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
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:
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.
Squiggles lets you and your kids take iPhone photos and doodle, write, and paint on them with 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.
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.
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.