Anyone on the hunt for fantastic iPad apps for 6 year olds? This topic came up recently in our Out Tech Your Kids Facebook Group, and yay, our members shared their tried and true favorites, both educational and just for fun. So whether you’re just looking to freshen up your line-up or you’re prepping for a long road trip to Grandma’s this Christmas, we’ve got you covered.
It’s no surprise that Toca Boca was a top recommendation from many parents. Our own kids are huge fans of their apps, from cutting hair in Toca Hair or healing sick pets in Toca Pet Doctor. And they have some new offerings like Toca Kitchen Sushi and Toca Mystery House that we think kids would love to explore. ($3.99 each)
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This app features countless word jumble puzzles for kids to unscramble, making it ideal for kids learning to read and spell. Plus, it’s free, although our group members recommend paying to have the ads removed if your kids decide they really love it. (Free with in-app purchases)
If you’re trying to keep screen time educational, this app is a great way to do it. While this app’s lesson plan is customized for first graders, you can also buy Teach Me apps for preschool up to 3rd grade, all of which cover a wide range of subjects. Plus, it lets kids earn coins that they can redeem for rewards around TeachTown. ($1.99)
Our editor Kate raved about this app a few years ago (when it was still going by the name WonderBox), and our group members are still finding it helpful today. It comes from one of our most trusted, favorite app developers, Duck Duck Moose, and features thousands of educational videos, plus creative and tech challenges that help kids put their knowledge into practice. (Free)
I reviewed the Secret Code app, which recently launched to complement the awesome Secret Code kid’s book, and it’s one of my absolute favorites. It teaches kids the very basics of coding by letting them build and program their own robot. It doesn’t get as complex as some of the other coding apps we’ve reviewed, but it’s a perfect introduction for a younger kiddo. (Free)
We’ve reviewed the Issa’s Edible Adventures app on Cool Mom Eats and determined that it’s an awesome way for kids to learn about how food gets on the table. Each interactive episode has kids explore the world to find the ingredient they need so they can come home and get cooking. If you’re looking for a not-so-messy on-ramp to get kids excited about cooking, this is it. (Free with in-app purchases)
Dr. Panda is another favorite app among our group members. It’s similar to Toca Boca, in that it lets kids pretend to be grown-ups and visit different destinations around town. Dr. Panda also offers tons of similar apps, in case your kids want to take a vacation, operate a restaurant, or shop at the mall — virtually, that is.
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