Yesterday, I wrote about my five favourite apps for the under 5s, so today, I’m moving up an age group to the 5 to 9 year olds.
This game involves a cute, but ugly monster called Om Nom who you have to feed by solving puzzles using tools such as pulleys and catapults. It starts off with a mysterious parcel arriving that is labelled “feed with candy”. From then on you have to figure out how to catapult the candy into his mouth by cutting the rope! Along the way you gain stars for the fastest time, minimum rope cuts and to gain access to new levels. It’s a physics based puzzle game, which is straightforward but can be challenging and is incredibly addictive!
Rocket Math – £0.69 from iTunes. This is a universal app – pay once and it’s on all your Apple devices.
This is an award winning educational game app based on arithmentic and basic maths, requiring children to undertake 56 maths missions. The object of the game is for children to earn money by completing the different maths missions to build rockets. This app covers: numbers, fractions and decimals, counting, telling-time, dealing with money, 2D and 3D shapes, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and much more. The app has quite a long age span, and would probably appeal to 10 / 11 year olds (depending upon their ability), as well as younger children .
Since this is a US designed app, the money element of the game is in US Dollars, but the concept of working out how to deal with money is still relevant. This app really turns learning maths into a game and is suitable for both boys and girls. Rocket Math isn’t available for Android, but I found Math Number game as a possible alternative and as a bonus, it’s free from Google Play.
Barefoot World Atlas – £5.49 for the iPad (quite pricey, but so worth it!)
This is a fabulous, interactive children’s world atlas. Although designed for children, I have really enjoyed playing with it over the last few days. This app is a delight to use and explore, and has wonderful animation that brings the world alive for little ones.
The app works as an interactive 3D globe, where the child can spin, zoom or fly around the globe with a swipe of their finger, zoom in and out on countries, or search for specific continents, oceans and countries. The app shares with the user some amazing information about our world including wildlife, landmarks, famous buildings, live data for every country and the most up-to-date weather readings! Using this app, children of all ages will love learning about the world they live in! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an alternative for Android that came anywhere close to this app at all – sorry!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore – £2.99 for the iPad
This is a fantastic, creative and interactive book that evolved from an award winning short-film. The app is part story, part animation and part game.
The story is about Mr Lessmore’s love of, and obsession with books, which is always a good thing to celebrate! The app has beautiful artwork, and children will enjoy having the book read to them, or reading it themselves as well as exploring the interactive element. Children of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this book; avid readers will struggle to put this down. The reviews on the iTunes store are overwhelmingly positive, and as one reviewer of the app says: ”a revolutionary use of the iPad!” – I couldn’t agree more! Since this is such a unique book, there really wasn’t a suitable substitute available for Android.
I’m pretty sure everybody is familiar with the Monopoly board game that has universal appeal. This app is a great translation of the traditional game into an electronic setting. You can play in single-player mode against the computer or play against up to 3 other players and can adjust the difficulty of the game depending on the age group of the players. This app hasn’t strayed too far from the original game and the familiar pieces and board look great in digital form.
We love this game….well actually, I probably love it more than the Domestic Prince, whom I bankrupted during our last two games!
Do you have any of these apps for your children? Do you think they’d like them? Would you like to see more posts on app suggestions for children? If so, any specific categories that you’d like me to look at? Appy downloading!
With much love
The Domestic Princess