As the mum of 2 kids, one at school, one at creche, iPhone/iPad apps are invaluable for the car or for lunches where you want to switch off, mainline soy lattes and read trash in Grazia. I happily let Scout play these apps guilt-free (and isn’t that what it’s all about?) The games are suitable for kids aged from about 4 to 8 (and ordered from cheapest to most expensive, but really, what price guilt-free parental time?) I’d rather Inky not have iApparatus screen-time at all, but Melbourne Dad has subjected her to Kid Art on occasion and, well, it’s a hit. Of course it is, why do you think iTunes is so bloody profitable?
- Hangman – the classic game (ages 5-8) iPhone and iPad. Free!
- Memory – various memory games for kids ages 5-8. iPhone and iPad. Free!
- Sudoku – Sudoku games from easy – expert. (ages 5-12) iPhone and iPad. Free!
- W.E.L.D.E.R – word game for ages 9-12. iPhone and iPad. $0.99
- Kid Art – kids use their fingers and electronic “stamps” to create work of art. Both Inky (20 months) and Scout (6.5 years) love this one. iPhone and iPad. $0.99
- Teach Me – Various maths games. You can get different grades, depending on child’s level, from Toddler to Primary age (ages 2 – 8) iPhone and iPad. $0.99 each level.
- Sum Stacker – kids are challenged to move tiles around in order to create the correct sum in each stack. There are a variety of number concepts, such as dice, roman numerals etc. (ages 3-8) iPhone and iPad. $0.99
- Ada’s Fashion Show – ummmm, teaches them multi-tasking? Ada has a fashion show to get to and you have to get her ready in time! Scout loves it. Not the most intellectual game in the pack, but fuckit, it’ll keep the little ladies entertained for hours. (ages 4-8) iPhone and iPad $1.99
- The Heist – 4 different types of puzzles. On the iPhone there is a special phone call from “Sophie” with instructions. 1) Block puzzle – shift blocks around to get to a key piece. 2) Sudoku – patterns instead of numbers. 3) Picture Puzzle – rearranging blocks to make a picture, and 4) Robot Puzzle – 2 blocks have home square that the robot needs to get to without getting stuck. WARNING: NOT JUST FOR KIDS! BEWARE ADULT ADDICTION! (ages 5 – 80. That wasn’t a typo) – iPhone and iPad. $2.99
- Numbers League – kids assemble a group of superheroes and solve numbers problems to catch the villains (ages 5-8) iPad only. $4.49
By the way, this post is NOT sponsored by Apple or iTunes. As much as it may seem that way.