It’s coming up to that busy period now where families are travelling far and wide to spend Christmas with loved ones, and even if you’re not, the whole period is filled with excitement children can feel really overwhelmed – don’t you from time to time? I do!
Anyway, it is at this time of year that I start to get less and less restrictive with the kids and their ipads/kindles, I mean, we all just want to chill out on a Sunday, and if they want to do it with a tablet then why not? I have to admit though, it’s also a very busy time of year for me work wise and Toby has been spending an obscene amount of time on his tablet – like crazy style. It’s been a bit OTT in truth and even when I have asked him to join in with things, the answer has been no. One thing I’ve decided to do is seek out some of the more educational apps that you can get (for free) on a tablet, in the hope of a.) making myself feel like less of a dreadful mother and b.) encouraging him to learn phonics and other skills before he begins school in January!
So, educational apps for kids? Which ones?
1. Zoo Train – This has always been one of my favourites – the kids love it, it’s simple and has a reward at the end of every task. Great for learning basic phonics and sounds.
2. Maily – I love this app. I’ve just downloaded it recently and it has to be a a fave already – it’s basically emails for kids but with super parental controls and guidelines for how to use the email system. Ideal for encouraging typing and mail writing.
3. Tetris animals – tetris? Educational?! Yep. Tetris has long been considered an educational game, it is perfect for brain stimulation and getting the juices flowing. It can be additive though!
4. Little digits – Great for learning about numbers and helping support counting, addition, multiplying and subtraction.
5. Around the clock – helps to teach kids time. This is one that Roo is using at the moment as he is learning elements of time telling at school!
6. Barefoot World Atlas – Roo LOVES learning geography, it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t move into a geography based field when he’s older because he is forever asking about the world, where places are and how the earth was made. This is essentially an interactive atlas for kids.
7. Osmo coding – I’ve just recently featured this on my Instagram and it is STILL a firm favourite with the boys. Teaches the kids basic coding skills while they play with a cute little figure called Awby.
8. Osmo tanagram – did I mention I love Osmo? I do. I’m not even sponsored to say it! The tanagram teaches the children to use shapes to build an object and has the physical aspect of the shapes. I love it!
9. Your fantastic elastic brain – a science based app that the boys are coming to love. Roo wasn’t entranced at first and Toby is a touch young but they are coming round slowly. Perhaps one to work on together in those quiet moments.
10. Famingo Sandbox – sort of for you as much as them but invaluable for an android tablet because this little gem will block off anything but kid’s apps, recommend apps based on your child’s usage and so much more.
So there are my top 10 educational apps for kids at the moment based on 4-6 year olds like my boys. You can make a quick view of games that are available across all devices by checking out Poki games, who have a wide range of apps for every age.
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