Let's face it. The tablet isn't going away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, my boys will probably never know what it is like to haul heavy textbooks to and from school and instead carry only a tablet of some kind.
I use my iPad more than any other device but I see less and less of it as my boys get older. I have created two folders specifically for them which are full of apps I feel are appropriate, educational and fun. I'm going to cover a few of them briefly as part of this series.
1. World Atlas iPad app by Barefoot Books - $7.99 in the Apple App Store.
This app is great from the way the music changes to fit the region you are exploring to the narrator's super, cool accent. Both of my boys love this interactive atlas. It is easy for them to navigate on their own but I also use this app when we go through our other activity books like this one. Here is a quick video of Chase exploring.
2. Stack the States / Stack the Countries - Full versions are both less than $2.
These games maybe a smidge too old for my boys but that hasn't stopped them from playing. Basically this is a geography trivia app and with every correct answer you try to stack states and countries into a tall pile. I personally enjoy this game and love playing it with my boys cause I'll help them with the trivia and then let them stack. The pressure is high too, believe me. When I miss a question, both Chase and Jackson will look at me with complete disdain and disappointment! Not to mention they are needing my help less and less!
3. Google Earth - Free across many app stores and platforms.
Again, my boys are too young to manage Google Earth by themselves but what a powerful tool for parents and teachers! I like to take my boys on a virtual trip to Taiwan and show them where The Home of God's Love is and where we stayed on our trips over there so we could bring them home. They also like to spy on Walt Disney World and Disneyland from above!
What apps am I forgetting? Which ones do you use? Leave a comment below and let us know!