by Shane Roberts
Summer is officially here and that means family road trips, vacations, and get-togethers! With that said there may be a lot of travel time, and maybe some time where adults need a great time killer for the kids. Here are some great apps on the App Store that you can put on your iPad to help you out!
Educational cartoons and games to keep your kids entertained may be a life saver for a restless kid. PlayKids is a great app to consider, because it offers a large selection of educational cartoons as well as games. Here is the summary from the App Store:
PlayKids offers the best educational games, popular TV shows and cartoons such as Caillou, Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Monster Math Squad, Heroes of the City, and many more – it plays even if you’re offline! With PlayKids your child will learn while having loads of fun!
Designed with your little one in mind: child-friendly interface with age-appropriate cartoons. Parental controls keep your child from accessing the rest of the phone. Your kids will be engaged with the videos you choose on PlayKids.
- Watch videos offline: Download your child’s favorite videos to your phone and tablets and play them whenever, even without internet!
- Continuous play mode: Put together a playlist and keep your child occupied without having to press any buttons to start a new video.
- Playground Car: Your child will enjoy our train car full of activities including a magic piano that plays all of the preschool favorites, a memory game, coloring books and instructions for some fun drawings.
- It’s storytime! Enjoy some of the classic children’s storybooks in our books train car!
- Multiple Devices: Subscribe once and have access on all of your iOS devices. Find out how to do it here: http://pkids.co/1f8Lvj2
We’ve chosen the most popular TV series for your kids:
Monster Math Squad
Heroes of the City
… and many other cartoons for kids such as: Boom and Reds, Animal Atlas, Safari Tracks, Danny & Daddy, Alex, Bo on the Go, Franny’s Feet, Gazoom, Glumpers, Jungle Beat, Telmo and Tula, Van Dogh. There are over 200 episodes available on PlayKids!
PlayKids is a free app, however there are a lot of in-app purchases for additional content. That is very common with an app like this.
If you’d like to check it out, click here!
Get your kids outdoors this summer with this great app!
Explore the outdoors like never before through the world of amazing animals!
* 5 animal adventures — Brown Bear, Monarch Butterfly, Chimpanzee, African Lion, and Loggerhead Sea Turtle – featuring 4 activities each.
* 3D animals appear in the live camera view on your device!
* Take photos of your adventures for your Disneynature Journal and earn virtual Disneynature pins!
* Winner of Children’s Technology Review “Editor’s Choice” Award
* Winner of Tech with Kids “Best Pick App” Award
Disneynature Explore combines an augmented reality experience with fun animal behavior game play that encourages children 4-8 and their caregivers to discover and play in nature. Search your own backyard with the lion to hunt a warthog, view your surroundings through a butterfly’s eyes, follow tracks along with the bear to find its cub, crack a nut like a chimpanzee, and much more!
• Exciting 3D animal animation, sound effects, and player sound recognition
• Target colors and objects in the view of your mobile device to explore your environment
• Photos can be added to your Disneynature Journal, which also includes Disneynature video clips of real animals featured in the app
• Additional photo missions extend your family’s engagement with nature
• The parents’ page includes suggestions for outdoor play
• Virtual Disneynature pins awarded throughout the experience
• Spanish language option
• No in app purchases or third-party advertising
Let’s continue the learning for fun theme with Toca Lab. This is a great way to allow your kids to experiment with elements and chemicals without the mess!
Welcome to Toca Lab! Explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table.
Discover elements by experimenting with the lab tools!
* Take your element for a spin in the centrifuge.
* Warm them up in the Bunsen burner.
* Put the element on ice with the cooling agent!
* Add a drop or two of mysterious liquids from the test tubes.
* Change their voltage and make them magnetic with the oscilloscope.
Each element has it’s own personality. In Toca Lab, what does Neon sound like? Is Gold heavy or light? Is Nitrogen squishy or hard? Explore, inspect, and study each one and let us know! Can you find all 118?
The time has come, future scientists, to head into the lab to explore and discover. Put on your lab coat and protective eye gear because things are about to get experimental!
Toca Lab is a place for playing and having fun, and with it we hope to inspire kids to explore science. While the periodic table in Toca Lab is accurate, the way new elements are created is not. Instead, it’s a fun way to experiment, discover and create curiosity in the world of science. Toca Lab is just a starting point for further exploration!
This app is $2.99, and is available for iPad and iPhone. Click here to see more!