How often have we heard the dreaded words, “Are we there yet?”. Now the iPad comes to the rescue. It has not only changed the way we carry our files, pictures and movies, it has revolutionised the way we travel with kids. Instead of carrying half a dozen tattered children’s books, games consoles, cassettes, spare batteries and a puzzle book or three, all it takes is one slick device slipped into the hand-luggage, and everyone—from your toddler to your 10-year-old—will be kept entertained from door to door. Here’s our guide to the best apps to keep your little ones occupied away from home. Just don’t forget the charger...
0-4 YEARS Kids are never too young to play with an iPad. The touch screen is infant-friendly and tough. You might get tomato soup on it, but that’s nothing this design masterpiece can’t handle! Alphabet Fun: This game uses animal pictures to teach kids the alphabet. Different levels continue to keep kids challenged. Dr Seuss’s ABC: The classic Dr Seuss books are now available on the iPad, with options for your child to either be read to or to read the book themselves. iWriteWords: This interactive app uses a little crab to teach kids to write by tracing numbers and letters.
5-8 YEARS By this age kids are remarkably tech-savvy and know how most gadgets work. They also have fabulous hand-eye coordination and super-swift reflexes, so pick apps that retain their interest. Bookworm: This game teaches kids to build words by linking letters. It’s a great learning tool that is also extremely engaging. Drawing Pad: Let your kids doodle, draw or paint away—without all those messy art materials. They will love the eraser feature, which magically deletes any mistakes.
9-12 YEARS Pre-teens need no encouragement to play with your iPad; your challenge is to drag them away from social networking sites, so apps need to be doubly fun. Angry Birds: An addictive game where little coloured birds wreck their revenge on a flock of pigs. More fun than it sounds! PAC-MAN: The classic game of the ’80s has been re-released for the iPad.
All apps are available from the iTunes store (www.itunes.com)
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