Despite their best intentions to limit screen time, particularly in younger children, most parents will have turned to technology for help in entertaining their offspring at some point. The one thing that they may well have noticed from this this is that many games will in fact be teaching children something, without them even realising it. This may be counting blocks in Minecraft, writing labels for their worlds, or working out logic puzzles to reach the next level in their favourite game. Used appropriately, tech can be a very handy tool when it comes to learning, as long as you keep it fun.
Here is our list of the top ten educational apps that can help make learning fun.
Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids
Suitable for use with children of all ages, Khan Academy is a fantastic collection of free educations courses. Khan Academy Kids is aimed at younger children up to the age of 7 and has a fantastic range of activities focusing on reading, maths, and social skills.
King of Maths: Maths Learner
This is a recently released maths game that challenges children with quickfire sums that increase in complexity as they answer correctly. A touchscreen rather than a keypad is used for answering.
Scratch and Scratch Jnr
Scratch is a programming app that many children may already be familiar with and enjoy interacting with. It is educational, teaching coding, whilst still remaining fun. For younger children there is Scratch Jr which is aimed at 5-7-year olds.
A great way to keep up with a language already being studied in school or learn a new one (there are 30 to choose from), Duolingo is a fun and easy to use app that offers short practise sessions to boost language skills.
Perhaps more of a website than an app, Kahoot is still worthy of a mention on this list. With interactive quizzes on just about any topic you could want, this is a great way to test knowledge and learn new things at the same time. You can also join quizzes with friends and pit your knowledge against them.
PBS Kids play and learn science
An American app, this is a fantastic app for science related fun learning. It is aimed at children up to the age of 8 and offers them a great look at some simple science that can be explored in the home.
A popular app in many schools, ClassDojo is more of a meeting place that can help to enhance the learning experience, rather than an app that helps children to learn a particular subject. Students can create their own portfolio to share with the class, upload work and videos and so can teachers, enhancing the learning experience for everyone.
A fantastic app that rewards children for completing maths activities, Prodigy Maths has fun interactive activities and rewards with fun pets, interactive battles and much more that will keep any child actively engaged with maths.
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