Fantastic Educational Apps You Will Want To Download To Help Your Children With Numeracy And Literacy 

iPads and other screen time can be a curse or a blessing when it comes to our children (as discussed in my blog post, Screen Time – a life saver or the root of all evil? ). The truth is, when used in moderation, tablets can actually help your children enhance their learning. Here are some fantastic apps that will help your child with their learning. For up to date prices or to download the apps, click on the photos of the apps in the article to be redirected to the App Store.

1. Hit The Button


This is a fantastic maths game which my son has really enjoyed. It is nice to find a way to make maths fun.

It covers topics that we are often asked to practice as homework, such as number bonds, doubles and tables. As your child becomes more advanced, the app allows your child to become increasingly challenged, but not before practicing what they know.

Download Hit The Button here.

2. abc Joined Up


Download abc Joined up for the iPhone here and for the iPad here. This is a brilliant app for teaching your child to form their letters the way in which the schools want them to. (My son is constantly telling me when I write that I am not forming my letters correctly). The app begins with “jigsaw” type games, Working on how the letters are formed. It moved on to practicing writing the letters. The letters can be formed by tracing with a finger, but for a more realistic experience, I would recommend these stylus crayons.


These chubby stylus crayons are prefect for little hands and great for practicing handwriting while playing games.

3. Handwriting Calculator

Handwriting Calculator
Handwriting Calculator

This app is fantastic for lots of different activities. We have used it to practice number bonds lately, which has been lots of fun. It has the added bonus of being good practice for handwriting and number formation when used with the stylus crayons mentioned above. Download it here.


4. Biff, Chip & Kipper Phonics Apps

Biff, Chip and Kipper Phonics App Bundle
Biff, Chip and Kipper Phonics App Bundle

This is wonderful bundle of 8 brilliant phonics apps. While I am not personally a fan of the Oxford Reading Tree “Biff Chip & Kipper” books that get sent home from school, the apps are mich better. It’s nice that the children are seeing the same characters and working at the same level as the books that are sent home from school, but the apps aren’t as dry as the reading books.


Apps in this bundle include;

Phonics Spelling Dictionary – Biff, Chip & Kipper

 

My Phonics Flashcards - Biff, Chip & Kipper
My Phonics Flashcards – Biff, Chip & Kipper

 

Fun with Words Flashcards - Biff, Chip & Kipper
Fun with Words Flashcards – Biff, Chip & Kipper

 

Biff, Chip and Kipper Flashcards
Biff, Chip and Kipper Flashcards

 

My Phonics Kit - Biff, Chip & Kipper
My Phonics Kit – Biff, Chip & Kipper
Say and Spell Flashcards- Biff, Chip & Kipper
Say and Spell Flashcards- Biff, Chip & Kipper
Word Games Flashcards - Biff, Chip & Kipper
Word Games Flashcards – Biff, Chip & Kipper
Alphabet Games Flashcards - Biff, Chip & Kipper
Alphabet Games Flashcards – Biff, Chip & Kipper

 

Click on the App icons above to view or download the apps individually, or click here to view and download the bundle at a discounted price.

5. Squeebles

Squeebles Complete Bundle
Squeebles Complete Bundle

 

The Squeebles app as are games based around telling the time and maths, where children complete tasks to win cute little Squeeble characters. Each game has multiple learning modes and is aimed at children age 5-11.

Apps can be purchased individually or in the bundle. Click on the app icons below to view the individual apps in the App Store or click here to view the whole bundle.

Apps in the bundle include;

Squeebles Times Tables 2
Squeebles Times Tables 2
Squeebles Spelling Test
Squeebles Spelling Test
Squeebles Spelling Test
Squeebles Spelling Test
Squeebles Flip Multiplication
Squeebles Flip Multiplication
Squeebles Maths Race
Squeebles Maths Race
Squeebles Division 2
Squeebles Division 2
Squeebles Addition & Subtraction
Squeebles Addition & Subtraction
Squeebles Fractions
Squeebles Fractions
Squeebles Maths Bingo
Squeebles Maths Bingo
Squeebles Word Search
Squeebles Word Search

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6. Complete Education Apps by Christian Chichon

Complete KS1
Complete KS1

This is a suite of 9 apps in a fantastic value bundle. The apps, which can be downloaded separately, or part of the bundle for a great saving, include;

Your Phonics
Your Phonics
Your Times Tables & Division
Your Times Tables & Division
Your Fractions - Essential Maths for kids
Your Fractions – Essential Maths for kids
Your Maths Quiz
Your Maths Quiz
Your Addition & Subtraction
Your Addition & Subtraction
Your Mental Maths
Your Mental Maths
Your Sight/High Frequency Words
Your Sight/High Frequency Words
Your Number Bonds
Your Number Bonds
Your Maths Numbers
Your Maths Numbers

 

The apps that I have listed have been a huge help when it comes to homework. My children feel like they are getting some coveted “screen time” while learning material and practicing skills that they need for school.
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Have you children tried any of these apps? Did they enjoy them?

This blog post was written as part of #BLOGTOBER17 . Each day there is a specific prompt laid out on the Hex Mum Blog and bloggers all over the world are writing their own particular take on the subject. Today is #DAY23 and the prompt is #WEATHER (Yes, another tenuous link, but practicing numeracy and literacy skills is a good way to keep children occupied during bad weather).

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