You’re always asking us for new kids’ apps and here’s our latest picks. My four-year-old was like a duck to water when we got our iPad and he’s been furtively trying out the latest batch.
The standout favourite was the interactive story book Slice of Bread goes to the Beach by Glenn Melenhorst. As you may already know, I have a fondness for a quality app with Australian accents and content. My son really enjoys them in particular, seeming to prefer the familiar accent.
Slice of Bread goes to the Beach is about just that! He’s quite an endearing bit of bread and he has a few hiccups along the way. You can choose for the story to be told, or use it like a traditional story book where you do the reading.
The app has some quirky features that your child can access while the text is read so make sure to tap around the screen to see what happens. My boy loves this aspect of the app, but I won’t let on what they are so you too can be surprised! It’s $2.99 from the App Store and will suit children of all ages, depending on how it’s used.
Next up is Ani’mots which suits older children up to about age eight who have basic, emerging and sound literacy skills. It’s a cute crossword app with lots of different puzzles of varying animal name difficulty (there’s a koala in there!) and is a great way to introduce your child to an absorbing hobby. Features include audio to check letter and word sounds and customisable functions.
Games for Kids is a really attractively presented app with appealing graphics and six games (see above) that kids love. You get used to the rather overt American accent in no time and the games are engaging for both older and younger children thanks to the three levels of difficulty.
This app facilitates opportunity for interaction between an adult and child, or an older sibling and younger child as strategies can be discussed and help with reading can be provided if the audio for doing this is not selected. The games can be played in six languages so if you have a bilingual (or more) household, you will find this very useful!
Games for Kids is 99 cents from the App Store.