Always on the road with your kids? Even if you don’t want to homeschool your elementary-age child, you can take advantage of these cool iPad apps for extra education on the go.
Sushi Monster is the math game you wish you had growing up. This wonderful app teaches addition and multiplication with a contemporary twist: feed an adorable monster some sushi by placing numbered rolls on his table to add or multiply to a target number. Your child will love to see the Sushi Monster gobble up the rolls when the equation’s right, and laugh when the Sushi Monster gets angry for a wrong answer. This highly rated app from Scholastic preps your elementary-school age child for doing math quickly and accurately. This app is free, but it’s worth much more than that.
Noodle Words HD Action Set 1
A creative concept and cute creatures make this word comprehension app a winner for the most hesitant of readers. Two little Noodle Bugs respond to one of the 18 words with an active, engaging, full-screen animation. While the price is a bit high for the limited number of words, this well-made app benefits those children who learn better visually. The collection of words made for this app is the “Action Set,” with verbs like “surprise,” “grow” and “jump.” Hopefully more sets will follow.
Bugs and Buttons>
Improve your child’s hand-eye coordination and sorting and matching skills with the beautifully designed Bugs and Buttons app. The odd bug and button theme makes this app interesting enough to hold a kid’s attention, and the 18 games are educational and yet cool. Graphics are very realistic and animations are detailed and complex. Complete the games in order or pick and choose which one to play. Regardless of the mode, your child will earn bug stamps for his book. If your preschooler or elementary-age kid is obsessed with bugs and ready to learn, this paid app is an investment in high-quality learning.
Stack the States Lite
Geography becomes fun again with this entertaining, fully animated Stack the States app. Your elementary-school age child must correctly answer U.S. geography questions about capitals, flags, etc., to stack states on a pedestal and earn states for her very own map. This popular app combines great facts with a game that teaches proper rotating and positioning of items. As the game requires reading and following step-by-step instructions, it would be suitable for older elementary school age children and younger ones with help from parents. The free Lite app allows you to earn a limited number of states, and the full app (available via in-app purchase) unlocks all 50 as well as other exciting games.
Develop your child’s logical mind with this advanced connect-the-dots style game. Draw lines, or pipes, between matching colored dots in a puzzle board without overlapping and breaking the connections. Once your child gets the hang of it, he can progress to increasingly advanced levels and even do time trials and complete achievements in Game Center. This addicting strategy game gets young minds thinking without knowing they are. This free app has unobtrusive ads and in-app purchases are available for specific game packs.
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