The 60+ best educational apps for our kids (iPad)

60+ educational apps for the iPad

Our boys have had some separate time from the iPad. We noticed their behavior was changing when they were on the iPad for more than 45 minutes. So we sent the iPad on a vacation for a couple of weeks and this weeks was a happy week for the boys, the iPad returned.

Being so happy with the iPad returning does make me wonder what a hold an iPad can have on a child or even an adult. Anyway, now we are using the timer on the iPad and when the time is up, the iPad shuts down. This really helps them to stop working on the iPad and for me the pro is, that I have happy boys who aren’t getting a change in behavior due to the use of the iPad.

Today I like to share with you which apps we have on our iPad. Last week I posted about the materials we have in our house, made from free printables. If you have missed that post, you can find it here. It is a great resource when you are looking for free printables.

* Some of the apps we use are free, some of them are paid and some of them I got through limited offers.
* We don’t own an Android tablet, therefore all the apps below are for the iPad. Some might be available for Android, I don’t know. Just check it out.
* For all apps I have included a link, for some apps I have written a short review but for most I have copied the description from the developer.
* I used my own order here, but I do like all of the apps. Some favorites of the boys are: Rocketspeller, Letterlegger, DragonBox, Build a Body, the Play Osmo set, Pepi Tree, Community Helpers, Geoboard, RoboLogic, the Toca Boca apps, Minecraft, Jurassic Park Builder and the Montessori Math apps from Les Trois Elles Interactive.
* Since we raise our kids bilingual, you will find English and Dutch apps in this list.

We have multiple apps of these developers:
Les Trois Elles Interactive
Toca Boca
The Lego Group: Lego and Duplo apps. A lot of them are free!

The homescreen on our iPad

On our homescreen I included a lot of apps for practicing and learning letters. You see that I also included some math apps, BrainPOP and language learning app from Rosetta Stone. I changed the apps at the bottom so the learning apps are even more available.

Educational apps for the iPad

1. Letter Sounds:
Based on the Montessori method, Montessori Letter Sounds works in 4 steps:
– From the age of 3: “I spy” to play sound games.
– Around 4 years old: “Letter sounds” to memorize the letter sounds and shape.
– Between 4 and 5: “Mix and match” to bring together the two first steps.
– Around 4 1/2 years old: “Sound it out” to write their first words using a moveable alphabet.

2. Rocket Speller: Kids join Zip the alien on an out-of-this-world spelling adventure to build a fancy new rocket. Now with 5 levels of difficulty, kids spell words to fuel his spaceship and help him choose the rocket pieces he needs. Once they have built their custom rocket ship, kids steer it through space to collect stars in an entertaining mini-game.
3. Letterschool English: An amazing, intuitive game to learn all about letters and numbers: writing, counting, phonics and more.
4. Letterlegger: An language app in Dutch that invites children to make words.
5. Letterlegger: Maan, Roos, Vis: Another language app in Dutch that invites children to make words.
6. Phonogram: This app features clear pronunciation of the sounds of the phonograms (letters and letter combinations).
7. Languages from Rosetta Stone: Learn to speak Spanish, French, Italian, English, German or one of 19 other languages anytime, anywhere. The Rosetta Stone® language-learning app is designed to help you improve your language skills effectively—and you’ll see results before you know it.

8. Montessori Math: Montessori Numbers offers a sequence of guided activities that gradually help children reinforce their skills. Each activity offers several levels of increasing complexity.
• Learn to count up to 999
• Experiment with quantities and learn their names
• Learn the numerals and their names
• Associate quantities with numerals/numbers
• Understand the decimal system and place value
• Learn to trace numbers

9. Dragonbox: In July 2013 I wrote a review about DragonBox. You can find it here. DragonBox Algebra 5+ – The educational game that secretly teaches young kids the basics of algebra. It’s perfect for giving your child a head start in mathematics and algebra. Children as young as 4 have solved equations meant for a 12 year old!
10. Mingoville: A fun, safe and easy way for you kid to learn the analog clock.
11. BrainPOP Jr: Ideal for kids in Kindergarten through grade 3, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans subjects within Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. content is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. The app is easily navigable by kids ages 5-9.
12. BrainPOP: Explore more than 750 Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering & Tech, Arts & Music, and Health subjects right on their mobile devices. All movies are close captioned, so it’s easy for them to read along.
13. NASA Science: This NASA Science application brings you the latest information from NASA’s Science Missions, including the spacecraft, their instruments, the data, and what we are learning about the questions we seek to answer. More Nasa Apps can you find here.
14. Letterschool NL: An amazing, intuitive game in Dutch to learn all about letters and numbers: writing, counting, phonics and more.

15. Maths, age 4-6:
Topics covered:
1 Shape and position (yours for free)
2 Counting to 20
3 Sharing
4 More counting
5 Tell the time
6 Add and subtract
7 Count in tens and fives
8 How tall? How long?
9 Counting to 100
10 More shapes
11 Number lines
12 Fractions
16. Continents

17. 1st Operations: Montessori 1st Operations is a revolutionary app allying a 100 year old proven pedagogy with the best of 21st Century technology and fun monsters to introduce 4 very important concepts (addition, subtraction, doubles/halves, odd/even).
18. Montessori Math: Add and Subtract Large Numbers: This app presents an in-depth, step-by-step approach to these two essential operations. It also presents fundamental Montessori materials: the stamp game and the bead frame.


Educational apps for the iPad

19. Maths, age 3-5
Topics covered:
1 Sorting and matching (yours for free)
2 Counting to 3
3 Lines and patterns
4 Counting 4 to 6
5 Where is it?
6 Counting 7 to 10
7 Patterns and shapes
8 Counting 1 to 10
9 Comparing
10 Add and take away

20. Maths X: Multiplication presents an in-depth, step-by-step approach to multiplication with fundamental Montessori materials: the multiplication board, the stamp game and the bead frame.

21. Numberland: 10 Beautifully animated scenes, to learn numbers from 0 to 9. Each scene will give your child the possibility to:
– See how to write a number, hear and learn its name and count objects to reinforce the learning,
– Practice writing numbers on a digital notebook using color pencils,
– Learn to count with Montessori* material such as number rods and spindles to understand the notion of quantity,
– Learn in different languages by switching languages on the home page,
– Save his/her artwork by touching the camera.

22. Geometry: Do you remember ever wondering why you were studying geometry at school? Montessori Geometry was designed by Montessori teachers to ensure that your child will never have these doubts! Not only will this app make him/her realize that geometrical shapes are everywhere but it will also make him/her proud to be able to recognize and name them.
23. Math Quiz: Montessori Math Challenge is a fun mental arithmetic app for tweens, teens and even adults that will enable users to improve their skills and rapidity.

24. 3rd Grade:
Topics covered:
1. Identification numbers in the Millennium
2. What is the largest number
3. What is the smallest number
4. Consecutive numbers
5. Previous numbers
6. Connection in the Millennium
7. Subtraction in the Millennium
8. Hundreds multiplication
9. Divide tens and hundreds
10. What is missing in the exercise

25. Geoboard: The Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
26. Toca Store (we love the apps from Toca Boca and we have more than are shown on the iPad): Let your kids play store without any of the cleaning up afterwards! We love the fact that Toca Boca games are open. The children make their own rules, there is no score to keep, just having fun while laying.
27. Kahn Academy: It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology; Khan Academy’s materials and resources (over 3500 videos) are available to you completely free of charge.


Educational apps for the iPad

28. Move The Turtle: Move the Turtle teaches children (ages 5+) the basics of programming
29. Cargo-Bot: Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates.
30. RoboLogic: RoboLogic is a neat logic game. You have to “program” a robot’s movements by dragging commands to the memory of the bot. Your goal is to activate all the marked boxes.
31. Snap! Build Your Blocks (online version)
32. Toca Builders: If you can imagine it you can build it with the six Toca builders! Join your new builder friends on an island far away and create a whole new world with blocks.

