I finally joined the smartphone generation and gained a whole new “bag of tricks” to entertain my nine and five-year old granddaughters (maybe myself, too!) Educational apps are a big hit with all the grandma’s I know. The promise of playing with apps has given me some new leverage with my granddaughters. Now all I have to say is, “when you finish your chores, we can try out a new app!”
Check out these apps I’ve already tested on my granddaughters.
Scoops is our absolute favorite, especially since we all love ice cream. Stack your ice cream cone high into the sky by tilting the phone left and right, catching as many scoops as you can while avoiding the vegetables (veggies ARE great apart from ice cream!) The higher you go, the faster they fall, and the more wobbly your tower! Stack similar colors together for extra points. The game is accompanied by great ice cream truck music and some “whoa’s” when you have a near miss with a vegetable. Warning: It’s addictive!
Doodle Buddy is also addictive. We’ve been playing a paper version of this for a long time. Draw a doodle and then create something from it. Only instead of drawing with a pen, you use your finger as a brush. There are dozens of colors, stamps (which make adorable sounds when you stamp them on your drawing), and backgrounds to help you make your drawing. And the results are really satisfying.
Matching Zoo is an animal version of the memory game with animal sound effects. The added element of sound makes matching even more fun. Warning: The animal sounds can get a little annoying!
Recommended Apps from GaGa Sisterhood members:
Grandma’s Garden features a charming dancing grandma and all her silly veggies for fun adventures in the garden!
Kids Jokes has silly jokes sent in by parents and kids and all jokes have been screened to ensure they are kid safe.
Cut the Rope shows a mysterious package being delivered with a creature inside who wants candy. The goal is to cut the rope with a slide of your finger so the candy falls into the creature’s mouth.
I did some research and found a great website called Smart Apps for Kids that recommends educational apps. Every day the website provides a recommendation for one good free app for the day. But you have to act fast because they’re only free for a very short time.
Warning: Always make sure you preview an app before giving it to a child. Many free apps have inappropriate ads that pop up during a game.
Do you have a favorite app for kids? Share it with us on comments.