Apps and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. If your kids are going to be spending their time playing with apps, they may as well be learning as they play. So long as they’re having fun, they probably won’t even realize that they’re learning, no matter how smart they become!
These games are all high-quality apps, free of advertisements, and cover subjects including writing, math, geography, colors and social skills. Whether you’re looking for apps to keep your kids occupied when they travel or want to supplement subjects from school, these apps are bound to keep your child entertained while blissfully ignorant that they’re learning while they play.
Splash Math is a series of apps designed to teach math skills using engaging games. Splash Math apps range in levels from 1st through 5th grades so you can get the app specifically tailored for your child’s math level.
Each app is free and has in-app purchases available for different skill sets. Each app comes with a free chapter and you can buy more chapters individually for specific math skills. For example, 3rd grade Splash Math offers chapters on bar graphs and probability, while 5th grade offers chapters that cover algebra and geometry.
The apps are simple and intuitive to use, yet are sophisticated in that they learn your child’s abilities and adjust the difficulty of the problems according to correct and incorrect answers. The app also offers a scratch pad so your child can perform more complex calculations.
Here’s a video showing a Splash Math app in action:
You can receive emails from the app to see how your child is progressing and what skill areas need attention.
The apps are fun, with themes and the ability to choose an avatar. There are so many different levels, skills, problems and topics that your children can be engaged for hours while improving their math abilities.
Splash Math apps are available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with HD apps available for iPad. See all of the Splash Math apps at the Splash Math website.
Marble Math and Marble Math Junior
If your child enjoys maze games, then check out Marble Math and Marble Math Junior, where children solve math problems by rolling a marble through a maze. Children can either roll the marble or move it with their finger to answer the math problems.
Here’s a video showing Marble Math:
Marble Math is designed for children ages 9 and older, Marble Math Junior is for children ages 5-8, with audio prompts for beginning readers. They can learn multiplication tables, counting money (USD, GBP, EUR, CAD and AUD), Roman numerals, fractions and other math concepts while completing the maze.
Alien Buddies is an app designed for pre-school students, ages 3-7. This app is filled with engaging and educational activities to teach your child early learning fundamentals. The app includes puzzles, matching games, dot-to-dot activities and stickers, each with different difficulty levels to make sure the fun doesn’t stop as the learning continues. The app uses auditory and visual cues to develop a child’s processing skills with a variety of senses.
The app helps with a child’s skills in math, color, shape, number and object recognition, fine motor skill development, and reading. Auditory prompts are available for pre-readers and stickers are given as rewards.
Here’s how Alien Buddies teaches as kids play:
In addition to the plentiful education benefits, this app is just plain fun. The animation, stickers, games and puzzles mean that your kids will enjoy this game for a long trip and may arrive smarter than when they left.
Alien Buddies is available for $1.99 in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
If your little one is learning basic math skills, the Little Digits app will turn that chore into play. Little Digits is an iPad app that teaches counting, addition and subtraction using a game. Using sight, sound and touch, the child can learn math concepts in a fun way. The app detects how many fingers are touching the iPad screen and interacts with the child by asking questions which the child answers by touching the screen with the correct number of fingers.
Here’s a video showing how the Little Digits app works:
The app helps children develop fine motor skills while learning math skills. The app is in English, but allows you to add a recording of your voice if you want to teach your child numbers in another language.
Little Digits is for children ages 3-7 and is available for $1.99 for the iPad at the iTunes App Store.
Shake a Phrase is an app designed to teach writing and English skills. The app is really three apps in one, with three different games teaching three different skills.
The first game, Shake It, combines words to form silly sentences. Like a slot machine for words, your kids will hit the jackpot as they giggle as the words come together.
Story Starter teaches creative writing. When you shake your device, the app suggests writing prompts as the beginning of a story. Your child’s imagination may be sparked by the fun opening sentences of a tale. If you have more than one child you could have each write a story based on a prompt or you could have each child write a chapter for a collaborative effort. You can save favorites in case you want to revisit a prompt at a later time.
Quiz Me tests your child’s knowledge of parts of a sentence. Your child is asked to tap the nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions in a sentence. New levels are unlocked as your child progresses through the game.
You can choose from different themes, including sports, monsters, fairy tales, animals and starter. Tapping an unfamiliar word reveals the definition so this app can increase your children’s vocabulary as well as their writing skills.
Here’s how it works:
Shake-A-Phrase is designed for children ages 8+ and is available for $1.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.
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