Conventional wisdom says that summertime is super busy for families. While this may be true for the big events (holidays, vacations, camps, etc.), there is still a lot of in-between time that needs to be filled with creative and fun activities, and apps can serve as an important starting point. Last summer, I selected five of my most favorite apps that introduce your children (ages 7-12) to summertime adventures for the whole family. This year, I’ve been putting aside more of my favorites that I think will give you a great starting point for fun times this summer. It’s my Top Five Summertime Apps and Adventures- Part II.
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#1 Terri at the Market (for the iPad by Once Digital Arts)
I love going to the Farmers’ Market in our community. There’s a really great vibe when you get shoppers out for a morning of browsing among rows of zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, and corn on the cob. This enjoyment factor is definitely apparent in Terri at the Market. It has a cute story that taps into a child’s imagination and shows vegetables in a positive light. The animations here are fun and silly; by far, the most hilarious antics in Terri at the Market involve the Fantastic Tumbling Peas. This app was written for picky eaters, but it will entertain all children, especially when it is followed by an outing wandering up and down rows of organic vegetables, so your children can see what real produce looks like. Read Fun Educational Apps Review
#2 Sketch Pad Safari (for the iPad by Codegent) - TOP PICK
Sketch Pad Safari is an app that is different from most other art apps. It gives step-by-step instructions for drawing jungle animals that actually end up looking like the models. Tablet technology is used to demonstrate how real artists learn to draw using basic shapes. It’s clear this developer understands that children approach drawing differently than do adults. Their strategy is to show them that no object is too hard to draw if you can picture the shapes that you see in it. After your child has sketched a few of the animals in Sketch Pad Safari, there could be a trip to the zoo with a set of drawing pencils and a pad of sketch paper. Unless, of course, your summer plans include a safari to Africa… Read Fun Educational Apps Review
#3 USA Illustrated Atlas (for IOS & Android devices by SILCOM Multimedia)
Summer is travel time. USA Illustrated Atlas contains a collection of six different maps that show US landforms, the states and capitals, important cultural facts, largest cities and their populations, and the major rivers. It also has four different games that make learning about geographical and cultural facts fun. Did you know, for example, that the Mississippi River is the longest river in the US? Or, that there are 200 covered bridges in the state of Pennsylvania? The games include:
- a matching game for states, flags, and symbols
- a multiple choice trivia game for interesting facts
- a drag and drop game that helps children identify each state by its shape
- a quiz to locate the states on a map
For the right child, this app provides hours of enjoyment during those long car rides or layovers in distant airports. The greatest benefit is the information that they will acquire about their destination. Read Fun Educational Apps review
#4 Piiig Labs (for the iPad by Piiig Inc.) - TOP PICK
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we stayed in the house and played Piiig Labs all day. Just kidding. There have been other science apps that I have reviewed, but none has impressed me quite as much as this one. Piiig Labs is a virtual science lab for the iPad, which includes six different experiments that demonstrate solid scientific principles. It’s creative, well-designed, and unique. It allows children to see what a circuit is and how it works. They also can discover how mixing chemicals can have unexpected results, such as making lava. This is Science 101 without the mess or the danger. As a follow-up, how about a trip to the closest science museum? They are hugely popular places, designed for children to experience the wonders of the natural world first hand. Read Fun Educational Apps full review
#5 Around the World Pony Quiz (for IOS devices by VisualEquestrian)
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If your son or daughter is fascinated by horses, this is an app that offers fun facts and information about horses and their smaller cousins, ponies. Whatever your question is, Around the World Pony Quiz can probably answer it, whether it is about the appearance, abilities, or habits of horses. Giving this app to your child guarantees that he/she will soon start thinking about horseback riding. Many communities offer riding lessons at area stables, and horseback riding is a favorite vacation activity for many families, especially up in the mountains or near national parks. Around the World Pony Quiz gives children information about these majestic animals. Read Fun Educational Apps Review
These five apps represent just a fraction of the different activities you can enjoy with your children. It’s fun to use apps as a starting point to make this summer memorable for your family.
Top Five by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) who works in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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