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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.



Monster Physics

Let kids play with speed and velocity from the comfort of an iPad
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  • Age: 8+ |

  • 0.99


Monster Physics is an educational app that lets young scientists play with the laws of physics as they build contraptions and complete challenges.

Kids choose from fifty missions that let them solve such problems as how to get their monster through an obstacle course or feed it fruit.  In the build section, kids can create their own imaginative inventions and then test them out for fun. If they forgot the definition of acceleration, they can refer to the learn section for help.

Why we like it:

This app is like an inventor’s workshop that lets kids engage in creative, open-ended play. There are many ways to build the contraption that will solve a mission, so kids feel free to explore all the possibilities.

Plus you get to create your own monster avatar. It can’t get much cooler than that.

Watch out for:

There may be some frustration. Most kids (and their moms) are excited to start building, but it’s a good idea to go through the tutorial first.

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