While it’s getting more common to have kids in front of screens, perhaps the way to fight it is not by banning screens altogether, but rather to give your kids fun and educational options to explore while they’re on a smartphone or tablet. With more time spent at home than ever, it is more important than it has been before for parents to know about these apps that can encourage learning and promote better screen time. Here are some of the most popular educational apps that are great fun as well.
This app is aimed at kids between the ages of two and eight and teaches them skills in a wide variety of subjects using games and activities. The first month is free and then the app costs $9.95 per month.
This multi-subject game website and app comes from the same makers of ABC Mouse and is intended for slightly older kids between the ages of eight and thirteen. Just like with ABC Mouse, the first month is free.
BrainPop is a collection of educational websites that are used in schools ranging from kindergarten to high school. It covers a range of subjects through games, online activities, and videos. There are free family memberships offered to families who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Khan Academy is a free platform that offers a curriculum in all major subjects. There are activities for students ranging from Pre-K through high school and even beyond high school. There are even free SAT prep courses and coding classes for adults. The best part is that students can learn at their own pace and parents can track progress.
For kids who are preschool age and are just starting out with learning to read, Endless Alphabet is the perfect app. It has interactive animations with silly monsters that teach kids how to sound out letters, words, and eventually definitions. The full version of the app costs $8.99 and for an additional $6.99 a month you can get access to the Endless Learning Academy, which covers more subjects including reading, math, music, and more.