Guide for “Good" Kids’ Apps (and some for Adults too!)
In today's world children are being exposed to technology at a much early age. Instead of sheltering them from our constantly evolving world, we need to guide them in the appropriate way. Children are sponges and soak up a lot of information. With that being said, it is important when you are traveling with children and you are allowing them to play a game on the iPad, that the game is developmentally appropriate and educational. “Screen Time” should be limited and only taken out if necessary while traveling. It should be considered a “treat” for children to have the opportunity to use the iPad. Below is an organized list, by age group, of apps that are highly rated across the world and are safe and appropriate for your child.
1. Age Group 2-4 years old
b. Sing and Learn Colors with Jenny Jenkins & Lisa Loeb (Teaches children about various colors, in the form of various mediums including, games, songs, and graphics) c. Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose (Children learn behaviors and emotions) d. Sago Mini Road Trip (Create the fun of going on a road trip)
2. Age Group 5-7 years old
b. Fun for Kids-Puzzles (puzzle app with sound)
3. Age Group 7-10 years old
4. Age Group 10-13 years old
5. Age Group 13+years old
d. Breakthrough (Deeply explores innovating science topics) e. Shake-a-Phrase: Fun with Words and Sentences (Creating silly sentences to promote imaginative writing)
In addition to finding ways to entertain children, why shouldn't we find ways to entertain ourselves? Believe it or not, adults can only check emails and look on social media to get the latest gossip for so long then eventually we get bored too. As adults age, our bodies are constantly changing especially our brain functions. It is very important to do brain exercises to engage all parts of the brain that may not get equal use everyday. Below, is a list of apps that are great for stimulating the mind.
3. Brain Trainer Special (Has a large collection of brain games)