List of History and Geography Apps for the iPad
iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch apps are great educational tools for young kids. While it's easy to find excellent apps for science, language arts and math, social studies options are quite limited. Especially for the preschool and elementary age groups. With other subjects, I've had too many apps to choose from.
With Social Studies, the problem has been finding too few that are fun and entertaining for preschoolers and elementary age kids. This is a list of some really good social studies (science, geography and civics apps). Most of these are paid apps and some are expensive in the $1.99 and up range. A few have free preview options. Some of these are also available for Android systems.
Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa
Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa teaches geography, history and science. Kids can explore the Sahara Desert, the Serengeti Plains and the Nile Valley. This is a very entertaining iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch app. The graphics are amazing and it's fun to play. This is one kids will willingly play by themselves. There is another Ansel and Clair app called Cretaceous Dinosaurs, which is great from learning a little about prehistoric times.
Presidents Vs. Aliens
This game can be used by preschool and kindergarten kids with help. Older kids will enjoy playing this game themselves. The app has multiple choice questions about the presidents. Each time a question is answered correctly, players get to shoot down alien invaders. The settings give you some control over the kinds of questions that are asked. For younger kids, you may want to limt the questions to name and face recognition. This app is good for probably preschool to middle school.
Stack the States and Stack the Countries
This game is good for preschool up to middle school. Younger children will need help answering the multiple choice questions. When players answer a question correctly, the state or country that was in the answer drop slowly down the screen. Players must stack the states or countries until they reach a line. The states or countries can topple over, which makes the game a fun challenge. This is a great way to help kids learn the names or all the states and countries.
GEO Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book
This app is best for older elementary age kids. It's basically a mini-encyclopedia with facts and information about plants, animals, famous people, and inventions. It covers geography, history and science. This one is great for homeschoolers.
Voyager Kids has free and paid versions. This is another app that can be used for homeschooling. The text in this is pretty basic, so it could easily be used by 2nd grade and up. I've only used the free version of this so far. It has some basic facts about the Seven Wonders of the World. It shows the location of each wonder on a world map. It also has some basics about different animals and where they can be found. There is a game that helps kids test their knowledge of travel symbols. I like the free version so much, I will likely get the paid version at some point.
Wood Puzzle USA Map
Wood Puzzle USA Map is a great puzzle app that teaches states and state capitals. The app has a practice mode and test modes for both states and capitals. When a child places a state in the correct place they are told both the state name and the capital city. Preschoolers can even use this with help.
Wander Our World
Wander Our World lets kids choose a country, learn some basic facts and see pictures of famous locations like Mount Rushmore.