Thank you to Wiley Publishing and Shannan from Resourceful Mommy Media for allowing me to be part of the “For Dummies” reviews and check out this book.
Ok, I don’t usually use the word “love” in relation to reference books, but I absolutely love the “iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies” book.
My kid, at age four, is already a tech junkie (probably like most kids you know). So, she’s all about the iPad. Now that I’m homeschooling, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate her love for iPad technology into the curriculum to keep things current and engaging. The iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies book allows me to do just that!
iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies Book
This book is well-organized and well written. (Don’t you hate searching for things that you need in books? The worst!) The book starts by giving you a basic overview of the iPad and also some helpful information about using your iPad with kids. You’ll definitely want these tips! They cover things like password protection, restrictions, and how to protect your iPad with little hands.
Also, be sure to check out the “Creating Folders” section because there is nothing worse than 5 million kid apps scattered throughout multiple screens on your iPad.
The brilliance of this book comes in the layout; not only is the book organized by app type (games, books, etc.) it is also organized by age group: toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, younger kids and older kids. (Genius, right?)
You’ll find entire chapters dedicated to apps in categories like:
- Cars and Trucks
- Storytelling and Writing
- Popular Games
- Girl Power
- Learning Apps (Language Arts, Math, Science and more!)
- Monsters and Aliens
- Road Trips (I call these the “sanity savers.”)
- Special Needs
- Free Apps
I guarantee you that there is an app group in here that meets the needs and interests of you or your kid.
TIP: If you have a toddler or preschooler, be sure to get the Sandra Boynton Moo, Baa, La La La! app they recommend (p. 14). My daughter is four and doing kindergarten curriculum and still loves this one!
For each app, the book also lists prices (for US and UK), gives age ranges, a detailed description of the app and even a “best for” recommendation. Also, there are little “if you like this, try that” tips if there are related apps.
Most of the apps listed in the book are inexpensive, ranging from free to mainly less than $3. (YAY!)
iPad Apps for Dinosaurs
Ok, I saved the best for last–there is an entire chapter on dinosaurs! I.KNOW.
If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that my daughter has a serious dinosaur “thing.” So, I may or may not have squealed when I saw an entire chapter on dinosaurs.
This will be so helpful because I let my daughter pick “elective” topics that she wants to study outside of the “normal” stuff, and of course the first thing she picked was dinosaurs. The iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies book will be so helpful because we only had ONE of the dinosaur apps out of the many listed!