Come November every year, we start to get out the Christmas decorations and books. With technology being such a fun and interactive learning tool for kids, we also load up the devices and tablets with our favourite Christmas Apps for kids!
Many of these apps are great for hand-eye coordination for developing fine motor skills in kids, some are great for early literacy and letter recognition, some even help your child develop a love of music. But among all of those, there are others that are just plain silly Christmas fun!
Here are our Top 12 iOS and Android Apps for kids of all ages;
Jingle Bells Xmas (iOS for $1.99) is considered the Best Interactive Christmas Sing A Long and Snowman building app for Kids. Sounds like fun for toddlers, right?
Who's Hiding? is a fun (iOS FREE) app that will help your child with hand-eye coordination and with early skills on the iPad or iPhone. Find Santa or Rudolph in this cute app!
Christmas Joy Matching Game (iOS $.99)- one of our favourite ways to enjoy our devices is with interactive matching games. Using your memory, you and your child can find the Christmas icons that match!
First Words Christmas (iOS $1.99)- great for new readers to help spell words for the holidays! Only $1.99, for this simple learning app.
Dora's Christmas (iOS $1.99)- this book app has been rated the Top executed app for kids. Read along or listen to the story on your iPad or iPhone.
Colour by Numbers for Christmas (iOS FREE) is great for all ages (especially 3-6). Kids can paint at all levels of difficulty, matching colours to numbers. Children don't just play – little by little they also learn to focus their attention on memorizing identical numbers. If they try to color an element of the picture with the wrong paint, they are shown a hint with the correct tube number.
Kids Connect the Dots for Christmas (Android FREE) Kids genuinely love join-the-dots puzzles and when your child succeeds in connecting all of the dots, the outline is delightfully transformed into a colorful graphic. It might be a tree, a snow globe or a gingerbread man. Preschoolers are surprised and filled with wonder when their creation "comes to life".
Christmas Pattern Game (Android FREE)- learning is fun with this app that helps your child learn to solve sequence and pattern puzzles to practice foundational math skills in this educational math game. Kids begin to recognize patterns and sequences, differences in colour and size and practice counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s!
School Age (6+):
Angry Birds Seasons (Android or iOS FREE) is the most fun you can have with those birds and pigs! Set in the winter, with Christmas icons, this is a really great game to teach strategy and a little geometry and physics!
Older kids will be laughing out loud with these silly Santa Hair Apps for Android (Santa Hair Saloon) or iOS (Toca Hair Salon- Christmas Gift) (both FREE). Give Santa long hair or shave it all off- adding colours and ornaments to his beard!
Get the whole family to star in the Dancing Elf apps, like JibJab (only on iOS or online)! Upload your photos (add Grandma for some added fun) and create silly videos to share on social media or with family! The kids will really get a festive kick out of these (grown ups too- check out our momstown version on Office Max Elf Yourself!)!
Tip: Load up your new Christmas Apps and make one folder on your device for the kids to access. When Christmas is over, you can remove them from your device and just upload them from your app account again next year (not paying twice)!