We’ve spent some time online playing and learning and have come up with a list of some of our favourite apps available on various platforms for kids. Of course each app offers its own educational aspect and a buckets of fun. Try out some of these and let us know what you think.
This language learning app has options including English, Spanish, French, simplified Chinese, and German. The app can be used to help toddlers learning a first language or with any age learning new languages. The interface is simple enough for toddlers to understand and the parent section allows for parents to get involved in the learning process.
ScratchJr follows is a follow up of Scratch, an online programming tool for kids, but is designed as an even earlier introduction to computer programming and multimedia creation. While it was designed for little kids, it still requires adult help for kids to really succeed. ScratchJr can provide hours of fun for kids, as the possibilities for creating scripts are endless.
Kodable introduces kids to the logic and concepts needed in computer programming. The free version includes the first lesson, which introduces kids to the step-by-step instructions involved in programming. It also includes a rich parent with a written teaching curriculum, ideas for off-screen games to play to develop skills, and clear instructions for enabling “guided access”, which is a way for parents to ensure kids stay focused on a single task.
Writing Wizard – Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words is customizable and helps kids practice tracing letters, numbers, and words while learning letter names and phonetic sounds. It includes audio and visual prompts show kids exactly where to trace from the start of the letter to the finish. The parents section allows for adjustments to encourage the child to develop new skills, a detailed report on progress is given and there are also printable worksheets. There’s also an optional five-star progressive tracing system that requires the user to trace each letter five times, increasing in difficulty.
Endless Alphabet requires an Internet connection and a lot of storage space for full functionality. Though the idea of an alphabet app is targeted to preschoolers, older kids will get a kick out of the animations and expand their vocabularies, too, with the vivid words included which are periodically updated.