Best iPad Apps for Children Age 9-12, Reviewed

Children at this age are at their 'childhood's end', as the next stage of development will take them into 'adulthood'.  It can be a time of challenges, though we find children of this age compassionate, filled with energy to engage in the world.   Freud himself theorised that children at this age become 'introspective' and begin developing 'social concerns' in these prepubescent years.   To us, this means 'give them the reins' and let them express themselves... in whatever form that takes.  With the BEST iPad Apps you can help them grow into clever and creative young adults! Our latest reviews are listed firsts, and go back in time from there.


Just like Grampa's but without the wooden box and metal ball!


Brilliant mystery 'Who did it?' game offering single and collaborative play! Up to four players can help to find the missing ring!


Well loved fast action child friendly Tower Defence game with upgrades, power ups, special agents and thousands of balloons for enemies!!!


Realistic counting puzzles to help your child with mental arithmetic and money confidence!


Create your own clothing designs, from 4 different garment types and hundreds of decoration possibilities!


Manage your own restaurant from seating the guests to delivering the washing up...it's a course in time and task management for children (and adults!)


Stephen Hawking's intuitive educational app explains the principles that control our universe and facilitates learning via experimentation.


Excellent spelling and recognition app in 4 languages for reading aged children and upwards.


Fast Action Arcade style game for older kids and adults that's totally unique...control the giant space crab and stop the invaders!


Creative and fun filled platform game: the Number One 2D Building app we've found!


Fast action Aussie game where you need to control the cargo trains into the right stations...avoiding a crash!


Excellent educational app all about the Australian Government, in fine detail with multimedia.


Designing made easy - Make posters, postcards, photographs with text in this easy to use, well designed app, it's the one you've been waiting for!


Educational and easy to use word puzzle app for children who are learning to read and spell.


Excellent easy to use word game to find the synonym, the word that has a similar meaning, for adults and older children.


Great pirate adventure story with games and activities to engage!


Gizmo the mouse lives on his own on the moon and is only interested in greed and selfishness until a visit to Earth teaches him the importance of friendship and sharing!


The best iPad Tower Defence game now has a part 2...challenging battles, heroes, upgrades, power ups, towers, enemies of all sorts...Frontiers has it all!


Excellent new way to play chess against a chess champion opponent who amends their skill level to match yours after each game.


Great space shooting arcade game that's fast action, high definition and a lot of furious fun for older kids (and adults!)


Unique animal jigsaw puzzles with colourful and vibrant illustrations that MOVE while you complete the puzzles!


Excellent and hilariously funny word game. Laugh while learning about verbs, nouns, adjectives and creating silly stories!


Learn the states of Australia and their Capital cities in this well designed easy to use geography app.


Totally comprehensive App for learning how to write letters, numbers and shapes suitable for pre-school children upwards.


Wonderfully informative and interactive app covering the main subjects of our solar system.


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