33. Tynker: Tynker’s mobile apps let you learn basic programming concepts on iPads and Android-enabled tablets.
* Learn to code by solving puzzles
* Build games, stories and interactive animations
* Web and mobile access to all your projects
* Work offline without Internet access

34. Codeacademy: Code Hour

Science and the human body

Educational apps for the iPad

35. My Incredible Body: Kids can explore the digestive, respiratory, skeletal, urinary, sensory, muscular, and cardiovascular systems.
36. Build a Body: Learn about the body’s systems with this drag and drop game. Choose organs from the organ tray, and place them in their correct position within the body to create organ systems.
37. The Human Body from Tinybob: Explore an interactive model. Dive into the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, and eyes see.
38. The Water Cycle: A simple interactive showing of the four stages of a Water Cycle.
– . A link to a Dutch website with all kinds of experiments:
39. Science360: The Science360 Video Library immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math. They gather the latest science videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers, the National Science Foundation and more.
40. explOratorium, everything you’d like to know about colors

Play Osmo

Educational apps for the iPad

Posted in June 2013 on our Facebook page
I just like to share this: Dad came across something, Play Osmo. He is so enthusiastic about it, that for the first time ever, he ordered something for our homeschool home. Isn’t it awesome. It is so interactive in comparison to play a game on the Ipad, here you play with the Ipad and hopefully others.

The apps from Play Osmo makes use of external attributes. Buying the Play Osmo set ($79.99) enables playing with the apps on the iPad. You can play alone or together with others.
41. Tangram: Arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on‑screen shapes. Play with a friend or challenge yourself to more advanced levels as your handy‑work lights up with each victory.
42. Words: Be the first to guess and spell out the on‑screen hidden word by tossing down real‑life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue.
43. Newton: Use your creative noggin and inventive objects like a hand‑drawn basket, grandma’s glasses, dad’s keys, or anything around you to guide falling on‑screen balls into targeted zones.

A little bit of everything

Educational apps for the iPad

44. Community Helpers: Play & Learn: Here is an app that is packed with information about various community helpers such as Firefighter, Police Officer, Doctor, Plumber, Teacher and many more. Children can select a community helper to know what he or she does. They can also tap on the tools & equipment to know what they are called and what they are used for.
45. Pepi tree: Pepi Tree is an educational game where children explore tree-dwelling animals and their habits in a fun way.  A little worm, an owl, a spider, the squirrels, a hedgehog and a mole. Each of them lives on a separate “floor” of the tree and represents different tasks to accomplish what makes six different games.
46. SkySafari: An stargazing and astronomy app. It accurately shows you the sky from anywhere on Earth
47. Bitsboard: Bitsboard includes dozens of addictive mini-games for all ages. They have flashcards, memory, word builder, pop quiz, bingo and much more.
48. Google earth: Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.
49. Skyview Free: Another stargazing app.
50. World History Maps: “Explore the world through interactive maps illustrating geopolitical and geographic shifts over time. Users peruse the various cartographies and read up on the historical (or, as the case may be, scientific) significance of each major change through text and ”in the future” other media.”
51. Baby Flash Cards: Building a strong first words vocabulary for preschoolers and toddlers. Categories include: Food items, Animals, Alphabet, Transportation, Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Clothing, Household items, Body Parts, Outdoor items, Music Instruments/Arts & Learning.
52. Coursera: Coursera connects you with free online courses from 115+ of the top universities and educational institutions in the world including Stanford, Yale, Princeton and others.


These games are all available for iPad and Android.

Educational apps for the iPad

53. Minecraft PE: Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.
54. Jurassic Park Builder: Build your Jurassic Park from A to Z, on land and out at sea! You are the first owner of the park: grow various dinosaur species once you’ve extracted their DNA from amber fragments. Then, transform this DNA with your friends’ help. Put your dinosaurs in your land, aquatic or glacial park then help them develop to full adult size.
55. 123 Space: 123 Space Math is a fun educational math game to help your child learn their basic addition and subtraction from 0 to 10. Help Fergie and Freddie get home by answering math questions to charge their spaceship.
56. Moose Math: Moose Math engages kids in a mathematical adventure and teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more.
57. Math Zombies: A mob of math-hating zombies are about to invade your home! Use your arsenal of math skills to zap different types of zombies before they break down your door!

Writing and presentations

58. Doodlecast Pro: Doodlecast Pro is the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author.
59. Doodle Buddy: Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps
60. Educreations: is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use
61. Prezi: Great app for making presentations. Create, edit, present, and share your prezis anywhere with simple, intuitive multi touch gestures.
62. Paper: An app for memos, drawing & scribbling
63. Coloring Mandalas four Season: We still have and use this app, but it is not available anymore.
64. gFlash+: A free mobile flashcard app.

Educational apps for the iPad


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