by TeachThought Staff
For some reason, educational games are getting an increasingly bad rap.
Educators are questioning their merits on social media. Studies are popping up saying they don’t help. Psychologists are cautioning parents about impact on attention span.
Part of this could be over-inflated expectations. If we expect a game to teach children anything other than what that games simulates, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment.
And if we use them as babysitters–and then soothe ourselves by downloading literacy apps–we’ve also got a problem.
But if you’re using educational games as a part of an intentionally-designed, open-ended, or even self-directed learning experience, then they suddenly make more sense. And the following list–100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad–is a great place to get started.
Just know what the app “teaches,” and what it doesn’t.
100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad
Top Educational iPad games
Here are some educational games that are popular with Middle School Students.
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Math Claw Machine - Addition, Subtraction, Division and Multiplication Game for Kids on the App Store. Download Math Claw Machine - Addition, Subtraction, Division and Multiplication Game for Kids and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Math Fight - Fun 2 Player Mathematics Duel Game for Free on the App Store. Download Math Fight - Fun 2 Player Mathematics Duel Game for Free and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshot, and learn more about Zeus vs. Monsters- Cool Educational Math Games for kids grade K-5 and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
DragonBox - the multi-platform Algebra game
Flow Free is a simple puzzle game.Connect matching colors with pipe to create a flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle.
Sum Fun, the unique puzzle game that exercises your maths, memory and strategy skills. A fun way to train your brain!
*** Reviews for Sum Fun ***
“ It’s a solid math game, one that brings in interesting gameplay ideas and which has a stellar execution ”
– AppGames.net: 9 / 10
“ By the time your kids have played with this app a few times, they’ll be adding up the numbers faster than you can say, ‘What’s six plus eight?’ ”
– Fun2Tap: 5 / 5
~~ Easy to Play ~~
Take a number and place it into an empty square. If it matches the last digit of the sum of all the neighbouring squares, they’ll get blasted away. Empty all the squares in as few moves as possible to win!
~~ Fun to Master ~~
If you love Sudoku games, you’ll enjoy testing your maths skills, as well as discovering the strategies you need to get the best scores. Build your memory by remembering the sum of groups of squares. Can’t find a place to put any of the pieces? Plan ahead by strategically placing your piece to set up a sum for a future move.
~~ Endless Variety ~~
Each game begins with a completely random selection of pieces – no two games are alike. Choose from different boards and find the strategies to solve each one. Compete with your friends by sharing the challenge code – no internet connection needed!
Great for kids and adults alike. Have Sum Fun, and exercise your mind!
★★ PROUDLY NOMINATED BY APPLE IN "BEST OF 2012 - HIDDEN GEMS: GAMES" ON APP STORE
My students love this and say its VERY educational!
Do you want to teach your child numbers from 1 to 10? It’s very simple with our application. With the application, your child will be able to easily say numbers, show numbers on fingers and write numbers. The application is perfect for homeschooling.
First, your child can learn all ten numbers by performing simple tasks. Later, it can learn how to write numbers using special templates.
From the creator of Sum Fun, play the new fast-paced game that tests your math and pattern-recognition skills!
How quickly can you tell if the sum of 3 numbers are a multiple of ten? 4 numbers? It sounds easy, but hurry... time is running out!
Fun for all ages, choose your favourite mode:
• Zoom & Zen, for a fast or easy-paced challenge
• Relax, for stress-free fun
• Two-player, the unique way to beat your friends in head-to-head action!
★ Featured in the App Store's "What's Hot" list ★★ Featured in the App Store's "Highly Addictive Games" list ★Unblock Me™ FREE
★ Voted Best Kids App for iPad! -Best App Ever Awards★
Download kibo360° and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Exploration Lite on the App Store. Download Exploration Lite and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
App is designed for all children (ages 3 to 7) to start their adventure with the alphabet.
The combination of letters with pictures and a readers’ recording is a very effective method to quickly and enjoyably learn the alphabet.
Embark on Gameloft's refreshing revisit of the classic game you used to play on Apple II now. My students LOVE this game!!
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Kids Planet Discovery - games and videos to travel and learn about the world's geography, nature and cultures on the App Store.
If you're going to play a fun memory game, you might as well memorize something useful. Gridded comes with thousands of built-in memorizable items:
Mandarin Chinese (Simplified Character Pinyin) - 3015 items
Japanese (Hiragana Romaji) - 69 items
Japanese (Katakana Romaji) - 69 items
Mexican State Capitals - 31 items
Rounded Atomic Weights - 84 items
In addition to this, Gridded includes powerful tools for creating, editing, organizing, and sharing your own memorizable items. It also contains visual spaced repetition software that displays the "half life" and "strength" of an item as the hue and saturation of its color. No account creation is required: once you download, you can start right away.
All of this is brought to you completely free, supported only by the purchase of useless but rather entertaining virtual balloons.
Guide the ship out of the port. Similar to the board game Rush Hour, your goal is to move the ships up and down and left and right to create a path for your ship to escape.What separates TapOut from other similar games?- A world class musical score- 100 challenging levels-
Draw shapes with a crayon that come to life on your iPhone / iPod touch. These shapes interact with the wheel, causing it to move according to physical laws. When it reaches the star, the level is complete.Beware, this is not as simple as it sounds! Levels progress in difficulty, do you dare to compete? "Game of the Year Award for iPhone" -
Have fun learning vocabulary and parts of speech while you shake up silly sentences on your iPhone or iPad. For ages 8+.
Welcome to the world of gliders, X-15's, F-22's, airliners, light planes, aircraft carriers, fighter jets, and much much much more, all in hi-res, and all in ONE HUGE APP
My male students LOVE this app!
Hit the gas and head out on the highway in the fact-packed game that turns textbook geography into an exciting cross-country adventure. In Geography Drive USA™
Understanding vocabulary plays an important role in reading comprehension and is a focal point of the new Common Core State Standards. But sometimes it can be a challenge to engage kids to learn new words.
"Tessellate will keep you thinking for hours as you try to solve this 2D rubik’s cube." -
100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad