20 Mar, 2015

10 best apps for kids encouraging real-world play and exploration

From stargazing and Gruffalo-spotting to filmmaking and papercrafting, these apps get children looking up from their screens

This morning, I spent a happy 20 minutes wandering around my back garden taking photos of grass, flowers and trees to decorate a virtual patchwork elephant. I am 37 years old, and not ashamed.

The Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app isn’t really for me, though. It’s a children’s app released this month by developer Touch Press, based on the popular series of Elmer books. And it’s one of a growing number of apps trying to encourage kids’ real-world play, rather than cannibalise it.