9 Engaging iPad Apps for Children

It’s consistently surprising how quickly young children take to the iPad, it’s further proof of just how intuitive it really is. We’re going to end up with a generation of kids who’ll get confused when pinching their fingers on an atlas doesn’t make it zoom out…

If you have young children and an iPad then this roundup is for you. If you don’t then most of these apps will probably be a little basic for you, probably. If you want to be the proud parent of the next computer whizz, then get your child started early with some of these bright and playful iPad apps!

Tozzle

Tozzle

Tozzle is the perfect example of a puzzle app that’s both fun and educational. Featuring over 39 different puzzle pictures, all complete with entertaining sound effects, Tozzle is simple but perfect for toddlers.

They even claim to have tested it on real toddlers and taken their suggestions into account. Based on the app’s current success, I’m wondering whether these children are getting a cut…

Price: $1.99
Developer: nodeflexion

Story Wheel

Story Wheel

A relatively new app to the App Store, Story Wheel uses great animations and illustrations to encourage story telling. Simply spin the wheel to land on an image, then record that section of the story – once all 12 sections of a story have been completed you can play then back in full and watch the fun animations guide you through.

Story telling is a great way to encourage imagination in children, something that’s invaluable throughout life.

Price: Free
Developer: EverAge

Ultimate Dinopedia

Ultimate Dinopedia

Apps from National Geographic tend towards being very good indeed, and Ultimate Dinopedia is no exception. Particularly suited to those children with inquisitive minds, or those very keen on dinosaurs, Ultimate Dinopedia is a wonderfully encyclopaedic app that features lush illustrations and a wealth of facts on over 700 dinosaurs.

This is another app that makes learning dramatically visual and engaging, with audio pronunciation, vital stats, size comparisons, and phenomenal art, not to mention the family trees of each species of dinosaur.

Price: $4.99
Developer: National Geographic

Magic Piano

Magic Piano

Magic Piano is an app that has even starred in a YouTube hit featuring a cat playing with an iPad. It’s a fun and entertaining musical app that will amuse children of all ages.

I particularly like the spacey keyboard option, the illuminated beams of light are sure to engage with young minds.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Smule

Sound Touch

Sound Touch

A fantastic app for toddlers, Sound Touch is about as simple an app as they come. It open right into the activities, giving you a grid of pictures, your child need only tap on a cartoon to see a real photograph and a hear a sound clip.

I can imagine this being perfect for entertaining very young children, with the huge variety of sights and sounds to play with. That it only uses a single action, taps, makes it immediately engaging for even very young children.

Price: $2.99
Developer: SoundTouch

Kid Paint

Kid Paint

While some fully featured painting apps could certainly be used by children, Kid Paint takes away everything complicated and leaves you with the perfect drawing and painting app for children. Kid Paint includes a few nice touches that are bound to be enjoyed, such as stamps (which even make their own sound effect).

That it’s free is an amazing bonus, get it now and watch a masterpiece in creation…

Price: Free
Developer: miSoft

Fractions App

Fractions App

As far as actually teaching fractions to children goes, Fractions App is actually a little limited. It doesn’t really go into enough depth, even as far as teaching for the questions contained in the test section of the app.

The rest of the app, however, is excellent. I love the illustrative style and child friendly colours and questions, the test section of the app is the perfect way to try and engage younger children with fractions – so long as you’re on hand to help.

Price: $0.99
Developer: TapToLearn

Read Me Stories

Read Me Stories

If the thought of making up stories every day is a little daunting (it certainly sounds it), then Read Me Stories may be perfect for you. It’s a nicely animated app that contains a library of potential story sets that you can buy – it does allow you to try one book from each series beforehand.

The animations are bright and colourful and the voices are fun, it’s a great way to get your children reading different things every day.

Price: Free
Developer: 8Interactive

iWriteWords

iWriteWords

As far as interactive learning games go, iWriteWords takes full advantage of the iPad’s touchscreen to teach and encourage young children in their handwriting. I absolutely love the quirky style of the illustrations and the use of vivid colours throughout.

It’s a great way to help your child learn handwriting the fun way, and even allows you to play back the accomplished words with your child’s own handwriting.

Price: $2.99
Developer: gdiplus

Final Thoughts

All of these apps would be excellent additions to a parents iPad, helping to entertain and educate while simultaneous introducing your child to the future of technology…

The iPad is an excellent device for children, its engaging screen and interactive capabilities making it perfect even for the very young – just don’t look to closely for scratches and keep the liquids away!