We don’t have smartphones. In fact, we don’t even have … dumb? phones. But, while we were at camp, our computer died. Because my husband was actively continuing his job search, we needed a way to stay connected. We were able to get a tablet for a fraction of what a new computer would have cost us, so that’s what we did. Most of the apps I have are basic ones like facebook, twitter and instagram. I have a few games like Ruzzle and What’s the Word [my current addiction]. I also have some games for Xander. I don’t let him spend a ton of time using it but it does come in handy sometimes.
Here are a few free apps that have been great for him. He started playing them when he was about 18 months old and still enjoys them, just to give you a reference for age-appropriateness.
The first thing I wanted to find, was something that made him able to play more independently. This app is awesome.
It creates a homescreen, just for him. I selected which apps I wanted him to have access to and it added them to his menu. The home button is blocked so that he doesn’t accidentally exit and, if he manages to quit a game unintentionally, it restarts in 5 seconds. It’s been a lifesaver!
Now, on to the games.
A simple, multi-sensory activity to teach 1 to 10 counting to pre-school children.
I think this app has really helped X with his counting and number recognition.
In this awesome game for toddlers and young children, your kids will have a blast pushing the different buttons to watch the colorful monsters dance to fun music and sound effects. It’s a fun silly game that kids will love.
Barnyard Games for Kids is an awesome collection of games for toddlers and preschoolers. 3 games come with the free version and then you can purchase the others. We only have the free ones. Right now, X’s favorite is “Tap Farm” but he’s starting to learn how to use the other two: Shapes & Colors and Alphabet Bounce.
And I saved his FAVORITE for last …
X would play this game for hours, if I let him. Different types of vehicles come zooming across the screen, when he touches the stoplight,. He can also touch the sky, to change it from day to night, touch the clouds to make it rain, touch the fire hydrant to make water shoot out of it, etc. It has helped him learn lots of new words, including the names of several different kinds of trucks.
These games help us stay occupied in waiting rooms and come in handy at home, when we need a reason to just SIT for a few minutes.
What’s missing from my list? Are there free apps your kids love?
My little man is turning TWO this weekend. How is that possible? I have a great cake concept in my brain and I’m just praying that it looks somewhat like I imagine, when all is said and done. Wish me luck! I’ll post pictures on Monday.
Have a great weekend!
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