Summer is the season of beautiful sunny days, pool time fun, and long road trips. Keeping the kids busy on a never-ending car ride can be a daunting task. Hooray for travel DVD players and the iPad! After remembering to fully charge your iPad, check out our Top 5 Apps for Keeping the Kids Busy on a Road Trip.Fun Educational Apps: Top 5 Apps for ...
Angry Birds Star Wars - Everyone knows of, and has probably played, one Angry Birds or another. I've tried most of them and have to whole heartedly recommend the Star Wars version. The plot is still the same - launch birds at pigs and cause as much destruction as possible. However, between navigating the gravity fields and knocking Darth Vader out of the sky, this app will keep anyone aged 3 to 100 busy for hours. Younger kids rejoice in just knocking down the structures, while older kids can locate hidden droids and use the Millennium Falcon to earn more badges. Overall, the novelty of this app will be a draw for passengers of any age.
Skim It! - Remember the joy of learning how to skip stones on a pond? Skim It! brings back those memories with a fun little app based on this childhood skill. Players flick stones from the bank of pond at paper boats with the goal of sinking the ships. Missions pop up at the start of each game and provide a goal for the user to achieve. By rebounding off of wooden and metal boats, tilting the iPad to get a good curve, and sinking multiple boats in a row, players will quickly rack up the points. (Free to download - offers in-app purchase)
Temple Run 2 - Both the first and second versions of the Temple Run games are great - and will easily fill many minutes of any car trip. I recommend the second version simply because I think it's slightly harder and is more of a challenge. Tilt, swipe, jump, and slide through the jungle paths while collecting coins. Don't fall off the path, smash into a tree, or lose your head though! This game is great for any age - as evidenced by my four year old and husband regularly competing against each other! (Free to download - offers in-app purchase)
Fruit Ninja HD - The name pretty much says it all. Slice and dice your way through flying fruits to score as many points as you can. Older children and adults will be happy trying to beat their best scores, while younger kids will be thrilled to just cut the fruit. For parents looking for a little more education - check out Ninja Chicken. Same slicing premise - only players slice composite numbers and save the prime numbers.
Hungry Hungry Hippos - Based on the popular children's game by Hasbro, this app plays much the same way as the original game. The gem of this game is that it's multiplayer - up to four people can chomp on marbles. This would keep that minivan full of kids entertained! Simply tap and turn your hippo's head to swallow as many of the floating apples as you can.
I speak with the voice of experience (we travel about 2800 miles every summer in a minivan with a dog). These are the top five apps that occupy my son the longest. He plays all sorts of other educational games along the way, but these hold his attention longer than any other. Plus, I'd rather he be doing this than watching television for 14 hours. I hope these apps will help your family, as much as mine, and that you arrive at your destination safe and sane!
What are your favorite apps for long road trip? Drop us a line and let us know what are your kids playing with!
Top 5 Selection by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.