Apps aren’t just for teens and commuters, anymore. Parents interested in raising bilingual children will be interested in a wide variety of applications designed to familiarize infants and children with homonyms and word association crucial to developing multi-linguistic aptitude. We’ve found a few that are sure to be entertaining for the young and, shall we say, more experienced users.
Tap the Bunny
Traditional storytelling just became more interactive. Night and Day Studios’ Peekaboo Barn allows touch phone users to tap on barn doors to hear animals in English and Spanish. Suitable for pre-school aged children and up. $1.99
Ana Lomba, a multicultural education advocate, chooses storytelling as a vehicle to help kids pick up a language. Her free iPad app, a Chinese/English version of The Little Red Hen, is beloved of children and adults. free
Shake It Up, Baby
Shake The Animals is an immersive iPhone app is sold by Rosa Barranco de Helfrich. It pairs sweet vector graphics with the appropriate name for a given animal. An audio playback accompanies text so kids can work on making the abstract connection between sound and print. Choose from English, Spanish, and German. $.99