There are 80,000 apps out there boasting educational value. Truth is that very few truly make the grade, but that’s only something you’ll discover through lots of trial, error and lost dollars.
When looking for educational apps that will engage your kids, we’ve searched far and wide (and everywhere else in between). Here are some of our all time favorites.
This super fun and silly app lets kids use their “selfies” in animations. Virtually irresistible, this is app melds amazing creativity with fabulously intuitive and inspired design.
When you’re looking for an app that is more about active creation, less about passive consumption, this one is extremely hard to beat: Book Creator’s super intuitive design lets kids create books based on their own words, images and imagination. Kids add their own text and drawings, as well as photos and images from their iPad’s photo library, from the web or from the iPad’s camera. They can also add video, music and record their own voice. Once they’ve completed the book, it’s theirs to email, upload or AirDrop!
Kids can learn the fundamentals of animation with this intuitively designed app. With easy-to-follow instructions, kids can convert their photos into original stop-motion short films. Stickers, colors, paintbrushes let you customize the creations even more.
This highly creative app lets kids create one-of-a-kind monsters. Start by tapping on an ink splat to make a Rorschach-random shape, then add highly stylized body parts by selecting and dragging shapes created by artist Stefan G. Bucher. Add a pop-up speech bubble, or pose for a photo with your creation. A fabulously creative, totally unique app, The Daily Monster Monster Maker nevertheless has social media links for sharing images, a feature parents will need to disable/monitor if young artists are at work.
Making faces out of everyday objects gets kids thinking creatively. By dragging and dropping plates and buttons, dice and balloons, kids can assemble their own one-of-a-kind creations, then share them via email or with other app users via a gallery called FaceWorld. Open-ended and highly creative.