The Best Learning Apps for Kids
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Looking for ways to keep your kids learning all through summer break? Look no further.
Here are my top five learning apps for kids!
As the school year comes to a close, most parents have a few things on their minds:
- 1. it’s time for some fun!
- 2. how will I entertain these kids all summer long?
- 3. how can I make sure they’re learning enough to do well when school starts again?
Now, what if I told you that you could cover all three at once?
Today I’m sharing five incredible learning apps that are sure to be a hit and will ensure that your kids will have a fun, learning filled summer!
- Ages 2-8
- Personalized for your child’s age and interests
- Covers numerous subjects such as math, reading, and creativity
If you’re looking for a one stop shop when it comes to a learning app, Homer is it. This app has everything your child needs for a fun and engaging at home learning game. Topics such as math, ABC’s, and Social Emotional Learning give the app a research based foundation while the games and activities keep kids entertained.
One of my favorite aspects of Homer is the Reading Pathway, which is proven to increase early reading scores by 74%. I can personally attest to this statistic after watching my newly 4 year old go from not reading to reading within a couple months of using Homer! It’s seriously magic.
The games and activities are ever changing as your child continues on their learning journey, helping to keep the app new and exciting. Overall, I highly recommend Homer to any parent hoping to bring that fun learning environment into their home (or on the go) this summer!
- Ages 5-9
- Teaches coding in a fun way
- Word-free interface
What is coding and why is it so important? Coding is essentially computer programing or the act of placing together a “code” to tell the computer to perform an action. In the world of early learning, coding is key to helping kids develop problem solving skills. These skills, when learned through coding, can be transferred to every aspect of life. It also teaches the importance of following through with a problem until a solution is found, which teaches perseverance.
To be honest, I don’t really know how to code. Unless, of course, you count my MySpace coding experience from the early 2000’s. But for kids of this generation, it’s becoming a much more prevalent and essential skill. CodeSpark Academy aims to help introduce kids to coding in a fun way. With DIY games, puzzles, and pet pals (called The Foos), kids are able to create the games and characters of their wildest imaginations, all with the help of code.
My 7 year old daughter LOVES using CodeSpark and has since developed such an interest in the world of STEM after diving into the world of coding. She even participated in the Hour of Code, which is a one hour introduction to coding. Watching her develop these skills has been so wonderful and I’m thankful for apps like CodeSpark that helped spark that interest!
- Ages 4+
- Numerous apps covering many topics
- Fully interactive
If you’ve got a kid with a thirst for learning, Tiny Bop is the app collection for you. With 19 apps in total, Tiny Bop covers topics from The Human Body to States of Matter and more. Each app is fully interactive and teaches these topics in a completely immersive way. Kids are introduced to each topic and then set free to be able to learn by interacting with each model. For example, in the “Weather” app, kids can manipulate different elements and learn how certain weather occurrences are created. In the app “Me: A Kid’s Diary”, kids can explore all the things that make them who they are by documenting their likes, dislikes, and creating self portraits.
I stumbled upon TinyBop apps when my oldest, 3 at the time, was obsessed with Space. She wanted to know all there was to know and TinyBop was perfect for that. I downloaded one app, then another, and soon we had the entire collection of apps. They are THAT good. Even as an adult, I enjoy exploring the apps and all they have to offer. These apps are great for any age and level of learning!
- Ages 4+
- Teaches mindfulness, meditation, and emotional regulation
- Improves focus and behavior in children
If you’re looking for an app that’s geared toward Social Emotional Learning, Ninja Focus is the app you need. With a basis in mindfulness and meditation, the app aims to help your child learn essential self regulation skills that will help them throughout life. Your child can listen to guided meditation, bedtime stories, or even practice yoga using the app. It also provides a space for your child to learn to recognize their emotions and find solutions through activities in the app.
Both of my daughters struggle with big emotions and Ninja Focus has helped them to learn the skills necessary to overcome them and move forward with positivity. They love doing yoga and listening to guided meditations before bed, and when they’re upset, they know the app can help them process their emotions. As a parent, I love that they are learning to take control of their feelings and find solutions that work for them. Ninja Focus is a must have for kids and parents!
DROPLETS – BY DROPS
- Ages 8+
- Fun and easy language learning app
- Over 35 languages to choose from
Are you wanting to introduce a new language to your child? If so, check out Droplets. It’s a kid focused language learning app that makes learning a new language fun and much less daunting that it seems. Droplets teaches in a simple, one step (or word) at a time, approach. It’s just as it sounds. A word “drops” down and is spoken in the new language. Beneath it, the word is translated to the child’s native tongue. Then, the word is repeated through various mini game style quizzes, such as dragging the word to the photo that matches it or spelling the word out. This in turn allows the child to learn in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming. The app breaks the vocabulary down into subjects as well, making it great for starting at the basics and working your way through the language.
I speak from experience having used the original Drops app myself. We just moved from the United States to Italy, meaning I needed to learn how to understand and speak Italian. Drops was a phenomenal tool in my learning journey. I loved the app so much that I got Droplets, the kid version, for my daughter and it has helped her excel in Italian class at school. If your child wants to tackle learning a new language this summer, I highly recommend downloading Drops or Droplets! You won’t be disappointed.