Games for Brains: The Best Educational Apps for Kids

Best Educational and Creative Apps for Kids

Embrace Their Creativity!

Foldify

Foldify is a fun app that lets kids bring their origami to life. Kids decorate templates that they can print out and fold to create 3D figures.

Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad

Let your child’s creativity flow with this app to help them create beautiful kaleidoscope art.

Programming

codeSpark Academy

Get your kids excited about programming with this fun introduction to coding game.

Hopscotch: Make Games

Hopscotch teaches kids how to recreate their favorite games like Pokemon Go! and Crossy Roads using easy-to-follow video tutorials. They can also use the skills they learn to build their own games.

Puzzle & Logical Skills

Love You to Bits

Love You to Bits allows kids to use their problem-solving skills to win the game. You’ll definitely want to play this adorable game with them too!

Toddler puzzle games for kids

Promote your toddler’s logical skills in this interactive app full of puzzle games for their developing brain.

For Your Little Scientists

BrainPOP Featured Movie

BrainPOP features animated movies explaining facts, including astronomy and engineering and technology. There are also quizzes to test comprehension.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

Introduce your child to the wonderful life of the caterpillar! Watch and explore as My Very Hungry Caterpillar undergoes his journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

Solar Walk

With its amazing visuals Solar Walk will be sure to entice your little ones and get them excited about learning about their amazing solar system.

For Your Aspiring Musicians

Baby piano for kids & toddlers

This app teaches ear training and engages your kids’ musical abilities with the help of a colorful piano.

Loopimal

With Loopimal, kids can create musical loops with characters that dance in line with each corresponding musical addition. It’s a great introduction to music composition for your little one.

Monster Chords

For kids interested in guitar or perhaps a ukulele, Monster chords is a must-have. Music lessons are incorporated into a fun game and all you need is a guitar or ukulele to strum along.

Samplebot

Samplebot is great for your young composers. This app helps them create their own music and beats with any sound they record.

Not all apps are created equal and not all apps may be suitable for your child. Choose 1-2 apps and allow your child to pick out 1 or 2 of their own. Whatever apps you choose, supervision and time limitation is crucial.

Tips to get the most out of your child’s screen-time:

  • Restrict screen-time at meals and before bed. Instead, promote discussion and read physical books rather than eBooks at bedtime. The light from screens has been known to disrupt sleep cycles because it contains artificial short wavelength blue light, which affects melatonin.
  • Enjoy the apps alongside your kids. When you use the apps and play these games with your kids, you promote bonding and enhance the learning experience. You’re also integrating necessary socialization which tends to be left out during screen time.
  • Choose apps that don’t have a physical cousin. By that I mean, if an app is just for flash cards, make physical flashcards instead. Rather than lending them your iPad for doodling, provide them with art material whenever possible.

These are some of the best educational apps for kids I’ve come across, are there any you and your kids are big fans of? Leave me a comment down below!

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2 Replies to “Games for Brains: The Best Educational Apps for Kids”

  1. These are so good Gigi! We’ve been talking about letting our daughter do Duolingo. We really limit screen time, but like educational apps. I’ll have to check out some of these others.

    1. Thanks Sara! I definitely recommend checking these out as they’re both educational and a lot of fun for the little ones!

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