Apple App Freebies

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Apple App Freebies Emails

* if you don’t have an i device yet but plan to get one, you can create an iTunes account now and begin stocking up the freebies.

I am introducing a new email only subscription for my readers who are interested in grabbing the temporarily reduced Apple Apps I normally share on my Facebook page. Facebook doesn’t cooperate nicely and many of you never see those posts, or miss the time frame to grab the freebies. In order to solve this issue, I am setting up an email subscription so you can subscribe to receive these notices via email!

An email may have a list, or may be just for one app, I created the format of the newsletter so it is easy for me to insert links quickly and send it out so you have a better chance of grabbing it while it is free. Most freebies are for 24 hours, some for a few weeks, and some are for just a few hours!

Use this link to sign up to receive the Apple App Freebie Emails

In the newsletter you will see 3 categories to help you find what you are looking for…

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Note ~ I only share Apple apps, not Android! Why? It’s simple…I only own iPads and iPhones. We chose to go the Apple route when we bought them because the educational app market for Apple is way better. Hopefully Android will catch up, but I want you Android users to know, it’s not personal ~ I just don’t have an Android device in my home!


Notes about our iPads…

We own iPad 2s and got them refurbished {cheaper} straight from Apple and have had no trouble at all. We have 16G but I wish they were 64G, we have to delete things a lot to add all of our books and things. I barely spend any $ at all on apps and our account is FILLED with quality educational apps.

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We have the Trident Kraken case on our kids’ iPad and my husband has the Otterbox Defender on his. BOTH are fabulous if you have kids. The Otterbox has a removable stand and front cover, the Tridents do not. Both keep the device very safely protected.

Our iPad 2 Case for Kids


Other Helpful Posts…

 Alphabet Apps Free-Apps 


Apple App Freebies

Our Favorite ABC iPad Apps & How We Use Them

Alphabet Apps

We have used our iPad in our homeschool for years, but just recently I got very intentional with the use.  I realized how many awesome ABC apps I had that I wasn’t using enough with Ladybug {currently age 4}.  She wasn’t choosing them as much during her free time, so I decided to incorporate them into her home preschool time with me. 

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I am a very forgetful mom without a printable or a list.  Because of my forgetfulness, I made a printable so I wouldn’t forget which apps I wanted her to use each week!  I made the printable to fit in baseball card holders so I could easily keep the little cards together and visible. I turn all of the cards face up at the beginning of a letter week{s} and as we use each one, I flip the cards over so I don’t forget! Currently we are actively using 6 of our favorites, I will rotate these out occasionally as she loses interest in any.

Alphabet Apps

So far this method has worked beautifully and she is visiting these apps with me daily and enjoying them immensely!

I only selected apps that can isolate each letter.  For example, I love the app Alien Buddies, but it works on an entire ABC section, all mixed up.  I can’t just isolate the letter we are working on.  She plays these types of apps during her free “iPad school apps” time. With each of the apps I chose listed below, you can easily just work on a specific letter at a time.

Which apps did I chose?

  1. ABCs of God {1.99}
  2. Letter School {2.99}
  3. Letter of the Day {1.99}
  4. Alpha Tots {.99}
  5. Little Writer {free}
  6. Starfall {2.99}
  7. BitsBoard {free}
  8. Wee Sing ABC {2.99}
  9. ABC Wildlife {2.99}

Prices shown above are current as of May 2013. 

As you will see, all but 2 are paid apps, most of which I have actually gotten free though, when they were marked down!  I did pay for a few {Letter School, ABCs of God, Starfall} but I follow temporarily free apps like a hawk and snag them when I can.  Remember, I always share the best freebies on my Facebook page and many of the deals are time sensitive, so be sure to join me there if you are interested!  I share how I find free apps here!

I had to incorporate this into her Preschool Workboxes {again, so I wouldn’t forget my plan}, so I just put a card in one of her boxes each day and when we get to that box, we grab the iPad and find our current letter on that app and enjoy learning together!

Alphabet Apps

I do allow her to explore after we work together, as sometimes when we open a certain app, she is intrigued and wants to continue exploring other letters.  I do not allow her to move out of the particular app that was “assigned” to her however.  She has plenty of free time to explore other apps during other times of the day.

Below you can see her using Alpha Tots on the left and ABCs of God on the right.

Alphabet Apps -Alpha Tots Alphabet Apps - ABCs of God 

I am sharing my printable in case anyone wants to use it!  I printed mine on cardstock, laminated it, then cut the cards out.  I keep ours in these baseball card holders.  Each night as I set up her workboxes, I just throw a card in one of the boxes ~ so easy and helps my forgetful mommy brain so much!

If you have different apps, I did include a blank page with just the grid lines.  I figured you could write/draw, or even print your own apps and glue/tape them on, then laminate.

~> Download Alphabet Apps Printable Here <~


 

Looking for my other iPad posts

Favorite Homeschool Apps  Free-Apps  Favorite Apps 

Apple Apps Free Today

 

Free Apps

I get asked a lot about how I find the free apps.  I have a few methods and it is just a part of my routine now to check these things.  First, I use App Shopper, you can read about App Shopper here on my blog.  For example, here is the price history for Stella and Sam, you can see how great of a deal this freebie is, as it hasn’t been free since Sept 2011!  imageApp Shopper is my go to source for finding the price drops, I have all of the apps I own loaded in so I can notify you of price drops on apps I love.  I also have a wishlist so I will see notifications of price drops!

I also use an app called Apps Gone Free, occasionally they have kid friendly apps in there!

I also follow the app companies on Facebook, so their freebie alerts show up in my stream, they often will giveaway codes on their FB pages {those go fast though}.  A sampling of who I follow: Spinlight Studio, Apps by Auryn, OM Books, Toca Boca, L’Escapadou, Ellie’s Games, Duck Duck Moose, Ruckus Media Group.

I follow General App sites on Facebook too: Moms with Apps, iPhone Mom, Smart Apps for Kids, Fun Educational Apps, are a few.

If I find a freebie via another site, I always give a shout out to who posted it first that I saw in my FB stream, I highly recommend doing this if you find and share freebies too!

If you don’t want to do all that I do, feel free to follow me on Facebook and subscribe to my blog {I normally share app find on FB, but if I find a few I will put them in a post like this}, I always try to notify my readers of any freebies I find!