Family Travel Question:

Q | What are the best iPhone apps for school-aged kids?

Cell phones have become our atlases, dictionaries, televisions, and trusted advisors - and they can help amuse and teach our children on the road.

A | The top five iPhone apps for school-age kids

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Remember the old days when cell phones were used only for calling people in the event of an emergency?  It seems quaint in retrospect.  Now cell phones are our atlases, dictionaries, televisions, and trusted advisors.  Oh, and also our babysitters.

Whether you’re trying to boost your kids’ vocabulary or just keep them quiet in the back seat, here are some of the best iPhone apps for kids:

1.  Geocaching

Do you know about geocaching?  People hide tiny boxes filled with trinkets all over the world and upload clues and GPS coordinates to the web.  Other people (like you and your kids) hunt for the boxes.  When you find them, you take a tiny treasure out of the box and leave one for the next searcher.  It’s incredibly fun, wholesome, and great exercise.

2.  Squiggles

Squiggles lets you and your kids take iPhone photos and doodle, write, and paint on them withsquiggles iphone app ( a wide selection of colors and stamps.  Younger kids will enjoy stamping hearts, flowers, and bubbles on photos while older kids will take it farther by adding animal ears and noses, mariachi hats, and mustaches.

3. WeetWoo! Kid Videos

WeetWoo offers parent-approved video browsing for kids.  There are no questionable ads and content on this app, just safe, educational, and entertaining YouTube videos. Choose from among six channels that include Animals, Fun Shows, Learn, Music, People, and Places where the developers have listed hundreds of hours of kid-friendly programming videos.

4.  Chuzzle

Don’t let the slightly high price stop you—this is the best match-3 puzzle game in the iTunes store.  Kids slide google-eyed chuzzles across the iPhone screen trying to group three like-colored chuzzles together. When they do, the chuzzles explode with a giggle, sending fur and eyeballs flying.

5.  Bookworm

Bookworm is an intuitive, educational word search game for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad for new readers, rabid wordsmiths, and everyone in between.  Kids link letters left, right, up, and down on the screen to build words and earn points with this fun app. Make too many short words and they’ll get burning tiles, which can literally blow up in their face.

One Response

  1. Amanda O'Brien says:

    We have a family vacation every year were we travel just a few hours to Orlando, Fl with our 6 year old and he has a hard time being in the car, lots of energy. So this year when we went I had some activities to help him, like car bingo and I spy, but he quickly gets tired of playing those games. So I had downloaded a fun little game that I thought he would enjoy. It’s like a bubble popper game but with fun ninjas and crazy sushi. The game is called Evil Sushi Squish and they have a free version but recently (right before our trip) they came out with a full version on Android and iPhone. Once my son started to play he didn’t put it down till we got to Orlando, Fl. We also found out that they have a web site that has printable games and color sheets, the web site is Evil Sushi Squish!, defiantly a life saver on this trip.