Tips from HappyAha: We all have those moments when we really just want a few minutes of peace and quiet, a break from the kids. Technology comes to rescue. I can tell you that David, my son, loves his new toy – the new iPad (well, only his for about 30 mins a day). He watches his favorite ABC songs from youtube, plays Angry Bird, and draws very artistic pictures using various drawing apps. At the end of the day, he learnt alphabets, numbers, colors, shapes, a few songs, and improved his drawing and slingshot skills. With the proper use of the technology, iPad provides exceptional educational value. See a list below for HappyAha’s pick of top 10 educational apps for your young kids.
1. Khan Academy
Get access to Khan Academy’s library of over 2,700 videos with this app and learn anything for free,cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Learning is never been so easy and fun!
This app teaches shapes, colors, and numbers through interactive play! Kids will learn to form shapes (don’t lift your finger!), blend colors, stack shapes, and much more. All done with a very friendly little voice to lead the way. Stacking the shapes leaves the imagination free to roam.
3. Baby Flash Cards
450+ flashcards app for babies, kids in Preschool and Kindergarten! Learn colors, letters, music, numbers, animals, food pictures with sounds!
4. PBS KIDS Video
Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts.
5. Paint Sparkles Draw – my first colors HD !
Grant your kids a colorful “welcome” to their first steps in the world of colors. Combining simplicity and fun, Paint Sparkles Draw introduces children to the names of all basic colors while developing their sense of vision and creativity. Finger painting was never so easy and fun. Carefully designed for small ages the app is Child-Safe and extra easy to use.
6. Read Me Stories – Children’s books
Help your child develop the habit of reading. Use our library to give your child a fun new educational and entertaining book EVERY day.
7. Music Sparkles – All in One musical instruments collection of Sound , Vocals and Fun Entertainment HD
The largest, most robust collection of fun & playful musical instruments on the App-Store. A lasting visual and audio experience, easy to play, fun to use.Music Sparkles brings a world of music to your finger tips. From piano and xylophone to electric guitar – just tap and play. Enjoy spectacular sparkles created by your own music as you play.
8. Coloring Book
The best digital coloring book for kids! Features freestyle drawing so kids can unleash their creativity! Auto-fill coloring option so kids can just tap the screen to automatically fill in colors! It’s so easy, even the youngest child can enjoy a creative coloring experience! 48 vibrant colors to choose from, so your kids can fully express their artistic side!
9. Shape Puzzle
Babies love Jigsaw puzzles! Shape Puzzle is a jigsaw puzzle especially designed for little kids. After you complete a picture, a cute turtle will pops out and tell you the name of the object you just assembled. What’s more, each object belongs to a certain scene and after you finish all the items, a vivid scene appears!
10. See.Touch.Learn. – Brain Parade
See.Touch.Learn is a picture learning system designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs. See.Touch.Learn.™ makes traditional picture cards obsolete. Parents and professionals use See.Touch.Learn.™ to build custom picture card lessons and automatically track their child’s responses. Includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality images and 60 exercises created by a certified assistant behavior analyst!