Educational Apps for the Holidays

Add a little magic to your holidays this year by enjoying these KinderTown-approved educational apps.

 

Add a little magic to your holidays this year by enjoying these KinderTown-approved educational apps.

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas is a delightful holiday app that gives kids an opportunity to experience the traditional song. Read KinderTown's review.

12 Days of Christmas is a delightful holiday app that gives kids an opportunity to experience the traditional song, and also creates a custom video of themselves singing. You have two options for game play: sing-along or play-along. In play-along, your job is to follow along with the song and tap the number that goes along with the song patterns. In sing-along, your child records him- or herself, both video and audio, singing along. Create your own family’s 12 Days of Christmas. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

First Words Christmas

First Words Christmas will support your beginning reader in building winter holiday words, sound by sound. Read KinderTown's review.

First Words Christmas will support your beginning reader in building winter holiday words, sound by sound. For children already blending sounds, First Words becomes an app for practicing spelling. Parents can set up the appropriate environment for their child by adjusting the variety of settings. Thematic words paired with colorful pictures for young children, and options for parent customization, are what make this app a success. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! brings the classic holiday story to your device. Read KinderTown's review.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! brings the classic holiday story to your device. The original story, text and illustrations, are easy for your children to listen to or begin to read themselves. The interactivity in this text is timed to not disrupt or distract from the story. The best part is that you don’t have to read the story aloud day after day if you use the “read to me” feature. We enjoy the apps for the family to listen and share together in the car or as a bedtime routine. The app is $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-8.

KidsMag Christmas Edition

For the holiday season, KidsMag has released a special Christmas issue. Read KinderTown's review.

KidsMag takes the traditional children’s magazine and makes it come alive with thematic interactive games, teaching moments, art and music. For the holiday season, KidsMag has released a special Christmas issue that has your child dressing up Santa and a Christmas tree, spelling Christmas words and playing with shadows. KidsMag integrates vocabulary lessons with meaningful Math, Science and Language activities, created in a learning environment where kids thrive. Kids Mag Christmas Edition is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

Wubbzy’s the Night Before Christmas

Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas takes your child through the beloved Christmas poem with a few new twists and turns. Read KinderTown's review.

Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas takes your child through the beloved Christmas poem with a few new twists and turns. Features include options to use the app as a book with no hotspots, or with full interactivity while the story is read aloud or with just word support. In the app you’ll find flying sled games, coloring pages, and a few other surprises. At the end, parents are supported with questions for talking and thinking about the story. Overall, Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas is a fun, colorful story that kids love to listen to. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-7.

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Top Global Apps for Kids

One of the greatest advantages of having an iPad for your child is the ability to reach around the globe and access different cultures.

One of the greatest advantages of having an iPad for your child is the ability to reach around the globe and access different cultures. Check out these top apps to learn about other cultures.

 

Homes

In this app, they have developed interactive homes across the world for kids to play in and discover new facts about other cultures. Read KinderTown's review.

Homes is the newest app from Tinybop, a developer focused on play and the natural curiosity of children. In this app, they have developed interactive homes across the world for kids to play in and discover new facts about other cultures. There are four different homes across the globe represented at the time of this review: United States, Guatemala, Yemen, and Mongolia. Once a location is chosen, a child can begin to explore the house. A sliding window bar allows you to peer inside the home. Tap on areas of the home to zoom in on the room. Once inside the individual rooms, children can play with the objects. For example, a room in a house in Yemen has a musical instrument to play with, tea cups and a pitcher to serve tea, and pillows on the floor to rearrange. The app begs kids to ask questions like “How do others live?” “What makes up a home?” The app can easily be changed to several different languages, encouraging children to listen to other languages and learn new words. KinderTown would like to see more information attached to some of the objects to further educate children (and parents). For example, a wash basin in Guatemala is used to wash clothing and prepare food. When talking with the creators, KinderTown learned about the extensive research that went into creating authenticity in the app. In addition, check out the Homes Handbook, which provides lots of facts and questions to ask your kids. The app is based on free exploration, so children can explore at their own pace and follow their interests as well. This app is a great way to learn about other cultures through the home environment which is familiar for young kids. The app is $3.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-8.

 

News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic is a news magazine for kids. Read KinderTown's review.

News-O-Matic is a news magazine for kids. This magazine contained within an app includes interactive activities and videos. News-O-Matic features 5 daily stories covering the United States and International news, sports, arts, science and more. The articles are written by their staff of journalists, including educational experts, and reviewed by psychologists to ensure age-appropriate content. The content of the articles is designed for young readers to understand. The app is also ad-free so the distractions are limited. News-O-Matic also features complete playback of the articles via a Read-to-Me function, making the information accessible to younger students and struggling readers. Definitions and pronunciations are provided for difficult words within articles. A few games are featured as they relate to the news of the day. The app also offers a Spanish translation. A special school edition exists for classroom settings or homeschool environments. KinderTown’s favorite feature that is only included in the school edition is the ability to change reading levels within the app from a 1st grade reading level up to a sixth grade reading level. In addition, the school version includes assessment questions for students. News-O-Matic is a very complete educational news magazine for kids and lots of features for educators and parents. News-O-Matic is appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Barefoot World Atlas

Barefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Read KinderTown's review.

Barefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Open to a globe dotted with images that just beg to be tapped. Read and listen to fun facts by touching the images on the screen. Looking for more depth? Search by country and region to learn facts that give you a look into the lives of people and places around the world. It is completely worth the price and will be appreciated by both the adults and kids. We see this app becoming one that the family sits on the couch and uses together. The app is $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 5-8. A KinderTown personal favorite!

 

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Unique eBook Apps

eBooks are wonderful types of apps to have on your iPad or iPhone to read with your child on the go or at home.

eBooks are wonderful types of apps to have on your iPad or iPhone to read with your child on the go or at home. Reading books with your child builds vocabulary, comprehension and fluency skills that will grow and develop even more as your child learns to read themselves.

 

Kids Discover

Kids Discover is a jammed packed non-fiction learning experience for kids. Read KinderTown's review.

Kids Discover is a jammed packed non-fiction learning experience for kids. Kids Discover has a variety of topics that they offer in magazine/book styled apps. Each topic contains pages with information and interactive elements. The app does contain a large amount of text, which is not read aloud. Parents read aloud the text to your child, or help define the topic specific vocabulary words your child may not be able to read themselves. The apps contain great real pictures, drawings, diagrams, and areas to learn more. At the end of each app there are activities that relate to the topic of the magazine, and multiple choice quizzes with an answer key. Check out their website for excellent parent guides. They also have a teacher area with free lesson plans to accompany each of the apps. Choose from interesting topics such as Cells, Plants, Incas, Simple Machines, Extreme Weather, Antarctica, or Washington D.C. Visit their webpage to see all of the app magazine topics. Each one is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 6-8.

 

Me Books

Me Books is a children's library app. Read KinderTown's review.

Me Books is a children’s library app. The app has a nice selection of books. In the Me Books app, when the books are read aloud, the words are not highlighted and the books are not interactive as created. However, children can create their own interactive components in the story. Children can highlight a character and make a recording to be read when tapped during the story. Me Books offers a variety of books to choose from to download into your Me Books library. Each book ranges in price from $.99 to $4.99. Me Books does offer a variety of comics as well which can be motivating for some reluctant readers through a separate app called Me Comics. Also, be sure to visit their website and sign up for their newsletter to receive a 10 offer to jumpstart your library.

 

Boombons

Boombons is an interactive children's magazine made for Preschoolers. Read KinderTown's review.

Boombons is an interactive children’s magazine made for Preschoolers. Max, Lola and Oscar are the character’s that lead the learning in the interactive magazine. KinderTown loves the 60 interactive scenes that provide different learning activities that address different early learning skills such as noticing differences, sorting and matching objects, spatial awareness, numbers and colors. The change in scenes and virtual pages of the magazines keeps young learners interested in the app. Boombons comes with one free interactive magazine. An additional issue is available for purchase for $.99.

 

The Terrifying Building in Eyeville

This unique e-book attempts to explain cancer to children. Read KinderTown's review.

This unique e-book attempts to explain cancer to children. This book would be a good way to start a conversation with a child about cancer. The book does not have a lot of interactivity, but the graphics are engaging for children. The story is a bit lengthy about a destructive builder named “Kanser” that comes to town. “Kanser” eventually ruins the town and the town people leave to a new town and are able to start over again.  The author wrote the e-book after having a child with a form of cancer as a way to help kids connect with the concept of cancer.

 

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Celebrate Fall with Apps

Pumpkins, Costumes, Hay rides, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Scarecrows; Children love this time of year. Enjoy the season with these educational fall apps!

Pumpkins, Costumes, Hay rides, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Scarecrows; Children love this time of year. Enjoy the season with these educational fall apps!

 

First Words Halloween

First Words Halloween will support your beginning reader to build Halloween holiday words, sound by sound. Read KinderTown's review.

First Words Halloween will support your beginning reader to build Halloween holiday words, sound by sound. For children already blending sounds, First Words becomes an app for practicing spelling. Parents can set up the appropriate environment for their child by adjusting the variety of settings. Thematic words with “spooktacular” pictures for young children and more control for parents makes this app a success. First Words Halloween is $1.99 and is appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Little Critter Trick or Treat

Little Critter Trick or Treat is a cute story about preparing for Halloween. Read KinderTown's review.

Little Critter Trick or Treat is a cute story about preparing for Halloween. The words are highlighted as they are read to your child. Each page has a few interactive elements. The story includes many activities that your family may be doing to prepare for fall such as searching for a costume and choosing a pumpkin. The Little Critter characters make the story lovable and one you can reread throughout the season. The app is $.99 (normally $1.99) and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Kids Mag Halloween Special Edition

KidsMag takes the traditional children’s magazine and makes it come alive with thematic interactive games, teaching moments, art and music. Read KinderTown's review.

KidsMag takes the traditional children’s magazine and makes it come alive with thematic interactive games, teaching moments, art and music. For Halloween, KidsMag has a special holiday issue that has your child playing spot the difference, putting together puzzles, reading spooky stories and dressing up Teo and Bianca (the main characters) for Halloween. KidsMag integrates vocabulary lessons with meaningful Math, Science and Language activities, created in a learning environment where kids thrive. Fifteen pages of activities refresh with a new game or look at the shake of the iPad. Your child will be absorbed in KidsMag. This app provides an engaging learning environment for children. Kids Mag Halloween is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-7.

 

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