Smartphones and tablets have changed our lives in so many ways. What’s especially amazing is that they’ve evolved from mere connectivity devices to state-of-the-art learning tools, too, thanks to a growing number of educational apps that explore subjects ranging from math and science to spelling and history. Learning doesn’t stop when the final school bell rings, and now it’s easier than ever to encourage kids to learn and explore when they’re at home. And the best part? Most of these educational apps are game-like, which means they’re fun, too—and that helps encourage little learners to come back for more. Not sure which apps to choose? Here are 6 of our favorite educational apps.
MeMe Tales: This reading app is amazingly fun! Once you download the app, you’ll receive 15 books when you register—you can buy additional books if you’d like. The app library includes books for all age levels and kids can earn stickers for reading, plus unlock book-related games, too. MeMe Tales is an especially great choice for preschool and early elementary students. (Free; available for iOS and Android)
Math Bingo: This math app may be the best value around the app store! This exciting BINGO game helps kids learn their addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication tables and is fun, too. You can save up to 30 player profiles in the app, so it’s great for teachers to use in the classroom and also for parents to use with multiple kids at home. Need further convincing to check out Math Bingo? One of our Girls Crochet Headbands team members has an 8-year-old who’s been playing with it for more than 30 minutes non-stop since downloading—we’ve got a winner! ($0.99, available for iOS)
ABC Memory Match: We love the ABC Memory Match app because it’s as beautiful as it is entertaining. Brightly colored graphics and animation make this app an instant eye-catcher, and 10 levels of play help keep your child engaged and entertained. ($0.99, available for iOS)
iWrite Words: Perfect for preschoolers or kindergarteners, iWrite Words makes learning to write fun. Kids play the game by using their fingers to trace letters and then swipe the screen toward a fun graphic when finished. This is a great choice to help little ones build their writing skills in preparation for working with a paper and pencil. ($2.99, available for iOS)
Super Duper Publications Grammar Apps: Sometimes you can’t just pick one—and that’s the case with the Super Duper Publications Grammar Apps. Choose from several grammar-related apps that are a great way for kids to learn grammar basics and give them a head start in English class. Try I & Me, Was & Were, Plurals or Irregular Verbs. Super Duper Publications offers a number of educational apps in other categories, too, so feel free to explore depending on your child’s interests. ($1.99, available for iOS and Android)
Sid’s Science Fair: If your kiddos are fans of the PBS show Sid the Science Kid, this app is a must-have. Explore science concepts through observation, identification, classification and sequencing in three sections, each of which is hosted by a different Sid the Science Kid character. This is a beautifully designed app that’s a great way to introduce kids to basic science concepts. ($2.99, available for iOS)
These educational apps are a great starting point to help your kids explore a variety of topics—and the best part? They’ll have so much fun they won’t realize they’re learning! If your little student can’t get enough, head over to our friends at Cool Mom Tech for even more educational apps.
And if your kiddo has a favorite educational app, we’d love to hear about it so we can check it out, too!
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