5 Educational Apps to Occupy the Little Ones This Summer
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Summer is upon us, and the kids are out of school and free to while away the hours in the season’s sunshine. However, not all parents have the luxury of time off to keep the little ones company, and those that do often have a plethora of other obligations to fulfill. Whether you’re hitting your Pixabay, heading out for a rural adventure or just spending the summer months in your own backyard, having a few extra tools to keep the kids happy is essential.
Apps have provided parents with a wonderful resource. They’re educational, enjoyable and relatively mess free. However, there is a word of warning when allowing children to use internet-capable devices. If you haven’t already, I recommend installing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to keep them safe and secure while they play. Secure Thoughts is a leading VPN review site if you want more information.
If you’re traveling, particularly by road, this app is a wonderful way to keep the little ones quiet in the back of the car. It uses GPS and maps to pinpoint roadside attractions, from the incredibly interesting to the downright weird and wonderful. Kids can entertain themselves by keeping their eyes peeled for the next potential stop or simply by reading the reviews of each destination.
On initial download, you can only select one region, ideally the one closest to home. However, the rest of the country can be purchased via the in-app add-ons. You can also use the app to plan routes if you feel like taking a dedicated road trip around the attractions.
Get it on iOS.
Tales 2 Go
Stories are some of the most powerful learning tools we have. All throughout human history, people have shared tales to help with education and understanding. This wonderful app has been hailed as the Netflix of Audiobooks and offers a fantastic way to keep your little ones entertained—and quiet—during the summer.
With the app, you can stream over 6,000 audiobooks, and children can practice their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills. The content is wonderfully varied, ranging from classic fairy tales to contemporary best-sellers, and it even offers a 30-day free trial so you can try before you buy!
Get it on iOS.
Math Training for Kids
Math is a pretty divisive topic for kids: they either love it or they hate it. So having a fun app that makes the subject accessible and enjoyable while still providing an educational element is truly a godsend. With three difficulty levels and activities around all the basic mathematical concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, it’s a comprehensive learning experience.
The app uses timed sessions to practice equations and fun graphics to denote success and lives remaining. You can even keep a track of your results so you can see your progress. It’s a wonderfully simple format but has received great reviews and provides hours of fun!
Get it on Android.
History for Kids
The world is a fascinating place, and if you’re traveling with the little ones this summer, you can add an extra dimension to the trip by giving the kids a comprehensive history lesson. This app provides children with a walk through human history, covering some of the most influential time periods. These include early humans; ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; Medieval Europe; the Industrial Revolution and both World Wars, among many others.
The timeline is interactive and provides audio narration, animations, maps, charts and revision resources, making it a truly three-dimensional experience that is sure to keep the little ones entertained for a long time! It also provides specific privacy settings to help keep your kids safe online.
Get it on iOS.
My Incredible Body
If the world of science is more your children’s forte, this wonderful app provides unique and enjoyable insight into the complex makeup of the human body. It covers nearly every element in detail, including the skeleton, nervous system, organs and muscles, and provides an interactive experience for kids to explore the inner workings of their makeup.
The app is bursting with fun animations, 3-D models, tours and explanations around each section. Kids can even take on the role of surgeon and dissect the on-screen patient—a feature that is sure to go down well with the little ones. Its easy-to-use interface makes it a perfect tool to occupy your kids during those busy summer days.
Get in on iOS, Android.
Any more suggestions for apps that should be on this list? Be sure to leave a comment below.
About the Author: Caroline is a lifestyle blogger and mom who loves that her job means she can spend more time with the kids. She’s an avid reader and travel fanatic, which means she’s developed loads of tips and tricks for keeping the little ones occupied.