The best Santa apps for kids: 4 magical ways to connect your kids with the big guy right through your phone or PC

Best Santa Apps for Kids | Cool Mom Tech

Kids already bubbling over with excitement that Santa will be on his way in just a few more days? Santa apps for kids can be a really magical way to bring the story to life, only we’ve tried out plenty and sheesh, some of them belong on the naughty list. So here are 4 of the very best techy ways to bring Santa and your kids together; although there’s still no substitute for leaving out real cookies and milk on Christmas Eve.

NORAD Tracks Santa | Cool Mom Tech
NORAD Santa Tracker

I remember the first year we tracked Santa’s progress using NORAD, The site of the US + Canada’s actual North American Aerospace Command.  I swear my kids ran straight to bed when they saw how close Santa and his sleigh was getting to our region on the map on Christmas eve. Now, a few years later, the NORAD Santa website is even more fun, with new games each day leading up to Christmas, holiday music, and little videos about Santa’s upcoming trip and the making of the platform–though that Ukranian Santa looks awfully skinny. Tip: stick with the site on your browser–the mobile app isn’t nearly as functional.

Kringl App | Cool Mom Tech

Kringl App 
Oh, sure kids, I’ve seen Santa…let me show you this video of him eating cookies and milk in our own living room
. The super-cool–and free–Kringl app puts Santa in very your home, eating cookies, checking his list, or looking for a gift in his big sack. Just hold your iPhone steady, scale Santa, and  he’ll placed right in your room. What a great way to demonstrate to kids without chimneys that he won’t be deterred from visiting them, too. The app is free at iTunes and Google Play, with a chance to  make a donation first to Make-a-Wish Canada which I love.

 

Google Santa Tracker | Cool Mom Tech

 Google Santa Tracker Christmas Countdown
Stuck in a long check out line? Hand the kids your phone and let them check out this free Santa Tracker site from Google which has fun little videos and games for each day leading up until Christmas, in the style of an advent calendar. The adorable graphics will keep them entertained, and since we’re already halfway through the month, they’ll have lots of days leading up to today to check out.

 

Portable North Pole | Cool Mom Tech

Portable North Pole 
This is possibly our very favorite: a platform makes so easy to hear a personalized message from Santa to your child after you’ve input lots of details about him or her. (Don’t worry, no school names or social security numbers.) This is one cool bit of smart technology that really will make even a cynical kid’s mouth drop open. They have become a cool holiday tradition since we discovered them a few years back–but stick with the free web-based app on your browser; again, the mobile app needs a lot of work. You can save your message for a limited time. Good, because kids will want to watch it over and over.

Christina

Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.

1 Comment

  • Reply December 6, 2014

    Tom

    Actually, my kids really like the “Santa Scan-O-Matic” app.. I think there’s a version for iphone and Android. I can quickly “scan” them to see if they’ve been Naughty or Nice during the holiday season.

    When they’re good they BEGGED to be scanned.. but I can also make them take notice when I threaten to scan them when they’re misbehaving… I can secretly control the results, so they’re always amazed at how accurate it is :-)

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