The future is here, we are living in a digital era. Most children today are computer savvy, learning the basics of operating a PC or mobile device from a young age. This is an era in which you will comfortably witness a two-year-old nimbly flick his wrist over a touch-sensitive screen, a look of burning concentration on his face as he tries to locate his favourite app or video, concentration then turns into enjoyment as he realises his results and happily taps away at the screen to sing along to his choice of the moment. Apps are a big market in a world of digital downloads, and apps for children is probably one of the toughest to crack.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps for children to choose from online. Some are free to download the full game, some are free to play the first few levels, whilst some are a few pounds to purchase. Some are educational and some are purely entertainment, but the one thing that all apps for kids aspire to be is fun!
5 Educational Apps for 2015
This list of 5 educational apps for 2015 are focused on educating your children whilst ensuring that they bring maximum enjoyment to your little learners by engaging their imaginations to the maximum.
Endless Alphabet (Price: Free)
Endless Alphabet is brought to us from the creators of Sesame Street’s “Monster at the End of This Book “, Callaway Digital Arts. The app is available to download for Apple products. Suitable for ages 2 and up with a focus on literacy and reading improvement, this little gem isn’t afraid to teach your children some really big words! The Endless Alphabet app is fully interactive and makes really good use of humour and fun to teach children how different words sound when spoken, which can be one of the more harder tasks that literacy apps face. Words are updated on a regular basis by the app developer and there is no scoring available which leads to less competitive stress and more fun. A perfect app for parents who allow their preschool children to use an iPad.
Kids ABC Trains (Price: £2.56)
Kids ABC Trains is another brand new literacy app for 2015, created by Intellijoy and aimed at preschoolers with a penchant for learning. It’s available to purchase for all Android devices and is suitable for ages 2-7. Kids ABC Trains uses popular letter sounds called phonics as well as tracing the outlined shape of letters and matching lowercase to the corresponding capital letter. Children must learn each letter to be able to drive the train forward and continue through the game.
Mystery Math Town (Price: £1.99)
Mystery Math Town from Artgig Apps is available for the iPhone and iPad and is most suited for children aged 6-12. It’s an American app, hence the missing ‘s’, but numeracy is a universal language and kids from across the globe already love this maths based learning app in which they use their numeracy skills to help a curious little ghost save all the fireflies in town. Every picture in Mystery Math Town has a different story to tell by some very colourful characters.
On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects (Price: £3.99)
On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects is a creation of Oceanhouse Media with a focus on science and is recommended for ages 5-10. Available on iPhone and iPad, using the popular “Cat in a Hat” as tour-guide for this outing coupled with his famous rhyming fashion, the app delivers some interesting education about insects, including how they see, smell, communicate and see the rest of the world! Thing 1 and Thing 2 even pop up every now and again with some information cards too. There are other titles available in the Beyond Bugs range including dinosaurs and marine life, perfect if your little scientist wishes to extend his educational collection. Parental controls have also been added.
Kids Learn Spanish with Busuu (Price: Free)
Kids Learn Spanish with Busuu is a children’s linguistics app for the iPad aimed at children aged 4-7 years old. Created by Busuu Ltd, the free version of this app starts with a vocabulary of 150 words which are taught across a platform of different learning games using expert methodology. Kids Learn Spanish with Busuu teaches children bite-sized chunks of language through fun and repetitive games which not only teaches them the vocabulary but tests their understanding of the Spanish language too. Extra lessons are available as in-app purchases for £1.49 each.
There are plenty of fun ways to keep your child’s brain developing healthily as they grow and learn, even if they prefer the digital world of today. Of course, we always advocate that outdoor learning continues to provide your children the healthiest form of structured play, but for those rainy days and long journeys, these educational apps for 2015 will help keep your little ones occupied and having fun whilst you relax and enjoy the silence!
Contributed by: Sovereign Play Equipment. Featured Image Source: The UMF.