Category: Educational Apps For Kids

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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An app to help young kids learn about music, easily

When it comes to my range of talents, I’m sadly lacking in the music department. Yep, I’m pretty much tone deaf, unlike Kristen, the former music therapist, who puts us all to shame there. However I still really want my kids to get the benefits that come from a good musical education. And I’ve found a great place to start, especially for kids who you might not be ready to invest in music lessons for yet. The Edoki Academy Easy Music app  (iOS and Android) is a terrific music app for kids around preschool age, because intuitively builds music awareness while they think they’re just...

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Presidents vs. Aliens Lite: Free app of the week is also great for President’s Day

My kids get really excited about President’s Day because it means a day off from school. But I’d like to make sure that they spend a little bit of time reflecting on our former presidents too, so I love an app that helps with just that. Presidents vs. Aliens Lite for iOS mixes real presidential trivia questions with a crazy game that has kids shooting the heads of our former Commanders in Chief at invading aliens who hover over various U.S. landmarks. To play, just identify the correct president from the question asked, and his head will become a tiny weapon...

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LumiKids Snow: Free app of the week

Welcome to our new weekly series on Cool Mom Tech that introduces you to some of our favorite free apps to download to your devices. Because as much as we love all the useful, fun, and entertaining apps we recommend here, admittedly we love them even more when they’re totally free. To kick us off, we’ve got a free app for the littlest members of our family: LumiKids Snow, an absolutely adorable and smart app for iPad and Android tablets, for kids about five and under. Kids are guided through four different wintery games featuring smiling creatures, in which they trace letter shapes, play...

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Learning about genetics becomes child’s play with the Avokiddo DNA Play app

We’re definitely fans of the way Avokiddo tackles educational apps for young kids. And its latest release, the DNA Play app keeps our praise parade going. This time kids get to delve into genetics, but it’s not heady or complicated. Quite the opposite! In fact Avokiddo keeps the basic concept of The Double Helix fascinating, fun, very cool. After completing a series of easy-to-follow “DNA” puzzles, DNA Play app lets kids create over 200 billion unique, quirky, goofy monsters by building and tweaking the creatures’ DNA. They can fiddle around and experiment with different mutations — in real time — while making their tiny Frankensteins do funny...

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Flare Kids: A fun, free educational app that does good for kids in need, too.

This is a sponsored message from Flare Kids   Parents love good educational children’s apps, even more so when they’re free. And now there’s Flare Kids which isn’t just great for the kids who use it, but for the children of the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House. Because for every download this month, they’ll donate $1 to support families in need. This free children’s app features more than 1,500 safe, carefully curated videos and shows for kids 3-8 all in one place, including the most popular child-friendly TV programs, like Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Dinosaur Train, Super Why! and Peppa Pig. While the selection is all parent-approved from networks like PBS...

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Daily Vroom app gives you personalized brain-building exercises for your kids. So like, an extra brain for you.

Kids’ brains grow so fast during the preschool years, which is why they need lots of stimulation to help them develop smarter, sharper brains. Also, possibly why kids at this age are so um, challenging. Not just me, right? But often, parents are so busy doing so many other things that we could use the extra help to get our kids thinking and learning when we’re out and about. That’s why I’m digging Daily Vroom, a free app that sends you customized brain-building activities each day, no crafts or fancy educational tools required. Of course, ideally, I’d always be carrying a Mary Poppins bag filled...

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Scribble Creative Book Maker app: Let kids become instant authors and illustrators

I’m pretty measured about letting my kids use my iPad, especially when they could be playing outside, practicing their instruments or learning their fifth language. Ha. In truth, I’m all about balance in our household, and I’m definitely a fan of apps that let kids explore their creativity,  like Mini Monet for art or Makesto for storytelling. And now I’m happy to discover Scribble Creative Book Maker for Kids from the makers of the uber popular Scribble Press app, which combine elements of both. Related: 5 of the best storytelling apps for kids. Only the kids do the storytelling. The Scribble Creative Book Maker app (iOS and Android) is a fun...

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3 fun, free toothbrushing apps for kids. Because, Halloween candy.

Yes, we know our kids should (and do) brush their teeth without the help of an app every night. But in the spirit of Halloween fun, and you know, the bags and bags of candy headed our way, I’ve found three fun, free toothbrushing apps for the kids that are actually pretty helpful. Whether you’ve got little beginning brushers or are just sick of the nagging, you might want to give these apps a try. Related: The new Philips Sonicare for Kids power toothbrush: Like a babysitter for their teeth For your beginner brushers, the Brusheez app is a really helpful tool because it...

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Get kids coding with free daily Halloween-themed challenges during Kano Mischief week

If your kids are having a hard time waiting for Halloween to hurry up and get here, we’ve got a fun treat to share with you that will keep them busy and challenged this week. Developed by Kano, whose DIY computer kit wowed us earlier in the year, Kano Mischief Week kicks off on Monday, October 26th and ends on Sunday, November 1st with free daily coding challenges for all abilities. Just sign up with your child’s email, and they’ll be invited to join the Kano community to access some daily coding challenges. Kids can participate in the challenge everyday, or just pop...

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