From all of us at beijingkids, Happy 2012!
We take it you’re all wired in and ready for the new year? Great!
For those of you traveling at the moment – either to far off destinations or just returning back to Beijing, here’s one mom’s recommendations for the best traveling apps for the Apple iPad:
Zingo to Go! (USD 15.99) – For ages 5-8. A zippier version of Bingo that includes pictures and words, rather than numbers and letters.
Scribblenauts Remix (USD 2.99) – For ages 9-12. The newest version of the action puzzle game that requires spelling out words.
My Playhome (USD 2.99) – Open-ended play in a virtual dollhouse.
Highlights Hidden Pictures (USD 1.99) – Kids search for objects hidden in the illustration. A digital version of the Highlights magazine puzzles.
Checkers Free (Free) – Play this popular game in a virtual context.
PopMath(USD 0.99) – Kids practice simple math by answering equations in bubbles while popping them.
Comic Book! (USD 1.99) – Combine your photos in a fun comic-book format, complete with your own bubble captions.
Who Am I? Race Awareness Game (Free) – A two-person game designed to get kids thinking about race and diversity.
JibJab Jr. Books (Free) – Craft your own stories, using your own child’s face and name.
Mom KJ Dellantonia was adding to Michelle Higgins list on “Apps to Keep Children Happy.” For Higgin’s complete list, click here.
And another fun app is simply using the iPad’s video function to create personalized videos. Dellantonia recommends encouraging your child to film everyone singing in the car.
This mom also has one last tip for parents:
“Turn off the toys when you get there, especially if you’re at Grandma’s house. Better to fill the moments in between planned gatherings, meals and gift-opening sessions with roaming the house, talking to family members and exploring …”
This way, when they do get to use the iPad, while traveling in the car/bus/plane/taxi, it’s that much more exciting. Safe travels!
To read Dellantonia’s full blog post, click here.