There’s a lot of debate about screen-time and everyone can set their own standards but if you’re like me and appreciate the quiet moments it can bring, here are some great apps to download that provide your littles with education entertainment.
All of these apps are available on Apple and Android.
PBS KIDS Games features 100+ games from your kids’ favorite shows, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Xavier Riddle, Odd Squad, Dinosaur Train, Let’s Go Luna, Pinkalicious and more. Activities teach kids about science, math, letters and more. (FREE)
Choose the Math Problem of the Day, or explore over 1600 additional math problems with various zany topics, ranging from electric eels and chocolate chips to roller coasters and flamingos. Each has three levels of challenge (“Wee Ones,” “Little Kids,” and “Big Kids”), and many also have harder questions (“The Sky’s the Limit”) for really big kids, grown-ups, and anyone who’s feeling brave! (FREE)
8 fun educational activities. Learn with colorful schools of fish which magically transform themselves into different letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more! (FREE)
LightBot is a puzzle game based on coding; it secretly teaches kids programming logic as they play! Lightbot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like procedures, loops, and conditionals, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels. Download LightBot for kids 8+ or LightBot Jr. for kids 4+. ($3)
Stack the States makes learning about the 50 states fun! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level. ($3)
Set your children’s mind in motion! Thinkrolls are the 26 smart characters in this award-winning app that is part physics platformer, part logic puzzle game and 100% irresistible for kids 3-8. Get it now and let your little geniuses amaze you with their reasoning and problem solving skills! ($4)
Shape nature and watch it develop. Plant trees and grow a forest. Raise a mountain and enjoy the view. Collect berries, mushrooms or nuts, and feed the different animals. Learn who eats what and discover how much it takes to winkle a bear out. Walk through different landscapes and become friends with a fox. Capture the moment of woodpeckers zigzagging between trees, and watch the day turn into night. ($4)