Too Many Choices
The Good News: There are millions of apps available for you to download onto your child's new device.
The Bad News: Most of them aren't that good.
The Good News: I have some great ones to get you started, and I've listed them below. In most cases, the apps listed are free(!) and are educational in nature.
The Fine Print: This is a list of the apps I use regularly in the classroom or at home with my girls, it is by no means a comprehensive list of all good apps. If you have suggestions for ones that I have missed, please let me know in the comments below. Also, some of these may not be available for your device. The links listed below are for Amazon apps for the Kindle Fire. In many cases, there is an Apple equivalent for the iPad. Just search for the title of the app at the Apple Appstore.
Squeebles Math Race
Math Practice Flash Cards
Peter Pig's Money Counter
Early Birds Times Table Training
Dots and Boxes
Flow Free: Hexes
Angry Birds Rio
Where's My Water?
Simple Word Search
Lightbot Jr. (Likely free during Hour of Code Week:12/5-12/11)
Brain it On!
The Bible App For Kids
PreSchool and Kindergarten Learning Games
1st Grade Learning Games
2nd Grade Learning Games
3rd Grade Learning Games
4th Grade Learning Games
5th Grade Learning Games
Apps for The Littles: Duck Duck Moose
For iPad, click here to check out the Duck Duck Moose Apps in the Apple App Store
For Android Devices, click here to check out the Duck Duck Moose Apps in the Google Play App Store.
Finding Great Apps Is Easier Than You Think
If you haven't checked out Common Sense Media, you should. Click here to check it out.
Honestly, there is no better resource for finding age appropriate apps for your kids. Not only can you specify the age of your child, but you can also filter your results by device making it incredibly easy to find highly rated apps for a 7 year old for the Kindle Fire or apps for a 12 year old for the iPad.
Beyond just apps, Common Sense Media is a great tool for parents. Use it to answer questions like...
Why is Big Hero 6 rated PG instead of G?
How old should a child be before they read Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
What apps are appropriate for a 7 year old?
Which of these Netflix videos is really a good choice for my 2nd grader?
Should my middle schooler watch The Hunger Games?
Use Kindle FreeTime to Set Healthy Screen Time Limits for Your Kids
Did you know that you can easily set up a Kindle Fire to shut off after a certain amount of play? Amazon makes this possible with a built in function called Kindle FreeTime. Even better, you can require your child reads from the Kindle App before they go on to other less educational content. For more information about this functionality, click here to visit Amazon's Kindle FreeTime site.
What Am I Missing?
I'm sure I don't have everything worth sharing, so I'd love your input. What should I add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.
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