It’s amazing how quickly our kids get to grips with today’s modern technology. Before long, they know more about our iPhones and Samsung Galaxy’s than we do, and we’re the ones learning from them!
Of course, these devices hold many educational benefits for our little ones. The App Store is filled with loads of great tools to help our kids learn in fun and exciting ways. We’ve gathered six of the best for you today!
Astronomy For Kids: Star Walk
This is a condensed version of the ultra-popular Star Walk app. Optimized for kids as young as four, Astronomy For Kids: Star Walk allows children to start learning the basics of astronomy, incorporating learning material surrounding the planets of our solar system, star constellations and more. It’s both fun and educational, and mostly importantly, it boasts a well-tailored, kid-friendly style that makes it stand out as one of the premiere educational apps on the market. At just over £2 on the App Store, it’s well worth the money.
Monkey Word School Adventure
This app seeks to teach children about both the basic and more complex fundamentals of both reading and writing. It does so through a charming set of games, and these can be customised to an extent to target specific tasks that your child might be struggling with. To provide long-term appeal, Monkey Word School Adventure also incorporates rewards, with the ability to earn a variety of different creatures for your collection. The game is currently available for £1.24 on the Google Play store.
Maths, Age 3-5 / 4-6
Developed by onebillion, the Maths app comes in a variety of different forms to suit different age ranges. Whichever you pick, your child will be exposed to a range of activities that are varied and exciting in nature. A notable downside is that although it’s a free app, you only get limited access without paying for in-app add-ons. Still, paying a little extra remains advisable due to the app’s well-crafted nature, which claims that trials by The University of Nottingham “showed children moving ahead in maths by 18 months in just 6 weeks of using this app.”
Frozen Read-Along Storybook
Kids love a good story, so this is a no-brainer. Disney’s range of immersive, read-along storybooks extends beyond the world of Frozen – choices like Toy Store and Brave are available too. The app boasts a range of enhancements over a store-bought storybook, incorporating authentic sounds from the movies and word-for-word narration. As you’d expect, it’s a little bit expensive at £3.99 for iPhones and iPads, but you’d probably pay more for a physical book!
Dr. Panda Hospital
Dr. Panda Hospital is a great way to teach kids about the basics of the medical world. It’s filled with doctor-based games and activities, offering the ability to engage in tasks like treating animals for their illnesses, helping them to their hospital beds and more. You can grab it for your smartphone or tablet at £2.99, and its current version holds a 5-star rating on Apple’s App Store at present.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
“Hang on,” we hear you say. “Minecraft isn’t educational.” Well, you might surprised by the game’s ability to stimulate our kids’ brains. Minecraft is a game that encourages creative thought, allowing almost infinite possibilities to create vast worlds with the power of imaginative thought. At £6.99, it’s the most expensive item on our list, but Minecraft remains an ultra-popular game for kids of all ages, and one of the most creatively stimulating activities on the market.
We hope you’ve found this useful! Don’t just limit yourself to these six – there are hundreds of fantastic apps for your kids to discover!