I have been requested to share the findings of my work. I have a lot to say after all that time, so I have decided to break up the info into a series for the week.
Monday: Five of the Most Annoying Preschool Apps of All Time for ipad.
Tuesday: Four Paid Preschool Apps You Cannot Miss
Wednesday: Free Apps for Literacy and Numeracy that are Worth Your Time
Thursday: Tips for Using Ipads With Preschoolers
Friday: My Other Favourite Preschool Apps List
The ipad I road tested came preloaded with content, some of which was paid, and some which was free. I played with the different apps for a while before I started to search out my own preferences on the itunes store. I pretty quickly realised that there are thousands of similar apps out there for children and some are clearly better than others. I became fussy pretty quickly!
Here are my criteria for what makes a good app for children.
- The apps I am looking for are mainly for the 3 to 5 year old age group. Content that would also be useable for 2-3 years was also a bonus as we will have an ipad available for that age group too at the day care centre (with different limitations on use suitable for age).
- The child needed to be able, for the most part, to start the game themselves and respond to the content with limited teacher instruction.
- The app could be US based, but letter formation that sits closer to the Australian primary school fonts were picked over those with cursive letters or weird fonts.
- Australian children are taught lower case letters first in kindergarten. I picked letter writing apps that had the ability to choose a lower case setting or which were only lower case.
- Matching games that mostly used the Australian or English terms for objects were picked over those using US terminology. For instance "trousers" instead of "pants" or "texta" instead of "marker".
- Weird, annoying music or useless apps that had no real content were rejected.
Screen time for children should be limited. If we are going to provide screen time for children then it needs to be for quality products!
*This is not a paid review. I have no personal or professional affiliation with any product or company mentioned. All opinions are my own.