Yes, I have been spending a LOT of time on my iTouch and really, it is a superb concept. Wolf, meanwhile, has dubbed it HIS computer and much of my time is spent finding really fun apps for him to play on them.
So are the ones I think are best in no particular order:
(Note – fastest way to find these apps – open your iTunes and type the names into the Search field.)
1. Preschool Adventure
This is the one that sealed the deal for me. I looked at it at the Apple Store and thought, this would be a perfect app for Wolf. Aside from being unbelievably cute, it is also very educational. It teaches shapes, colours, body parts, and animals. Must-get for every parent with a child.
2. Peekaboo Barn
Kids love playing peekaboo and this game opens with a red barn where an animal is hidden behind the doors and it makes a sound. Guess what it is. The sweetest part is when the sun sets and everyone goes to sleep. A little girl says, shh…
3. The Little Red Hen
Lovely story book read by a little girl in English, Spanish, and Cantonese. The animated and interactive characters make it a super fun adventure for your child. Wolf adores this app. Looking forward to more from this developer.
4. First Words: Animals (and First Words: Vehicles)
They teach spelling very interactively. Your child can simply pop the letters into the grayed boxes and it is spelt and read out when all are fitted. Cute and fun! Keeps Wolf busy every morning.
5. ABC Animals
This very nice app teaches children how to write the alphabet by tracing it on the iTouch. Both the caps and the small letters. Wolf writes H beautifully now. Working on the rest.
6. Hidden Expedition
Although this game is really more for adults, Wolf took to it like a duck in water. His vocab really increased while playing this find-the-hidden-object game. Worth every penny. I had fun too.
7. Animatch (and every other matching game)
Animatch is special cos the animals are really cute (says Wolf who adores the cat) and make a sound when clicked. But still, all matching games are fun and educational for kids as they train their memory. Good for reminding Mom where she left her keys.
ICDL, which is lovely and free, has 4 illustrated stories which you can read to your child. The funnest is definitely Waldo at the Zoo. For some arcane reason, Wolf loves The Three Little Pigs. This is the PG version. I have to water it down for him.
9. Ike the Inventor
This app is amazing. Your child can play inventor and put together a tractor, iron, television, video camera, and many more things from the raw materials hung in the workshop from blueprints of that object. It teaches your child how to read a blueprint and also have fun making things and seeing them work!
10.Wild Animals (and Fruits, and now Puppies)
A fun series of jigsaw puzzles for kids. You can choose between 9, 16, or 25 pieces and you get a yay or nay when the piece is wrong or right. Encouraging and fun for all children. Wolf spent hours playing with these.
11. Match Magic
A regular “draw a line to match two similar objects from 2 vertical rows” app but with a cheerleading team. One of the sweetest little girl’s voices encourages and cheers whenever you make a correct match or an encouraging “it’s okay” or “try again” when a wrong match has been made. Lovely for children learning shapes, numbers, pictures, and colours. One of Wolf’s favourites.
12. iTykes FP (Finger Painting)
We have tried a few and found this one the simplest to use. Wolf has made many drawings proudly captured by Mom with a two button click, saved in the Photo album.