3 OF A KIND: iOS Education apps

Danny Gorog
24 December, 2012
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App Guide

If you have kids of varying ages at home, finding one app that they all love is difficult. Luckily, with a huge selection of fun and educational apps available on the App Store you’ll find age-appropriate apps for kids of any age.


Sakura Quick Math


Shiny Things

iPHONE & iPAD $1.99

Looking for a fun way to engage your kids in maths? You have probably heard this about a lot of apps before, but Sakura Quick Math is a great tool for getting your kids excited about it.

Sakura Quick Math is an iOS app that lets you practise your maths while racing the clock. To answer questions you hand-write the number on the screen. Sakura interprets your on-screen writing and (mostly, but not always) converts it to an answer.

According to its Aussie developers, Shiny Things Software, Sakura Quick Math was developed in partnership with several schools, teachers and psychologists.

The app lets kids practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and there are three levels for each type. With Game Center integration you can compete against others too.

In our experience, it’s reasonably rare to keep the attention of kids with educational apps, but so far Sakura Quick Math has been a great hit with our son.


Alpha Writer



iPHONE & iPAD $2.99

If your kids aren’t ready for maths yet, consider another app called Alpha Writer, created by Montessorium, a well-known development shop which specialises in creating educational apps for kids.

Alpha Writer is designed to teach your kids how to write and read. It’s split into four sections: Phonetics, Phonograms, Storyboard and Alpha Spy.

All parts of the app are beautifully designed with large tap-and-drag areas that make interactions easier for kids with small hands. Montessorium claims that the app is based on the tested and proven educational philosophy called Montessori, which recommends kids learn writing before reading.

The moveable alphabet in the app was created for children who have the ability and interest to start writing and reading, but don’t quite have the fine motor skills needed to hold a pencil and draw the letters. Additionally, the app emphasises phonetic sounds over spelling to help kids build words.


Play School Art Maker


Australian Broadcasting Corporation

iPAD Free

If you’ve got kids aged two to six who like ABC’s Play School TV show then they will love the Play School Art Maker app for iPad (sadly no version exists for iPhone yet).

The app lets kids freely create pictures, animated movies and story slideshows using their favourite Play School toys and craft items. Once they’ve created a story, kids can narrate them with their own voices and then share the results with friends.

According to the ABC, Play School Art Maker is “quintessentially Play School, with a hand-made aesthetic and a strong focus on storytelling. The playful sound design also features the much-loved Play School piano and familiar voices of presenters Alex Papps and Karen Pang.”

As a bonus, and something that our kids use all the time is the ability to watch episodes of Play School too. It’s not needed for the rest of the features, but if you plan to watch using the app you’ll need to ensure your iPad is connected to a network.

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