We at PadGadget are lucky, lucky people because so many wonderful apps cross our digital desktops that we can’t possibly fully review them all. This embarrassment of riches lead us to introduce a new feature, the monthly Kids’ App Round Up, that will include new releases and hidden gems parents might otherwise miss.
Did we leave anything out? Please share the name of your favorite sleeper edu-apps and games for kids.
1. Jumble Bugs Book One: Bloomie & The Birthday Blunder ($2.99) — The first in a series of stories based on a line (of all things) of plush toys, Jumble Bugs offers read-to-me and self modes. Readers will meet Bloomie, Leilani, Mr. Tumbles Crabbug, and Petey the Pirate in this colorful birthday story that is sure to delight three to ten-year-old readers and pre-readers.
2. The Grunts: Beard of Bees (Free) — How many bees can you (or you and a friend) fit on to Mr. Grunt’s beard? Find out in this fast-paced, universal iOS game that ties into Nosy Crow’s children’s book series The Grunts. With top-notch illustrations by Axel Scheffler and a score by award-winning composer Robin Beanland, Beard of Bees is a cut above most other free apps. But what else would you expect from Nosy Crow?
3. SpiroDoodle ($0.99) — Described as a combination between a Spirograph and finger painting, kids and adults will be amazed at the beautiful, complex art they can create with SpiroDoodle. Deceptively simple but incredibly intuitive, this universal art app lets the user set the number of points, color, background, and symmetrical mirroring for each drawing. Just like snowflakes, no two creations will be the same.
4. Squeebles Addition & Subtraction ($0.99) — We’ve favorably reviewed other edu-apps from the Squeebles family (Multiplication and Spelling). Squeebles Addition & Subtraction is another solid edition to this clever line of universal apps that make school just a bit easier, and a whole lot cuter. Whether your student is working on 2+2 or handling multiple digits at once, Squeebles Addition & Subtraction encourages him to practice his math facts.
5. Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day ($5.99) — Illustrator Emily Sutton’s vibrant, detailed drawings star in Clara Button and the Magic Hat Day, which is read by author Amy de la Haye. The reader can also choose to record her version of the story, which adds to the fun and replay value of this tale of Clara, her brother, Ollie and the adventure they have with their Mum on a visit to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
6. The House That Went on Strike ($2.99) — Former Colorado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder narrates The House That Went on Strike, an original story of a house and its appliances that stand up to their neglectful family by — you guessed it — going on strike. Both poignant and delightfully absurd, The House That Went on Strike employs Dr. Seuss-like phrasing and lively graphics to reinforce lessons about respecting yourself and others.
7. Punky Dunk Project: Punky Dunk and the Gold Fish ($2.99) — Cat fans and aspiring bi-lingual readers will love Punky Dunk and the Gold Fish, a 100-year-old tale narrated in both English and Spanish. This entertaining story of a curious cat also includes more than 100 interactive elements and an original soundtrack with narration by Matthew Modine and Kate del Castillo.
8. Motion Math: Hungry Guppy ($2.99) — The developers of the Motion Math series recently released Hungry Guppy, a universal iOS app that aims to get 3 to 7-year-old kids counting. Hungry Guppy’s bright graphics and friendly guppies will draw kids in, making it easy for children to grow more familiar with adding. The app has three levels of increasing difficulty, so it can grow as your child learns.
9. Little Digits ($1.99) — Little Digits integrates the iPad’s touchscreen into gameplay, by encouraging children to tap the screen as they count. The app’s bold graphics draw pre-schoolers in. As kids play they are exposed to basic mathematic concepts including addition, subtraction and number order.
10. ABC 123 Colors – Spelling & Pronunciations ($1.99) — In ABC 123 Colors – Spelling & Pronunciation, the title says it all. This photo-realistic edu-app will excite kids as it teaches them to identify and pronounce words for each letter of the alphabet, as well as colors and numbers. The clear photographs entice little readers to learn the basics, while promoting Kindergarten readiness.