Between phones, tablets, and other devices, children are spending more and more time in front of screens. Instead of endless hours of Minecraft or YouTube, take advantage of screen time with educational games and apps. The following are just a few of our favorite educational apps for children:
1. Cookie Monster’s Challenge. Designed for children 3 years and older, Cookie Monster’s Challenge helps children develop school-readiness skills such as self-control, focus, and following directions. Nine levels of mini-games keep preschoolers engaged as they collect the pieces of Cookie Monster’s cookie making machine.
2. GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine. Fans of the GoldieBlox building toys will enjoy this app that encourages and inspires girls to follow STEM career paths. In GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, girls learn the basics of animation to create their own digital shorts. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
3. Dexteria Dots 2. Children improve their fine motor skills while practicing math concepts in Dexteria Dots 2. With virtually endless gameplay and levels ranging from beginner to expert, kids of all ages will enjoying playing again and again.
4. Magic School Bus: Oceans. Fans of Ms. Frizzle will enjoy the interactive storybook style in Magic School Bus: Oceans. This interactive story is teeming with videos, games, photos, and facts about the sea life shown in the book. The app can read aloud to younger students, while independent readers can turn off the narration and read the book themselves. Made for ages 6-8.
5. Stack the States. Make U.S geography fun and interactive with Stack the States. During game play children learn state shapes, capitals, abbreviations, locations, and more as they stack the states to cross the finish line for each level. Bonus games including matching states and capitals and completing a timed puzzle putting the states in the right place. Recommended for ages 9-11.
6. Kodable – Coding for Kids. Kodable helps teach elementary students in grades K-5 the basics of coding. The common core aligned lessons include interactive games that help students develop logic and critical thinking skills. Non-coding parents will also appreciate the written teaching curriculum and the guide for “off-screen” activities.