6 New iPad Apps for Little Ones

6 New iPad Apps for Little Ones

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some great new app recommendations for kids.
  1. Miximal and Drawnimal.  Miximal is new on the app market, however Drawnimal has been around for awhile.  I adore how both of these applications have a strong animal focus as well as education for little ones.  Drawnimal encourages drawing animals after seeing the animation and learning letters of the alphabet and Miximal is all about mixing up animals to create a unique species!  Adorable.  Both are created by Yatatoy.
  2. Hip Hop Hen have a delightful early phonics series of three applications: ABC songs, ABC jigsaw and ABC tracing.  All adorable in their own right and stand alone apps which also work well in conjunction with each other.
  3. Tap Tap Toink  Tap Tap Toink is a musical puzzle for children.  Precious and straight forward.  This application is purely visual and auditory and has been created for the very young.
  4. Word Teller  An app designed to encourage the listening of sounds and depicting a word form using color cues. You need to drag the letter/sounds to the correct place in the work shown at the top of each page.
  5. Endless Reader Endless Reader introduces sight words as part of an individual word and then as part of a sentence.  The creators Originator Kids also have developed Endless Alphabet and Endless Numbers.  These apps also have in app purchases when you want to add additional words or numbers to the package.
  6. Montessori Math (+ & -) and Montessori Multiplications. Les Trois Elles have recently released two new Montessori inspired applications. These apps are perfect for children who have advanced past one to one recognition and are looking for a little extra extension in this area.  There are so many different options available to solve problems from games, quizzes, slate boards, bead frames and stamps.  As you progress through the challenges, you accumulate a score which can then be transferred in the Monster Shop to creating your own monster.  A lovely reward at the end of a hard math session at home!




Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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    1. Android apps are certainly caching up. I am aware of many of these companies creating their apps for the iphone market first and then developing for android. It would be worth checking in with some of the developers and expressing your interest for android. Sometimes all it takes is posing the question for the creators to realise that there is another market out there.

  1. Aww, this just seems SO counterintuitive to your philosophy, and it makes me sad. Playful learning is about play, exploration, imagination…I thought. Not about screens or encouraging isolated time with technology in any way. Too bad.

    1. Hi Karen, Thank you so much for your comment. I can feel that it is coming from a place of respect for what we do and a concern that we may be straying from our mission.You are so right, Playful Learning is about play, exploration, and imagination! I believe that technology can be an useful educational tool when used consciously and in moderation. By no means should it replace time outside or other creative endeavors, but it can be a creative outlet as well. At Playful Learning we try to share the best of what’s available so that parents can make informed decisions.

    2. I am so sorry we have let you down Karen. We certainly aim to cover all bases for childreens education and I personally believe that modern technology certainly has a place, all be it a small place in my children’s lives. through Mathematical applications, science exploration as well as literacy program my children have developed an amazing knowledge and understanding of the world around them, all in conjunction with a rich environment of open ended play, provocations, quality literature and engaging experience with their peers. For my family it is about moderation.

  2. Thanks for this list of apps and the reviews! I love it when creative and educational sites, like yours, take the time to share about helpful apps, because I don’t have the time or money to sift through all the options. Love having educational apps to compliment our outdoor and creative learning. Sometimes I just need 15 minutes of silence to focus on an important task and having a creative and educational app for my daughter to use for that time is so much nicer than putting her in front of the TV!

    1. There are some simply amazing applications on the market that they are hard to discover. Some my children like only for a brief period of time and others they come back to over and over again. The biggest hit with my eldest son at the moment is the Brain Pop app which has a daily video, it has sparked his interest volcanoes all over again and just this weekend it was the Marianas Trench and the Titanic which we could follow up with You Tube clips by James Cameron the amazing film makers expeditions. Something we can not physically explore ourselves so that goodness for modern technology!

  3. Does anyone know the name of the app in the main image? My girls love a wooden London playset – think they’d love that app too. Thanks!

  4. Which is the app featured in the photo? It doesn’t seem to be any of the ones listed. Thanks for this article! We love all the Originator Kids apps; will be checking out the others..

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