I know it's hard to detach our children from their mobile devices and technology these days, but I've compiled a list of some sites & apps that you will be happy to have your kids visit. I used several of them when I taught elementary school.
These fun and education games are perfect for kids to explore while sitting in the waiting room, riding in the car, or during a lazy, rainy day!
Do you know of some good sites and apps that should be added to this list? I invite your comments below so this list can continue to grow!
Fisher-Price is a name we all know and love and they have several educational apps out there. This app teaches shapes, colors, ABCs, and counting. It also has a song section. This app is geared towards children under 5. Available on iPhone and iPad.
Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
This app teaches numbers, letters, and patterns. There are five different games some of which include popping the balloon with the largest number set, connecting pipes in alphabetical order to fill up a pool, and clicking the correct picture to complete a pattern. Great for ages 2 and up and available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children's books aloud. My students used to love this!
This app about colors, numbers, and shapes, won a 2013 Editors Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review. For ages 2 and up, and available on iPhone and iPad.
Help your kids develop problem-solving skills with this app as they help the Gloop family of aliens repair their space ship and return home. This app was awarded a five star review from Common Sense Media. For ages 3 and up, available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Do your kids LOVE books and being read to? This app is great! You can take books with you on the go! A new e-book is added everyday and the words are highlighted as the voice tells the story so little ones can learn to read along! For ages 3 and up, available on android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
This is another good one for Spelling help. When I taught elementary school, I always directed my students and parent to this site to help study. You can enter your spelling words and play games using their words. There are more than 37 learning games and more on this site.
This great app takes daily news and boils it down to articles that are age appropriate and easy for kids to understand. Another app that earned five stars from Common Sense Media, this is a great way for your kids to stay on top of current events. For ages 7 and up, available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Who wouldn’t love to have information straight from outer space in the palm of their hands? This app does just that! Including videos, images, and even tweets from astronauts, kids can learn about their favorite planets and so much more! For ages 7 and up, on android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Everyday a new video is offered. Children watch the educational movie and take a short quiz on the topic that was covered. There are a wide range of topics that are covered, and unlike most free apps, all the videos are archived so you can watch them again later. Common Sense Media gave this app a five star review also. For ages 8 and up and available on android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Provides educational movies for K-3 students. Homework Help, leveled quizzes, games and activities for kids. Exceptional resource for teachers and parents.
Kids often struggle with math and multiplication is one of the worst! This app combines the multiplication with the fun of a maze game. This app earned a 2013 “ON for Learning” Award from Common Sense Media. For ages 9 and up, available on iPad.
Videos, games and more for kids. Under the Parents tab, they also have links to other apps and websites for school readiness and classrooms.
Feel free to comment below with safe & educational sites or apps that should be added to our list! Thank you!
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