Best Kids Apps

Can educational apps be fun? We think so

 

Whether you want your kids to learn phonics, memorize state capitals, or brush up on fractions, there are buckets of educational apps to choose from.

 

But for every learning app with that elusive kid appeal, there are hundreds without it.

 

How will you find the best ones?  Elementary!



Best Apps for Kids Home from School Sick

When it comes to staying home from school sick, my kids are absolute maestros.  They know instinctively which symptoms can’t be empirically authenticated and which days are least convenient for me.  Looking for the best apps for kids on a sick day?  Here are a few they can mess around with while coughing on the couch.

 

Best Apps for Kids1.  Best kids app to teach anatomy:
THE HUMAN BODY

An animated working model of home sweet home.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 4+ | Price: $2.99

The Human Body takes a very fun and basic look at the working parts of the human body.  It’s a colorful, interesting, and fun introduction to physiology.  Kids can send food through the digestive system, tickle the human with a feather to see the nervous system in action, and browse through a brain.

It’s animated, so don’t worry about graphic photos — there aren’t any.  Also, the urogenital system is available as an in-app purchase (which you can obviously skip if you’d rather not have your children poring over that particular bit of the body).

 

Best Apps for Kids who are afraid of the doctor2. Best kids app for playing doctor:
DOC MCSTUFFINS: TIME FOR YOUR CHECK UP!

Cure toys of funny, made-up maladies.
iPhone, iPad | Age: 3+ | Price: $3.99

Going to the doctor can be scary for little people.  Yes, it’s fun to have your reflexes tested with a rubber hammer, but there’s always the threat of a shot.  Kids can role play doctor visits with this sweet app.  Dolls and toys come down with such maladies as “mixupitis” and “driedout-a-tosis” and it’s up to your kids to cure them.

 

Best Apps for Kids to learn about nutrition3.  Best kids app to teach nutrition:
SMASH YOUR FOOD HD

Smash burgers, sodas, and pizza and find what kind of nutrition lurks inside.
iPad | Age: 3+ | Price: $1.99

Ah, the lifelong challenge of teaching kids to make better food choices (especially when parents aren’t always taking their own advice).  Still, good nutrition is foundational to good health, so we have to keep trying.

This fun app has kids set up a profile based on gender, age, and activity level.  Then they analyze foods (using nutrition labels) and smash them in a crazy machine to see if the amount of sugar, salt, and oil is more or less than what they should be getting.  A perfect mix of health, math, and fun!

 

Best Apps for kids to learn about germs4.  Best kids app to teach hygiene:
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS COME CLEAN FOR SCHOOL

Ah…ah…ah…CHOO!
iPhone, iPad | Age: 3+ | Price: $2.99

Avoiding germs to stay healthy is one of those things that’s easier said than done — especially for children who play together all day.  This interactive story book reinforces the message while gently moving kids forward in early literacy.  Will the little bears apply what they learn and avoid getting sick at school?  I won’t ruin the ending for you.

Did we miss any best apps for kids that teach about health, nutrition, germs, and hygiene?  Tell us about your favorites in the comments below.



Fraction Math

The ultimate math homework helper
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  • Age: 9+ |

  • $3.99


Fraction Math is an educational app that helps students kick their math homework blues away.

Can’t figure out the lowest common denominator? No problem. The app guides kids step by step as they work out the fraction problem and offers tips if they get stuck. Kids can solve random fraction operations or input their own custom problems.

Why we like it:

This tutorial app is a lifesaver for students who cringe at the sight of improper fractions. The app will help kids get the right answer, but they have to do the work themselves to get it. There are over 20 similar math apps by iDevsBooks, everything from long division to rounding decimals, that are worth checking out.

Watch out for:

This is not a game app. The fun part of this app is that it helps kids learn how to solve the math problem. Hard to believe, but not all kids will see the fun in that.

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10 Kids Apps to Download Now

Three wonderful starter sets of apps for kids of all ages

At the end of a year spent playing and reviewing hundreds of apps, it’s fun to look back and call out a few favorites.

We haven’t listed prices because frankly, they change a lot, especially this time of year.  Click through to the App Store for more information if any of these catch your eye!

10 GREAT APPS FOR KIDS AGED 0-4

1.  Little Fox Music Box 

2.  Letter School 

3.  ABC Zooborns 

4.  Princess Fairy Tale Maker 

5.  Peekaboo Barn

6.  Interactive Alphabet

7.  The Going to Bed Book

8.  Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad

9.  Fish School HD

10.  Memory Train

 

10 GREAT APPS FOR KIDS AGED 5-8

1.  Scribblenauts remix

2.  Toca Tailor

3.  Sprinkle Junior

4.  Word Wizard

5.  The Singing Alphabet

6.  Math Bingo

7.  Toca Hair Salon 2

8.  Barefoot World Atlas

9.  Doodle Fit

10.  My First Classical Music App

 

10 GREAT APPS FOR KIDS AGED 9-12

1.  Stack the States

2.  Khan Academy

3.  Granny Smith

4.  Hidden Object Crosswords HD

5.  Math Doodles

6.  Beat Sneak Bandit

7.  Temple Run

8.  Clueless Crossword Party

9.  Jumbline 2

10.  Doodlecast for Kids