While I may be against TVs in Minivans, I do appreciate the power a fully charged iPad can have in calming the masses before a long road trip.
The kids get bored in less than 30 minutes, it’s a fact. So as our family packs up for our annual road trip to Montana and the 5+hr drive, I’ve made sure the boys’ iPad is fully stocked with fresh games to play.
Finding the right apps for your kids is never an easy task, I like to have a stash on hand that both of us enjoy to play, but those are more games than educational.
The first annual Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards were handed out earlier this month in NYC. It honored all sorts of media campaigns, including picking out the best Educational Apps, Preschool Apps, and those for grade school kids.
Here are the winners and nominees:
PBS Kids 1 of 16Winner Best Educational App - Free on iTunes
Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere in the USA. The app features more than 1,000 videos (including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, and Sesame Street.)
National Geographic Kids 2 of 16
My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher For A Day 3 of 16Honorable Mention Educational App - $3.99 on iTunes
This is an interactive storybook to read together with your kids. They'll tap and tilt the screen in fun activities that move the action forward—learning new words, playing activities and watching videos. Bold graphics, bright colors and the captivating story make "Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day" an enjoyable and engaging way to learn to read.
The Magic School Bus Dinosaurs App 4 of 16Honorable Mention Educational App - $7.99 on iTunes
Time to go on a field trip with Ms. Frizzle on the Magic School Bus to explore dinosaurs! Based on the book "The Magic School Bus: In the Time of Dinosaurs" written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, this interactive storybook app lets readers dig deep to discover everything they want to know about dinosaurs!
Tales2Go Kids Mobile Audiobook App 5 of 16Honorable Mention Educational App - Free on iTunes
Tales2Go is a kids' mobile audiobook service that gives teachers and parents instant and unlimited access to nearly 2,000 audio stories from leading publishers and storytellers to play on Apple mobile devices in the classroom and beyond.
Bolts and Blip: Quest of the Battle Bots 6 of 16Winner Best App K6-11- 99c on iTunes
In the exciting robotic world of Bolts & Blip, your fast precision water-pistol skills are needed to rust your enemies!
The Adventures of Timmy: Run Kitty Run 7 of 16Honorable Mention Best App K6-11- $1.99 on iTunes
Timmy's the coolest kid you'll ever meet, him and that cat suit of his. And he's on a mission to save Kitty.â€¨â€¨ Timmy's shyness makes it hard for him to make friends. What's worse is that the cat costume he wears makes him a target for bullies.
This game was also the 2012 Webby Awards Winner for People's Voice.
Don’t Let The Pigeon Run This App! 8 of 16Honorable Mention Best App K6-11- $6.99 on iTunes
"Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!" lets you create your own Pigeon stories with your pal, Mo Willems. Just follow as the Bus Driver asks you for your ideas—then shake the Pigeon. Your story is ready!
The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story 9 of 16Honorable Mention Best App K6-11- $3.99 on iTunes
Experience Peter Parker's transformation from average high school student to the Amazing Spider-Man! Then, read-along as you take control of his sensational ability to crawl up walls and swing across the city. Narrated by Spider-Man creator, Stan Lee!
The Monster at the End of This Book…Starring Grover! 10 of 16Winner Best App Preschool $3.99 on iTunes
Join lovable, furry old Grover as he tries his very hardest to tie down pages and build brick walls— all to keep readers away from the monster at the end of this book. The all-time favorite you loved as a child comes alive for today's young readers with interactive play, plus touch-point animation.
BabyFirst Mobile 11 of 16Honorable Mention Best App Preschool - $3.99 on iTunes
Entertain your child as they play and learn with BabyFirst Mobile! We know young children are fascinated by iPhones and always want to get their hands on yours.
It’s a small world 12 of 16Honorable Mention Best App Preschool - $3.99 on iTunes
Experience Walt Disney's "it's a small world" ride, song and lyrics in an inspiring new way. This animated app takes readers on a world-class adventure packed with whimsical interactivity, beautiful artwork, and unforgettable music.
Jellytoons Toddler Skills 13 of 16Honorable Mention Best App Preschool - $1.99 on iTunes
It's Bobo's birthday today! Before he can receive his presents, Bobo's friends would like to play six fun mini-games.
Chuggington: Terrific Trainee! 14 of 16Honorable Mention Best App Preschool - $1.99 on iTunes
Train each Chugger to switch tracks and activate special features that will help them on their missions. Make Wilson jump off the rails; make Brewster grow bigger and stronger; make Koko speed down the tracks; make Action Chugger fly through the air!
Todobebe 15 of 16Honorable Mention Best App Preschool - $2.99 on iTunes
Teaching young children their ABC´s and first numbers has never been so fun and easy. First ABC123 grows with your child and teaches the basics of writing letters and numbers in 3 languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Les Etoiles du dodo 16 of 16Honorable Mention Best App Preschool - Free on iTunes
An interactive bedtime app with stories, games, and night lights. It's all in french, be warned!
What are the best apps you have on your iDevices?
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