Friday, July 8, 2011

iPads Aren’t Just for Adults

New iPad apps for early childhood education that engage kids - should they be used in preschools?

Parents may love receiving photos and videos of their children via the Tadpoles app on their iPhones and iPads, but what about the kids? There are a ton of great iPhone and iPad apps on the market that not only keep kids entertained, but also serve as educational tools. Here’s a list of some of the top apps:

Toy Story
Disney's Toy Story app is a great story book and includes movie clips, games, coloring, and sing-a-long tunes. Parents can also record their voice to read each page, allowing their child to hear the sound of their voice even when they aren’t around. Free

Wheels on the Bus
This award winning app is aimed at toddlers and plays the song “Wheels on the Bus,” in addition to narrating a story. Throughout the story, kids can interact with the characters in the story. $1.99

This is My Story (And I'm Sticking to It)
Kids can create their own personalized stories by dragging labeled pictures into blanks within sentences. Once complete, finished stories can be saved and read allowed by the narrator for the child to enjoy. $.99

The Going to Bed Book
This app is an adaptation of the book from children’s author Sandra Boynton. The app depicts the story, which includes activities done before going to bed, and fills it with interactive elements. Watch the video below to see how seamlessly this app works. $2.99

While some kids can play with their parent’s iPads when they get home from daycare or school, I’m wondering if a lot of daycares and schools are starting to incorporate iPads into play time, or even learning time! If you’re a teacher or daycare provider, let us know if iPads are used or have been considered for lesson plans or recess by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages. free polls
Does Your Daycare or School Use iPads for Early Childhood Education?
Yes Not yet, but hopefully soon No, but may consider it No way   

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