30 of the Best Educational iPad Games: Kid’s Edition

Apps & Mobile, EdTech

“The 30 Best Educational Games for the iPad: Kid’s Edition” first appeared on OnlineCourses.com.

Parents and teachers who trust little Muffy and Junior with their shiny iPads don’t have to worry about how access to shoot-‘em-up video games will rot their precious little gifted and talented program minds. Instead, they can download some of the following alternatives to help them build up their brilliant brains that will totally go on to win Nobel Prizes someday.

  1. Math Ninja:

    Kids love ninjas (or the pop culture-glossy depiction of ninjas, anyways), and this game channels their enduring trend into extremely popular addition, subtraction, and multiplication games.

  2. Stack the Countries:

    Learn all about the countries of the world and their major cities through this incredibly engaging challenge asking users to make designs out of their varying shapes.

  3. Hangman:

    The classic vocabulary game receives a digital makeover through this widely enjoyed application that pulls inspiration from daily headlines.

  4. PBS Kids:

    We’re cheating and including this suite of apps from PBS, because otherwise they’d more or less make up the entire list. From reading to science to math, favorite characters new and old teach preschool through elementary school kids fun little lessons through gaming.

  5. Highlights Hidden Pictures:

    Classic children’s magazine Highlights brings its widely beloved hidden pictures games to the iPad to delight another generation of kiddos needing to build cognitive skills.

  6. The Oregon Trail:

    Another essential childhood rite of educational passage phases into the Magic Land of Mobile and teaches the young ‘uns out there about a period of American history and how to not die of dysentery.

  7. LEGO Super Heroes Movie Maker:

    Encourage the kiddos to indulge their creative whims and edit their very own mini-films using favorite DC superheroes in LEGO form. Nobody can argue with Batman.

  8. Math and Letters Air Control:

    Like the title states, this great game teaches the basics of counting and basic math and the alphabet and basic parts of speech by indulging the imagination with thoughts of flying planes and helicopters.

  9. BrainPOP Featured Movie:

    Watch a new educational movie every day and then take a quiz afterwards to test knowledge retention; films cycle through a rotation for those afraid they might have missed something.

  10. Early Jamestown:

    Explore one of Britain’s first imperialist settlements in the Americas through this multimedia journey, which involves regular quizzes to test how well players paid attention.

  11. GarageBand:

    It’s an entire recording studio available in an iPad app! Nothing could be more enjoyable for aspiring young musicians than an open-ended creative outlet like GarageBand.

  12. ThinkerToy:

    Play with tangram puzzles of famous landmarks, favorite animals, familiar objects, and more. Even customize some new ones to share with friends!

  13. Kapu Toys:

    Mix up graphics and photos in this toddler-friendly app that asks them to snap and play with pictures and learn the basics of using iDevices safely and responsibly.

  14. Mad Libs:

    Mad Libs make for a super fun way to teach children about the different parts of speech, not to mention it nurtures bonding time when sharing the silly stories that result!

  15. MathBoard:

    Take multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction quizzes with customizable sizes, difficulty levels, and time limits.

  16. Ultimate Word Search Free (Wordsearch):

    Pass the time and build vocabulary and vision skills by indulging in some hot themed wordsearch action.

  17. Rocket Math:

    Solve increasingly difficult math problems and earn the parts necessary to build rocket ships in this wildly popular puzzle game.

  18. Civilization Revolution:

    Suitable for older students, Civilization Revolution provides an empire-building simulator with cultural and historical information about some of the planet’s most influential societies.

  19. I SPY Riddle Race:

    More than 60 puzzles involving in-depth riddles and object searches challenge the mind in a race against the timer to solve and find everything.

  20. Coin Catcher:

    Play with or without story mode and chase money while learning about responsible fiscal practices by using the iPad’s motion sensors.

  21. Tozzle:

    42 puzzles teach toddlers how to recognize basic shapes while simultaneously helping to strengthen their basic eye-hand coordination.

  22. Let’s Create! Pottery:

    Less messy (and expensive) than a pottery wheel, this app introduces creatively-leaning young players to the basics of crafting with clay and designing the finished results.

  23. iWriteWords:

    Thanks to the iPad’s super duper ultrasensitive touch screen, kids with access to the device enjoy a neat, engaging game helping them perfect their handwriting.

  24. Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks:

    The lightning-fast challenges presented here teach kids how to perform some basic and not-so-basic multiplication and division problems without a calculator or pencil and paper.

  25. Story Wheel:

    Spin a wheel and collect separate parts of a story to be assembled in the correct order; finished tales pop into life as animations!

  26. What’s the Difference?:

    Build the brain and sharpen observation skills by checking out two seemingly identical pictures side-by-side and spotting the departures in high-def.

  27. Time, Money & Fractions On-Track:

    Preschoolers and early elementary students pick up the basics of how money and time work, as well as fractions, through both interactive videos and games.

  28. Dr. Frankenstein’s Body Lab:

    Learn the basic parts of the human body while building abominations straight out of Mary Shelley and taking quizzes about how everything fits together.

  29. SoundTouch:

    Perfect for toddlers, the SoundTouch matching game asks them to pair up familiar sounds with what animal or object makes them with … get this! … only a touch. WOW!

  30. Monster Physics:

    Kids pick up some basic physics lessons and construct their very own machines to digitally play with in real time.

