Learn Through Play: word and picture matching games for iPhone
While I was looking for some cool iPhone apps of popular children songs for my young nephew I have come across LoeschWare who develop colourful apps for toddlers and preschoolers. I was absolutely taken with the Five Little Monkey app, my nephew who is 14 months old loves it and keeps playing with the stop and go feature. The best part is the music selection as you can choose a Country tune, a Rock or even a Pop version of the same song. Besides the song they have other educational apps like My ABC Train, which is great for preschoolers who are learning the ABC in relations to words. I went for the Word Wheel, a colourful app with images of animals and everyday objects on a wheel that kids need to match with the correct word following the popular flashcards concept. It is a little young for my son, but with the advanced settings he can still have fun with it matching the words to the pictures or vice versa and given that English is not his first language it is definitely a good exercise for his spelling. For younger children you can select the easy and medium options; the easy option gives a hint with a faded image under each word and the medium setting has matching background colours between the image and the right word. The customize setting lets you load your own images and record your own voice reading the words, which allows you to insert more words and create reward messages away from the standard ones.