When it comes to the iPad, many parents are finding that their kids want in on the fun. However, with in-store purchases, complex game mechanics and a massive list of apps from which to choose, it can be hard to narrow down the perfect choices to let loose on the kids. These 10 iPad apps offer easy yet satisfying game play for kids without leaving you worried about what your kids might get into. Best of all, many sneak in some great learning tools so your kids can learn while having fun.
1. Let’s Color!-
As a combination of coloring book, picture book, puzzle book and interactive game, Let’s Color offers fun and educational game play for young children. Each interactive page prompts the child to complete or add to the existing drawings to solve a puzzle, answer a question or continue the plot of the story. Pressing the go button then brings drawings to life. The game includes 18 pages at no additional charge with an additional 16 pages available for purchase.
Awarded various awards by the New York Times, Time.com and Apple, this interactive dinosaur encyclopedia by National Geographic offers computer animations, audio commentary, fun facts and an assortment of other information about some of the largest beasts to ever roam the earth. Though the app requires a bit more storage space than many other apps, it offers hours of learning fun.
3. Super Why ABC Adventures-
With 6 different games and four sing-along alphabet songs, Super Why ABC Adventures is a great way for kids to learn the alphabet. It features popular characters from PBS Kids’ Super Why series and is sure to capture their attention.
4. Tiny Wings-
With its bright color palate, soothing music, cute animations and simple one-touch controls, Tiny Wings is ideal for toddlers, kids and even adults. The story follows a young bird learning to fly using hills and jumps. Two players can play at once using opposite sides of the screen for multi-player fun.
5. Faces iMake – Right Brain Creativity-
This art app encourages critical thinking by allowing children to make drawings using collages of common household items. Pictures can then be saved or uploaded to social media sites for friends and family.
6. Toca Hair Salon-
Using a large assortments of tools and accessories, Toca Hair Salon allows children to cut, style and color the hair of a long list of people and animals. A tap of the screen regrows hair when you are done and the fun starts again.
7. Angry Birds Space HD-
With its simple physics-based game play, easy controls and cute characters, Angry Birds is one of the most popular mobile games available. It is also ideal for kids and can help to build hand eye coordination and problem solving skills.
8. Scribble Press-
With an assortment of templates and art mediums, Scribble Press gives your child the tools they need to create their own art or combine them to create books. These books can then be printed, shared online or bound through the Scribble Press store.
9. Where’s My Perry?-
Through over 100 puzzles, Where’s My Perry teaches problem solving skills and basic physics with a simple touch and drag interface.
10. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Color & Create-
This app features multiple coloring and story books for your child to perfect their coloring and reading skills. Additional books, stickers and effects are available through the in-app store for further options
About the Author: Greg Lewis has been writing about iPad applications and other children’s topics for more than 15 years. When not writing, Greg can be found with his family at home or working with one of the many charities in Chicago.