Children love the touchscreen nature of smartphones and tablets, and developers have strived to produce a range of kid-friendly apps to help them get the most out of modern-day tech.
Part educational and part fun, the apps enrich a child’s learning process while introducing them to concepts that will stand them in good stead in later life. Here we look at a mix of creative, practical and knowledge-based apps to get youngsters off to a flying start.
ChoreMonster: make chores fun for kids!
ALTERNATIVE TO: REMINDERS
ChoreMonster aims to put the fun into the most mundane of tasks by awarding children points whenever they complete a chore. Chores can be stacked up, with the app offering daily or weekly reminders of key tasks.
iPhone iOS 6.0 Free
Amazing World Atlas
ALTERNATIVE TO: MAPS
Created by Lonely Planet this app 1 allows children to explore the world through games, quizzes and interactive maps, with nice sound effects and jaunty music to keep up interest.
Crayola Lights, Camera, Color!
ALTERNATIVE TO: CAMERA
With Crayola, children can become very creative. Snap a pic, drain it of its color, add stickers and then use the crayons to color the image in any way you wish.
Caribu — Turn Video Chat into Story Time
ALTERNATIVE TO: FACETIME
Even when you’re away from your little one, you can tell a bedtime story with Caribu — set up a video call and read together.
Times table cloud click game
ALTERNATIVE TO: CALCULATOR
Multiplication tables can be a chore to learn but this apps turns it into a fun game based around a series of trappable clouds.
Epic! — Books for Kids
ALTERNATIVE TO: NEWSSTAND
After setting a child’s age and the kind or books he or she will enjoy the most, Epic!filters through thousands of books and delivers a series of suggestions. Downloadable books include classics such as the Flat Stanley and Nancy Drew series.
Kid-safe Tube TV Lite
ALTERNATIVE TO: VIDEOS
Not ail videos online are child friendly, hut with this app parents can rest assured that safe, entertaining and educational YouTube videos are delivered. There’s also a timer to ensure that your little one doesn’t get square-eyed.
Mobicip Safe Browser With Parental Control
ALTERNATIVE TO: SAFARI
Based on the Mozilla Firefox browser Mobicip allows you to create age-based settings to filter content and block unsuitable sites it claims to use advanced algorithms to rate each page.
Maily: Your Kids’ First Email
ALTERNATIVE TO: EMAIL
Designed for children aged three and over Maily lets children produce visual messages using photos and built-in tools from stickers to backgrounds. Parents can monitor what their children are sending.
Interactive Telling Time Lite
ALTERNATIVE TO: CLOCK
This cute app makes time-telling fun. The app asks kids to set the clock to a certain time using the hands. They can also stop the clock when it reaches a set time.