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And language Apps are a great way to help kids learning a second language.
It could be the native language of one or other parent or a language you think will come in handy for your child in later life.
One of the best ways to teach young children a language is to immerse them in it. So don’t just look for Apps that ‘teach’ a language, discover fun children’s Apps in the language you want them to learn. And look out for kids Apps that have a choice of language in the settings.
It’s easy for us parents to feel guilty about letting our kids loose on iPads / Tablets… but if we choose the Apps carefully, we can create a fun play and learn environment for our kiddos.
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Great Language Apps For Preschoolers
Peppa Pig’s Party Time
This is a super fun App centred around preparing for a birthday party – what’s not to like if you’re kiddo!! The settings allow you to choose from a list of ten European languages, including French and Spanish.
We got this App for M to learn to write and we’re also now using it for spelling. I discovered whilst fiddling around in the settings that there’s a choice of languages, so we also now use it in French… great for learning counting, the alphabet and French words. Spanish is an option as well.
For those as transfixed with the beauty of French cursive writing as me, the creators of Writing Wizard also have another App called, I Write In Cursive, which can be found on iTunes France.
Top tip: If you can’t find an App in the iTunes store, search for it online and download it from there.
ABC French Alphabet Puzzles For Kids
A really simple App for preschoolers (ages 2 – 6 years) where they piece together a puzzle picture of an animal (animals from A – Z). Once the puzzle is complete there’s a congratulatory French phrase such as “bon travail” (“good job”) followed by the name of the animal in French, “hibou” (“owl”)… your kiddo can then press each letter to hear it said in French.
Great for getting an ear for French, plus French pronunciation of words and letters.
Gus On The Go
We LOVE this App, only wish we’d discovered it sooner. Gus On The Go features Gus, an owl, who takes kiddos through ten interactive lessons, where they learn a set of words around a theme – e.g. transport. First off they see and listen to the word, then they go on to play review games, where the words really sink in.
Gus On The Go is available in 26 different languages, including English, French and Spanish. Check out the full list over on the Gus On The Go website.
Tchoupi Joue Avec Les Couleurs
Tchoupi is a cute little French cartoon character loved by preschool children in France. This App sees Tchoupi teaching colours through fun interactive games. M has had this App since she was around 3 years old and she loves it.
We also have Tchoupi Joue Avec Les Lettres $2.99 / £2.29, which M also loves. Tchoupi Les Lettres is a series of playful interactive games with Tchoupi to teach each letter of the alphabet – vignettes to add in things starting with a certain letter, learning how to write the letter and colouring in a letter.
So what are you waiting for? Go on, get downloading and start helping your kiddos learn a second language… !
If you know of any other great language Apps for helping kids learn a second language, do leave us a comment or drop us a tweet @MumsMakeLists.
Photo Credit: Thijs Knaap