No one in our house has an iPad. Yet. Despite the fact that we believe our nine-year-old is a bit young to have such a commodity, she’ll soon be the first one in our family to have one as her school is requiring that all of the students enrolled have one.
Although I’ve gone back and forth on that one, I ultimately decided that since I trust her school and have been very pleased with it thus far, I’m A-okay with their requirement. Plus, I’ve heard from a lot of educators who assure me that the educational benefits will gained by the iPad will far outweigh whatever parental concerns I have with it.
Which now leaves me with but one question: what are the best kid-friendly apps I can load on that thing?
Because if we’re gonna be forced to buy my daughter an iPad for school then I can promise you one thing: we’re gonna get something out of the deal, too. And I’ve opted for peace and quiet. During road trips, that is. We take a handful each year, usually to go to the beach, and, well… they can be quite trying. But nothing a kid-friendly app or two won’t take care of.
Now, I’ve gone on record before as saying that I don’t ever fork over my iPhone in hopes of entertaining my kids while waiting for the doctor. Nor do I offer it up while we’re out to eat in hopes of buying a little peace and quiet. In my opinion, parents do that far too often.
However, a 400-mile road trip strikes me as an okay time to try to entertain my kids. And thanks to DigitalTrends I’ve found a great list of 10 recommendations for kids aged 2 to 13. They are broken down into the following categories: Just for Fun, Learning and Creativity, and Puzzles. Here are my favorite from each category:
Just for Fun: Angry Birds gets the nod here. In fact, it’s one of the more popular Apple apps in their entertainment category, so I’m obviously not the only person this one appeals to. A pack of angry birds attempt to exact their revenge on some pigs who served their kids eggs for breakfast. One of the beautiful things about this particular app is that it appeals to ages 2 to 13. And though it’s not free, it’s only $0.99, so it won’t exactly break the bank, either.
Learning and Creativity: Maybe it’s because our triplets are really starting to get the different letters down pat, but my choice here is Interactive Alphabet. This app takes things a step further than some of the ABC flashcard you may have seen on iTunes. Every single letter is an interactive toy. So, for example, instead of just knowing “x” is for xylophone, your child can play with that xylophone, too. Interactive Alphabet will cost you $2.99.
Puzzles: My first Tangrams looks like a fantastic game for kids 2 and up. It’ll cost you $1.99. To play, all you have to do is drag and drop different shapes to make pictures. Given my kids fascination with legos, this looks like the next best thing and could buy us a lot of quiet time.
Until the four start fighting over our one iPad, that is.
Check out the rest of this great list by going over to DigitalTrends. Do you have any apps on your iPad that are really good for your kids?