Kids love to learn, and have fun doing it. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices can travel to Grandma’s house or just to the living room. Let kids learn on their own time and they’ll pick up plenty of useful skills and information that they can use at school or with their family and friends. We look at some great apps available for these platforms and explore them one by one to get an idea of which ones might appeal to your young learner. Do they love to explore great lands? Do they love the ocean and marine sciences? We look at apps roughly by age, from younger to older, although most apps can work for kids a little younger or a little older. Here we examine Cookie Monster’s Challenge, Disney Story Central, The Magic School Bus: Oceans, Ansel and Clair’s Adventures in Africa, and Stack the States.
Top Educational Apps for Kids:
- Cookie Monster’s Challenge
- Disney Story Central
- The Magic School Bus: Oceans
- Ansel and Clair’s Adventures in Africa
- Stack the States
Cookie Monster’s Challenge
Cookie Monster’s Challenge is a building app that teaches planning, following instructions, and focus. Nine levels allow a preschooler to earn parts of a machine which, once assembled, makes virtual cookies. This a a great skills builder to prepare a child for school. From PBS Kids and Sesame Workshop, this app is for 3 years old and up. It works for Android and iPad.
- Children work to build cookie machines
- Designed for Android and iOS
- Ages 3 and up
Disney Story Central
Disney Story Central is read-along interactive narration offered by Disney Story Central. With plenty of eBooks available for story time fun, kids can earn trophies as they read through books that are available for purchase separately, or they can enjoy being read to. The first four books are free, and then later ones need to be purchased in affordable packages. This app is for ages from 2 years old and up, and is available for iPad.
- Multipe ebooks available
- Earn trophies
- Disney characters and settings
The Magic School Bus: Oceans
The Magic School Bus: Oceans is an ocean adventure brought to us by Scholastic and the incomparable Ms. Frizzle! Interactive narrative fun is based on the Magic School Bus books. Science based, with videos, games, fun facts, and great pictures, this app is intended for ages 6-8 but could be more flexible, and is an iPad only app.
- Explore oceans with The Magic School Bus
- Learn science facts
- Play games
Ansel and Clair’s Adventures in Africa
Ansel and Clair’s Adventures in Africa Is an interactive game that combines geography and some science fiction fun. An animated alien and robot travel through parts of Africa, exploring the land in quests, games, and puzzles. Highlights include the plains of the Serengeti and the great Nile Valley. Designed for ages 6-8, and available for iPad.
- This app has fun intergalactic characters who explore Africa
- Solve puzzles
- Learn geography
Stack the States
Stack the States teaches older elementary aged children about the American states, their capitals, and abbreviations. Stacking state-shaped figures, a learner can shape the United States while completing levels and having fun. Sort states like a puzzle, beat your best time on matching states and their capitals, enjoy games, and more. For ages 9-11, available for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
- This app lets kids arrange the American states
- Learn their capitals
- Compete in matching contests
Using a variety of platforms and adding plenty of fun, educational apps are available for kids who love to learn. From stacking states to building a cookie machine with Cookie Monster, kids can practice useful day-to-day skills. They can either keep themselves occupied for a bit, or have fun with family members. Engaging in interactive activities has become better than ever.