Keeping your kids occupied can be a challenge; even more so now that they’re stuck at home. But what if they could have fun while learning and occupy their time a little more easily. Apps to the rescue! There are some excellent educational apps for kids that keep them entertained while also learning. Shh, you don’t need to tell them they’re learning!
Download a few of these best learning apps to your phone or tablet and pass it off to younger kids for hours of educational games and entertainment.
Best Educational Apps for Kids (Ages 2-12)
These fun learning apps for kids are all either free or have a one month free trial. These interactive games help young children improve their problem-solving skills. Educational applications apps are great because they adjust their educational content to your child’s skill level.
SplashLearn is an exceptional game-based learning app that seamlessly combines learning and play for kids. With over 8000 engaging reading and math games and worksheets, SplashLearn transforms the often daunting subjects into exciting adventures. Designed for kids in grades preK-5, it covers a wide range of curriculum-aligned topics, making it suitable for various grade levels.
What sets SplashLearn apart is its adaptive technology, which tailors lessons to each child’s skill level, ensuring they progress at their own pace. The app also provides detailed reports to help parents track their child’s progress. SplashLearn’s vibrant graphics, fun characters, and rewards system make learning not only effective but also enjoyable. It’s a must-have app for parents looking to ignite their child’s love for learning while they have a blast! Learn more at splashlearn.com
Cost: Free 7-day trial post which parents can choose from its different pricing plans (starting $7.49/mo when billed annually)
With so many great reviews, users can’t be wrong. This app is available on iOS, Android, and through the Amazon App Store. You can use it on your smartphone, Kindle, or even on their website. There are fun storyline-based videos with quizzes and activities to keep your child entertained. There’s also a virtual map outlining the learning path your child is on so they stay engaged. Learn more at abcmouse.com
Cost: Free one-month trial then $12.99/month subscription
Quick Math Jr.
If your elementary school-aged child is struggling with math or just finds it boring, this app is for them. Quick Math Jr. turns numbers into something creative and interactive to keep kids engaged. There are a dozen different math games featuring fundamental math skills and concepts to teach your child about math and help them enjoy the learning. It uses touchscreen technology, requiring handwritten or drawn answers so it helps kids practice handwriting as well. It’s currently only available for iOS.
Epic! has been called “the best reading app for kids.” It contains an e-book library of over 35,000 children’s books and even has a read-to-me feature for kids who are still learning to read. Parents say it’s a great app to have when your kids want screen time but you don’t want them to have it. It’s a nice compromise; they get screen time and you get them engaged in reading. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Learn more at getepic.com
Cost: Free one-month trial then $8/month subscription
Brainpop Jr. Movie of the Week
Brainpop offers in-depth, easy to understand educational videos and they’ve been operating for 20 years. Videos range from topics of Mozart to Rainforests to food allergies. Each video has a short quiz to help encourage engagement and comprehension. There is a free version available, but you’ll need to subscribe to access the full library. There’s also a version for older kids. It’s available for iOS, Android, and in the Amazon App Store.
Cost: Free with an optional subscription of $6.99/month
Khan Academy Kids
With a variety of courses available, this app offers a wide-range of learning for kids. Their YouTube videos cover math, logic, and socio-emotional learning using books, games, videos and songs. with a learning path that kids can follow to stay engaged. The courses include quizzes to test comprehension and help kids learn. It’s available for iOS, Android, and in the Amazon App Store.
Ages: 2-7 (there’s another option for older kids as well)
These apps for kids will allow your child to enjoy screen time and make you feel better about the time their spending on the screen. With so many great options for fun learning, your child will have a hard time choosing which app they want to spend time on.
Looking For More Learning Apps For Kids?
Common Sense Media suggests a fun app for kids called Thinkrolls Play & Code. It is offers delightful puzzles to inspire innovation and problem-solving. For age 5+ and it is free.
SmartAppsForKids.com makes it easy to find educational apps for your kids because they have apps organized by AGE and SUBJECT. You can find all sorts of educational apps listed. I like the sound of this educational app for kids that was listed today- Inventioneers! The image below is taken from the smartappsforkids.com website to show their style. If you click the image link, it will take you directly to the article on the Inventioneers app so you can read more about it.
Discounted and Free Educational Apps For Kids
App prices go up and down and are sometimes free. Each day the Google Play Store and the App Store feature hot apps for kids that are discounted or free that day, so be sure to check what is featured. Make sure you have phone settings that protect you from younger children making in-app purchases.
Do you think you will get some free educational apps for your kids? What apps do you nominate as best apps for kids? Let me know your favorites @familyfocusblog and I will add them here.