Category: Educational Apps For Kids

Duolingo app: Our cool free app of the week

If you’re looking for a fun way to expose kids to new languages, we’ve been very impressed with quality of foreign language training you get with the free Duolingo app. You can choose from dozens of foreign languages, including common ones our kids learn like Spanish, French and German, and more some that aren’t part of most school curricula, like Irish, Hebrew, even Turkish. Then, using a variety of techniques, like flash cards, spoken sections, vocal practice (using your phone’s microphone), and spelling practice, your kids will begin learning the basics. Of course, the little badges and medals you earn as you go are fun motivators too.  ...

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14 of the best math apps for kids of all ages: Back to School tech guide

Our Back to School tech guide continues with a bevy of the best math apps for kids of all ages. There are so many fantastic options these days — almost too many to count (ha) —  so we’ve done the digging for you to uncover lots of the best math apps including a few old favorites from these pages, and plenty of new additions. It’s by no means comprehensive, so be sure to see our post on the best math apps of 2015 for even more ideas. One thing you’ll notice about this list — the belief that math can and should be fun, especially when you’re first learning. Hopefully, with...

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Endless Spanish: Our cool free app of the week

Mis Amigos! One of our favorite early-reading apps, Endless Reader, has gone espagñol with the Endless Spanish app, an adorably playful and educational preschool app for both iOS and Android users. Similar to the awesome Endless Reader, Endless Spanish introduces kids to frequently-used Spanish words such as amigo, casa, and flor with the help of some not-at-all-scary monsters, cheerful music, and silly sound effects. Kids learn not only how to pronounce each word but have to drag the individual letters into their proper place to help them remember how it’s spelled. The word is then used in a Spanish-language sentence which will need the kids’...

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SkyView stargazing app: Our cool free app of the week

Summer nights are perfect for staying up late, lying on the lawn (or roof deck if you’re a city dweller) and looking up at the stars. But, often, streetlights and other ambient light can make it hard to see everything that is up there clearly. Or, truthfully, I just don’t know what to tell the kids when they point at some bright speck and say, What is that? That’s why I’m so interested in the SkyView app, a free app for iOS and Android, that is a stargazer’s best tool for making the night sky not only beautiful but also educational. SkyView...

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Jump Numbers math app for kids: Our cool free app of the week

With the school year ending soon, I know that my kids aren’t going to stand for games or apps that feel too much like a school lesson. Nor do I want them to spend their summer days doing nothing but memorizing math facts. But after playing with the skip-counting math app, Jump Numbers, I’ve found an app that feels more like a fun challenge than a drill-and-kill math lesson. Jump Numbers for iOS is normally a paid app, but this week a free version was released that gives kids access to the first level of the game so that you can try it...

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King of Math Junior for kids: Our cool free app of the week

If you’re hoping to get your future mathlete ready for preschool in the fall, or just want to find a new ways to help practice counting, adding, and subtracting with your first grader, download the free version of King of Math Junior. This smart and fun game for iOS and Android has your kids working their way up in medieval society as they master the basics of math in a way that doesn’t feel anything like drill. Beginning at the “Farmer” level, kids will choose their character from several different male and female options. As they accumulate points, they move from Farmer to...

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The Highlights Hidden Picture app for kids. We found it, and it’s awesome.

One of my favorite memories of childhood was my Highlights magazine showing up in the mailbox. I’d always turn straight to page 14 to do the Hidden Pictures before my sister could. (Sorry, sis.) My kids still love getting the magazine too, but now they can all get a chance to do the Hidden Pictures without their siblings circling everything first if you download the Highlights Hidden Pictures app for them on their iOS or Android devices. Sibling squabbles squelched. The app download is free, but to keep on playing past the initial few boards you need to sign up for their $2.99...

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Brain Pop Featured Movie: Our cool free app of the week

In this week’s Spawned podcast, our editor Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week is Brain Pop, a website I have turned to for years with my homeschooled kids to find smart, kid-friendly videos about topics as diverse as William Shakespeare, the Civil War, and DNA.  And while much of their massive content is accessible only with a subscription, the free Brain Pop mobile app brings a new 2-3 minute movie to my kids every day that is fun to watch and interesting to ponder. Think of it as a yummy daily vitamin for your kids’ brains.     The videos star the friendly...

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What’s the weather like? Find out with TinyBop’s beautiful new Weather app for kids.

We are such fans of Tinybop’s beautiful, minimalist apps around here, because they inspire our children to want to learn more about science in a creative, artistic way. Following in the footsteps of winning apps like The Earth by Tinybop and Plants by Tinybop, we’re excited for their new Weather app for kids, which just released this month. Perfect timing, as we head into spring, and a few inevitable rainy days when kids can’t get outside and explore nature on their own. As with all Tinybop apps, kids learn the scientific concepts freely, by just exploring what interests them about the app. No lessons or quizzes, no right way to...

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The Farm2Table app teaches kids where their food really comes from. No, not the supermarket.

I realized my kids didn’t have a great concept of where their food comes from when my son once asked me where chicken nuggets were from. Well, kiddo. That would be…chicken. (We hope.) Other than our small backyard garden, my kids don’t get to see much about food origins unless we seek it out, which is why I think the new Farm2Table app for iOS is a wonderful way to educate kids with the combination of a charmingly illustrated story, and real-life videos made just for young kids. The app is based on the fantastic kids’ book The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen by Diana Pritchard and Heather Knopf...

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