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Educational IPhone and Ipad Apps

Updated on May 12, 2013

Top Educational Apps for iPad and iPhone

Technology is among us, so we might as well make it worth our while. Rather than letting your children zone out in front of the TV watching numbing cartoons or playing pointless, not to mention violent video games, let your child use one of these educational apps.

Here you will find the top language, math, science, reading, and history applications for the latest versions of the iPhone and iPad.

The Best Language and Vocabulary Apps

ABC Animals: Help young children learn the alphabet and phonics with this cute, illustrated app.

ABC Animals provides a wonderful set of interactive flashcards that aid in teaching young children to recognize, say and print English alphabet letters. Intuitively scroll between cards with the flick of a finger. Fun and engaging animal illustrations help to keep learning ABC's fun! Audio accompanies each card providing a letter name, associated animal name and the phonetics for each letter. Double tap any card to flip it over and practice tracing both uppercase and lowercase letters right on the screen of your iPhone. Shake to erase. Preferences allow a parent to choose the type of letter tracing outline best suited for their child, enable or disable any or all sound effects, randomize card order or prevent cards from flipping over if practicing writing skills or phonics isn't age appropriate.

Price: $1.99

Word Magic: Kids fill in the missing letter to form words, accompanied by bright pictures.

Word Magic is nominated for Best Educational App by 2009 Best App Ever awards and also featured in "Apps for kids" by Apple

Price: $0.99

Clifford's BE BIG with Words: In this game, kids spell out words so that Clifford and his friends can think of things to paint.

Help Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone give Jetta ideas of things to paint by spelling words. As they play, kids will experiment with letters and letter sounds as they learn to spell three-letter words. Kids are guided toward spelling the words by choosing from a selection of letters from Jetta's painters palette. Once a word is spelled, watch as a picture is painted of the word to show its meaning!

Price: $0.99

iWrite Words: Small children learn to write by tracing words with this game.

Help Mr. Crab collect the numbers in sequence by dragging him with your finger - and drawing the letter at the same time. Once all the letters in the word are drawn properly, a cute drawing appears. Slide the letters into the rotating hole and advance to the next level.

Price: $2.99

Grammar Up: Help kids learn adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, infinitives, gerunds, conjunctions, and other grammar basics.

Grammar Up is a multiple choice quiz system for English which provides over 1800 questions across 20 grammar categories.

Grammar Up was designed to replicate questions with a business focus commonly found in the popular TOEIC (TM) English proficiency test.

Grammar Up can help learners to improve their grammar, word selection and vocabulary.

Custom timer setting can assist learners to improve response times under exam time constraints.

Research suggests that kids and adults learn most quickly when playing learning games with real-time error-feedback.

Grammar Up provides learners with an opportunity to improve strategies for grammar success.

Price: $4.99

The Best History Educational Apps

Manual for the United States of America: Kids can learn about and read the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, biographies of Supreme Court justices, and a lot more.

Whether you need to cram for a History final or just got a new job leading a world superpower, having America's founding documents close at hand is essential. We combined our free copies of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence along with several other important references into one easy to use iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch application.

Included:

-Declaration of Independence with notes, images, and information about the signers

-Articles of Confederation

-U.S. Constitution with notes, images, and information about the signers

-Federalist Papers

-Anti-Federalist Papers

-Bios of Supreme Court Justices

-Washington's Farewell Address

-Emancipation Proclamation

-Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address

-Gettysburg Address

-United Nations Charter

-Censure of Joseph McCarthy

-1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

-1964 Civil Rights Act

-Indian Bill of Rights

-2001 Patriot Act

-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

-How Our Laws Are Made

-Opinions from selected landmark Supreme Court cases

-List of U.S. Presidents with bios

-List of U.S. States

-Elected President, Senate, House, State Governors info

-US Flag Code and image/measurement guide

-Set text size preferences in Settings app

Price: $4.99

Oregon Trail: This classic game is now available on the iPad and helps children of various ages practice problem-solving and decision-making skills as they learn about history and try to survive the great trek West.

Westward, Ho! Your favorite pioneering adventure game is back and takes you to an exciting, historical side-scrolling adventure entirely rethought to fit the Touch experience of your iPhone / iPod touch.

REMEMBER AMERICA'S CULTURAL ICONIC GAME

- All of the decision-making and problem-solving fun of the original game.

- Prepare for your departure: Select the members of your party, choose your departure date and purchase supplies.

- Fun and educational! Historical references through real locations and famous characters from the past, plus historic facts perfectly explain the perilous journey of pioneers.

