Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day apps we are enjoying today and every day on the iPad

I love seeing the world through my baby's eyes and I love sharing with him the world, here are a few apps that are perfect Earth Day but also every day.

Earth 101, awesome 3D interactive app for babies and kids of all ages, touch and move the globe and you can also tap to learn insight on cities and wonders of the world. It's cute to see Phoenix, 6 months spinning the world. Created by 3PlaneSoft

In my opinion, The Forest is one of the best, most beautiful interactive apps to share with babies and kids of all ages, it's put out by Scholastic and it's a very fun way to introduce your baby to the seasons, the forest (you'll enjoy watching your baby move the deciduous leaves touch the screne to make the confirerous forest go from Spring to Summer, Fall and Winter, it's cute when the snow falls) and animals hiding in the forest. You can hunt for beatles and watch flowers grow with a tap to the screen.

There are so many cute apps about animals and the planets, but instead of an animation or cartoon style I think it's best to show your baby the real thing. Here are some we have on our iPad:

NASA, it's an app with a serious vibe but it's a good app to share with your baby or toddler to introduce the planets, read the descriptions, look at the beautiful images, watch videos and talk about the color of each planet.

Small to Big, starts with an atom and takes you through the next big blood cells, salt, jelly beans, an apple, a rabbit, a lion, and a whale, in order of size all the way to the moon and Earth and  the univierse.

Stuck on Earth, travel with your baby or toddler to countries you want to see and create a travel wish list while looking at great photography. It starts by picking whether you are a daydreamer, an explorer, a photographer or all three, then the world map appears and you can click a photo or pin and learn more about that environment. It's wonderful to share with your baby or toddler different parts of the world, and through photographs and technology you can teach your baby to have an appreciation of different cultures and places on earth.

GTT ZOO, Like flashcards, you click a map of a certain environment and animals that live there appear as options and and then tap on an animal and info and a video featuring the animal show up, it's educational but you can tame it down for your baby by sharing the name of the animal and characteristics of the animal while you watch the video.

Geo Walk also has a 3D interactive globe that involves searching for animals, places and people, it has a history class meets playtime vibe.

WWF, "Building a future in which people live in harmony with nature." The World Wildlife Fund has a created a beautiful and important app. Tap on the endangered animal: panda, elephants, tigers, polar bears, whales, snow leopards, turles and more, and you'll adore the beautiful photographs of the animal (great close-ups).

Celebrating Earth Day should be every day, noticing the stars, showing your baby the beautiful moon's glow, taking a walk in the park, playing in the dirt and sand, sharing together the flowers in bloom, the birds and ducks. Phoenix has been saying Daa, Daa, Daa, maybe it's for Daddy, awww, and also from our visit to Central Park and looking at the ducks.

~Isobella & Phoenix


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