The Best Educational Apps for Kids
We all feel that parental pressure to admonish screen time. But let's face it—technology is a huge part of our kids' lives. So let's take a collective sigh of relief knowing we can cut ourselves some slack and embrace screen time to cultivate learning.
With educational apps that are fun to play, kids get their digital fix while we breathe easy. It's a win-win! Power up their brains and their devices with these awesome educational apps for kids.
13 Awesome Educational Apps for Kids
1. Mussila WordPlay
A brand new reading and comprehension app for children, Mussila WordPlay will help strengthen your little learner's vocabulary in a fun and playful way. The creative and innovative game is designed to improve reading comprehension, listening and language skills, memory, auditory understanding and speech via four learning paths: Learn, Play, Practice and Create.
In the Learn path, kids focus on everyday words and advanced vocabulary, following instructions and playing with scenes that hone their listening skills and working memory. The Play path is full of games and quizzes where they can put what they've learned to the test! On the Practice path, there is a library of stories to help youngsters improve their reading skills, plus a dictionary where they can review the vocabulary they’ve learned. Finally, the Create path enables kids to unleash their imagination with the fun Story Creator.
2. Goalstar Rewards
Goalstar Rewards is a NEW online program designed for families, with children from 7 years old to set unique goals and track their progress. The program aims to motivate children to achieve growth and has been designed around 4 key developmental areas - Social, Academic, Sports and Behaviour. The program teaches kids the value of setting a range of different goals that are unique to them, as well as helping motivate them to achieve. Children can easily track their own progress each day, building up reward points that will help them achieve their desired reward available through the program!
Children will quickly learn how fun it can be to set goals and achieve them, helping them to build confidence, self-esteem and belief in their abilities. Developing a goal-setting mindset from an early age will also help build resilience.
3. Times Tables Hero
A top-rated, super-fun family multiplication game, Times Tables Hero is an educational app that makes maths cool for kids. With a unique swiping deck of multiplication cards to kick start their mathematical foundation, the unique mechanics offer up striking graphics and a quick response time so kids can rise to the challenge of moving up the ranks to become a Times Tables Hero. If the answer is correct, swipe right. If the answer is incorrect, swipe left. Easy!
The ranking system - determined by how fast a deck is cleared - keeps kids engaged as they work their way up to the highest level. There are over 90 achievements to unlock and helpful tools to identify weaknesses and help your child learn. You can also add multiple players for a bit of healthy competition between friends and classmates - or even family. Create deck sizes of up to 100 cards and watch your child's progress as their timetables improve. With this clever and creative maths game, your kids won't even realise they're learning!
4. Montessori Geometry
This cool and comprehensive app teaches children how to learn, recognise and name 3D shapes with beautiful graphics and fun characters. Designed by Montessori teachers, Montessori Geometry incorporates detailed maths learning into an engaging, well-crafted game with creative illustrations, precise vocabulary and diverse games.
5. ABC Reading Eggs
Trusted by schools and families across Australia, ABC Reading Eggs is an award-winning learning program that helps children learn to read using interactive games, lessons, activities and over 2,500 digital storybooks. Designed by teachers, ABC Reading Eggs' monthly subscription includes full access to a range of platforms created for different age groups. Children are matched to the right level and move forward at their own pace with one-on-one lessons.
6. Barefoot World Atlas
Wanderlusters will love this one! The award-winning Barefoot World Atlas app is full of amazing new content that lets children travel across an interactive 3D globe and discover all the wonders of our planet. Bursting with animated icons, evolving soundscapes and fascinating quizzes, the immersive app explores everything from major cities to world art. Children can also personalize their experience, view hundreds of videos and photographs and test their knowledge.
7. Habitat the Game
Habitat the Game lets players adopt a virtual polar bear - and they have to keep it alive by caring for the planet! Teaching invaluable environmental lessons, children demonstrate real-world actions like turning lights off and conserving water in an effort to protect their endangered animal. By successfully completing challenges in the game players progress through levels, improving the health of their bear and earning rewards.
8. Winky Think Logic Puzzles
Over 180 logic puzzles will ensure children are bending their brains for hours! From simple matching to more complex games, Winky Think Logic Puzzles includes obstacles, mazes and multi-touch action, to help early learners master their motor skills and give older kids some creative challenges, honing reasoning, observation and spatial cognition skills.
9. Dexteria Dots 2
This unique, easy to use app uses Smart Dots to get kids to actively solve maths challenges. In Dexteria Dots 2, each dot represents a number with various attributes, and players must combine and divide them to solve each problem. Children practice their fine motor and visual memory skills, using fun, engaging interactivity with endless gameplay and cool sound effects and animations.
10. Wizard School
Wizard School is a free app with no in-app purchases or advertisements that explores a range of interesting topics including science, design, languages, geography, and sports. The content has been curated by educators to include fun challenges that inspire kids to design, tinker, and build with over 3000 stickers, videos, photos, and drawing tools!
11. Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is a completely free early-learning app for kids ages 2-6, that uses cute animal characters to guide children through reading, language, writing and maths lessons. Games and activities like drawing, storytelling, and colouring encourage creativity, problem-solving, motor development and self-expression, with customised journeys to encourage them to learn new skills.
12. Quick Maths
The innovative Quick Maths app is ideal for math practice with the added challenge of racing the clock. Students develop their general arithmetic at their own level with multiple difficulty levels to develop strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mixed operations, ensuring their skills improve. Plus, the innovative technology allows answers to be written directly onto the screen to promote handwriting skills as well.
ABCYa is a teacher-created program that has become one of the most popular educational gaming websites in the world! Full of hundreds of learning games and activities divided into grade levels, there is new content added monthly and six free games available each week.
Caribu, the #1 family-activity video-calling app, keeps kids engaged, learning and having fun while connecting with family and having virtual playdates with friends. They can challenge their mates to an interactive game, get auntie to help practice their reading skills or have grandpa take over storytime.
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