As a parent, I have a love/hate relationship with screentime. I am sure many of you feel the same. My two boys (ages 5 and 4) love using the iPad. They’re engaged, I get a break. Sounds like a win-win, right? Well as most parents know… a little too much time on the iPad leads to meltdowns and bad attitudes.
So other than limiting screentime, I also like to make sure that if my kids are going to be on a screen, they’re at least doing something educational! Today, I am sharing 5 of my favorite educational apps for kids.
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(1 &2 ) PBS KIDS/NOGGIN
I love PBS kids for many different reasons, especially for your younger students/children (4-6). The app is filled with educational shows and games which have characters that focus on lots of social-emotional, math, science, and reading topics! While PBS kids can run a little younger, Nick Jr. or Noggin is a very similar app and uses their slightly older characters and TV shows to teach the same concepts! PBS kids is completely free, while Noggin is a monthly fee.
This app is SO much fun. It is a paid app and there are a few different themed versions. We started with Kings and Queens and it has over 200 puzzles. Kids have to solve these logic puzzles to roll a little ball through each level to grab the key and open the door to the next level. Throughout the game, there are no words so students rely on experimenting and trial and error to solve the puzzles. There are gears, light reflections, and other simple science features included! My boys love this app and it is one of my favorites to watch them complete.
This app is a small intro to coding! Students have to use simple coding to get their race car from the beginning to the end of the race track! My 4-year old really enjoyed this app and loved watching his car cross the finish line!
(5) Todo math
Now this app was expensive as I think it’s geared to schools and it was $50/year, but it covers math topics fro Pre-K through 2nd grade. The games and activities are visually appealing and they offer little incentives for motivation throughout the app. They go through basic number identification, place value, addition, subtraction, arrays and much more! As students progress through the app, they receive stars and little monsters.
What other educational apps do you love for your kids/students?!
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