Awesome Apps for Preschoolers

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Book Creator

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app is a powerful and simple tool for creating iBooks on the iPad and is just amazing for practising literacy skills. There are so many things you can create with it – it’s not just for little kids, older children and adults can use it too. Pebble loves creating her own stories by taking photos of her toys and recording her voice.  It took about five minutes for her to learn how to use it independently. I love using this in the classroom too.

Play School Play Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This is one of Pebble’s favourite games to play, especially in the late arvo as I’m cooking dinner. If she’s not in the mood to help in the kitchen she sits at the kitchen bench and plays this instead. It’s fantastic for teaching children about time and patterns throughout the day with lots of interactive games. There is a game for every hour of the day on the Play School clock with each game teaching new skills. Children can also watch Play School through the app.

Bo’s Bed Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app teaches kids about bed time routine with the help of a cute giraffe named Bo. They help Bo to tidy her room, take a bath, brush her teeth, put on her PJs, find her teddy bear, read a book and give kisses goodnight. It’s super easy for kids to follow and play along, and some parts of the game change each time you play, which helps to keep it interesting. It includes concepts such as colour, sorting, matching and counting. Bo has a bunch of other games available too.

Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Go into outer space with Bugsy and learn about letters, sounds and words. When Pebble first started playing this game she didn’t know many of the letters, but now she is getting much more accurate. The game allows for mistakes, giving you as many tries as you need to get the answer right, which is perfect for preschoolers who would get too frustrated with a three-strikes-and-you’re-out style. Parents can choose which subjects the game covers, so if you’re child isn’t ready for spelling or reading yet you can choose to turn that off.

Bug Builder

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Bug Builder allows kids to create their own cute bugs using coloured paints, dress them, feed them, wash them and take a photo of them. Once each bug has had his turn it pops out a little egg, which sees the arrival of a new bug to be coloured, dressed, washed, fed and photographed. Just for fun :) I love hearing Pebble laugh hysterically at her creations. This app is also great fun for toddlers.

Pocket Phonics

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Another app that I love to use at school and home. this app teaches children letter sounds and formation and simple words. I love how quickly Pebble has been able to make words on her own, and so does she! She almost exploded with excitement as she read new words. You can add different profiles for each user, so that they can continue their learning from the last time they played.

Which apps do your preschoolers love to play? 

Octavia and Vicky: Best of 2012

Happy New Year! I’m playing along with a fabulous group of bloggers who are all sharing their best activities for kids from 2012. Here’s my list of favourites from Octavia and Vicky:

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Christmas Crazy! You guys loved these Christmas games.

 

 

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The crowd went wild for I Heart My Body 2012!

 

 

My Favourite Arty-Crafty Kids Post

This was so much fun to create and write. It makes my heart sing.

 

 

My Favourite Kids Play Post

The Play Dough Cup Cake Party!

 

 

My Favourite Parenting Post

A lesson that Pebble and I are still learning with each stage of her development!

 

 

My Favourite Food Post

A recipe from my childhood :)

 

 

My Favourite Geek Post

One of the geek-techery things I use the most – podcasts! Plenty to choose from for kids and adults.

 

 

Please visit the Best of 2012 Co-Hosts:

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52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ angeliquefelix.com – The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali
B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom
Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse
Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers
Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails
Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls
Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories
Inspired by Family ~ It’s A Long Story ~ JDaniel4’s Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home
Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn
Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma’s Fun World
Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore
Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato
PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti’sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach
Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw
Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim
Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul



Kids Connect the Dots

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More app fun for kids this week, with Kids Connect the Dots. We have the lite (free) version, which Pebble loves playing. While it is recommended for four to seven year olds, 2.5 year old Pebble has no trouble thanks to the optional hints.

For example, if the child doesn’t click on the correct number within a few seconds, the next correct number is highlighted, giving them a hint. The hint setting is optional: you can have it set to show hints ‘always’, ‘after three seconds’ or ‘never’.

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The app also counts each number out loud, which is great for reinforcing number and number pattern. Pebble can count count out loud to thirteen, and is starting to know a few other ‘teen numbers too.

If you have an older child who would enjoy a challenge you can change settings so that there is no voice over for numbers. You can also change from a numerical dot to dot to alphabetical (thumbs up for both upper and lower case!).

The full version ($AUD2.88) includes a child lock and all 100 puzzles, including the 25 available for free. This review is based on the Android app, however it is also available from the Apple App Store.

I’d love to know what technology your kids are having fun with right now. Do tell!

Free Puzzle App for Kids

Pebble has found a new favourite app recently. She has been asking to play Kids Preschool Lite more often than other games, and seems to get a certain satisfaction from completing each simple jigsaw puzzle. She also enjoy playing with her hands on puzzles at home, so it’s not really a surprise that she loves this app.

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Kids Preschool Lite is the free version of Kids Puzzle ($AUD2.88), an easy to use puzzle game for pre-schoolers. To play, children press and drag puzzle pieces into the correct place on the outline of a simple drawing. The lite version allows for about 20 puzzles, while the full version has over 100 puzzles to play. The game can be made trickier by removing the outline between pieces and unchecking the ‘easy snap’ option, which allows the puzzle pieces to click very easily into place when they are moved near the correct position. We have kept the easy settings, for now.

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As a parent I love that Pebble can play this game independently, and that it’s not overwhelming with noise, flashing colours, or anything too tricky. At her age (two and a half) it’s just the right level to keep her engaged for a few minutes (not too much screen time), but not to drive her crazy with frustration.

Pebble can open this game and select and complete her favourite puzzles all by herself. There are puzzles with four pieces, which are quite easy, and some tricker puzzles with up to nine or ten pieces. Children can choose from puzzles such as a cow, a clock, an apple, a car and letters and numbers.

This game has definitely given us a few more minutes in bed in the morning, and who doesn’t want that? You can download Kids Preschool Lite from Google Play, or try the version for iTunes (which may play differently to this review).

Have you found any good puzzle apps for kids lately? Or adults!?

Best apps for toddlers

You may have noticed that I’m a tech-geek, and love all things Android. I am a big fan of integrating technology with children’s learning, and I’ve written before about kid friendly web site Poisson Rouge. What has only just come to my attention is their fun and easy to use apps for Android. How did I not see these before?

There are three apps by Poison Rouge Interactiva which are great fun for toddlers and young children – Aquarium, Bugs and Amos from Outerspace. Children can click anywhere without “breaking” the app and there are no ads to whisk children away to strange places. Almost every game is controlled by a simple click or click and drag that leads to success every time – you almost can’t do it wrong!

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Each app costs just $AU3.23 to buy from the Google Play store, and for us they’ve been well worth the money. We don’t use apps for long periods of time, but they’re perfect for snuggling up under the covers for an extra five minutes in bed while playing the games together, or for distracting a grumpy toddler when you’re stuck in parenting hell (doctors waiting room, post office queue…. that sort of thing).

What’s your idea of parenting hell?