Here are three more apps to keep your child entertained and learning all at the same time. Today’s apps are appropriate for children in preschool through about fifth grade, depending on their development.
StoriesAlive – The Library App of Interactive and Award Winning Children Stories – Auryn Inc.
Ages: 3 to 6
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Purpose: The free version comes with six stories and dozens more samples of stories to purchase. The stories can be read to the child with the words highlighted. Children can read it on their own or have it auto play for them. The app also features object identification as children press on different parts of the illustrations.
News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids – Press4Kids
Ages: 5 to 9
Purpose: Features daily news stories written for children with many bonus features. Each page features a map of the globe to identify where the story is taking place, how far away it is, and a fun fact about the story or city. There are other features including ways to act on the story’s theme, photos and videos, extra facts about the story and ways to say “hello” in the language of the main person or setting of the story. The app also features three games: a puzzle using a photograph from one of the main stories, a hangman-like game called Mystery Word, and a guess the date game using a timeline.
BrainPOP Featured Movie – BrainPOP®
Ages: 5 to 10
Cost: Free with in-app subscription purchase available!
Purpose: Each week a new feature movie is added. Three movies are always available to teach topics in Science, English, Social Studies, Arts and Music, Math, Health, and Engineering and Technology. The animated short movies are based on questions students send in. Following the movie, a quiz to test what you know is also available. Subscriptions also give access to other features like encyclopedia references, photos, and more.
*Links take you to the Apple iTunes App Store.