10 Educational and Fun Holiday iOS Apps

kids-tablet-300x229With the holiday season upon us, you might be looking for a few apps that can engage your children in some silly holiday fun. Sometimes though, you don’t want screen time to be just entertainment; you want your kids to be learning something, as well. Check out these 10 apps, found by our Simple Solutions staff. They’re educational and have enough “fun factor” to keep your children amused for hours!

Note: Simple Solutions is not responsible for the content or advertisements in any of these apps. The following apps were selected based upon the positive reviews of previous customers and the research of our team.

  • Kids Christmas Connect the Dots Puzzles by Espace uses Christmas-themed dot puzzles to help your child learn letters of the alphabet and practice counting.
    • Recommended for ages 2–5
    • Requires iOS 6.0 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • FREE
  • ABC Christmas by Peapod Labs teaches your child new words through sight, sound, and touch using a Christmas theme.
    • Recommended for ages 2–5
    • Requires iOS 7.0 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • $2.99
  • Best Christmas App for Toddlers and Kids 1tucan explores how Christmas is celebrated on other continents and in other cultures.
    • Recommended for ages 2–5
    • Requires iOS 6.0 or later; compatible with iPhone and iPad, and iPod touch
    • $1.99
  • 1 2 3 Color: Hanukkah Coloring Book by Steve Glinberg celebrates Hanukkah using a coloring book to teach numbers, letters, and colors.
    • Recommended for ages 4 and above
    • Requires iOS 3.0 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • $1.99
  • Christmas Piano with Free Songs by Better Day Wireless gives your child the opportunity to play the piano on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Players can also sing along to Christmas carols.
    • Recommended for ages 6 and above
    • Requires iOS 6.0 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • FREE
  • Tacky’s Christmas by Oceanhouse Media is an interactive book that celebrates Christmas. It helps your child learn new vocabulary while personalizing his or her own story.
    • Recommended ages 6–8
    • Requires iOS 5.0 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • $3.99
  • Snow Queen by Timecode is an interactive fairy tale. It uses word games, coloring books, and puzzles to engage your child.
    • Recommended for ages 6–8
    • Requires iOS 5.0 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • $2.99
  • Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights by StoryChimes tells how Hanukkah began. The story provides a lesson in history and culture.
    • Recommended for ages 6 and above
    • Requires iOS 3.1 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • $1.99
  • Santa’s Engineer by Jundroo lets your child help Santa with things like designing toys.
    • Recommended for ages 9 and above
    • Requires iOS 4.3 or later; compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    • $0.99

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Simple Solutions staff writers are teachers, former teachers, parents, and others who have experienced the power of the Simple Solutions Approach and are passionate about applying retrieval practice, spaced learning, and interleaving to a wide range of topics for elementary school students.