Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Shape Gurus
Price: £1.49 (Download Shape Gurus)
Made for 5 and under
In this interactive story, children are regularly challenged to complete puzzles based around shape-matching. In one case, a little bird flutters towards the outline of a nest, while five brown triangles wait to be dragged into place. Elsewhere, shape and colour matching creates flowers and a watering can. The voiceover isn't the best around, but the 27 puzzles and story should keep a child engrossed for a good while, and the journey's fun enough that it will warrant repeating a number of times.
Best iPhone and iPad apps for kids: Wee Kids Math
£1.99 (Download Wee Kids Math)
Ages 5 and under
Wee Kids Math (from Ebooks & Kids) has a whole bunch of colourful games to teach kids about numbers and basic maths. This app is good for children just starting to learn their number shapes and order (0-20), up to those starting out on addition and subtraction. It's not really for those who have grasped these concepts already.
There's plenty of variety - and that's important when encouraging kids to like maths - and the games are simple to get the hang of despite a lack of instruction from the developers. I'd have preferred a little more help when starting the game, as you have to guess what to do on each new game.
There are many varied games to play, including all the kids favourites such as insects and other animals, and space arcade games.
One other gripe is that the number '3' in all games looks too much like an '8' on a small screen, which can be confusing. Lesson to developers: don't needlessly confuse your young users.
These criticisms aside Wee Kids Math is a fun addition (geddit?) to your maths app library, and teaches a lot of basic concepts in a fun and engaging way.
Best iPhone & iPad apps for kids: Ages 6 to 8
Now for some apps that are suitable for a slightly older audience. Here are our recommendations for children aged 6-8.
We'll repeat ourselves, and point out that age recommendations are approximate. Check out our choices on the App Store (have a look at screenshots, any available preview videos and so on) before spending any money, to see if the difficulty, complexity and reading level are appropriate for your child.
Best iPhone and iPad apps for kids: DNA Play
Price: £2.29 (Download DNA Play)
Made for 6-8
Any suggestion that DNA Play can teach 6-to-8-year-olds the basics behind genetics is perhaps pushing it a bit. But what this toy does allow for is the creation of almost limitless monsters.
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