1st & 2nd Grade App Recommendations
The apps below are suggested iPad apps for home use. Click on the name of the app to link directly to the App Store. Some of the apps can also be downloaded to Android devices.
Scratch Jr is an iPad app that introduces kids to basic coding while having them create a digital story. By snapping together programming blocks, children can make characters move and jump. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context.
Inventioneers is a physics engineering game that requires kids to design, test, and revise until they succeed. Kids must use given tools and helpers to create an invention that will meet each challenge and help a special character. Kids press play to see their inventions in action. If it fails, they can try again. A "Create" mode allows kids to create and share their own inventions.
Coral Reef by Tinybop is an interactive free play app for kids to explore undersea life.
Crazy Gears is a problem-solving game that gets kids thinking critically, problem solving, and exploring physics and other STEM topics.
Toca Builders offers sandbox-style play where kids can create worlds. It's easier to pick up and play than Minecraft, and there's no fighting or monsters.
This link brings you to the Tocca Bocca website. All of Tocca Bocca's apps are open-ended, allowing for pure creative exploration.
Toontastic 3D allows kids to create their own 3D animated stories. Kids choose a scene and characters -- or design their own -- and are then given some basic guidance on constructing their own animated stories. Each scene can record up to 60 seconds of voice narration and movement.
Puppet Pals HD offers an easy way for kids to create and record their own animated shorts.
Farfaria Storybooks - Library of Children's Books and Read Along With Me Stories is a digital library of over 1,000 ebooks for kids, with new books added each week. Parents and kids can browse the books by genre and within each genre can search by title, release date, and reading level.
Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids is a subscription-based ebook service for kids age 2–12. Kids and parents can choose from more than 25,000 books, and they can read them online or offline, on the Web, or on mobile devices. Many selections are by well-known authors or from major publishers, and the collection includes Spanish/English, Chinese/English, and French/English bilingual books. Users can search books by subject, genre, and age, and some are audio or read-to-me versions where kids can follow along with highlighted words.
Doodlematic will take your marker drawings and turn them into playable games that you can share with your friends!
LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary is an app (and a site) that offers a library of books to users, themed according to a child's interests (action adventures, magical tales, etc.). Kids can choose to have a book read aloud to them or to read the book themselves.
Drawing Pad is designed to let users express themselves artistically by creating drawings using a set of drawing and painting tools.