The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed their screen time recommendations, doing away with the two-hour-a-day limit. Instead focusing more on quality of screen time rather than quantity. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research validates their quality; choose wisely.
Green Eggs and Ham
Oceanhouse Media | Ages 2 – 8
$2.99 | iPad and iPhone
Youngsters can touch objects to bring up the words and more.
Montessori Letter Sounds HD
Les Trois Eiles Interactive
Ages 3-6 | $2.99
Pre-readers will love this award-winning app that uses phonics to teach letter sounds.
Magic School Bus: Oceans
Scholastic | Ages 4 and older
$8 | iPad
The wacky Ms. Frizzle and her class explore the sea with this interactive storybook app. Kids can enjoy pictures, games and videos.
Fish School HD
By Duck Duck Moose
Ages 3 -5 | |$2.99 | iPad
Preschoolers can learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in an under-the-sea world.
PopCap | Ages 5 and older
$1.99 | iPhone, iPad
An award-winning intuitive vocabulary-building word-search game for new readers and word lovers alike.
Marble Math Junior
Artgig Studio | Ages 5-8 | $2.99
Roll and drag your marble through math operations including counting, fractions, shapres, sequencing, measurement, money, telling time and more.
Draw and Tell
By Duck Duck Moose | Ages 3 – 9
$2.99 | iPhone, iPod touch and Ipad
Build your child’s imagination with this fun app – kids draw artwork and record the story behind it, Animations bring the art to life.
Stack the States
Ages 9 to 11
$1.99 // iPhone, iPad, Android
Helps your child learn state shapes, capitals, and abbreviations in fast-paced games and puzzles.
Smarty Pants Brain Building Cards
Melissa & Doug
$12.99 | PK – Grade 5
The cards are colorful, creative and packed with illustrated activities, including picture puzzles, math challenges, tongue twisters, mazes, vocabulary builders and much more. Each educational card set is thoughtfully developed to suit the learning style and curriculum standards of each age range . . . then spiced up with fresh, lively design and an infusion of humor (including a whimsical pants-shaped case!) to keep kids giggling, engaged and excited about learning.