National social media and technology reporter PETRA STARKE lists the top 50 learning apps for children and teens.

(*Prices correct as of January 14, 2013)

LITERACY & NUMERACY

Splash Math
Free, but extra worksheets cost $5.49 each – iPhone/iPad
This suite of five sea-themed apps, covering years 1 to 5, teaches maths in a fun, interactive way. Answer questions correctly to add fish to a virtual aquarium, and track progress with weekly email reports.

 

Splash math

Splash math

 

Count TV
$2.99 – iPhone/iPad
Little ones can learn their numbers with Sesame Street’s Count Von Count, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover and others. Parents will love the inclusion of classic retro Sesame Street clips.

 

Count tv

Count tv

 

20-1 Counting
$0.99 – iPhone/iPad
Pop balloons with Oscar the monkey to reveal numbers and learn how to count backwards from 20 to 1. An Australian accent makes this simple app a stand out.

 

20-1 Counting

20-1 Counting

 

Squeebles
$0.99 to $1.99 – iPhone/iPad
A suite of six separate apps teaches basic maths and spelling aimed at kids aged five to 11. Answer questions correctly to rescue the cute squeebles from the maths monster.

 

Squeebles

Squeebles

 

Numberlys
$6.49 – iPhone/iPad
Looking more like a Tim Burton film than an educational app, this unbelievably beautiful animated storybook teaches children the alphabet through lush, interactive, black and white illustrations.

 

Numberlys

Numberlys

 

Abc – Wow!
$1.99 – iPhone/iPad
$1.90 – Android
Beautiful animations and fun sounds make this alphabet flashcard app more charming than most. Letters morph into pictures of everyday objects – ”C” into a cookie, and ”A” into an apple – allowing kids to make an association between the two.

 

Abc - Wow!

ABC – Wow!

 

Alphabet Song
$0.99 – iPad only
Developed by Sydney company Oscar’s Apps this is one of the only alphabet apps that features an Aussie accent, so your child will hear ”zed” instead of the dreaded ”zee”. Pop balloons to reveal letters, and sing along to the alphabet.

 

Alphabet song

Alphabet song

 

My A-Z
$1.99 – iPhone/iPad
Create alphabet flash cards using your own photos and sounds to make a more personalised, immersive experience. You can use a picture of your dog and a clip of its bark for the letter ”D”, for example.

 

My A-Z

My A-Z

 

Eggy 250
$2.99 – iPhone/iPad
$1.98 – Android
An Australian accent option makes this cute reading app stand out from the crowd. An animated chicken teaches kids 250 ”sight words” – words readers should recognise on sight, such as ”the”, ”he”, ”she” and ”where” – while they earn golden eggs as rewards.

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