iPhone/iPad apps for gifted children

Your children/students want to play games, but you want them to develop themselves also. What is the best combination between having fun and learning something? A recap from recent research.

 

1. DragonBox Algebra 5+

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragonbox-algebra-5+/id522069155?mt=8

 

$4.99

 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

 

DragonBox Algebra 5+ Is perfect for giving young children a head start in mathematics and algebra. Children as young as five can easily begin to grasp the basic processes involved in solving linear equations without even realising that they are learning. The game is intuitive, engaging and fun, allowing anyone to learn the basics of algebra at his or her own pace.

 

DragonBox Algebra 5+ covers the following algebraic concepts:

 

* Addition

* Division

* Multiplication

 

Suitable from age five and up, DragonBox Algebra 5+ gives young learners the opportunity to get familiar with the basics of equation solving.

 

DragonBox uses a novel pedagogical method based on discovery and experimentation. Players learn how to solve equations in a playful and colorfull game environment where they are encouraged to experiment and be creative. By manipulating cards and trying to isolate the DragonBox on one side of the game board, the player gradually learns the operations required to isolate X on one side of an equation. Little by little, the cards are replaced with numbers and variables, revealing the addition, division and multiplication operators the player has been learning throughout the game.

 

Playing does not require supervision, although parents can assist them in transferring learned skills into pen and paper equation solving. It is a great game for parents to play with their kids and can even give them an opportunity to freshen up their own math skills.

 

2. Lightbot – Programming Puzzles

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-bot/id657638474?mt=8

 

$2.99

 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game- a game whose game mechanics require using programming logic to solve levels. Simply guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands, Lightbot cultivates a real understanding of procedures, loops, and conditionals for players. “Lightbot offers an easy way for kids to learn concepts like loops, if-then statements, and the like, without typing or coding”- TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/26/light-bot-teaches-computer-science-with-a-cute-little-robot-and-some-symbol-based-programming/). Educators around the world are choosing to use Lightbot first when introducing their students to programming, coding and Computer Science. Lightbot features 50 levels and 20 challenge stars to collect and is a must-have for puzzle enthusiasts of any age.

 

3. Story Wheel

 

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id437068725

 

$2.99

 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

Let your child’s imagination run wild as they create their own unique story with Story Wheel!

 

Story Wheel is an educational game that improves your child’s cognitive abilities. Story Wheel helps develop an understanding of story composition, strengthens imagination, and improves oral language skills. It is a perfect complement to your child’s language arts school curriculum.

 

1-4 players can create a story. Start by spinning the wheel to get a picture. Next, record your voice as you develop a story with that picture. Each player will build upon the story with a new picture. When done, you can listen to your story and share your creations online, or email them to family and friends.

 

With four themes to choose from, the stories are unlimited.

 

4. Monster Physics

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monster-physics/id505046678?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

$1.99

 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

Kids pick up some basic physics lessons and construct their very own machines to digitally play with in real time. Play with physics! Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more! Once your invention is complete, Monster Physics™ will render it with it’s built-in physics engine and let you actually operate your creation in real time. Drive your car, operate your crane, guide your rocket into space or fly your helicopter! The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

 

5. Sid’s Science Fair

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sids-science-fair/id462788044?mt=8

 

$2.99

 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

This app, designed by PBS and the Jim Henson Company is designed for kids ages 3 to 6. It features Sid, the star and uses three science fair games to help kids with experiential learning in core science and math concepts like classification, charting and sequencing.

 

6. Solar Walk ™ – Solar System Planets, Orbits, and Moons with Pictures, Sounds and Lessons

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solar-walk-3d-solar-system/id347546771?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

$2.99

 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

Solar Walk is an app that features an interactive model of the solar system and Milky Way. The time machine function allows you to travel through space and time, and you can also see real-time trajectories of Earth’s artificial satellites. Learn about each of the planets, including name, mass, radius and internal structure. If you have a space-loving kid in your life, this app is a must!

 

7. Aesop for Children

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aesop-for-children/id538815234?mt=8

 

Free

 

The Aesop for Children interactive book is designed to be enjoyed by readers of any age. The book contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations.

 

“Aesop’s Fables”—also called “the Aesopica”—are a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons credited to Aesop, a Greek slave and story-teller thought to have lived between 620 and 560 BCE. Aesop’s fables are some of the most well known in the world and have been translated in multiple languages and become popular in dozens of cultures through the course of five centuries. They have been told and retold in a variety of media, from oral tradition to written storybooks to stage, film and animated cartoon versions—even in architecture. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Younger scholars will be able to trace the origin of aphorisms such as “sour grapes” and “a bird in the hand.”

 

8. The Chemical Touch

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-chemical-touch/id288060442?mt=8

 

$0.99

 

Explore the properties of the elements, the standard amino acids, and the nucleobases with The Chemical Touch. A touch sensitive periodic table and chemical information companion, it provides a wealth of information right at your fingertips. Recolor the periodic table by selecting properties other than Atomic Mass to visually investigate periodic trends. Having exhausted the built-in information, the internet button opens the Wikipedia page for the selected element, amino acid, or nucleobase.