Parenthood is hard and one of the most difficult things is to subvert the jealousy at all the wonderful apps kids get to play with and how infinitely better they are than us, at using phones in general. Since children seem to be addicted to technology, the world had to innovate.
Turn the time-wasting apps into educational ones where children can both enjoy and learn. You can say goodbye to your phone when you are in the presence of your child, because he or she would want to play these games – better yet, you’d want them to play these games.
We have narrowed it down to best games and app we could find for pre-school children.
Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens
The main objective of Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens is to solve puzzles to clear out paths so that the hero can work his way out of a treacherous maze. You deal with bridges, hatches, gears and much more. All the Thinkrolls games are based around puzzle solving and reward, a perfect way for kids to learn and enjoy.
Toca Nature is like Populous for children. It is a wonderful app that lets children create their own fantasy land. Castles, flowers, rainbows, animals, rivers and lakes and much more is on offer. The app gives kids’ bird’s eye view from where they can monitor their creation.
There are many physical board games and toy sets that teach children about alphabets. They get to place them correctly. But kids can turn havoc in the house and create unbearable mess. Thankfully, there is an app for this now. Your children can learn (while playing) all about alphabets through Endless Alphabet app. The app also contains children-friendly animations and some cool playing style that keeps the child motivated.
BBC iPlayer Kids
iPlayer Kids is a TV app for BBC. You don’t have to worry about kids watching anything inappropriate. There are not any adverts. The TV app ensures that the viewership is limited to CBeebies and CBBC only. This entry is more on the entertainment side than learning, but still very useful.
A for Apple, B for Ball is probably the most boring way of learning alphabets. Children seem to have grown out of the idea and evolved. Metamorphabet takes the alphabet learning to a whole new level. The app starts with an A. And when you tap on it, A starts dancing and doing weird things. It tells you some of the words that begin with A and then morphs into B. The app is a very clever series of animations that keeps the children’s interest intact.
My Very Hungry Caterpillar
My Very Hungry Caterpillar is a sustenance game that teaches your kid to nurture and grow someone under their care. We see an egg first that hatches a caterpillar. It then grows slowly. You can name it and there are series of “looking-after” things you need to do.
Later on the caterpillar becomes a butterfly and the game is over. But we are sure your little one would want to start again.
Peek-A-Zoo is an app that looks very basic at the start but it is in great depth. You are provided single screen and your little one has to find an animal based on several clues. Once he correctly taps on the right section of the screen, he or she is welcomes with cute animations and sound. The motor skills of your child are vastly improved.