15 Free Educational Apps For Kids

We have all experienced those moments when you just wanted to climb under your cart while waiting in a long line at the store.  Well, here are some great apps you can have on your phone or tablet waiting for the moment when a little fun is needed.  These are just some cool things for the young ones and older kids too!

Or, maybe you have a young student with a summer break coming up?  Most students require the first three months back to school in the fall to remember what they learned the last year.  Why not have your kids play some fun educational games to keep their minds sharp for school in the fall?

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Pre-school & kindergarten

Kindergarten Readiness

 

This is a paying app but it is fantastic.  Help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with the Kindergarten Readiness app. Get fun activities and games to practice the 30 essential skills your preschooler will need for this big step, with a comprehensive checklist (available in Spanish) in the areas of:

· early math
· early literacy
· cognitive development
· self-care and motor skills
· communication and social skills

Right at their fingertips, parents can determine what their child needs to work on for entrance to kindergarten, such as recognizing number sets, completing patterns, identifying beginning sounds, and much more. For each skill, the app suggests enriching practice activities for child and parent to do together, along with vibrant learning games children can play right within the app.

Ages 4 and up

Iphone, ipad

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Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet free app

From Sesame Street is the The Monster at the End of This Book — so you know it’s bound to be silly and cute. The monster-themed app teaches children new words and how to spell them. There is no time limits or scores so it is just fun for kids. Some words might be too advanced for preschool children. The app also comes with 7 word puzzles and animations. The 99-cent purchase to remove ads is a good idea.

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Kids Piano Lite

kids piano lite free app

This eight-tone piano app includes auto-play, learn-to-play music activities and 11 free children’s songs. There is also a “baby mode” which will not show ads and keeps your child in the app so they do not accidentally exit the game.  This app helps when waiting in those long lines at the store.

Ages 2 & up
For Android

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PLAY123

play 123 free app

This fun geometry app for preschoolers won a 2013 Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review. PLAY123 is a learning application where your kids can play with all shapes, colors and numbers of their imagination, using various functions of the pad. They can throw, draw, roll, stack, turn, and more. There is voice which leads the way to help them along.  

Forms, shades and sounds make kids play with their senses of sight, hearing and touch in such creative ways that help their imagination run freer.  Your child will be a math pro!

Ages 2 & up
For iPhone, iPad

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Funbrain Jr.

Funbrain jr free app

With a ton of educational numbers, letters, and cognitive thinking games your preschoolers can choose which silly character they want to learn with today. “Jungle Maze” has a alien following numbers to get to his space ship for number recognition.  “Shape Shack” has them correct the picture to complete a pattern. “Letter Splash” has them launching silly characters off a diving board into a tube.  Great educational fun learning games!

Ages 2 & up
For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Full disclosure: Funbrain Jr. is part of Family Education Network.

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PicsArt for Kids

Your young artist will love this coloring and drawing app that also incorporates learning about animals, shapes, and simple vocabulary.  If the ads bother you opt for the 99-cent ads-free version.

The best coloring, drawing and learning app for kids (parents will love it too!)
It combines 3 applications in one:

* Drawing – on empty canvas or scenes never was so funny and intuitive (supports up to 10 finger drawing simultaneously).
* Coloring – with wonderful cartoon Dinosaurs, Fishes, Cars and Princesses (supports multi-touch color filling).
* Learning – encompasses best practices for learning how to draw by providing simple shapes and showing how a simple shape can be used to draw animals, people and things.

Ages 3 & up
For Android

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Read Me Stories

Read me Stories

A new eBook for kids is added every day. Each word is highlighted as the voice tells the story so that kids can learn to read along. It’s a great choice for reluctant readers who like to play with Mom’s phone or tablet.

Ages 3 & up
For Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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7 & up

Sushi Monster

Sushi Monster

Kids don’t have to like sushi to love Sushi Monster! This fun game by Scholastic gets kids hooked on math. The goal is to add or multiply numbers that equal the sum or product that the Sushi Monster seeks. Players earn points, stars, trophies, and personal bests to unlock new levels and brush up on their number skills.

12 CAREFULLY SEQUENCED LEVELS
– 7 addition levels
– 5 multiplication levels
– 4 rounds in each level
– 14 target numbers per round
– Replay each round with new numbers

Ages 7 & up
For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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SpellingCity

Spelling City

Does your child struggle with spelling? This app, which includes 10 word lists and eight different games, will have them spelling like a champ! HangMouse — close to Hangman — is a blast to play. Other fun games include word scrambles, alphabetizing challenges, and missing letter quizzes.

Ages 7 & up
For Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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The Opposites

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Expand their vocabulary with a game that’s all about opposites. The game asks kids to match up pairs of opposing words as they float down the screen. The easier levels include opposites like up and down or entrance and exit, and kids gradually progress to the hardest levels, which includes rare or technical words.

Ages 7 & up

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News-O-Matic

News O Matic app

Extra! Extra! This kid-friendly current events app breaks the daily news into simple articles that are appropriate for kids. The app earned five stars from Common Sense Media.

Each daily issue features:
* Five dynamic news articles 
* Rich and detailed images, videos, and illustrations
* Informative maps relating the user to the location of every story
* News Room for drawing or asking questions about the news
* An interactive history-based timeline
* Puzzles, games, fun facts, and many other elements for discovery 
* Audio support for challenging vocabulary and full stories read aloud

Ages 7 & up
For iPad

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BrainPOP Jr Featured Movie

BrainPOP Featured Movie

 BrainPOP
This popular app has been downloaded about 1.5 million times. A free educational movie is added every day. Kids watch the short animated documentary and then take a quick quiz about the topic that was covered. The movies cover topics ranging from astronomy to famous artists, and they get archived automatically so you can access them later. Common Sense Media rates this a five-star app.

Ages 8 & up
For Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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NASA App HD

NASA geography app

Access views of outer space from the palm of your hand! The official NASA App appeals to kids and adults alike with its ever-growing library of images (157,000+), videos, space mission information, tweets from astronauts, and more. Children can learn everything about aplanet and beyond.

Ages 7 & up
For Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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WWF Together

WWF Together

This app by the World Wildlife Fund will thrill animal lovers of all ages. It offers in-depth information on scores of species, including elephants, whales, rhinos, giant pandas, and marine turtles. Kids can learn how far they live from their favorite animals, play with on-screen origami animals, or try out “tiger vision.” Warning: some information about the world’s many endangered species can be heartbreaking.  Multiple awards given to this app.

Ages 7 & up
For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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Stack the States Lite

Stack the States

The quizzes and games help kids learn about state shapes, capitals, abbreviations, bordering states, flags, and more, making geography fun! Note that you can only “earn” five states in the free version, so if your child gets hooked on filling up the map, you’ll need to buy the full version for 99 cents.

Ages 7 & up
For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

 

Thank you to several different sites where information was found; FamilyEducation.com, Itunes, BrainPOP, POPtropica/FunBrain, NASA.

 

 

 

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