A WILDER EXPERIENCE THAN YOU'VE EVER PLAYED BEFORE

- 8 skill-based mini-games, including 2 accelerometer-based challenges: hunting, fishing, river crossing, rafting, wagon repairing, telegraph, berry picking, and gold panning.

- Random events (disease, bandits, hitchhikers, etc.) faced by real pioneers increases the challenge.

- Side-missions add more excitement to your journey, affecting your westward trek.

- Refreshed with modern, colored graphics in a cartoonish style.

Price: $0.99

Civilization Revolution: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution teaches kids about world civilizations, including Japan, Germany, China, Spain, America, and others, as they lead their people to victory.

Go head to head with history's greatest leaders as you wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, inspire your nation and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.

Price: $6.99

On This Day: Help your students learn more about history with this trivia-like game that lists important events each day.

"On this day" is a stylish calendar that lets you view historical events and birth dates on your iPhone and iPod touch.

Browse through hundreds of daily entries and read event-related Wikipedia articles right within "On this day ".

Price: $1.99

Top Math and Science Educational Apps

Math Cards: This grade-as-you-go game teaches subtraction, division, multiplication and addition in a touch-screen game.

Use Game Center to track your child's performance in math with these quick quizzes.

Improve math skill with the built-in lessons on arithmetic, percentage, and letter grades.

Features:

- Game Center Achievements! Just like a report card.

- Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Cards

- Per-Card Grades

- Grade-as-you-go

- 25 Problems per Card

- Quick-touch response

- Touch-and-hold for additional feedback

Great for learning at all ages!

Price: $0.99

KidsCalc 7-in-1 Math Fun: This app teaches young children number recognition, and older kids arithmetic. It features a birthday party theme, and includes flash cards, puzzle game, running timer, and more.

KIDCALC HAS BEEN A TOP SELLING EDUCATION APP FOR 2 YEARS!

* KidCalc climbed to #1 in the education category in 25 countries, including in the US.

* KidCalc was named the #1 education app by Babble.com.

* KidCalc has been featured by Apple on the What's Hot list, in the Apps For Kids list, on their website, and on the Learning For Everyone list of apps.

Price: $0.99

Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy: This app displays the night sky just as you're seeing it, but with more detail and descriptions of constellations and stars.

Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn constellations, bright stars and planets. You can literally hold up your iPhone 3GS/4 or iPad in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that's complete with names and information. If you want your kids to learn the constellations, or to impress a date with the names of the stars, this is the only app you need.

Price: $2.99

Mathematical Formulas: This app serves as a great reference and review tool that catalogs and explains math formulas for geometry and more.

Mathematical Formulas is the perfect app for you who likes mathematics and easily forgets formulas which you need in certain situation. Without a good app, it's tough to remember all these complicated and easy forgettable formulas. You don't even want to write down all you formulas on ten or even 20 different post-it papers and loosing them all the time. But hey, why don't have them in ONE place and easily access them whenever you want to?

Besides the application support TV-out so you can easily show the formulas for other not only yourself!

This app is especially made for this kind of a situations. Mathematical Formulas contains all the basic functions you'll need. You won't no more worry about forgetting the basic formulas such as the quadratic formula and etc.

Price: $0.99

The Chemical Touch: View the periodic table and learn about chemical properties with this app.

Explore the properties of the elements, the standard amino acids, and the nucleobases with The Chemical Touch. A touch sensitive periodic table and chemical information companion, it provides a wealth of information right at your fingertips. Recolor the periodic table by selecting properties other than Atomic Mass to visually investigate periodic trends. Having exhausted the built-in information, the internet button opens the Wikipedia page for the selected element, amino acid, or nucleobase.

Price: $0.99

Top Reading Apps for Kids

Learn Sight Words: Help your children learn the expected high-frequency words they need to know by the end of 1st grade with this cute app.

HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN TO READ

Over 300 sight words flashcards based on the popular Dolch Word List. In most schools, children are expected to learn these "high-frequency" words by sight, without sounding out, by the end of the first grade.

EASY TO READ

Big bold letters in the familiar classroom style make it easier to learn and remember words.

HEAR THE DIFFERENCE

Hear each word pronounced clearly in high-quality professionally recorded sound. Turn sound off for silence.

25 WORD SHUFFLE

Learn 25 words at a time. Makes it easy to practice a little bit every day.

FLAG HARD WORDS

Mark words that need extra attention. Practice them in a "Flagged words" deck of cards.

