We won an iPad mini in a giveaway a little more than a year ago, and it’s been a wonderful thing for our entire family. I love that we can read books, listen to our favorite music, watch Signing Time videos, play games, and more– especially since *gasp* my husband and I are still living in a pre-smart phone existence.
Our girls get a few minutes of iPad time each day. (Addie actually earns hers during memory work review.) We have a few educational games that we especially love, so I thought I’d share them with you!
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Addie just turned six. She is a strong reader (2nd grade level), so she often plays her games independently. (I do preview them before I add them to her own folder, and she knows that any apps in there are okay to open.)
* FAVORITE: Stack the States (geography)
This is an incredible app that is both fun and educational. Players answer questions about states (capitals, flags, landmarks, and more), then “stack” the states in a Tetris-like game. My husband and I both enjoy playing, too–and are quietly racing each other to beat the game first. There is a free version, but we upgraded quickly. Addie can now identify all fifty states by shape and correctly identify them on a map. Pretty impressive!
Kate is just one month shy of three years old. She jumps from game to game in her folder and is always excited when something new shows up!
* FAVORITE: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
Kate has been playing this game for nearly a year. At first she really struggled with finger strength to drag and drop the puzzle pieces, but now she has completely mastered every element of this game. She’s doing well with counting, colors, matching fruits, and more! It’s probably time to say good-bye to our little monkey friend and find something a little more challenging for her. (HIGHLY recommended for young preschoolers!)
* Also good:
ABC Alphabet Phonics (I have no idea why this is labeled as a “phonics” game–it is letter recognition, but I like the simplicity of the game and how it becomes more challenging as your child finds success.)
Animal Pre-K Learning Games (We have tried other games by this developer and really enjoyed them. I have a feeling this will be our new go-to game for Kate!)