Oh Sweet Release of Silence (Apps for Kids)

Make Me Music from Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun

It’s like a whole new world has opened up before my eyes. I’ve been totally down for iPhone apps that I can give Delilah in case of emergency (where emergency = me needing to take a work call or get my eyebrows waxed) but it had just never really occurred to me for my iPad to act as an activity center for my HIGHLY FOCUS-ABLE TODDLER.

And then Randi came over for dinner with her iPad so she could show us the proofs for her wedding invitations (three months!), and with it came all of her speech-pathologist-sanctioned (that’s what Randi does, she’s a speech pathologist. Now say it five times fast.) iPad apps for kids. And, well…Delilah is very vocal during dinner parties. She likes to sit at the table and visit with “our friends” — as she calls them — and even her most interested aunties and uncles are eventually begging to be rescued.

So lo-and-behold out came the iPad. Namely, Cookie Doodle from Shoe the Goose, or as Dee likes to call it “The Bone Game” since she chooses the same cookie shape every time (the dog bone) despite fully understanding that there are at least thirty other options LITERALLY AT HER FINGER TIPS.

By the time she was saying goodnight and being ushered off to bed she was begging to take The Bone Game with her.

Now, as I type this (and do all the rest of my super-important-business-stuff) she is happily baking cookies and collecting little treasures at the end. (She’s showing me each and every one.)

FORGET PRE-SCHOOL! Spend $.99 on Cookie Doodle! {I kid…I think.}

Ready for the disclaimer? I’m not a bad parent! Like everything in moderation, iPad apps for kiddos can actually help them learn a thing or two! Cookie Doodle exercises your child’s fine motor, language and sequencing abilities, in addition to your own relaxation abilities.  And when you tire of cookies, for 99 additional cents a pop you can move on to Cake Doodle, Icebox Doodle, Donut Doodle, Candy Doodle, and Jelly Doodle before going full blown Jackson Pollack with Caboodle Doodle, and getting your fashion on with Tye-Dye Doodle and Shoe Doodle.

(I swear this isn’t a sponsored post, I just write this way — like a crazy person.)

Next up? Ooooh…friends and lurkers, I hope you are not ignoring those little “free app” cards from your local Starbucks because sometimes they are real winners!  Dora ABCs would have set me back $3.99 if I’d had to purchase it (read: Never would have happened) but thanks to my Starbucks habit, I got it for FREE! WHEE! Anyway, even if you can’t score a code for it, it’s totally worth skipping one latte. Dee had some choice letters under her belt, but this app has got her little letter-learning mind working over time.

Kiddos trace each letter leading Tico’s plane to skywrite both upper and lower case while Dora narrates the sounds the letters make. Kids then move on to a little puzzle (which Dee usually requests help on citing that she’s “too busy” to do it herself) doing a little “get the ball in the hold” rolling game to reveal a familiar image that starts with the letter they drew. In short? Very read-y. Delilah is learning her alphabet at light speed and I’m not ashamed to say I think this app has had a hand in it.

Make Me Music by FeeFiFoFun is a favorite of both Dee’s and mine: Little loves it because she has a penchant for percussion and goes nuts for the making music aspect of the game, and I dig it because it’s A) really pretty & B) not annoying to listen to. (Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Dora’s ABCs, but a little headphones go a long way.)

Bonus points for being a Mama-created app, and triple bonus points to those Mamas for hiring art-legend Alan Aldridge to do their graphics…dude’s list of collaborators include The Beatles and Andy Warhol…no big. $1.99 gets you this tiny symphony of joy.

And lastly…have you seen this paintbrush that actually works with your iPad? Incredible. Dee really wants one and her birthday is in October.

Okay…that seems like enough brain rotting apps to recommend at once, no? I kid. I think these apps are better than flashcards. Or at least…as good.  I mean…Randi started it, and she’s a kids-learning-stuff professional.

Feed Me Seymour

  14 comments for “Oh Sweet Release of Silence (Apps for Kids)

  1. August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    SO rad! My dad bought Everly her OWN iPad for Christmas when she was oh, 21 months old. And $150 in iTunes credits. That thing is chalk full of learning and fun. It is AMAZING when you’re say, trapped in traffic or you know, waiting an eternity at the doctor. And we also use it to play together and, like you said, teach her things.

    The Toca Boca games are AMAZING. And we have a Betty Crocker Cupcake baking app which she loses her mind over. We also love Glow Colouring, Duck Duck Moose games and the Canimals game.

    It’s also awesome because we have interactive books for her on it, and her music. She can take photos, FaceTime grandpa, the whole thing.

    I never would have bought her her OWN if I was paying but, I love that she has it. It’s all her things, she knows how to use it, and I don’t worry that she’s messing up my (fictitious) iPad.

    Can’t wait to try out these apps!

  2. August 25, 2012 at 5:38 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE (I am always looking for cool apps for the kids at school. :-)

  3. August 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

    We have the Doodle apps and the Dora Skywriting–you’re right, both excellent choices and are worth the purchase price.

    Other favorites at our house with the 5yo girl: Minnie Mouse Bow Maker Boutique, iWash my Horses, Nick Jr Draw & Play and Leap Frog Scout’s Farm. The 5yo boy loves Snail Mail, 10 Pin Shuffle (bowling), Super Stickman Golf, and Baseball Superstars 2012. And all parties love Monkey Preschool Lunchbox and The Monster at the End of This Book.

    I LOVE getting app ideas from other moms. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll check them out!

    • Morgan
      August 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

      OMG, we downloaded Minnie’s Bow Boutique after I wrote this, but Dee is obsessed and it’s making me a little batty!!! Thanks for the other recs, we’ll have to try them for sure!

  4. October 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Nice apps !! Thanks for posting

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