NUMBERED CARDS

Want to power through all 300+ words? Turn on card numbers to see how far you've gone.

SIMPLE ENOUGH FOR A CHILD TO USE

It's kid-tested! They can do it on their own, or with your help.

NO ADS

Ads can distract from learning.

You won't see any ads in our apps.

Price: $0.99

Newspapers: Encourage your children to read about the rest of the world by linking them to newspapers from different cities.

The most comprehensive and easy to use directory of thousands of local newspapers with free online content around the world.

Newspaper article links can emailed or saved to Instapaper from the preview so that you can read later offline with your Instapaper account.

Are you curious about the world around you? How do people in other communities see their nation and the world?

Browse, explore, and support local news.

CONTENT

Content is not filtered or altered as with other applications, and is presented directly as provided by newspaper publishers.

Price: $0.99

Free Books: This app costs $1.99, but you'll get to read over 23,000 classic books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and plays by Shakespeare.

Browse our handpicked collections, download any of our 23,469 classic books, and read with our fully featured ereader. Notes, highlights, bookmarks, dictionary support -- it’s all here.

Have your own ebooks? We have you covered, thanks to Dropbox integration and a fantastic ePUB reader. Just import your books and read anytime, anywhere.

Free Books unlocks a world of public domain content, allowing you to acquire the great books of human history. Letters of leaders, the collected works of geniuses, the finest Victorian novels, the plays of Shakespeare, the philosophy of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Andrew Carnegie. It's all here, along with tens of thousands of other books.

We could go on- personalized recommendations, beautiful high resolution covers, author pages, Email to Computer, Night Mode reading- but that would just get away from the point.

23,469 of the greatest books in human history, accessible with the tap of your finger. Free.

Price: FREE

iLibrary+audio: Download whole chapters and then listen to them read aloud with this app. Books include The Call of the Wild, Emma and Treasure Island.

Over 233 books to listen too and read for only $0.99

Top Art and Music Apps for Kids

Preschool Music: Kids can create their own songs and play a virtual piano as they play along with sheep and birds on this app.

Preschool Music contains four, fun, musical activities including:

1.) Sea Beats:

Explore the beats and rhythm of music with this animated, virtual aquarium featuring 12 unique swimming sea creatures!

2.) Singing Birds:

Learn about music and harmony as children interact with these fun, animated, musical birds.

3.) Note Maker:

Play the keys of a virtual piano and learn how to create and read musical notes with a singing, animated parrot!

4.) Singing Sheep:

Create your very own melodies by "playing" the singing sheep game!

Price: $0.99

Ultimate Guitar Tabs: Kids can read guitar chords and tabs to learn about music.

Ultimate Guitar Tabs is an easy and convenient application for viewing guitar Tablatures, bass Tablatures, drum Tablatures and chords. This is the only mobile application giving you UNLIMITED access to the world's largest database of Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar.com! Use this intuitive viewer to browse the collection of over 300,000 Tabs

Price: $2.99

Instruments in Reach Basic: Learn the fingerings for instruments like the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, bassoon, oboe and trombone.

This application is designed as a quick reference guide for instrumentalist. Perfect for young band and orchestra students, this was created by a former band director.

Simply choose your instrument and scroll thru the chromatic scale to find a fingering or position. Quick and simple rather than having to pull out your method books every time you need to look up fingerings.

This application is a basic version and is designed for the beginning thru middle school player, but can be helpful for musicians of all levels. In this version, only the most common fingerings are included and only the basic ranges of each instrument.

Price: $2.99

Top General Education and Life Skills Apps

Monster Mix & Match: Kids practice critical thinking and problem solving skills with this game that lets them create monster cartoon characters.

Carry 27000 monsters in your pocket! A 21st century take on a classic children's toy, creating a unique monster has never been easier or more fun. Monster Mix and Match is an entertaining way for children to explore their creative side while promoting both critical thinking and problem solving. With 27000 possible monster combinations, Monster Mix and Match is an entertaining and educational diversion that will keep children coming back for more.

INSTRUCTIONS

Swap the head, torso or legs of a monster using a simple swipe of your finger. Press the middle "mix" button or shake your device to create a new and completely randomized monster. Pressing the "match" button on the far left will match the torso and legs to the currently selected head. Change the background color and pattern by scrolling the dial either up or down. Take a snapshot of monster creations and save them to your iPhone or iPod Touch's photo album using the "portrait" button.

Price: $1.99

Preschool Arcade: Preschoolers can learn numbers, the alphabet, and capital and lower case letters while developing critical thinking and matching skills.

