The tablet screen makes a great (easy to store and easy to pick up) game board, and while many classic family favorites have been adapted as paid apps, check out these free apps for a little fun together.
Alien Assignment is a scavenger hunt that empowers kids to interpret assignments themselves. For example, they must find something that rolls — will they choose wheels on a toy car, their pencil, or some other object that even you might not think of? Kids use the device’s camera to take a photo of the objects on their mission. Parents can customize the number of assignments in the settings (choosing 4, 8, 10, 15, or 20). After kids have completed their assignment, they are instructed to bring the camera to a parent to give a thumbs up or thumbs down about whether each pictured object would serve the purpose described in the mission. If an item doesn’t pass inspection, kids get another chance to find and photograph an object. If they do, then the Gloop family uses the items to repair their spaceship. Mission accomplished!
Match Blitz (iOS)
Monster Hunt (iOS)
Monster Hunt is a classic memory game with a monstrous twist. The matching puzzles start out easy, with four matches, but increase in difficulty as kids perform well. Up to four players can play together. It’s simple fun that little and big kids can enjoy together.