educational apps

We all know that screen time is one of the most talked-about topics of our generation when it comes to parenting. But, being realistic, a screen-free childhood just isn’t possible nowadays. If you don’t usually allow screen time for your toddler, but their school or daycare is closed and you are working remotely, you may temporarily need to adjust the rules. The good news is, there are so many high-quality, educational apps out there for all ages! Here are some of our favorite apps for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school kiddos. *This list includes both free and paid apps*

educational apps

Educational Apps for Toddlers

Wheels on the Bus (Android Version): Toddlers can enjoy a favorite song and also learn about the sounds of different musical instruments.

Itsy Bitsy Spider (Android Version): A musical book based on the popular children’s song. Follow the spider up the water spout, down with the rain, and watch the sun dry up all the rain! Ages 2-5

Endless Alphabet (Android Version): Kids will have a blast learning their ABC’s and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition.

ABC Animal Toddler Adventures: Designed for toddlers, this app uses fun animal-themed activities to practice letters, numbers, shapes and other basics.

Baby’s Musical Hands (Android Version): Baby’s Musical Hands features 15 brightly colored squares that your baby can touch. Red squares make drum sounds, yellow squares play piano notes, and blue squares play guitar notes.

PBS Kids (Android Version): Watch your kids’ favorite PBS shows for free!

Peekaboo Barn (Android Version): Toddlers can tap doors to see which animal is hiding behind., just like the lift-the-flap books!

Educational apps for preschoolers

Moose Math (Android Version): Moose Math engages kids in a mathematical adventure and teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more!

ZooMoo (Android Version): Kids can explore different habitats and learn about animals. Perfect for your budding veterinarian!

Crazy Gears (not available on Android yet): Crazy Gears is a new-aged digital puzzle game, designed with a real mechanical engine and with children’s critical thinking skills in mind!

ABC Kids Tracing & Phonics (Android Version): ABC Kids is a free phonics and alphabet teaching app that makes learning fun for children, from toddlers all the way to preschoolers and kindergartners. It features a series of tracing games to help kids recognize letter shapes, associate them with phonic sounds, and put their alphabet knowledge to use in fun matching exercises.

Daniel Tiger’s Play at Home (Android Version): Playing is learning as you explore bedtime, bathtime, doctor, and more at Daniel Tiger’s house.

MarcoPolo Ocean (Android Version): Make dolphins jump. Build a coral reef. Explore the deep sea. Create your own aquarium. These are just some of the fun things you can do with MarcoPolo Ocean, a “digital sandbox” for kids to play in that sparks their interest in the most unexplored part of our planet – the ocean.

Khan Academy Kids (Android Version): A cast of adorable animal characters guides children through lessons on math, language, and social-emotional content.

Green Eggs and Ham (Android Version): The best-selling, classic book “Green Eggs and Ham” comes to life with playful interactivity, delightful animations, and learning activities!

Star Walk Kids (Android Version): Star Walk for Kids will teach your children the basics of astronomy in an interesting and unusual way. The app is an entertaining astronomy game for children to learn about astronomy and our solar system while playing and having fun.

Homer Reading: Learn to Read (Android Version): HOMER Reading is the fun, interactive way to spark your child’s passion for reading. Help your child build critical skills with a personalized learn-to-read plan!

Educational apps for elementary school kids

Endless Reader (Android Version): Kids will have a blast learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters. Each word features an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive, and then a sentence puzzle with words that become what they describe.

Tinker (Android Version): Strengthen your child’s educational foundation with step-by-step tutorials that teach kids coding in a way they enjoy. Your child will learn as they build games and apps, modify Minecraft, program drones, control microbots, and even explore STEM.

Kids A-Z (Android Version): The Kids A-Z mobile app delivers interactive learning content for Raz-Plus, Raz-Kids, Headsprout, and Science A-Z anytime, anywhere. Kids can choose from a library of eBooks, eQuizzes, and other eResources. With the Kids A-Z app, personalized learning goes wherever the student does

Starfall (Android Version): Children love learning with fun games and activities on Starfall! Popular subjects include reading, math, songs, fiction and nonfiction stories, and more! Featured free content is available for pre-k through third grade.Stack the States (Android Version): Stack the States® makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game!The Human Body (Android Version): Kids learn anatomy and biology in an interactive model of the human body — the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see.BookCreator (Android Version ): This is the perfect app for budding authors. Kids can create (and publish) their own books! 

ScratchJr (Android Version): By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

DragonBox Algebra (Android Version): The game that secretly teaches algebra! DragonBox Algebra gives young children a head start in mathematics and algebra. Children as young as five can easily begin to grasp the basic processes involved in solving linear equations without even realizing that they are learning.

epic! (Android Version): This children’s library for kids 12 and under offers 35,000 books as well as educational videos. 

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Brandie
Brandie made her way to Jacksonville via South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. She met her Chicago-born husband while in college at Boston University in 2000. After six years of dating, he finally proposed to her. They tied the knot in 2007 on Sanibel Island and from then on he decided to give up the cold to live in a place with sunshine and beaches. Brandie and her husband are now raising their three kiddos near St. Augustine. To help balance the insanity of everyday life, Brandie helps at her kids’ schools, manages the content on SAMB and squeezes in workouts from time to time. When Brandie isn’t spending time with her family, she loves to make a trip to the spa with a good book and a glass of wine.