Includes four educational mini-games for under a dollar!

- ABC Invasion

- Pinball 123

- Claw-Crane Matching

- Whack-A-Mole Colors Game

Fully animated, with dozens of great sounds for little ones to enjoy, plus it is educational! Teaches alphabet recognition for all the letters of the alphabet both capital and lower case, enforces basic number recognition and counting skills (from 1-10), cognitive matching learning methods, fine motor skills, and much more.

Price: $0.99

Highlights Hidden Pictures: Highlights Magazine designed this game that includes eight puzzles filled with hidden pictures your kids search for while using clues and hints.

Seek and find the everyday objects hidden within fun, kid-friendly illustrations. When objects are found, they turn from black and white to color and a cool "aha" sound chimes to announce your discovery. Highlights Hidden Pictures provides timeless, simple and satisfying gameplay in a go-anywhere format.

Features:

- Puzzles - Eight of our favorite illustrations let you find over a hundred hidden objects. Play them over and over.

- Clues - A scrollable row of objects in each puzzle can be turned off or on to make the game more challenging.

- Hints - Use the hint feature when you need a little help to locate the objects. Just ask for a hint and the picture narrows to highlight the area around the hidden object.

- Register - Register to receive two free puzzles and we will let you know as we get more packs ready to go.

-Music - Custom tunes play in the background. Music can be turned on and off.

-More Puzzles - When your child is ready for a new challenge, check the "More Puzzles" tab in your game to find the latest Puzzle Pack releases from the thousands of puzzles in our library.

Children will enjoy an imaginative and fun play experience that captures their attention and interest as they find the hidden objects and complete each puzzle.

Price: $1.99

I SPY Spooky Mansion: This is a great app for helping kids think critically as they solve riddles and puzzles while collecting keys in a spooky old mansion.

Features:

ADVENTURE THEMED GAMEPLAY

Unlock areas of the mansion by solving riddles. To make your escape, explore the spooky and creepy grounds in search of seven keys that open the front gate.

21 I SPY RIDDLES

Use the map to find and unlock the 21 I SPY riddles lurking on the estate. To solve the riddles, look for the objects listed in the I SPY riddle.

ZOOM FUNCTION

Zoom functionality allows for up to 300% magnification to help find the most cleverly hidden objects!

RIDDLES READ ALOUD

Voiceovers read all the I SPY riddles aloud to help younger players just learning how to read.

Price: $0.99

TeachMe: Kindergarten: Review or help younger children get a head start on kindergarten lessons in reading, math and spelling.

10,500+ Cool Facts: This app provides an easy way to add random tidbits of knowledge to your kids' brains. Shake your iPad to get a new cool fact.

TeachMe: Kindergarten is an educational iPhone app which teaches four different age appropriate subjects to Kindergarten aged children: sight words, addition, subtraction and spelling. Parents can select which subjects they want, set different difficulty levels, and even choose specific questions. Parents can review performance history for each subject to check how their child is doing.

TeachMe: Kindergarten keeps children engaged with a rather unique reward system where children earn a coin for every three correct answers. Coins can then be used to purchase stickers to place in fun sticker scenes or to purchase items for the new virtual aquarium. Sticker scenes can be exported as wallpaper or emailed to family and friends.

The simple and intuitive user interface is designed to be child friendly, which allows children to play without help from an adult. An animated teacher (Mimi Mouse) gives verbal instructions and feedback to the child which makes learning fun.

FEATURES:

- Virtual Aquarium reward (4 types of fish and 40+ items)

- 5 different sticker reward scenes: farm, beach, underwater reef, pirate cove, city

- Over 100 different stickers for adding to scenes

- Save learning information for up to four children

- Can upgrade to 30 children with In App purchase

- Select which subjects are displayed for each child

- Turn on/off specific quest`ions within a subject

- Change the number of correct questions to earn a reward

- Change the number of questions in a row to mark a question learned

- Tracks performance for each subject item (last five)

- Export sticker rewards scenes to Photos, for emailing or using as wallpaper

LEARNING SUBJECTS:

- Sight Words: Dolch (Pre-K), Dolch (K)

- Addition: up to a total of 10

- Subtraction: from 10 down

- Spelling: complete words by choosing the first letter

Price: $0.99

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      This is great content for kids! I review educational kids apps on my lens' - Come visit!

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      sweetsytutu 5 years ago

      These are informative!

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      You've definitely got some interesting and useful iphone apps for kids and grandkids - thank you.