75 percent of all American children under the age of eight have access to a “smart” mobile device at home, according to Common Sense Media. While it’s easy enough to play mindless videos for this young set, parents also have the option to look for more stimulating educational apps for kids to use while on mobile devices.
Apple’s App Store offers 60 percent of its apps in the education category, sortable by age range, and over 22 percent of these are made for large screen displays, like iPad. However, Google Play, which offers Android options, has yet to add a search criteria categories by age range.
That said, we’ve made it easy to find the best educational apps for your kiddos. Parents with Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 with its 5.1 inch HD display, can now rival the visual experience of competing tablets and smartphones with their own innovative learning tool. Here are five astounding apps to foster your children’s learning.
My First Classical Music App HD:Introduction to classical music, for kids ages five and up. $4.99.
According to NCBI, listening to relaxing classical music improves sleep quality in students. Developing children’s appreciation for this type of music from an early age can set the foundation for them to reap the benefits of classical music for the rest of their lives. This app is designed like a lively interactive book, complete with voice-over audios and guided questions, along with classical music samples.
Peter Pig’s Money Counter:Money, Counting for kids ages five and up. Free.
This game lets children separate coins into different jars using finger swipes, and encourages them to count coins. With three levels (easy, medium, hard) children can continue to challenge themselves as they learn. The app also shares facts including the cost of making coins and teaches which presidents are on which coin.
My DPS:Emotions and coping strategies, for kids ages six and up $0.99.
This digital problem solver uses animated videos to show eight emotions and four coping strategies, and users watch a video showing how their personalized character uses the strategies to calm down. Because the app features text, not audio, this app is better for children who already know how to read or who have parents using the app with them. With technology being a large part of this next generation’s social lives, teaching children to cope with their real feelings is a powerful way to limit cyberbullying and other life stressors.
DragonBox Algebra 5+:Skills to solve algebraic equations, for kids ages eight and up. $5.99.
Users drag and drop “cards” onto two trays on the screen to isolate a sparkling box, akin to solving for “x” in mathematical equations. Algebra is not explicit in the beginning, users feel they are playing more of a game. As children move onto higher levels, “dragons” are grown, and stars are earned for solving equations.
Scribblenauts Remix:Vocabulary & Problem Solving for kids ages 10 and up. $0.99.
Brain teasing puzzles are solved as players type in words to bring that object up to solve the puzzle. There is no single answer to move forward, so players can use their imagination to arrive at solutions. Be aware that children can choose violent solutions, using “cannon” as a solution, which will then appear, so work together.