Now that summer is well on its way and travel plans are solidified, you might be having a little anxiety about traveling with kids. Whether you’re flying the friendly skies or traveling Griswold family style, here are some of our favoriate travel apps to help the kids pass the time.
PBS Kids Video
This app only works when it’s connected to the internet, so unless you’re tablet gets service, you’ll have to turn your phone over to those trusty, crusty hands. But I assure you, this app will keep the kids quiet until the next potty break. They can watch entire episodes of their favorite shows: Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, SUPER WHY! and Wild Kratts. My 3yo seems to really enjoy Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (a spin off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with lots of great Mr. Rogers-like lessons). My 6yo sneaks off with the iPad to watch Wild Kratts. I have heard her laugh out loud on numerous occasions watching this show. I have no idea. Download for iOS in iTunes.
Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow
This is a really great interactive storybook app, which means that the reader interacts with the characters in the story to determine the outcome. There are several ways Little Red Riding Hood can defeat the Big Bad Wolf. Along the way, the reader is invited to solve various problems to move ahead. What I love about this app is that it serves as a great reading and listening tool for my 6yo and for my 3yo, it helps her hand-eye coordination (she has to drag the cookies into the basket) and her “I Spy” skills (she has to find the cookies first). Download for iOS in iTunes.
Hair Salon 2
This is just a fun app. You choose from all these kooky looking characters and you get to cut, color, curl, wash, blow dry and accessorize their hair, face and clothes. The special effects are brilliantly done and the sound effects make this app addictive. My 6yo, 3yo and 2yo love this app. Download for iOS in iTunes or Android in Google Play.
Rory’s Story Cubes
This app is a great one for long road trips. You have nine cubes that have different pictures on each of their sides. You “roll” the cubes and then make up a story based on the images that you rolled. You can move the cubes around as you tell your story. This app inspires imagination and I imagine this app would be great for kids who need some help formulating ideas. Download for iOS in iTunes or Android in Google Play.