Of course, Grandparents Link believes there is no substitute for reading to your grandchildren. However, there are a lot of fun, educational, and entertaining apps that you can enjoy together. Limit the amount of time that you spend on playing with the apps. Make it a treat, and when you finish playing with an age-appropriate app, read a book. It’s all about moderation and using common sense.
Here are a few recommendations we think are worthy:
Maily: Your Kids’ First Email
By Goodnews.is – free on iPads
This email app is designed and tailor-made for kids between the ages of 4-9, allowing children to communicate by sending personalized emails to grandparents, mom and dad, family members, or close friends—securely and easily. There’s a visual feel with bright colors, a photo camera, pencils and brushes to draw and write emails, 30 cool stamps, and lots more.
Another Monster at the End of This Book
By Sesame Street — .99 on iTunes
This is a fun app for ages 3-6, as Grover tries all kinds of antics to keep the reader from turning the pages and finding a ‘monster’ at the end of the book. Very cute, and intriguing!
By Maverick Software LLC — .99 on iTunes
Does your grandchild like to cook and bake? This app will delight your little ones with baking cupcakes, mini cupcakes, whoopie pies, and cake pops. On top of that, shake the salt, crack the eggs, stir the batter, pop the batter in the oven, and then decorate. So much fun!
A preschool learning puzzle game by Darren Murtha Design–.99 on iTunes.
Shape Builder educates and entertains preschoolers with easy to move shapes that snap into place on top of silhouette puzzles. This app exposes young minds to new music instruments, animals, produce, objects and the alphabet in a fun and engaging format with many sound effects!
Monkey Preschool Lunch Box
By Thup Games — .99 on iTunes, Android App $1.99
In this app, your preschooler helps the monkeys pack lunch. The collection of different games teaches children about colors, letters, counting, differences, and matching.
Phone For Kids
By Kids Games Club — Full version of the app $1.99 on iTunes
This brightly colored app contains 24 educational games that will entertain and educate your preschooler. “Phone for Kids includes easy to digest educational materials about: Colors, Numbers, Letters, Shapes, Directions, Days of the week, Animals, Drawings and much more.”
Dora ABC’s Vol. 1: Letters & Letter Sounds
By Nickelodeon — $3.99 on iTunes
What a delightful way to learn the letters and the sounds of the alphabet -and distinguish upper and lower case! This app is filled with alphabet pictures, has a game called Letter and Picture Match, and encourages your preschooler to trace the letters.