With over a billion smartphones currently in use across the globe, not to mention the increasing number of tablet owners, apps are becoming one of the biggest and most popular ways in which we absorb information, play games, communicate with each other and more. Our children see having access to smart technology as a right rather than a privilege, so it is up to us to ensure that they use it for the right reasons. Encouraging children to explore educational apps that teach them new knowledge or skills at a young age can influence their own choices in later life. It doesn’t have to cost much either – many of the best apps are free, and of those that are not there are plenty that can be purchased for less than £3.
My Beastly ABC’s – £2.49
This interactive storybook app is aimed at children of primary school and pre-school age. The story of a shy young boy who discovers a magical world where he interacts with monsters and discovers they are not frightening after all may not be the most original, but it has proven a popular plot device with youngsters and this is one of the better variations. Younger children can have the story read to them whilst learning the alphabet – G is for Ghost, Z is for Zombie etc. Older kids can take advantage of the interactive features as they read themselves, which incorporate subtle learning exercises.
Get My Beastly ABC’s via App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-beastly-abcs/id578158826?mt=8
Barefoot World Atlas – £2.99
An interactive 3D globe full of fascinating facts about the world we live in, this geographical app is one of the best outside Google Earth. Not only are we introduced to other cultures and peoples and shown stunning film of wildlife around the globe but there is also plenty of information on how to create a sustainable future for our planet.
Get Barefoot World Atlas via App Store- https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/barefoot-world-atlas/id489221652?mt=8
Toca Band – £1.49
Encourage your child’s musical side with this beat mixing app that explores different aspects of putting together a song. Using colourful characters to explain the technical side of things in a way kids can understand, this app lets children bring out their creative nature to put together multi-level tunes on various instruments.
Get Toca Band via App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toca-band/id521640648?mt=8
IAskU Autism Communication – £2.99
When your child is on the autism spectrum communication is often the biggest problem with learning. This iPhone autism app lets your child explore ways of asking for things and having needs met in a safe environment that encourages interaction with adults around them as part of the process.
Get IAskU via App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/iasku/id564754337?mt=8
Numbers with Nemo – £2.49
This pre-school app teaches the numbers 1-10 using colourful characters from the hit Disney film Finding Nemo. Youngsters can partake in a range of fun activities which encourage them to count and trace the numbers, match the number of objects in groups, identify number shapes and more. Parents can keep track of up to four individual’s progress and follow up with suggested offline activities.
Get Numbers with Nemo via App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/numbers-with-nemo/id563411612?mt=8
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This article was provided on behalf of IAskU, developers of the Autism app in the above article, designed by a team of psychologists, speech & language therapists to support children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) communicate more purposefully.