The frugal ecologist asks:
You did a toddler app post I think, but any other apps that your little one is into? Thinking for the 3-5 set….
Ooh, we need to know the answer to this question too.
We did like endless words, but boy was it an ipad memory hog. I had to delete it eventually. Starfall was another favorite, though we’ve just let it lapse since DC2 has really outgrown it. ABCMouse seems pretty similar to Starfall– I don’t know if it is worth the cost, but we just got it free for the year with DC2’s kindergarten. It’s fun, but too easy for DC2 right now– but it would have been good when DC2 was 3!
DC2 now spends a lot of time on the PBS Kids website on DC1’s computer on weekends after zie has done hir chores. Zie wants to play games just like DC1 does.
Dragon Box has been pretty fun, both the algebra version and the geometry (elements) version, though DC2 hasn’t been able to complete them yet because the difficulty seems to hit frustration level after a while (but zie had fun during the first parts!). We haven’t tried the numbers apps because they came out after DC2 had seemingly mastered numbers, but maybe it’s worth trying them anyway. Update: After typing this up we got Big Numbers and DC2 is hooked (some knowledge of addition and subtraction makes this game more fun). (Right now, I admit I wish I were picking apples and gathering stones and turning fish into gold coins.)
A free one if you do it on the computer instead of an app is Teach your monster to read. DC2 is also doing this one in school (even though zie knows how to read) and is enjoying it, but I must say after listening to hir play it this weekend, some poor princess keeps getting kidnapped over and over again and one would think would have better security by now. Or maybe a weapon of her own or something. They should mix it up and have the crown prince get kidnapped or something. The narrator has a pleasant Britishy accent. Update: Level 2 does much better on gender–DC2 repeatedly feeds a female monster cookies and helps another find her lost words instead of rescuing a newly captured princess. (Again, this is too easy for where DC2 is right now, but gee it would have been nice to have had a year or two ago!)
But yes, we really would like to have more suggestions on this one as DC2 has really outgrown most of what is on the ipad. Extra points for stuff in Spanish!