In my haste to publish my post on Montessori Apps for the iPhone and iPad, I missed a few other apps that we like. Some of these aren’t Montessori-inspired but the boys enjoy playing with them.
Logic (only available for iPad) by PopAppFactory is a game of matching shapes, colours, letters, numbers and pictures and terrific for toddlers.
SeeTouchLearn by Brain Parade is another great app for toddlers. They are given give items and asked to pick the item with a specific characteristic. E.g. Touch the one that is round; touch the one that is black; etc. This app allows you to customise your lessons to give easier or harder questions to your child.
Timmy’s Preschool Adventure by Tantrum Apps is very similar to an activity book. It contains 25 mini games with stickers to be won for the successful completion of each activity. Your child can play musical instruments, play dot-to-dot, colour by shapes, mazes, identify the patterns, etc.
Preschool Eduplay offers three activities – match the objects (e.g. bee and honey go together), spot the object, and spot the difference.
Although all these apps are a little too basic for a child of Gavin’s age, I find that he still enjoys playing them. Gareth, on the other hand, has been learning to play these apps on his own and is slowly starting to get the hang of it. He has demonstrated an eagerness to learn by actively seeking my help for the parts he cannot do on his own.
I think that’s about it for now. In the mean time, if you know of any apps your children love, do share them in the comments below.
I should also add that with all the talk about radiation emmissions from mobile phones, I have made it a standard policy never to hand over my iPhone to the children without first switching it to aeroplane mode. If your child needs to use a mobile phone, the recommendations are:
- send a text message rather than talk because sending a text message emits less radiation.
- avoid using the phone in areas of poor coverage because this increases the radiation level.
- use handsfree or speaker phone so you don’t have to hold the phone to your head.
Although the jury is still out on the long term adverse effects of radiation from mobile phones, I figured we would err on the side of caution.