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Published January 13th 2014
Apps To Make Your Brains POP
Stop trying to resist, why not take advantage of children's love of iPads? No need to worry if you don't know how to use them, kids are not reluctant and they always figure it out. Think about it; when was the last time a kids asked you for computer advice?
iPads are portable, therefore kids can learn anywhere and anytime. There are many free educational apps available for the iPad. Here's some for you to have a look at.
Math bingo There are a variety of bingo games using subtraction multiplication, division and addition. There are three levels of difficulty. A report card features a score board to check keep track of progress.
Little story maker Kids can write their own stories. They can upload their own images and photos to create an unlimited amount of stories.
Lego 833 controller – Commander The robot can work via Bluetooth and allows kids to play with their own robots.
There are also Lego apps such as the 3-D builder and fix the factory. The latter is a puzzle game designed to challenge thinking.
Source: GarageBand on the App Store on iTunes itunes.apple.com
Garage Band Kids can play their own instruments and record them so that they can make music. My kids get endless hours of fun on this app.
Kids can create and view their own high-quality videos. This has a green screen, sound effects and visual filters.
Kids can watch animated movies on a range of topics and then test their acquired knowledge on the interactive quiz.
Quick voice recorder
A simple, quick and easy way for kids to record their voice. They can you use this to add to other work or just for fun. Kids don't ever seem to tire of hearing their own voice.
Kids will have fun creating their own books. There are many templates to choose from and the kids had their own text and images.
Source: Live365 / Wikimedia Commons
There are many, many more free apps and others that are very cheap. So for a few dollars children can develop their literacy and maths skills and learn about a range of topics.
Don't feel guilty; let them play around and enjoy learning to be digitally savvy. Have fun exploring these and please share some of your favourites.