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 for Toddlers
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.
Educational apps for preschoolers
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.
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.
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
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.