It’s no secret that kids are naturally drawn to iPads, which can work to your favor. If you have an upcoming car trip or doctor’s appointment and need to keep your kids entertained, download one of these video apps that are fun and exciting to watch, but also educational. Your kids will be little angels, quietly watching entertaining videos – and as a bonus, they might just learn a thing or two.
PBS Kids Video (Free) – The PBS kids app is the gold standard in educational video content for kids. This app has more than 1,000 videos from top PBS shows, like Curious George, Sesame Street, and Dinosaur Train. This app provides a kid-friendly viewing experience, and the app adds new content each and every week. You can also access your local PBS TV schedule, and keep track of all your kids shows right in the app. PBS has several great shows that all have an underlying educational message.
Sprout Games & Videos (Free) – Sprout is a 24-hour preschool channel that’s designed for kids and parents to watch together. This app comes equipped with shows, activities, and games to play, recreating the experience of SproutOnline.com. This app has a video player where kids can watch their favorite Sprout clips, plus two games with Sprout characters, cute animations, funny voiceovers, and more. New videos are added to this app on a regular basis, so there’s always something new for kids to watch.
Pinch Video (Free) – This app is a bit of a stretch in the educational video category, but it is a fun video addition that will encourage kids to think creatively and experiment. Pinch Video is actually a cartoon music video creator that allows children to become the music video director, telling a fun 3-D character what to wear, when to dance, and controlling the cameras, the scenes, and the special effects. This app includes fun music, and is perfect for kids that are aspiring musicians, directors or dancers.
Gube: Kid Safe Videos ($3.99) – This ultra useful app from Shacked Software provides parents and kids with a catalog of pre-screened, moderated and safe yet fun YouTube videos to watch, turning the iPad into a fantastic learning and entertainment device. The app includes videos that are appropriate for young children (infants up to grade school), and it will prevent kids from watching content that is inappropriate. It does, however, provide a huge library of videos so kids can pick out exactly what they want to watch all on their own.
BabyTV Mobile HD (Free) - This last selection is an app that’s designed for babies and toddlers, featuring content from the BabyTV channel. This app has hundreds of episodes, so kids can watch their favorite episodes wherever they are. With a $4.99 subscription, parents can download videos to the iPad and store them so they can be watched even when offline, without the need for a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. This will keep small children entertained at home, in the car, and even on long flights. Plus it’s filled with cute, educational content, making it well worth the subscription price.