Kids learn best when they’re having fun and don’t even realize that they’re learning. Apps that teach while entertaining can help make learning painless. If you have a child who does best when learning is fun…wait…If you have a child, check out these iPad apps that make learning fun!
None of these apps have advertisements nor do any of them offer in-app purchases. You don’t have to worry that your child will be bugging you to spend more money as a result of using these apps, but you may have difficulty getting your iPad back from your child!
All of these apps were tested by my expert team of children who gave them their seal of approval. My testers had fun and wanted to keep playing even when I told them that they could stop. I received promo codes from the developers so I could review these apps for free.
Check out these four apps to help make learning fun for your kids!
Operation Math makes learning fun for kids by turning math problems into a spy game. Think of this app like flash cards embedded in an adventure game. Your child becomes a student disguised as a secret agent sent on a mission to stop Dr. Odd from eliminating the world’s even numbers.
This app recently won the 2012 Parent’s Choice Award and is designed for children ages 5-12.
Your child starts by choosing an agent name then selecting the operations to be accomplished. Operations can be chosen individually or in groups:
The app has three different levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium and Hard. Your child’s Mission is accomplished by solving math equations within 60 seconds. If the equations are completed within the time limit, a new level is unlocked. The number of equations increases with each level. Each Mission takes your child to a destination around the world, complete with an objective for the agent, such as:
The app also has a Training mode without a time limit.
Operation Math is designed to be fun with animation, music, flashing buttons and incentives for doing well. Your child is rewarded for success with new unlocked levels, virtual gear, and a list of personal records. The app saves information for three different players so your children don’t have to share their accomplishments.
Operation Math is available for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store. The app is currently on sale for $1.99.
Operation Math: Code Squad –
This app, launched last week, is similar to Operation Math, but can be played with up to four players at once with one iPad. As with the original app, kids can choose from different operations (see Figure 2 above) so they can focus on practicing the functions where they need help.
Your kids will once again try to prevent Dr. Odd from accomplishing his mission, but the big difference with this app is that up to four players can play simultaneously on one iPad. Players can compete against one another or work as a team to defeat Dr. Odd. People of any age can have fun with this game!
The iPad screen looks like a traditional board game with each agent taking a side of the board. The equation is in the middle and rotates so that each agent gets a view.
As with the original Operation Math, players have to answer math problems within a time limit to achieve higher levels. With Code Squad, agents are limited in the number of errors they can make per stage. This game tends to be more fast-paced than the original app, so kids don’t have a chance to realize that they’re practicing their math skills.
The app has three skill levels to make sure your child is playing at an appropriate level.
This app is for the iPad at the iTunes App Store for $1.99.
Visual Math 2
The developers who brought you Visual Math for 4-6 year olds have come out with Visual Math 2, designed for 6-9 year olds. Visual Math 2 is similar to the original app with a variety of games to help children master math skills.
Visual Math 2 helps children learn to tell time, count money, figure out patterns, recognize advanced shapes, and perform math equations. The app use HD photographs, animation and fun sounds to enrich the game.
Visual Math 2 is adaptive and adjusts its questions to a child’s level of learning. The app offers hints if a player is stumped a player still gets a half a point even if a hint is used.
Like the original app, children earn badges by solving problems and unlocking new levels. They can use these badges to create a Badge Book, developing their artistic skills as well. They can share their Badge Books with others using email.
Visual Math 2 is available for the iPad from the iTunes App Store for $3.99.
PhotoMatch Kids HD
This app from the developer of the Visual Math series is like a game of Concentration for kids. The goal of the game is to match photos to clear the board. Players can choose from 8, 12 or 16 card games. The developer says that this game can help with concentration whether you’re 3 or 83!
What makes this game of concentration unique is that you can use photos from your Photo Library for matching. This feature makes the game more fun and personal. You could choose photos of your child’s favorite toys, friends or family members. You could also increase the difficulty level by using two images that are only slightly different, making matching much more of a challenge.
PhotoMatch Kids HD is available for the iPad at the iTunes App Store for $1.99.
Make learning fun for your kids with iPad apps!
Have you used apps to spark a love of learning with your children? What are your favorite educational apps for your kids? Let us know in the Comments section below!