3rd-5th 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.
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.
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.
The Infinite Arcade by Tinybop is a video-game-design app. Kids can create, play, and modify their own arcade-style games.
Mammals by Tinybop is an interactive app that helps kids learn about what makes an animal a mammal.
Simple Machines by Tinybop is a tool that lets kids explore six simple machines through exploration.
Pettson's Inventions is a puzzle-based app that encourages kids to think outside the box as they help put together some wacky inventions.
MathBoard is a practice tool that infuses the sometimes tedious and impersonal process of practicing basic mathematical operations with fun by adding lots of customizable options, individual quiz generation, and the ability to save results for each student using this app.
News-O-Matic is an interactive, paid subscription-based newspaper for kids ages 7-10. Five news stories -- from world political news to celebrity stories -- are posted on the News-O-Matic app's main page each day. Stories are written by experts, and a child psychologist reviews the articles.
Barefoot World Atlas is an educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, and other topics of interest around the world. By spinning, pinching, and zooming, kids can find something that interests them and learn more about it through descriptions and photos.
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.