Learning is Child's PlayBy: Holly Knell
Whether it's running errands, or running to extracurricular activities, your young student always seems to reach for a smart phone or tablet device. With technology constantly changing, it may even feel like your child knows how to work the newest technology better than you can.
Most of us use our wireless devices as some sort of babysitter. Instead of downloading a movie or buying the latest video game to keep your child's attention, why not download a few games that not only keep little Bella and Braden occupied but also help them learn in the process?
Which games are the best for your child? Can playing actually enhance learning? Can you keep your child entertained and strengthen his or her skills at the same time? Guilt free games that are fun an educational are easily within reach. Here are some free or low-cost educational apps you can download for your devices:
Educational Games Available for Your Apple Devices on iTunes:
ABC Animals by Critical Matter, Inc.
This app is highly rated and a fun and simple way for your child to learn his or her ABC's. ABC Animals is an interactive way for your child to recognize the alphabet by sight and sound; as well as, allow them to trace upper and lower case letters.
Oregon Trail: Settler by Gameloft
Many of us remember playing Oregon Trail in computer class in school. This app is an updated version of the classic game. It helps children with problem solving and decision making skills, as well as introduces them to a history lesson they won't soon forget.
Cupcake Maker by Crazy Cats, Inc.
Do you have a little chef at your house? Does your child love helping you out in the kitchen? If so, this app is perfect for them. With Cupcake Maker you can create your own delicious cupcakes. What is the best part? You won't have to clean up a mess afterword.
A&R Entertainment www.Ar-entertainment.net/learning/ipad.html
This site has numerous games for children of all ages and learning levels. I recommend the free 25-in-1 app. It has 25 games including spelling, math and puzzles.
Educational Android Apps on Google Play:
My Baby Wants to Be by Baby Bus
Have you ever asked your child, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Only to get answers like, "An ice cream sandwich" or "A stay at home son?" If so, this app will help your child discover twelve of the most common occupations.
Peekaboo Safari for Kids by Pixel Forge Software
This app allows your young child a chance to go on a safari and search for hidden animals. Peekaboo Safari for Kids features animal sounds and voice recordings of the animals. This is a great learning tool for young children who are just beginning to explore the animal kingdom.
Treasure Quest by Comreggie
This app allows you to create a custom treasure hunt for your children and/or their friends. You choose each location using Google Maps. Then you add text and picture clues to help them get there. This game uses your devices GPS to tell your child if they are 'hot' or 'cold'. Once your child believes they're at the destination, they take a picture with the camera phone to see to confirm. This game is bound to keep all your children busy for a few minutes, or a few hours (How long is up to you.).
PBS has some fun educational games. They have a math game called FETCH! Another game, Lunch Rush, can be downloaded for free. Other games your child will enjoy can be downloaded for a small fee. Two favorites based on PBS children's programming are Dinosaur Train Camera Catch!, a patterning game, and Super Why!, a game that will strengthen reading skills.
Have fun gaming and learning!