While parents everywhere would surely love if every time their child reached for a tablet it was to create something, we all know that if most kids are given a choice, they will play a game. Of course, skill and drill education software disguised as a game is generally the parent preferred game choice, but in the off-chance that your kid is just not into that, here are a few options that you both might dig.
Slice It!: The premise of the app is simple, but execution of the "simple" task is often not. What do you need to do? Slice the shape into the required amount of pieces. What do kids gain from playing this app? Why better spatial recognition, and a nice intro to geometry. Android Free, iPad $.99
Oregon Trail Settler: This game picks up where the Oregon Trail left off. While not as heavy on education as the original title, it's a nice alternative to Farmville. Android, iPad Free
Cut the Rope Experiments: One of the most entertaining physics based titles we have seen. We love the colorful graphics and feeding the little monster just as much as the little ones in our lives do. Android Free & $.99, iPad Free & $1.99
Where's My Water?: Another great physics based game, which should not be discounted simply because it comes from Disney. We love that apps like this encourage critical thinking in a not so obvious way. Android Free & $.99, iPad Free & $.99
Angry Birds Space: Although we mentioned this one recently, we would be remiss to leave it out, since it's so immensely popular with kids and helps them to understand how objects in space work. Who knew an app endorsed by NASA would be so popular with kids? Android Free, iPad $2.99
What tablet games do you not mind your kids playing?
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