Top 5 free educational apps for kids in 2017
Today, most kids are playing on iPads and mobile phones before they’re even able to write their own names. Not only is it great for their development, but it also helps to keep them occupied and entertained for hours on end – what a bonus for busy parents!
That said, some parents may feel a little guilty simply handing over their tablets and letting their kids watch movies or play games. But if you choose the right apps, you could actually be aiding your child’s social and cognitive development, while helping them to improve their language and maths skills, according to Whattoexpect.com.
With that in mind, here are some of the best free educational apps currently available for your kids. It’s the easiest way to help them learn while they’re having fun.
Google has built a child-friendly interface for the world’s most popular video-watching platform, and kids love it! It filters out the things they shouldn’t be seeing and strives to deliver engaging, educational and age-appropriate content like nursery rhymes, children’s songs, cartoons and more.
Save your walls, floors and pets from the colourful onslaught of your kids’ creativity. Download this free Crayola app, and instantly turn your tablet into a magical colouring-in pad for your little ones, filled with fun illustrations.
Everyone loves LEGO, and now it’s gone digital! This fun app for four to seven-year-olds enables kids to create their own vehicles and mini figures, and gives them the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild while fine-tuning their motor skills. For more LEGO apps for kids, explore the LEGO Duplo Jams app for toddlers and pre-schoolers, or check out the paid LEGO Harry Potter app for one to four-year-olds.
There are loads of Thomas the Tank Engine games out there, and not all of them are great quality. This fabulous app offers superb edutainment for your little ones like puzzles, matching games and colouring-in activities that are sure to keep them busy for hours.
This impactful app will teach your child to care for the environment through the mechanism of adopting and caring for a polar bear – virtually, of course! But unlike the Tamagotchis of decades past, this app works by integrating the digital with real-world actions. For example, your child will help keep their polar bear alive and healthy by completing actual earth-friendly deeds in real life, like switching off lights. This fantastic app is aimed at kids aged six and up.
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