We purchased refurbished iPads for my husband’s business and while initially reluctant to let my kids start playing with apps on the iPad (we don’t have iPhones), I have been pleasantly surprised by the apps I found. These fun, educational, and cheap apps were more than enough to keep both kids happy on a summer road trip. And they use them on other occasions, too. (Sometimes mama needs a mental break to read her own book in a waiting room.)
Used sparingly, playing these games is a special treat for my kids!
Fun and Educational Apps for School-Aged Kids
My son is eight years old and here are a few apps that he plays. He started playing some of these when he was around 6 years old, but they could be enjoyed by kids a few years younger.
My son got to play this game as a treat in his first grade class and it made such an impression on him that he BEGGED me to get it. How could I say no to a game where you do math?
Game Play: Math equations pop up on the top of the screen and you have to find the answer in the bingo squares. This is a timed game so speed is always on your mind. Once you get enough squares to make a bingo (up, down, or diagonally) the timer stops. Based on your time, you get …………bingo bugs. This is pretty exciting, apparently.
Pros: Adjustable difficulty levels as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division makes this a game that is for any ability and grows as your child’s math skills grow. Such a fun way to practice math skills that they barely know they are learning. It’s so much fun!
Cons: None that I can think of.
Bottom Line: I highly recommend this game for school aged children! (It says it’s for kids ages 6-8.)
Get it: Math Bingo – ABCya.com
Where’s My Water?
On the recommended app list from his Kindergarten teacher, we tried out the free version of this game and quickly decided to purchase the paid version. Paid is worth it! There is now a second version with new challenges. My 4 year old loves this game as well!
Game Play: Make a path for the water to get to the desired location by clearing away the dirt (sweeping your finger on the screen). It is really life like water physics! You may have to start over if the path you made doesn’t get the water to go in the right direction. Additional components are added with new “rules” to discover. (Steam rises, slime destroys certain things, etc.) Continue reading