Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids
About a week after I began using my iPhone, I was in love. I had a calendar with me at all times, and I was able to stay on top of my family's schedule - even though there are six of us! I had email access while I was out, so I wasn't constantly playing catch up with PTO business in the evening. Then I discovered apps! There are many apps to help busy moms manage their lives, but there are also just as many exclusively for kids. My children can watch videos, interact with their favorite characters, and practice letter-writing and math. No matter where my family goes, they can be entertained and I can have peace of mind knowing they're learning even while they're having fun.
In January 2009 I began a website, The iPhone Mom, dedicated to helping moms find apps that could do the same for them and their children. Since beginning the site, I've seen both the quantity and quality of useful apps for kids grow.
Babble.com asked me to put together a list of my Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids. Here, in descending order, are my favorites and the ones I think you'll find most useful.
LetterWriter Oceans is a gorgeous app that will teach your preschooler how to write letters. The letters float below the ocean’s surface, and when your child taps on a letter, the guides for the letter strokes appear. A small fish will swim to the beginning of a stroke, this is where your child should place their finger. Now they need to follow the stroke directions and write the letter on the screen. The little fish will follow their finger as long as they are writing correctly. When they’ve succeeded in following the guides, they’ll earn a starfish. Each time they write the letter, they’ll earn another starfish. After four starfish they will unlock a poem about the letter. LetterWriter Oceans teaches an important skill and does it very well.