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5 Best Reading iPad apps for Kids

Letter School

LetterSchool

$2.99 iPad ~ By Boreaal

LetterSchool ipad app

LetterSchool is a straight up handwriting skills app that takes your child through three stages of creating letter shapes. The first is watching the letter being drawn, the second is touching and dragging the correct points to draw the letter, with guides, and the third is drawing the letter without any guides. Once each ‘level’ is completed the letter gets a little star when looking at the alphabet main menu.

The apps settings allow you to change the typeface style (block capitals and cursive are covered) also lower case and numbers are can be completed. There’s even multiplayer mode so if you have more than one child learning they can each complete the activity without resetting scores.

A solid, and logical app that celebrates the small achievements when learning to write the alphabet.

Learning rating 4.5/5 Entertainment Rating 4/5

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My Mom’s the Best

My Mom’s the Best

$3.99 iPad ~ By Snappyant

My Mom’s the Best

My Mom's the Best is a beautifully illustrated and funny look at how mum’s and kids spend their days together with the mother and child on each page a different type of animal. Some of the reasons that ‘My Mom’s the best’ in the book may receive a chuckle from Mum in real life as she may be given little credit for these things from her own child.

Nevertheless, it’s a great bedtime read for Mum and child and the interactive nature of the book, like swiping the pages and tapping on the animals to make them move, is a great way to involve children on the cusp of being able to read the book themselves.

Learning rating 3/5 Entertainment Rating 4.5/5

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Dr Seuss ABC

Dr. Seuss's ABC

$3.99 iPad ~ By Oceanhouse Media

Dr Seuss ipad app

This is the interactive picture-book version of the classic Dr Seuss’s ABC that many of us would have grown up with in large format paperback. At least the new technology-centred generation won’t miss out on the classic children’s books that are now being reborn in iPad app form.

As with any of his books, this is a funny, quirkily illustrated, look into the wacky world of Dr Seuss, complete with alphabet alliteration and incredible creatures; duck-dog or Fiffer-feffer-feff anyone?

Read this aloud or let the app read for you, which may be best as you and your child will no doubt be reduced to giggles with the funny characters and sound effects.

Learning rating 3.5/5 Entertainment Rating 3.5/5

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Interactive ABCs

Interactive Alphabet ABCs

$2.99 iPad ~ By Boreaal

ABCs ipad app

It's really obvious that the developers of this app went to great lengths to create a really immersive and interactive alphabet experience for young children. The main interactive element of the app involves walking through the alphabet like a book with different nouns for the child to play with – from eating apples and building sandcastles on the beach to uncovering a hamster under a hat and pulling a zipper up and down. The accompanying female voice over is American by default, but the settings on your iPad can be changed to “British” and the more appropriate pronunciation of “zed”.

As well as this main element, the app provides a ‘craft lab’ of colouring pages for you to print off for your child to take what they’ve learned on the iPad into real life. You can even make a finger puppet of the robot that appears throughout the app.

While not a quiet app to play, especially when singing the Alphabet Song along with the app, this is a great, interactive app that will help your child relate those funny looking scribbles, otherwise known as letters, to real life.

Learning rating 3.5/5 Entertainment Rating 3.5/5

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Learn Sight Words

Learn Sight Words

$0.99 iPad ~ By BrightTrail

Learn Sight Words

For the confident reader this app will solidify their phonetic skills and turn them into a sight reading whiz. Using 300 of the most frequently used words in the English language, these swipe-style flash cards can be shuffled or worked through one by one. There are also helpful guides that say the word out loud if your child is stuck and flagging the word to come back to if it poses a challenge.

The simple format is refreshing but the app will quickly be completed by bright minds with parental assistance.

Learning rating 4/5 Entertainment Rating 3/5

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