Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Good apps for kids

These days, technology provides your children with a number of different options for entertainment and learning. Don't let the iPad be a gadget that's only useful for grown ups; instead, download some apps to use as a growth and development tool for your kids as well.

You don't have to worry about finding apps that deal with computer finance or value investing - instead, focus on easy-to-use apps that can be beneficial for helping your little ones gain some new skills, or improve their coordination or cognitive function. If you're worried about where to begin, don't be - these great apps will get you started in no time - plus, they're all free or under $5!

Cut the Rope, $0.99

There’s a lolly attached to some string, and Om Nom is hungry – that’s the general idea, anyway. Kids have to solve different puzzles by cutting different parts of string and operating pulleys and catapults so Om Nom can have his candy. This game is a great exercise in problem solving, and Om Nom is so adorable you’ll probably want to join in the fun.

Phone for Kids, $1.99

Phone for Kids is an educational resource filled with games and activities to keep your kid preoccupied and help them learn at the same time. With balloon-popping numbers games to the days of the week train, this app has countless things to help make learning fun for the little ones.

Drawing Den, Free (or $2.99 to unlock all drawings)

Drawing Den is a fantastic colouring-in app for young kids to explore their creativity. With different levels to cater to different drawing capabilities and a range of colours and palettes, this app will have your kids busy for hours.

Pocket City, Free

With Pocket City, kids can create their own dream city where the only limit is how far their imagination can stretch! From decorations to population management, this app will teach your child some great lessons in creativity and time and money management.

Instagram, Free

It seems far too early to get your kids Instagramming, but Instagram is a great app to help develop creative vision. Teach your children a thing or two about photography: ask them to take a photo of a nearby object, then show them all the fun ways their pictures can be modified. You’ll have a budding Annie Leibovitz in no time!

Andrea Turner is a mother and tech-enthusiast who can’t get enough of the app store. She is a freelance writer in her spare time – this helps fund her app addiction.