Geography Drive USA
Geography Drive USA teaches your children about US geography by taking them on a virtual road trip across the country. The app quizzes your child on state capitals, postal abbreviations, nicknames, statehood dates and other information about states. Players earn virtual money by answering questions correctly. They can use their virtual money at fuel stations and airports so they can travel around the country and explore each state.
The game has a Visitor Center where your children can study up on facts of each state to help answer the questions in the quizzes. The Visitor Center is loaded with fun facts, graphics and animation that are interesting even if you’re not playing the game.
The app saves up to three different profiles so your kids can all play the game and have their individual progress saved. Players can earn trophies for successful answers and upgrade their vehicles and paint them custom colors. The app has tips and reminders to guide your children through playing the game.
Within the app are three bonus games, included at no extra charge.
Geography Drive USA is available for $4.99 for iPad in the iTunes App Store. December 18-19, this app will be on sale for $2.99, along with other apps by this developer, including Operation Math, on sale for $1.99, and Operation Math: Code Squad, on sale for $0.99, both reviewed by The Wonder of Tech in Four Apps that Help Kids Love to Learn!
If you want to teach your children colors while entertaining them with an addictive and fun app, check out Blendamaze. This app teaches primary, secondary and tertiary colors in a realistic maze game. You are given marbles in primary colors which you need to roll around the maze and dip in the proper paint bucket(s) then in the final hole to earn stars to unlock the next level.
Beginning levels are useful for younger children to learn primary colors. Higher levels are fun for older children and adults to blend colors by rolling the marbles into the correct combination of paint colors to get the desired hue.
Learning the game is simple, yet mastering it is challenging. You can repeat levels so younger children can have fun navigating the maze with primary colors. Older children and adults will have fun unlocking new levels as they master secondary and tertiary colors.
Here’s a video demonstrating the game:
In-app purchases are available if you want to unlock new levels without earning them, but what fun is that?
Blendamaze is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store for $1.99.
Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind
Older kids need to be entertained too and the Middle School Confidential series is a way to entertain your middle school kids while teaching them valuable lessons. I first reviewed Middle School Confidential in Be Confident! An Interactive App for Tweens, but since then another Middle School Confidential book has been released as an app: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind.
This series turns graphic novels into interactive apps that teach moral lessons in an engaging way. Your kids will follow the stories about tough situations which may seem very familiar to them. This app, the second in the series teaches the very important lesson of how to recognize who is truly your friend. Imagine the heartache that could be avoided if your child learned early how to recognize true friendship and how to be a true friend.
Here’s a video demonstrating the app:
Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind is available for $2.99 for
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store
- Android devices at Google Play
- Android devices and the Kindle Fire at the Amazon Appstore
Are You My Friend?
This read-along book by the author of Middle School Confidential teaches younger kids the meaning of friendship. Part of the Raymond and Sheila series of books, Are You My Friend? teaches friendship skills to children ages 4-8.
The book includes narration with character voices, music and sound effects. The narration and music can be turned off if you want to read the book to your child.
Are You My Friend? is available:
- for Android devices for $2.99 at Google Play
- for Android devices and the Kindle Fire for $2.99 at the Amazon Appstore
- as an iBook for $0.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store.
Learning through play makes education fun and interesting. If your kids are going to be playing games, they may as well be learning as they play.
Do your kids enjoy fun educational apps? Do they realize they are learning as they play? Do you like the idea of teaching children through games? Let us know in the Comments section below!