How to turn your kid’s tablet into your friend

Turn bedtime into an educational adventure with this well-done app

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BAREFOOT Atlas is a whimsical app that will make learning geography fun and enjoyable.

The ubiquity of the tablet has created a new medium of learning and exploration for kids. To many parents, the tablet is also an ad hoc nanny, soothing tears and quelling tantrums even before they could start.

Smart parents know how to turn tablet time into productive session with the kids. Instead of letting them play a game, why not immerse them in a captivating app that will keep them engaged and learning at the same time?

One such app is Barefoot Atlas.

The iPad app takes quite some time to download because of its size, but it’s worth the wait. Even adults will enjoy.

The app presents a colorful top shot of the globe, where points of interest are marked with either a small flag or icon. Tapping on a flag will bring up basic information about each country, while tapping on the icon will bring up information about a place, animal or festival that each country is known for.

Each bit of information has accompanying audio so the app doubles as an atlas and read-along geographical storybook.

The points of interest also include actual photos that can be tapped for enlargement.

You can also change the language of the app, both written and audio, so you can teach your little one a few words in several languages; you can learn how countries are called in seven languages.

The app is beautifully rendered. The graphics, music and information blend to create a very whimsical but educational app.

You and your little one will enjoy your bedtime travels around the globe. You can also bookmark favorite countries for easy lookup or as a way to create a family travel “wish list.”

Barefoot Atlas is available for iOS devices for $4.99 at the App Store.

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