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Great iPads Apps to keep the kids busy on long trips

Single parenting travel tips | Guest article | 21 February 2013



Great iPads Apps to keep the kids busy on long trips - stock photo

Don't Be Afraid To Surrender The iPad To The Kids On Long Drives

The iPad has completely revolutionised portable entertainment, and from social networking to editing pictures, there are literally hundreds of things you can do to make your journey that little bit more interesting. 32 gigabits is quite a lot of space, and whether you want to fill your iPad with music, films, games or a combination of all of them, there's more than enough room for a diverse selection of applications.

iPads are expensive pieces of equipment however, and the last thing you'd want to do is place it in the hands of someone clumsy - like a child for example. But actually, iPads have proven to be great travelling buddies for kids, and thousands of parents claim to have had a far less stressful journey when their kids are busy playing with the tablet.

Applications for kids continue to push the boundaries of innovation, and they can be found on most tablets other than the industry-leading iPad. Even the Kindle Fire and Nook are capable of downloading hundreds of applications for children, so if you're looking for something a little cheaper than Apple's leading product, then there is plenty of choice! Let's take a look at some of the top iPad applications for Children this year.

My Mum's The Best

This a great app aimed at children between the ages of 2-4. Filled with hilarious and charming illustrations portraying why small and baby animals think that their mums are the best, this app is an excellent opportunity to introduce your child into the wonderful world of technology. Furthermore, it's also one of the best ways to get your kids to recognise animals, other than taking them to the zoo!

Elmo Loves 123s

That's right - Sesame Street is still going strong, and Elmo has even moved into the world of tablet computers to get his educational messages across! Not only will this app teach your kids to count from 1 to 10, but it also has lots of fun and inspirational videos to which your kids can sing along. This app uses a number of the technological features bespoke to the iPad, and with a variety of drag and drop elements to this app, your children will be iPad wizzes in no time!

Rounds: Parker Penguin

This app is a bargain considering the amount of features it comes with. Available on iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone, Rounds: Parker Penguin is aimed at children ages 3 to 6 years old, and is an interactive, roleplaying game that will keep your kids entertained in the back of the car for hours! As soon as the game starts, your children will be introduced to Parker Penguin, a small chick growing up in the crazy city of America.

Each page of this science book app will help you to interact with Parker, and the environment he's growing up. It's your kids' job to keep him out of trouble, help him network the city, find a lady chicken to mate with and protect their egg. Once the egg hatches, the story starts all over again!

This article was contributed by Cheapflights








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kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

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single mother pension

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divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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