The app landscape is vast. Finding
ones that (a) engage, (b) have something to teach your child and (c) are easy
to use (for you and them) can be challenging.
And while it’s important to put boundaries around screen time, apps can stimulate your child’s development in
Here are our top 10.
33 apps and counting in his stable, Swedish developer Bjorn Jeffery’s
simple, feelgood games encourage creativity, collaboration and problem solving,
and are appropriate for kids four years and up. Newest off the block is Hair
Salon 3, an interactive styling salon from Toca Boca’s
popular series. Toca Life: Vacation is a cracker, too.
for older kids, Minecraft is highly engaging (read: addictive) –
think of it as
generation’s Lego, but if
you could build entire worlds, and the creatures that live in them. The choose-your-own
adventure and block-style construction helps develop creativity and spatial
instructive ‘keyboard’ will delight those
interest in music but
classical training. Tap the lights on popular tunes to
become an instant maestro – the app can also help with rhythm if it doesn’t
naturally. Best on an iPad or tablet so you can access the keys more
Bob the Builders, hammers at the ready! Kids will love helping Grandpa build
things in his workshop, handing him tools, measuring and cutting wood and
painting; mums and dads will love the basic maths skills involved, not to
mention a cute storyline involving grandparents.
fantastic logic game for kids aged seven and up – and
solid introduction to the
language of computer programming.
R-obbie the Robot has crashed his spaceship, and needs help to get back home.
Copying and pasting the kid-friendly coding gets R-obbie home safely.
spelling-zoological hybrid, ABC Wildlife curates the best (and safest) of
YouTube cute-animal vids. Hit a letter, watch a corresponding animal frolic in
its natural habitat, then watch as your Dr Dolittle Junior learns how to write the
your easily bored pre-teen’s mind with an
exploration of man’s final frontier.
Float about in space, zoom in on a planet and explore the
stars in an immersive 3D environment. Guaranteed that the whole family will
learn something new – and doubly
fascinating on a long-haul flight.
Weather by Tinybop
skill lies in making
tricky concepts approachable. With weather, it uses simple scientific lessons
to teach how atmospheric forces affect the environment. Kids can raise or lower
the temperature, peer into a cloud to see how rain is made and even create
hurricanes (no answer on why the sky’s blue, however).
A Parcel of Courage
An interactive picture-book app
with stunning illustrations and a heartwarming family story. Help Alex bake and
send ‘courage cookies’ to his grandma, so she can get on a plane and visit him. The reading
adventure is packed with educational activities enhancing logic, spatial
cognition and photographic memory.
Join Princess Ida as she
navigates a surreal world of hidden paths, fantastical architecture and Inception-like spatial manipulations,
all while outsmarting the squawking Crow People. It is a serene, captivating
experience and will fascinate kids and grown-ups alike.
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