I often get asked if I can recommend any good apps for iPads in Early Years. There are a few that I have come across that I have listed below, but I thought it would be a better idea if I asked you what you (and your children) like and then we can all share.
I know you can do a google search for Early Years Apps and you will get hundreds, but lots of them are dire! It is much better to buy on a personal recommendation.
There are (unsurprisingly) lots linked to Literacy and Numeracy, I would be really good to find a few more that were linked to the other areas of learning.
If you have got a good one, then please leave a link and a short description as a comment here on the blog or head over to my face book page here and leave a comment there.
Here are a few to get started with…
I am going to kick off with a phonics app that I know is very popular in The Friars Primary School
Hairy Letters: £1.99
Interact with animations and trace the letter shape onscreen with your finger. Play games to reinforce learning and build letters into simple words. Letter sounds come to life with animated characters. Learn to form each letter shape with your finger. Play games to blend letter sounds into first words. Includes upper case letter names. Multisensory learning by UK specialist teachers.
What do you get when you cross a baker with an astronaut? Just one of a few thousand clever combinations in the fun-filled mix-and-match game built around 10 different occupations and community helpers.
The new Bee-Bot App from TTS Group has been developed based on our well-loved, award-winning Bee-Bot floor robot. The app makes use of Bee-Bot's keypad functionality and enables children to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns
My Story – Book Maker for Kids: £2.49
Amazing Coin: £1.49
7 interactive games about GBP coins learning, counting, paying, making change, matching and etc.
20 pence rewards for each correct answer, with the rewards kids can buy food in the store, and eat them later.
Uninterrupted and unlimited play: game continues as long as the player desires.
Using the iPad multi-touch screen, Little Digits displays number characters by detecting how many fingers you put down. Children can learn to associate the number on the screen with the number of fingers they place down, whilst enjoying the unique characters and animations of the Little Digits world.
Forest Phonics is a spelling game. Choose a spelling pattern and you will be prompted to spell ten words using that spelling pattern, e.g. 'ay' words. The sounds are easy to move around using the drag and drop sound cards. Each correct answer is rewarded with a funny animation. The game covers 30 spelling patterns suitable for children between the ages of 4 and 7 years of age.