-like photo is flashed of an item, while the written name appears below the picture and a voice speaks the word. To change cards, children simply swipe the screen as they would with any other photo on the iPhone. The coolest feature? The cards can be read in English, Spanish, French or Chinese. Why not encourage learning a new language from the start?!
Older children can memorize, or refresh their math skills with the Math Flashcards app. Sets of cards include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, with cards that are answered incorrectly being repeated until users succeed. Users can control settings to have multiple choice answers displayed with each card, or a calculator-like interface that allows users to type in their own answer.
Designed for toddler-aged children, Tiny Loto is a fun way for kids to learn to recognize matching sets of items, as well as learn animal names, shapes, colors and more. To play, children are presented with a “game board” that has 9 cute, cartoon-like squares, with another picture at the bottom of the screen. The goal is for kids to drag the photo at the bottom of the screen and drop it on the coordinating photo above. Children will get to hear the name of the item shown in the photo and learn progressively.
Although this app is advertised as being for babies, it is a fun choice for toddlers, too. The app comes pre-loaded with flashcards that cover the basics of animals and more, with all lifelike photos. However, the neat addition here is the ability to make your own flashcards. Imagine the possibilities! Throw in flashcards of out-of-town relatives, the dog, favorite places in town and get kids acquainted with the world around them.
This is a great study aid for older children, or a fun project for parents that want to assemble custom flashcards for youngsters. The app allows users to create as many flashcards as desired either on an iPhone, iPad or iTouch or via an online FlashCards program. Each card can feature custom text, photos or voice recordings and be organized by group for quick, organized studying. Users that choose to take advantage of the online card creation program can also import data from Excel and other programs, to make quick work of flashcard creation.