Here’s our seventh(!) app review roundup! After every ten apps we review, we publish our roundup showing how they stack up based on our ratings. (Oops, looks like we got out of order on this one — the last app we reviewed, BeBops, will appear in the next roundup!)
Leo’s Pad richly illustrates and animates learning for preschoolers in an interactive video format, called “appisodes.” Help Leo and his friends paint, build rockets, fly through space and more as you follow instructions and learn about patterns, sorting, numbers, shapes and colors (to name a few!). Best for picky kids ages 3½ and older.
This is a cute and straightforward sorting app for toddlers with colorful illustrations and fun animations. The goal of the game is to sort objects into the correct categories by dragging, sometimes by shape or color, other times by concept (e.g. what’s appropriate to wear on a hot day versus a cold one). Recommended for picky kids ages 2-3.
This is a beautifully illustrated and calm storybook app with several related activities and songs. It’s a creative tour de force that pack a lot of punch into a kids app and can be enjoyed on lots of different levels. Best for picky kids ages 3-5.
In Jungle Adventure, toddlers learn vocabulary and counting by looking for animals in colorfully illustrated jungle scenes. The animals hide just enough to make it interesting for kids. There’s also a very simple puzzle activity. Best for picky kids ages 2-3.
MatchBlitz is a multi-player iPad game that helps kids learn to recognize visual similarities and differences. It’s conceptually very simple: earn points by being the first to tap the duplicated object. But it’s challenging enough that older kids (and adults) can enjoy playing too. Best for ages 3 and up.
In this app, kids can make music and play songs by tapping absolutely adorable robots. The app is very simple, but very well animated; and the robots’ ‘personalities’ make it cute and fun. Best for kids ages 2-3.
Your pre-schooler can take a virtual road trip in this app, stopping along the way for various activities where they practice skills like sorting, spatial puzzles, car washing, etc. In between activities, they can “drive” the car by tilting the iPad left or right. (Or just play with the radio and the windshield wipers.) Best for kids ages 2-3.
Drawbug helps kids draw objects by following a little wormlike creature with their finger on the screen. When all the lines are drawn, they can color their creations by rubbing the screen. Kids can practice writing a few letters and symbols too, but not the full alphabet. Appropriate for ages 3-4.
Happy Geese is an iPad app that introduces kids to classic multi-player board game concepts Snakes and Ladders and the Game of the Goose. It also teaches kids to recognize colors, numbers, letters and symbols as they roll the die and find the matching square. Appropriate for ages 3 (with parental help for setup) and up.