Parents of children ages 3 through 5 applying to gifted and talented or private schools may find these skill-building apps are a fun and useful way to practice skills. One of our early education tutors, Sabrina I., shares her list of helpful iPhone apps for reinforcing several skills tested on the OLSAT, WISC and WPPSI/ERB.
Build your child's categorization skills
- Analogies 4 Kids by Nth fusion LLC This app presents analogy questions of different types: picture based and word-based. An analogy is a comparison that points out relationships between things that are different, and plays a significant role in analytical thinking, problem solving, perception, spatial skills, memory, and creativity.
- A Preschool Pattern Recognition Game by Nth fusion LLC Presenting a fast, fun way to help kids build logical thinking and expand their brain development. Children develop visual discrimination when matching shapes and patterns. This app is a great introduction to pattern matching and spatial relationships for children ages 3-4.
- NLC Autism Do not get scared away by the title, this is a great categorization game that asks students to sort objects.
- ABA Problem Solving Game - Which does not Belong by Kindergarten.com The “Which Does Not Belong” application will teach your child to discriminate which items do not belong in a group as well as introduce them to the negative form “not” which takes some expanded thinking. This application was designed for treatment of disorders on the autism spectrum but is a useful tool for teaching problem solving to any child.
- What does Not Belong by Brain-Go LLC This advanced classification game comes with the first 10 questions free. It is picture-based.
- What Goes Together? by Different Roads to Learning Children are asked to group and match images and items. This application was designed for treatment of disorders on the autism spectrum but is a useful tool for teaching any child.
Build your child's problem-solving and memory skills
- Unblock Me by Kiragames An app with 800 unique puzzles that challenge your son or daughter to problem solve.
- Crazy Copy Games by Brain Counts This app uses working memory by having children repeat combinations of colors.
- Dino MatchThis game improves memory and concentration by asking children to pair matching dino pictures.
Build your child's math skills
- Ace Math Games by Brain Counts As children solve basic math equations a picture is revealed.
- Numberline Frog by Brian West An animated frog that hops along an interactive numberline and outrageous cartoon sounds, helps children ages 3 - 6 transition from finger counting to kindergarten style math in an entertaining game-like environment.
- Pizza Fractions by Brian West In chef's pizzeria your child masters the concept of naming simple fractions using pizza picture examples. Designed for grade levels 2-6, Pizza Fractions provides a basic introduction to fractions in an approachable game-like format.
Build your child's reading and writing skills
- Story Builder for iPad by Mobile Education Tools This game helps children improve paragraph formation and make inferences with audio clips and prompts. This application was designed for treatment of disorders on the autism spectrum but is a useful tool for teaching any child.
Prepare for Stanford-Binet with tangrams
My first Tangrams by Alexandre Minard This game is an adaptation for kids of the famous Tangram game. Rules have been simplified (no rotation needed at all) to allow every kid to solve all the Tangrams.