Monday, January 14, 2013

ABCya Games: The Leader in Free Kids Computer Games & Apps for your iPod/iPad!! is a terrific site for your elementary classroom!  I enjoy going to this site for several reasons:

  • the content is organized by grade level
  • the site is easy to navigate
  • the games are rich in quality
  • ummm... freebies!
  • the games are tied to standards
  • the apps and games fit the content I teach
  • parents love the reinforcement at home
  • it's fun for teachers and students
  • there are so many options to choose from
  • everything is in one place
Just see for yourself, click here to connect.

The following text is a segment borrowed directly from their site to give you an overview of their products: is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding.
Fun children's Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!

If you're interested in their apps, visit the iTunes store to select your favorite learning games:

Here are a few of my favorites... kid tested - mommy and teacher approved!

Click any image below to try it out and start your fun!
*if you have speakers, turn on your volume*

Spelling Practice with Dolce Sight Words
Grades K-3
Riley, my second grader, loves this!  My students practice this at home, too - for free!

Make a Christmas Tree 
(drag and drop - easy to use - great for fine motor and creativity)
you can even save or print your creation

USA Puzzle Map
grades 2 & up

Junior Bingo
Can you tell I have a 3 year old?
Jacob has really benefited from this with letter, number, and shape recognition.  He loves it!

Here's a Snapshot of their Free Computer Games

Here's a Snapshot of their Educational Apps available in iTunes

But Wait... There's More!  
Click on the Tree and select a Grade Level

You will immediately be brought to a screen that has SO MANY cool web tools!

Here is what I got for second grade when I clicked on the number 2 from their homepage.

Keep in mind they have this awesome tech toolbox for K-5 - just select your grade!!

Literacy or Language Arts Activities

Math and Numbers

Shapes, Geometry,Patterns, Mouse Manipulation, and Art

Holiday and Seasonal Activities

Have Fun Exploring and Learning with ABCya Games.

Their computer games are free, but I also recommend getting a few of their iPad apps.  Some are free and some are 99 cents in the App Store.  They make our travel time easy for my kids, and I've gotten great feedback from my student's parents, too.

I also use my iPad in the classroom... just simply turn down the brightness and place it under my document camera.  We also use it in small groups or for enrichment when kids finish early.
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  1. These are some great apps to use for the kids. I use the math ones all the time on my iPad. One of their favorite apps to use while we travel is the DISH Remote Access app. With the Sling Adapter hooked up to my employee account through DISH Network I have access to all our subscription channels and DVR recordings on my iPad. The kids can watch all their favorite shows live from anywhere we can get a Wi-Fi connection. They love using this when we are in the car or when I make them run errands with me. Another great app that is on this list is They love playing on my iPad and I am ok with it as long as it is educational.

  2. I don't have any iPads for the classroom yet, but I am about to start lobbying hard-core to get some and put them to good use.

    I'm also participating in Charity's giveaway and I wanted to stop by and say "hi!" I'm also a Michigan teacher that went to MSU :)


  3. Maria,

    You'll love having an iPad for your classroom.

    Thanks for stopping by to say hello. Glad to do the give-away with you!

    Hope to connect soon... where in MI are you?



  4. Erin,
    Our school is currently looking at purchasing tablets for each classroom (not ipads though). Do you have any wonderful sites for those of us that don't score apple products?

    I'm headed to MACUL in March too. I can't wait to see your wonderful ideas in person!

  5. I was not aware that ABCya had apps now! Thank you so much for sharing :)
    The Techie Teacher

  6. Hi Marissa,

    That is great that you're getting tablets. Do you know what kind? I know you mentioned not iPads, but will they be Android?

    I am looking forward to seeing you at MACUL.



  7. I love ABCya! I use it for my math stations time in the computer station. The kiddos love it! I'm considering the apps to add to the iPad. One step at a time right? :)
    Mrs. Landry’s Land of Learning

  8. Shibahn,

    That's right! One step at a time...

    I do have Math Bingo, and my kids love it. Maybe start there?



  9. Hello! Do you have any great suggestions for some reading Apps that I could use on my IPAD? I want to use them during stations and I am having a really hard time finding apps that are relevant to my third graders.


    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      My favorite reading app is Storia. Have you tried that?



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