18 Comments

Scott Strong /

Hello,

I recently released an iPad game to the App Store that I think should be considered for your top-30 list. It’s a simple memory matching game that allows kids to match concepts in order to learn about the particular topic. For example, in the Numbers topic, the user can select to match numbers to Roman numerals, or to the spelling of the number in English, French or Spanish. There are currently topics for the following: Animals, Colors, Countries, Shapes, Numbers, and Time.

The name of the game is “Match To Learn”, and it can be found at this URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/match-to-learn/id583563447?ls=1&mt=8 . Or, to learn more about the game visit my website at http://www.pureforte.com/match-to-learn.

Thank you for your consideration, and please contact me if you have any questions.

regards,
– Scott

goran /

I recently released an iPad game to the App Store that I think should be considered for your top-30 list. It is Essay Starter.
I want introduce you with Essay Starter. You can find it on next link.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/essay-starter/id593023126?mt=8

I want to invite you to feel free to try this app and write review if you are interested about it.

What is Essay Starter?

The new iPad app “Essay Starter” is here…Make writing easy. The new iPad app “Essay Starter” is perfect for students, writers, and professionals, anyone whose writing involves a research component. Use the split screen feature to view your research on one side, and take notes on the other. Select text from research material and insert it directly into your notes, along with an automatically generated footnote.

Description

Be inspired! Writing is easy when you have easy access and control of your sources. Automatic footnotes let you stop worrying about references and just write. Split screen mode lets you open and read multiple PDF files, and take notes at the same time.

Get your writing started quickly:
* Upload your research as PDF files
* Automatic reference information for footnotes
* Edit optional additional bibliographical information for footnotes
* Read and highlight PDF files on the full screen or split screen
* Easily navigate within PDF files with tile view
* Create a new worksheet to make notes and start your essay
* Use split screen to view the worksheet and PDFs at the same time
* Select PDF text and send it to the worksheet, with an automatic footnote reference
* Easy file management system
* Left or right handed layout

Chuck The Turtle /

Hello everyone! You should try Chuck The Turtle! It is a fun and educational game for kids. They get to paint, jump, do puzzles, cross some dangerous roads, jump, climb and much more! Chuck the Turtle is easy to play, rewarding and mind-challenging!!

Check it out and also watch the video:
http://itunes.com/apps/chucktheturtle

Liz Griffiths /

There are some things the iPad can’t replace:

http://buildingblocksmedia.blogspot.com/2013/03/there-are-some-things-ipad-just-cant.html

Reuben /

“Hello,

Another great new app for kids is Jazzy World Tour. They have a free version. My kids have learned so much from it.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazzy-world-tour-free-musical/id574909527?mt=8

Rob /

Love Space Exploration?
This is the only ABC learning app that focus on Space.

Ashley Wells /

Nice to hear this thanks for sharing. I want this for my son.

Ashley Wells /

Sheer portability and convenience of app, makes learning activity a complete joyride for both parents and kids.

Maryna Petrenko /

Hi,

Our new educational app “City Letters” is now available on App Store. City Letters teaches children to identify alphabet letters, recognize their sounds, trace them, and solve exciting puzzles and mini games: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frugoton-city-letters-education/id730991933?ls=1&mt=8

Paweł Kitajewski /

I would like to recommend you Joypa Colors. It is interactive coloring game for kids 3 years+
While making progress object on your screen are coming to life. Trees are bending, sun starts to move on the sky, animals are starting to move it’s simple but brilliant :) It can be played on your tablet or smartphone.

Game can be downloaded for free on Appstore:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/joypa-colors-free-interactive/id789651365?mt=8

And Google play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dm.joypacolorsfree

Laurakelly /

Superb list…Math ninja is best math game for kids ever. Math is always boring subject for kids and by this game kids will learn math vey easily.

igeniuspets /

iGeniusPets is a fun pet game with 9 mini educational games.
Available on both ios and android.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/igeniuspets-lite/id817614884?ls=1&mt=8

Theodore /

Our son loves playing this animal app called MiniPlaces on our iPad http://goo.gl/iXY6so. Games like these helped to stimulate his interests in animals and going to the zoo as he got older.

Roy Walhof /

Great blog!

I have published a new educational slide puzzel game for iPad called Scramble Fest that is available for free on the App Store. It features a total of 300 puzzels ranging in subjects from animals to people and architecture. Presented in an original manner this game includes a variety of stage designs that challenges the player to get ahead in the game.

Why don’t you take a look at the iTunes page? https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scramble-fest-free/id838310529?ls=1&mt=8

There’s also a paid version that costs $0.99 and doesn’t include ads.

To see more of the game be sure to check out the Facebook page which features a number of videos here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scramble-Fest/515100568601397?ref=ts&fref=ts

And the official website: http://www.royniginal.nl/ScrambleFest/index.html

Enjoy! And feel free to contact me at any time.

Best regards,
Roy

Marina /

Hello,
Check this Fun & Educational Math App for kids:”Flappy Owlet – The Adventures of a Baby Bird”. It’s a free game that test your reflexes and first grade math skills.

App store url: goo.gl/w2eCWV

Lisa /

Excellent list, I would also add Bubble Shooter puzzle game – its educational value lies in rather something different than schools subjects.. This game can improve responses and fast thinking, absolutely love it!

Parks j Daniel /

Such a fantastic educational game for kids listed here in this post. Educational game are best way for teach to child some educational activities. I like all the games appears here.

Tess /

How about an educational game that is full of interactivity, animations, fun, vocal and sounds for many repeat plays? Jungle game provides endless entertainment and learning to your kids!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZuF_AtQV_E&feature=youtu.be

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jungle-educational-game/id929575979