I thought this might be a good time of year to summarize and emphasize some of the most valuable resources I have reviewed so far. Today, I would like to offer my Favorite Strategy/Problem-Solving Apps:
#3: Solitaire Chess Free – I reviewed this as a tangible game provided by www.mindware.com, but it is available as a free app as well. This is a great way for children to learn how the chess pieces move, and to train themselves to think ahead.
#2: Isle of Tune – You can play this for free on the web, or you can download the app for $2.99. As it is a music app, you might question why I include this app in the Strategy/Problem-Solving category. But, I think there is a lot of problem-solving involved in trying to figure out how to use the tools to compose your song.
#1 – Bubble Ball – This is the most requested app during Center Time or indoor recess in my classroom. It is fun to stand near a small group of students who are playing this app as they discuss the strategies for getting the ball to the flag using the different tools provided at each level. I still can’t believe this app is free, as it has provided endless engagement for my students at every grade level. Another thing that I like about the app is that every level has several solutions.