Many parents know how great an iPhone can be to keep the kids busy. Even if you don't allow them an iPhone of their own, most parents hesitate very little at trading it for a few moments of peace.
Now that the iPad is out, a whole new generation of apps is being released just for the increased display ability. Just about all apps that work on the iPhone work with the iPad, but iPad-specific apps have a noticeable difference in quality. Many developers have been quick to release upgraded versions of their iPhone apps for the iPad and Apple allows you to download the upgrades free if you have already purchased them for your iPhone.
If you are an Apple fan and already purchased your new iPad, it is only natural to want to share your excitement with your children. Here are 5 of the best kid's apps for the iPad:
1. 123 Color HD ($.99 by Steve Glinsberg) - 123 Color HD is a talking coloring book available in English, Spanish, French, and German. It is already being hailed as the #1 educational iPad app. This is "the" app for kids. It is fun, never scolds for doing something wrong, and rewards kids with celebratory sound effects and swirling stars for coloring the images correctly. This means kids have fun when they do it wrong but strive to get it right. The detail of the iPad version is much-improved over the iPhone.
2. Ace Omicron ($.99 by Casey Gatti) - Ace Omicron is fun spaceship shooter game with a new and improved version just for the iPad. All versions are in the same download, with the correct version for your device installing automatically. This game is the 21st century Asteroids and kids love shooting up the giant rocks and enemy ships alike. Graphics and sound are second-to-none. There's not much educational here, but it sure grabs their attention. Three modes of play are available: Classic, Hyper, and Twilight.
3. Fling! ($.99 by CandyCane LLC) - Fling! is a simple puzzle game involving loveable "furballs." It is incredibly addictive for children and adults alike. The soundtrack to the game is upbeat and makes kids feel like they are having fun as they are challenging their brain and sense of logic. Gamplay occurs by touching a furball and flicking it in a direction to knock off other colored furballs. The game features 10,000 different puzzles across 19 levels of gameplay. Modes include Arcade, Free Play, and Challenge.
4. Faces iMake ($.99 by iMagine Machine LLC) - Faces iMake is from the creator of popular apps Itsy Bitsy Spider and Halloween. This app is all about creativity and imagination. Faces are put together from different basic images and colors, and they can be stored in a gallery for the young artist. This app is still in the iPhone version, but on the iPad it is even better. The app comes with tutorial lessons so kids can quickly learn how to maximize their fun.
5. Sneezies HD ($4.99 by Chillingo Ltd.) - Sneezies HD will set you back a little more than the other apps listed here, but it is well worth the price. The HD graphics of this game complement the soothing gameplay, making it almost hypnotic. The Sneezies characters are another version of the "furball" and they just drip in cuteness. Called both a casual and melodic game, Sneezies HD requires only a single free finger and a little bit of attention. Over 60 levels of increasing difficulty are included.