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5 Educational Apps for Kids

Common sense tells you to limit screen time for kids, but when you’re at the end of your patience it’s tempting to sit them in front of the TV with a snack so you can have some peace and quiet. But screen time doesn’t have to be a bad thing. These five apps can help kids of varying ages learn all kinds of skills, from math and literacy to languages and coding.


Technical whiz kids ages 5-7 will love learning the Scratch programming language using the free ScratchJr app. ScratchJr lets your kids create and modify characters, then make them move using a variety of programming blocks. They can then create interactive stories and games using their own imagination. Download ScratchJr on the App Store, Google Play, Chrome Web Store or Amazon.

Pili Pop

Learning a language comes more naturally to children than adults, so getting your kids started early can be a huge benefit. Pili Pop is a language-learning app designed for kids ages 5-10. In total, Pili Pop has three apps: one for learning Spanish, one for French and one for English. Your first 40 games are free, and after that you can pay a $4.99 monthly subscription fee and gain access to all three apps on up to five devices. The subscription allows you to create as many accounts as you like, and you’ll get monthly reports for each account via email so you can track your children’s progress. Pili Pop is available on Google Play and the App Store.

Math Champ Challenge

Designed for middle school kids in grades four through seven, Math Champ Challenge features more than 2,500 questions aligned to Common Core State Standards. The app uses a game format to make learning math fun as well as educational, and provides feedback so you can identify problem areas. You can also practice and build skills in a non-game format that allows you to work at your own pace. Download Math Champ Challenge on the iTunes App Store.

Starfall Learn to Read

The Starfall Learn to Read App was designed to help kids 4 years old and up along their journey to literacy. The app contains stories and activities that allow you to read, listen and interact, while learning along the way. You can access the app directly from your computer, or download it from Google Play or the App Store.

Noggin Preschool Learning App

Noggin is an app by Nick Jr. that pairs learning games with your preschooler’s favorite TV characters. The app requires a subscription of $7.99 per month after a free seven-day trial, and gives you access to streaming shows, puzzles, games and even coloring books. Games help your preschooler (age 2 and up) learn math, science, literacy, manners and languages. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

These five apps are just a small selection of the educational apps available to help your child learn. To see more choices for your kid, head to the App Store or Google Play, or ask your fellow parents for recommendations.

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