Electronic devices are something that children already learn to handle with the same naturalness that they talk, walk or relate to the world. If you are a follower of the Help in Action blog, you have seen that we often recommend enhancing the usual games, as well as traditional materials, crafts and activities, to point out three more examples, that pedagogy specialists continue to claim that we should continue to make known to our sons and daughters. However, computers, smartphones and tablets are a reality to which we – and we believe that almost everyone today – are open, both for the moments of fun and play that these devices offer, and because it is an educational platform that, well used, will be very useful for children to become interested in reading and learn concepts.
Therefore, today we will talk about the 10 children’s apps that we liked the most to play as a family. Get ready to create your own arsenal of children’s apps with next-generation interactive games and books. And don’t worry!, because we’re pointing out which ones are on Google Play for Android devices and in the AppStore for iOS devices. Started!
1. Good Night: a children’s app for a happy sleep
Recommended age: 1-4 years.
Good Night appeared in the article we dedicate to children’s sleep audio.” But what is this app about? Well, it’s not exactly a story, but rather, an interactive app that helps us create a routine through all kinds of animals that are also going to sleep: sheep, kittens, storks… Children will have to turn off the stable lights while listening to soothing music and following the farm’s latest day-to-day adventures.
2. Peppa Pig Paintbox
Recommended age: 1-5 years.
A children’s app for girls and boys to paint and have a great time next to the most famous piglet on television. To be a free option, Peppa Pig Paintbox has a large number of options: seven different brushes, seven colours, 39 static shapes and stickers, and so many others with animations. It even has colouring drawings and an option by which to save the drawings in your image gallery.
3. The Colorful Monster
Recommended age: from 3 years
Taking advantage of the success of Anna Llenas’ tale, Flamboyant Editorial has launched its own children’s app, where boys and girls will find the wonderful story of the colourful monster and the learning of the written tale and some extra features (animations, interactive history, several languages: Spanish, Catalan and English). The colourful monster is a wonderful tale you can’t miss and teaches children to identify and manage their emotions.
4. Mortimer and the Dinosaurs
Recommended age: 3 to 9 years.
Mortimer is an alien who travels to Earth on vacation in the time of dinosaurs. It does not have text, but takes advantage of a thousand wonders the visual resources and is designed for adults and children to collaborate in history. It features the original soundtrack, mini-games and spectacular illustrations.
5. The human body
Recommended age: from 4 years old.
A mind-blowing child app for its interactivity. The drawings are realistic, but do not lose the age sympathy required by our sons and daughters while connecting perfectly with their curiosity: the heartbeats, the intestines make noises, the skin feels.
6. Little Big Artist
Recommended age: from 4 years old.
A very curious application that shows girls and boys with greater artistic sensitivity what the pictorial styles of Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol and Pollock were carried out.
7. Temple Run
Recommended age: from 7 years old.
It’s just about a game inspired by typical Indiana Jones escapes and cursed temple and so many other action movies. In Temple Run, you’ll have to jump, spin, run and slide to avoid countless traps with careful mechanics.
8. The Adventures of Don Quixote
Recommended age: from 9 years old.
A perfect application to start boys and girls in the most Manchega literature and in the figure of Cervantes in a fun and entertaining way. The illustrations, the interactivity of the scenes, the storytelling… It is an app for which you have thought of even the smallest details, and free!
9. Superheroes Academy
Recommended age: 3-6 years.
We return in the penultimate recommendation to younger children to recommend this jewel. They will be able to practice basic knowledge of preschool and elementary school in the role of true superheroes.
Recommended age: from 6 years old.
It is one of the world’s largest electronic libraries: Amazon’s, with access to more than one and a half million books and thousands of free classic works. It’s the reading app for all ages. Kindle offers free book snippets before purchase and allows you to customize reading, search for words in the built-in dictionary in the same text, and hundreds of more options that make it a heavyweight within the digital reading.
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We want our selection of kids apps for iOS and Android to be useful to you, and remember that there are also many other activities with kids and children’s games that our kids should do every day.
Also, if you want to support our programs for at-risk children in Spain you can learn about our anti-child poverty programs on the blog and on the website, where you can also support our work and help us in many ways to continue building a fairer and happier world for all the children of the world.