The iMums were recently approached by The Sunday Mail to compile a list of our top picks for educational yet entertaining apps for children aged 5-12 years. The Australian school holidays are just beginning, so these apps are ones we recommendation to keep Australian children learning through their break. The Sunday Mail is a popular Australian Sunday newspaper with a circulation of 1.5 million, so we were honored to be asked to write this list.

This is our original list of twelve apps, although MonsterPhysics and Pocket Zoo didn’t appear in the final article – we still recommend them too.

Math Evolve (Education ) Aimed at the 6+ age group, the universal app Math Evolve by Zephyr Games is an exciting and entertaining way to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and keep those mental math skills sharp. If your child finds math boring, try this engaging and fun math learning tool! [Here is our full review]

Math Evolve: A Fun Math Game For Kids Math Evolve: A Fun Math Game For Kids by InterAction Education
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Arcade
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 65.81 MB

$1.99USD

Hide Run Growl (Books) Hide Run Growl is a delightful, interactive eBook by Australian independent developer and mother of two, Fiona Treweeke of Kid-estorybooks and is especially designed to support the development of early readers aged 2-7. The story portrays a lovely message of trust, friendship and helping one another. [Here is our full review]
Hide Run Growl Hide Run Growl by Kid-estorybooks
Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 62.2 MB

$0.99USD

Futaba Classroom Games (Education ) Futaba Classroom Games, by Australian developer INKids, is a multiplayer trivia game where up to four children can co-operatively learn using just one iPad. Containing a number of teacher recommended learning sets, this app is designed to give children an engaging review by supporting curriculum standards.
Futaba Classroom Games for Kids Futaba Classroom Games for Kids by INKids Education LLC
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G
Size: 177.79 MB

$6.99USD

Bobo Explores Light (Education) In this great science app Bobo, a cute little robot, guides you through 21 different topics associated with light. It is jam-packed with information (over a 100 screens full) but also contains really fun interactive elements such as flying a spaceship through the solar System, creating thunderbolts and exploring photosynthesis. [Here is our full review]
Bobo Explores Light Bobo Explores Light by Game Collage, LLC
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G
Size: 240.86 MB

$4.99USD

Spelling: Squeebles Words (Education) In Spelling: Squeebles Words, you create your own spelling lists and the child earns points for working on them. With the points they can buy Squeebles (cute little monsters) and Squeeberangs (boomerangs the Squeebles sit on). They then compete to see how far they can throw them. [Here is our full review]
Squeebles Spelling Test Squeebles Spelling Test by KeyStageFun
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 17.89 MB

$3.99USD

Stack the Countries (Education ) A top app for learning world geography. This fun and addictive app by Dan Russell-Pinson, helps you learn facts about 193 different countries. When you get a question right you stack that country on the others, trying to reach the bar before they all tumble down. If you are successful you earn a country and start to fill your world map.
Stack the Countries® Stack the Countries® by Freecloud Design, Inc.
Category: Education, Family, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 92.64 MB

$2.99USD

Pocket Zoo HD (Education) Pocket Zoo HD™ with Live Animal Cams by Tiny Hearts Limited is an amazing portable zoo in your pocket. This teacher-approved iPad app has beautiful professional animal photos, videos, sounds, fun facts and over 30 webcams featuring various animals from zoos all over the world!
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Monster Physics (Education ) Learn about basic physics principals such as gravity, friction, mass and velocity in Monster Physics by Dan Russell-Pinson. It includes a huge range of parts from wood and metal shapes, through magnets, wheels, claws, motors and hover bots. You can use these to build your own inventions or to solve fifty missions where you get to use your monster as a crash test dummy. [Here is our full review]

Monster Physics™ Monster Physics™ by Freecloud Design, Inc.
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 44.53 MB

$1.99USD

Marble Math (Education) Marble Math by Artgig Studios is a universal math game aimed at children aged 9-12 which helps to reinforce core math skills using a series of mazes to complete a variety of problems including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, denominators, improper fractions, roman numerals, factoring, decimals and negative numbers. [Here is our full review]
Marble Math Marble Math by Artgig Studio
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Strategy
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 75.29 MB

$3.99USD

Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island (Books) Written by Australian author Karen Guinn Robertson and illustrated by Victor Guiza, this award-winning book app for ages 5+ is a “choose your own adventure” style story featuring a boy named Kai that gets into all sorts of fun – like a young Australian version of Indiana Jones! [Here is our full review]
Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island - Interactive Book App for Kids Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island - Interactive Book App for Kids by Treasure Bound Books
Category: Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 58.38 MB

$3.99USD

iLuv Drawing Animals (Education) This iPad only app by Learn With Fun Apps gives you step-by-step directions for drawing 40 animals – including penguins, porcupines, cats, jellyfish, giraffes and many more. This isn’t just a trace and draw app, but a stepping-stone for using your own imagination and creativity. [Here is our full review]
iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn how to draw 40 animals step by step. iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn how to draw 40 animals step by step. by MyVijan LLC
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G
Size: 63.85 MB

$2.99USD

The Opposites (Education This an exciting and challenging word game app by Mindshapes that helps children learn 500 pairs of antonyms and their definitions in context. Word pairs start out easy and increase in difficulty to more complex and abstract ones. It also includes a child-friendly dictionary that records which words your child has yet to learn. [Here is our full review]
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Here is the article as it appeared in The Sunday Mail (click to enlarge):
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