The Kids App market continues to grow and today kids have more devices than can be imagined. More and more developers are stepping up to the plate in an effort to create fun and engaging applications for children to use. It isn’t all games though, there is an increasing amount of apps are geared for use by parents and teachers to foster cognitive development in children of all ages. We have selected 9 fun, exciting (and FREE!) learning apps just for kids.
• Farm 123 –
This app, geared towards preschool age children, is like a digital pop-up book. The child learns to count by touching each individual item in a group (such as 4 bales of hay) and, since the book doesn’t allow any one item to be touched or counted twice, it helps children understand the one to one correspondence piece that is so integral to learning to count.
• Duolingo –
For older children, this amazing app is a free resource for children (or anyone) to learn another language. English speakers can currently learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish and Swedish. Duolingo is available online and for Windows and Android as well.
• Little Writer –
This tracing app is fantastic on your iPad and is popular with parents and teachers everywhere. This app includes both capital and lower case letters, encouraging your child to learn the shapes of each in a fun way. Learning to trace and recognize the shapes of letters is the first step in learning to read!
• Hooked on Phonics-
A classic goes digital! The award winning Hooked on Phonics program that we all know and love, which has helped millions of children learn to read is now available in the Google Play store.
• Dictionary.com Flashcards –
Whether they are just trying to improve their vocabulary or studying for a specific test, this flashcard app is a great resource for children of several grade levels to improve their language skills. Available for iPhone and iPad as well.
• Endless Alphabet – This charmingly illustrated app is brought to you by the creative minds behind Sesame Street! It features fun puzzles for kids to solve while learning their ABCs and expanding their vocabulary.
• ABC Letters and Phonics-
Preschool children will have a blast learning their letters and learning to read using this eye catching phonics, colors, shapes, letters and numbers app for Windows.
• Khan Academy –
This incredible tool can be used by children and adults alike. Khan Academy offers courses in nearly all subjects and of nearly all levels. Whether you are using it to teach a child a new skill, or to bolster knowledge in a subject they already know, Khan Academy is a fantastic resource for both parents and teachers. Available also for iPhone, iPad and Android, as well as online.
• My Study Life – This app, for older children, is the school planner of the future. Combining all classes, assignments, exams, etc. all into a personalized calendar, your child is guaranteed to be on schedule and on track, never needing to blame the dog for a missing assignment again.
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