Keeping the kids occupied is never easy. You don’t want to just plonk them down in front of the TV, but unfortunately you don’t always have the time to provide more stimulating activities like going out or reading together. Luckily, thanks to the development of apps on smartphones like the htc one x or the iPhone 4s and other mobile devices, kids can play and learn from a whole range of useful applications designed specifically for their enjoyment. Here are three of the best!
An app for fun – Angry Birds
You’ve probably already heard of Angry Birds! This family-friendly game became instantly popular when it was first released in 2009, and remains the number 1 paid iPhone app in over 50 countries. Your kids can play their way through 240 addictive levels, and that’s just the original game – there have also been a couple of sequels with new levels and storylines. If you caught Rio in cinemas, why not try out the Rio themed version of Angry Birds? Your kids will love it, although be careful not to let them play all day long!
An app for learning – My Very First App
My Very First App is designed for young children with little experience on a smartphone or similar device. Featuring artwork from Eric Carle (known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar), the game is beautiful to look at. Kids can work their way up through three different difficulty levels. In easy mode, kids match colours to objects of the same colour. In medium, kids must use their memories to turn over cards and match pairs of the same colour. Finally, hard combines elements of the first two stages, featuring a memory game where colours and objects must be matched.
An app for reading – The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat app features all the original drawings and text from Dr Seuss’s classic book. Kids can zoom in on individual pages, and they will love the built in background sound effects. Kids can choose between having the app on a “read to me” setting, or “read it myself”. For children learning to read, choosing “read to me” means that as the narrator speaks, words on the screen will be highlighted to help children learn to recognise them.