Some seem just cool some I am not so sure about.
I have two girls, 5 and 2.
We do some screen time, (DVDs and computer)
We don't live in the states so they know some of the licensed characters, but not all. We are, thankfully, not overwhelmed by them every time we shop. I don't ban them but don't encourage them either.
Any fun/cool/entertaining apps? I am thinking of waiting times. We have a long hospital visit at least once a month and an even longer international trip (which is only yearly)
a game that is basically popping bubble wrap
a coin flipping app (seriously! she loves seeing what new coin she'll get)
a game that is sort of tetris like with colored balls -- actually it's like a computer game we used to play called "maki" but that probably won't help.
and she loves to take photos and look at them.
I'm pretty sure they were all free apps, or they're free early levels or something.
JellyCar (her absolute favorite!!!!)
All of these are free. But seriously, if you only get one, get JellyCar. It looks neat and there are a lot of things the kids can do, and it's a funny game. It makes my DD laugh all the time. I will mention that she doesn't actually play, at least not properly, any of these games, but she has a good time moving the pieces around and doesn't seem bothered by the fact that she's missing the main object of the game.
She also likes a memory matches game that I got for me.
He's also going to write me an app to track my food for the brewers diet when I get pregnant again hee hee
I am going to have to check out some of the ones mentioned here. They sound fun!
my sister has one, and though it's not necessarily for kids, the flute is amazing- esp. when you can choose to listen to people playing around the world and it shows you where you're listening from. amazing!!
I'm Andrea - I have three boys - 12 year old twins & an 11 year old
hy girls if you will have an iphone try this game http://itunes.apple.com/ru/app/baby-animal-world/id420899240?mt=8
I recommend it to parents who want their kids to play and learn especially when you are on the go or at restaurants
i cannot rave enough about starfall. It has taught my son and daughter all letter sounds and identity. LOVE it!
That company also has a dot to dot came, and a "Shape Builder" which is wonderful...puzzle game that my 2.5 year old is incredible at. :D
We also, of course, obsess over angry birds.
There is a whole string of games (type in "kindergarten") that has a lady asking clear questions, one is on "which doesn't belong", one is problem solver "which do you use to wash your hair", etc. They have pictures. its really good for their problem solving skills and logic.
My 5 year old loves Angry Birds (and so do my 8 year old and my DP.) They play it on a PC, but apparently it's a super popular iPhone app. DP also found a program that lets you create your own Angry Birds levels, and I imagine that, or another one like it, must also be available for the iPhone. The 5 year old loves making his own levels, too.
This would be for the older child, and maybe not for a year or two, but my son (and I ) love Ragdoll Blaster. He started playing it at six.
I was a little put off by the cannon firing the "ragdolls" out at first, but was won over by the fact that it involves physics and skill and isn't just a time waster.
Now I'm just mad because my seven year old is so much better than me at it!
He also plays Words with Friends with me, and that is a great vocabulary builder and spelling helper. (Again, maybe in a year or two).
Sorry if these aren't helpful now, but I like to keep ideas in my "arsenal" for later.
My DD (5.5YO) likes Angry Birds, too. She also likes Scoops, Breakfast Maker, and GloBall. (And don't get me started on My Unicorn and Make Me a Princess...)
Anyway, I usually opt for the Lite (ie, free) versions of games, but I ponied up the 5 or 6 bucks to buy Weet Woo. I highly recommend it. It's basically a moderated portal for YouTube. You put it your kid's age range, and then it gives playlists based on that. There are categories like Animals, and Music. DD has been watching videos about dinosaurs for the last couple of weeks.
Livia thanks for recommendation, Baby Animal World is a really great app for kids.You can try and this one ;Snail Alphabet -is an educational and engaging app for kids, which helps them to learn while they play! Not just one game, but four in one. A lot of games, so your child wont get bored.
-Visual and auditory memory skils
-Sound recorded audio for each letter of the alphabet and word
#1 . ABC Alphbet Phonics - It's an exciting educational game that helps your child reapidly learn the ABC by sight, sound and touch.
#2 . Woozzle - It's is a puzzle that will help your child polish their brains and make it sharper!
#3 . Kids Doodle -It's a pretty easy to use painting application is designed.
Hopefully your kids will enjoy those. Thanks!!!