More Great iPhone Apps for Preschoolers

There's a whole load of new apps for preschoolers out at the moment — here are six that have met the ever-rising standards of my 3 year old son (all links to the iTunes App Store):

Oh, and if you missed it, don't forget to look through last year's post on Great iPhone Apps for 2–3 Year Olds, as there's some corkers in there too.

  • Animatch — a simple, beautifully done animal matching game, with great illustrations and sound effects. New animals via occasional updates keep it fresh. I particularly like this one for the sense of achievement it gives children each time they match an animal.
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider — a charming interactive song app from Duck Duck Moose, the makers of Wheels on the Bus. Dozens of hidden interactions to find, and the ability to record your own (or your kids!) voice-over.
  • Old MacDonald — Duck Duck Moose do it again with another interactive song. The dump-truck scene went down particularly well with my son.
  • Peekaboo Wild — remember Peekaboo Barn? Well we've moved to the African savannah for this installment. Same simple interface, more beautiful illustrations.
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox — this one's perhaps seen the most use in our house of the current apps. A looping set of fruit-based challenges, rewarding the player with cute stickers they collect on a board. A cute character, catchy soundtrack and engaging puzzles. Must buy!
  • Monkey Preschool: When I Grow Up — once you've exhausted Lunchbox, grab this and have fun dressing the monkey and watching him dance. More catchy music, great animations, and a good way to teach them new words. Current favourite combo? “Astronaut-princess-diver” I think.

I'm always on the lookout for more apps for my kids, so if you have any recommendations, please get in touch.

Also, whilst I'm at it, a shameless plug for my latest project — a super cute, year-of-the-tiger-themed Twitter app called TigerTweet.Me. If you like your interfaces cuddly with a little bite, I think you'll enjoy it.

Jan 20 2010

James Bowskill

James Bowskill leads interactive design at A.C.O. in Tokyo, where he has lived since 2001. He also maintains a growing collection of Japanese packaging.

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