Even though kids and tech have been a thing for YEARS now, it still amazes me how easily it is for kids to pick up an electronic device and instinctively know what to do.
While it's possible to have those instincts used in the not-so-positive way of spending mindless hours on YouTube videos and games, there are lots of great ways for them to spend their tech.
This roundup of educational apps for children should get you started!
Educational Apps for Younger Children
ABCmouse — This is a paid program online that also has an smartphone app for the same program. However, they have lots of apps that are free as well. This is a great program for teaching reading and literacy to Pre-K through 1st grade students. Check out this ABCmouse $5 for 2 months offer!
YouTube Kids — YouTube has an app that is just for kids. The app has higher security settings that filters the videos to be age appropriate. There are lots of great educational video channels on YouTube that are great for both older and younger children. You can look for videos of science experiments, how to tutorials for kid friendly DIY projects, and even reading time programs such as Reading Rainbow clips. This is a great entertaining app that children will love.
Turtle Trek — Did you know that Sea World has an educational app? It is adorable and such a fun app especially for younger children. And the app is free! They do have in-app purchasing, so make sure your settings are such that they can't make purchases on their own. This is a great app with games and more for learning about marine life.
Teach Me — This is my favorite educational app series for children. It is a great too for your child to learn literacy and math. Each grade level is only $1.99 and it is well worth the price for the amount that they will learn. And the way that the app is set is makes the learning entertaining and fun.
Educational Apps for Older Children
TED — This may seem like an odd choice for a children's app post, but you'd be surprised how your middle school and older aged children will love TED talks. There are many that talk of science, math, engineering, and more that older children will love. Your children may even discover an interest in a field based on hearing another talk about it.
Poems by Heart — This is a great literacy app that also teaches children skills to memorize classic poetry by writers such a Longfellow, Poe, Yeats, and more. It has a fun interactive way to teach memorization and the app is free. There are in-app purchases, however, to purchase additional poems than what comes with the free version.
iTooch — This is a series of excellent learning games that are perfect for older children and younger children as well. They are a great way for children to learn and improve math skills, literacy, grammar, and more. There are apps from elementary ages all the way up to high school. Prices vary from free up to around $10.
LEGO Movie Maker — This is such a fun app for older children! It teaches them stop motion animation and helps them to create movies using their LEGO block sets. This is a great hands on app that will get their imagination going and help teach them skills of movie making.
Have your kids tried any of these apps? Let us know what you thought of them or if there are any other apps not on this list that are your favorites.