• 11 Educational Apps that Your Children Will Love

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    Not All Screen Time is Wasted.

    Learning by Watching

    There is definitely a limit to how much time your children (or anyone, really) should spend watching a screen. Like chips and cake, moderation is key. Certain content has more benefits than others and with the number of apps for children around today, it is possible to find a good blend of education and fun.

    As the digital world continues to grow in our households, It would be almost impossible, and potentially limiting, to stop screen time altogether.

    Research shows that children learn from media. As digital literacy expert and CyberWise co-founder Diana Graber wrote in 2015:

    “One thing is indisputably clear — kids learn from media, and the fact that they now have 24/7 access to screens nearly anywhere and everywhere means they’re learning more than ever.”

    It is true that long stretches of screen time aren’t ideal, mostly due to the fact that the learning is rote, passive and often done in solitary. But it definitely has it’s upside too.

    Before we list the 11 educational children’s apps, there are 2 questions that all parents should answer. What content should my Children be watching? When is a good time for them to watch it?

    It is important to note that each child is different and so are all the operations of each family. There are really no blanket answers that work for everyone, so test what works best for you and your family.

    What content?

    Deciding what content your children should be consuming is the first step to extracting ‘value’ from screen time. Quality content matters and depending on the age of your child, different methods of screen time work best.

    For example, apps that require creative engagement and interaction (problem-solving and doing) tend to work better for children above the ages of 5. However, apps that tell stories and teach with interaction around ‘uncovering’ the story, work well for younger aged children. Remember, everyone is different so try different types of apps and see what engages your children most.

    When is a good time?

    Deciding when is a good time for your children to jump in front of the screen depends on the operations of your family. Just remember one thing, adults work best in routine and so do children. Try to create a specific time for screens and stay away from making it the default go-to activity.

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    Screen time with your children

    Screen time doesn’t have to be alone. It is good for your children to play a game or watch with you. You can ask them questions, inspire their creativity and use the ‘screen’ as a platform for playing with them.

    Of course, if you need a break, giving your iPad to your child is an appealing fix. We definitely don’t want to be doing that every time, but if you are in desperate need (trust me I get it), the iPad can useful.

    Here are 11 educational apps that your children are sure to love:

    Apps for Children Ages 5 & Under

    Endless Reader – iOS, Android & Windows

    Price: Free with in-app purchases

    From the creators of Endless Alphabet, endless reader introduces “sight words” (the most commonly used words at school) in a fun and interactive way.

    Tiny Robot Maker – iOS

    Price: $2.99

    The app lets you create funky and fun robots from a range of different materials such as scrap metal, cogs and pipes. You can then save and even print your favourite designs for birthday cards, colouring pages, and art activities.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Creative Play) – iOS & Android

    Price: $4.49

    Inspired by Eric Carle’s original artwork and featuring the ever-loved Very Hungry Caterpillar, the app inspires little artists to draw, paint, color, design and create in unique ways.

    ABC Kids Play – iOS & Android

    Price: Free

    The app is completely free, designed for preschoolers and features a range of fun and interactive activities, all with your kids favourite ABC characters.

    Apps for Children Ages 6 to 8

    The Human Body – iOS

    Price: $4.49

    An interactive model of the human body that your children will love. The app allows your children to discover how hearing works, travel into the intestines, see how the eye sees and more.

    Crazy Gears – iOS

    Price: $4.49

    The crazy gears app is one of the top critical thinking apps currently available on iOS. Children manipulate gears, chains, pulleys, and rods to advance themselves through the different levels which increase with difficulty over time.

    Flow Free: Bridges – iOS, Android & Windows

    Price: Free

    This puzzle game is very simple and a lot of fun. You must connect the same coloured dots together without intersecting with other dots that you have already connected unless a bridge is provided. There are heaps of levels to complete and difficulty increases over time.

    Monster Chords – iOS & Android

    Price: Free with in-app purchases

    One of the best apps for your children to be able to learn the guitar at home. It teaches your child different chords in a fun, engaging and story-telling way.

    Apps for Children Ages 9 to 11

    Swift Playgrounds – iOS

    Price: Free

    Do your children want to learn to code? Finally, an app that makes coding appealing and fun for children! The great thing is, no prior coding knowledge required.

    Zoombinis – iOS

    Price: $7.99

    Zoombinis is a re-creation of the classic, award-winning 1990’s puzzle game Logical Journey of the Zoombinis. Players face a range of puzzles they must complete successfully in order to escort the Zoombinis safely to Zoombiniville.

    Quick Math – iOS & Android

    Price: Free with in-app purchases

    Quick math is aimed at developing the general maths skills of students grade 2 to 6. With a strong focus on self-improvement, quick math slowly gets harder as your progress.

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