Kids these days are too smart for their own good, I reckon. Or as Baz would say, “I’m a clever clogs. I’m a clever clogs,” a la Peppa Pig. You know what I found my kids up to the other day? Watching PJ Masks on my iPad. Guys, there are no apps on my iPad that can play episodes of PJ Masks! Even I couldn’t figure it out! I had to ask him to reenact how he got it going? You know what he did? He asked Siri. And obviously Siri provided. Mannnnnnnnn….
*press the Home button to access Siri*
Baz: Cee! Jay! Masks!
Baz: CJ Masks!
Baz: CJ Masks!
(obviously third time lucky)
Siri: PJ Masks
On my iPad it shows all these options and the smartie-pants that he is, he clicks on the one with the play button and that is how he came to be watching PJ Masks on Mummy’s iPad.
Gotta make sure I lock that thing up every time I leave the room now!
PJ Masks mania aside, there are a few apps that the kids love to challenge themselves with when they do get iPad time and they are ones that I approve of wholeheartedly, so if you’re struggling to find something more interesting / educational for your kids to play maybe check these out…
I have a few spelling apps but the kids (especially Elli) seem to go to this one all the time.
This has to be one of mine and Baz’s favourite games. We’ve completed all the levels now quite a while back but I still seem him going back to the game once in a while. When he gets a boatload of games to play with every few months but still goes back to this game, it must be a gem. On top of that, even though he has completed the game before, when he goes back to play it, he can still struggle through some of the parts. I actually like it that way because it means that the game is not straightforward and you do have to wire your brain differently when playing it.
We got the whole collection and to be honest with you, I don’t really get the appeal but both kids love it. Elli is having fun with the Mammal exploring its skeletal system and seeing what happens to the animal when their bones fall off and Baz currently is into the solar system so he loves exploring the Space app.
I got this way back when Baz was just starting to get into the iPad. Back then, there were no Videos or Art or Music so they have expanded in the few years since we’ve gotten it. Now, Elli plays with it with gusto and she still has a few more years before she gets sick of it. I got the Lifetime Access ages ago and have to say, with two kids playing with it, it’s been a great investment.
Can I say I love this game? I don’t even play it but I can see what it’s trying to do and whilst it’s too advanced for Elli at the moment, Baz sometimes even finds it challenging! The idea is to complete the invention like catapulting a person into a bathtub or creating a fire to cook a marshmallow. Sometimes you get access to other props to help you in completing the invention and the idea is to use them to tweak your invention so it achieves the goal.
These are my top 5 favourite educational apps and they are ones that the kids are not averse too which is a win win situation for me. I can always love an app but if the kids don’t reach out to play it then what’s the point, right? It’s not easy finding a good app out of the myriad of apps on offer so I hope this helps you find something you and your kids will enjoy during their screen time!