Everywhere I go, I see kids playing a game of some kind on their parent’s smartphone or tablet. I do it too, if you ever see me in the store with my youngest, chances are she will be playing an educational app for kids on my smartphone or tablet. We take plenty of trips to the store without a smartphone, or tablet and those are the trips I end up spending too much money on things I don’t need, because my daughter either drives me bonkers, or gets extremely cranky if we take too long.
Typically I do my shopping while the other kids are in school, so it’s just me and my youngest. I wish I had someone to watch her for me, but she also like to go to the store, and I like to take her on the quick trips. It’s the long ones, when I need to do a lot of shopping that get stressful. Those are the trips I’m thankful for education apps on my smartphone or tablet. Educational apps for kids are a great way to keep them busy doing something positive while we are trying to remember everything that was on our list that we left at the house.
Many of you know that my son has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. I recently started letting him play with one of my husband’s old smartphones. I down loaded a few educational apps for kids I thought he would like, and WOW!
It can often be difficult to get a kids with special needs engaged in an activity. Typically learning something that is easy for us is difficult for them. If we do not find a way to make it fun and grab my son’s attention, he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Find something that is engaging, and my son will work SUPER hard. My son loves playing on my husband Smartphone, iPad, or the Kindle. He plays several different games, and they have helped him in so many different ways.
My son also does in home therapy. We are working with him on sitting up by himself. On days I don’t mention playing with the phone, Kindle or iPad he will not work as hard for his therapist. Recently I started reminding him that he would be rewarded for his hard work, because he will get to play with one of our devies if he works hard. Guess What? He will work is tail end off if he knows he gets to play with one of our devices when he is done.
Allowing him to play with our devices has also helped with his motor skills and hand-eye coordination. He has also learned how to spell his name, which is something they his teachers tried to teach him for the last three years. He learned how to spell his name in two months when playing with educational apps on our devices. Not to mention he will count, and his speech is 100 times better than it was at the start of the summer.
In my opinion educational apps are great for kids, and they have done so much for my son. I’m always focusing on educational games for my youngest daughter and son that I recently downloaded an app called, Alphie on the iPad, mostly for my daughter Vayda. Both the older girls love it! The other two do too, but it’s geared more toward kids 9+.
The music that you will hear while playing Alphie features Emmy-nominated composer David Ari Leon. As a parent I am always worried about the music that some of these apps have. I’m sure you have heard an app or two with music that is loud and just plain annoying. Not to worry the music is not anything that I cannot handle.
Alphie is a super cute baby squid that need your on her ocean journey all by herself. Along the way you help Alphie the baby squid grow by eating fish. Be careful of predators by camouflaging, dodging, or you can use your ink to get away.
It’s load of fun when you’re able to learn about new predators and prey along the way. It’s your job to help little Alphie survive and find his way to the deepest part of the ocean. He wants to become the king of the ocean, and grow into the huge squid, but he cannot do it without help. You have to see the underwater eat and glow game, the graphics are awesome.
I do have to tell you the beginning of the story is a little sad. Alphie starts out with his mother, and shortly after he has to face this journey alone. It’s still a great app, that is loads of fun, and my 8-year-old daughter has learned so much about the ocean, the fish and other sea creatures in the ocean, and more about how everything works.
Vayda is hooked on the game, she loves to discover new things such as: hatchet Fish, Swordfish, Monary Eel, and many more. My son doesn’t care much about the sea creatures, he just wants to play. He likes the graphics, and to know that is he controlling little Alphie. I like that the games holds his attention, and helps his with his hand-eye coordination. He will play this game as long as I let him, and watching him learn to control the fish better and better put a smile on my face.
You can learn more about the creatures you discover by visiting the Gallery. The Gallery has all the fish you have discovered and a nice little paragraph telling you all about them. There is about 31 sea creatures you will discover on this underwater adventure, and you can visit your gallery to learn about them. Here is an example of what you will find about the Moray Eel in the gallery:
- Moray Eel – Despite their snake-like appearances, these warm-water eels are in fact fish and not reptiles. As a very secretive animal it hides in crevices between rocks and coral on the ocean floor and attacks unsuspecting prey.
Alphie is for kids 9+, but don’t think Vayda is the only one who enjoys playing. We all enjoy helping Alphie become bigger and stronger, as well as learning about the ocean life. However you can tell it’s an older kids game. My youngest daughter Madisnyn will play it for a little bit, but it’s not as entertaining for her because she doesn’t understand the game as much as the older kids. My oldest daughter Catie loves it, she has even learned a lot about squids that she didn’t know. Like, did you know that there are over 500 species of squids in the ocean, or that there are 8 known species of giant squids in the ocean? Alphie taguth about me a few things about ocean life as well.
Be sure to take a moment and watch Alphie’s trailer.
What do you think about Alphie’s under water adventure to the deep-sea?
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