As a tech blogger, I have tried out hundreds of apps and many of those have been for kids. Kora & Logan both have tablets and while we regulate how much time they spend playing on them, when they do I make sure to keep them full of educational apps. There are an amazing number of fun apps out there for kids that have very high educational value.
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I’m happy to let them play with these apps and feel good knowing they are learning something while having fun. I’m excited to share my Top 10 Educational Apps for Kids.
I downloaded Duolingo one morning and by the second or third time the kids played it, I couldn’t believe how much Spanish they had learned. A short time after that, they could speak Spanish in small sentences. It was remarkable and they are learning so much so fast. This app is completely free and you can learn English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and more. This app makes it fun to learn a new language by leveling up and even competing with friends. One of my favorite features, and one that my kids love is being challenged to speak the words into the microphone. The app makes sure you are speaking the words, phrase, or sentence correctly and gives you a couple of chances to do so before allowing you to move forward and having you go back and practice in other ares. It’s unique, challenging, and fun.
The company with the tagline “It’s fun to be smart!” and the maker of educational trivia decks for kids and board games, has come to the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Nook with the Brain Quest app. This app is a fun challenge that takes kids on a journey such as sailing through Wisdom Islands or trek through a snowy pass as they tackle questions about math, science, language, and social studies along the way. We’ve been using this app to prevent the dreaded summer slide and the kids have been impressed by how much they know and by how much they are learning while having fun at the same time. The app is available in multiple formats based on age level. There is one for Grades 1 & 2, one for Grades 2 & 3, one for Grades 3 & 4, and one for Grades 4 & 5. With 1200 questions and 56 levels there’s enough to keep the kids reviewing and previewing throughout the school year and summer.
Stack The States/Stack The Countries
I am constantly amazed what the kids have learned by using Stack The States. It’s one of their favorite apps and whenever they have a chance to play their tablets this is one of the first they would play. It wasn’t long before were able to match the shape of a state to its name in a mini game. The reason I found this so amazing is because we have not done anything to teach them the shapes of the states yet. They haven’t addressed it at school either. They learned this just by using the app. Impressive!
There are many other educational features of the app that the kids think is very fun including challenges that help teach:
- State capitals
- The location of famous landmarks
- State borders
- State flags
- State nicknames
The fun doesn’t end there. If the kids want to move on they can play Stack The Countries which is even more challenging.
In Tower Math all the numbers have been changed into monsters by an evil wizard. As kids add, subtract, multiply, and divide, you build towers with magic powers to free the numbers. Their math skills will help kids earn special powers like a Freeze Ray or others. The kids love this game and enjoy using the math they know and learning new math skills to help save the day. With multiple scenes this app has a long life and provides lots of entertainment, education, and fun.
Amazing Alex is a very creative physics based app from the creators of Angry Birds. Each room in Alex’s house has children setting up various objects to create chain reactions to complete a challenge. Kids can set objects up to bounce, pop, bash, and crash into one another and based on angles and if-thens the set up is a success or it needs some tinkering. What both I and the kids love about this game is that with an entire house full of toys available to choose from, there is more than one way to solve each challenge.
The Toontastic app encourages imagination and creativity is a very fun way. It’s a great combination of creating cartoons, putting on a puppet show, and producing a play or movie, and acting in them as well. Kids can use this app to draw, animate, and share their stories. They choose the scene, select or draw characters or objects, hit the record button, move them around the screen, and add voice to the characters. Toontastic records the animation and their voice as a cartoon video which you can then save or share with family.
If you have children that are interested in learning to play the piano or if you would like to have them learn, Piano Maestro makes it all a lot of fun. It’s full of classic and popular songs and kids can play either in the app or set it up to use along with your own acoustic or electric piano with no wires or adapters needed. I love that this app helps kids learn to read sheet music and that new songs and levels are added every month.
Mystery Math Town & Mystery Math Museum
This is actually a recommendation for two apps, Mystery Math Town and Mystery Math Museum. In Mystery Math Town kids help a friendly little ghost rescue fireflies that are hidden around town and in Mystery Math Museum kids help friendly little ghost rescue dragonflies that are hidden in Mystery Math Museum. In both apps, kids use math skills to unlock rooms and passages along the way. This app offers customizable math skills for each player including addition, subtraction, and multiplication as well as varied number representations in dice and tallies. These are creative apps that kids enjoy and have fun learning while doing so.
Music4Kids is for children ages 4 and up and it teaches them how to write and play music at the same time. Kids simply touch the screen to create and play music notes and move them around the screen. They can create the notes, then move them, delete them, and change the length of them. There are also musical recognition games with 140 challenges created by a composer. This app does a great job developing creativity, teaching music, and helping kids improve their ear for music.
NFL Play 60
I never thought I would commend an app for actually getting kids up off the couch and moving, but I’m happy to say NFL Play 60 has done it. It’s an endless runner game brought to you by the National Football League and the American Heart Association and it requires the kids to actually get up and run, jump, and turn and the on screen character does the same. I recommend a good tablet or phone case and then letting the kids maneuver their way through the obstacles while working up a sweat. Along the way there are encouraging voices and lots of fun facts about healthy eating and the benefits of physical activity. This is a great app for a rainy or snowy day, when the kids can’t get outside to get their 60 minutes of play a day.
These are my top ten favorite educational apps for kids and I recommend them all to those looking for great ways to make learning fun for kids.