Many parents purchase an iPad because of its ability to keep children of any age entertained for hours on end. Its intuitive interface is grasped by the youngest of minds and many high-quality apps and games are within easy access at the iTunes store and are quite affordable. That said, here are ten of the most entertaining iPad apps we’ve seen so far.
Scribblenauts Remix Price: $0.99
Originally from the Nintendo DS, this port from the iPad is a highly imaginative and appealing puzzle game that allows children to draw on their own creativity for problem solving. Players assist a little boy named Maxwell as he explores fifty puzzle environments so he can acquire a star, a key to progressing towards another stage. In order to aid him, kids can type or scribble in objects Maxwell can use to help a witch fill a cauldron or a monster fall in love. Sometimes the game will require simple words (diamond, frog) and other times, it can allow the use of adjectives (big, juicy steak). The game has simple cartoony graphics that are really cute and even adults will find themselves drawn into the world of the Scribblenauts.
Mathboard Price: $4.99
More a learning tool than a game, Mathboard transforms your iPad into a traditional school blackboard with a twist. Math problems are presented in quiz form and are customizable to allow addition, subtraction, multiplication, division square roots and cube roots. Answers are presented as multiple choice and for complex problems, the bottom part of the screen functions as a scratchboard so the child can work out the solution before giving his or her answer (however, a limitation in the scratchboard’s design prevents manipulating its size, making it a bit challenging to scrawl more detailed equations). The app stores quiz scores and completion times in its dashboard and allows you to track your child’s progress.