Five Apps Designed To Help Develop Children’s Learning Skills

Low App PlayAnyone with a child knows that smart devices are highly addictive. It seems as though children (especially mine) have this inbuilt antenna/radar thing that sends signals every time an iPhone or iPad is within a two metre radius, and they’ll move the earth just to get their pea-covered hands on it. Any parent would also know, that denying them such device is a futile experience. So, instead of preventing the use of technology, you can make their usage time a productive one with one of these educational apps.

Little Digits

Designed for three to six year olds, Little Digits is an entertaining app that combines finger counting with technology. Confused? Little Digits displays a series of numbers, which each one requiring your little one to place down the corresponding number of fingers onto the touch pad. It’s not just about finger counting though, there are games that start to introduce basic addition/subtraction calculations and others that require a collaborative effort from you to work together to calculate a series of mathematical concepts. Coupled with cool graphics and animations, this app puts a great twist on regular ol’ finger counting.

Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development

Many occupational therapists have praised Dexteria for helping young children or kids with special needs develop their fine motor skills. Recommended for use in short periods of time, this app stresses that it’s three therapeutic modes – writing, tapping and pinching – are designed to be exercises to improve finger dexterity, hand strength, and finger control. The inbuilt tracking system is just one of the valuable features for parents and teachers that tracks your child’s performance when using the app.

Toontastic

Foster your child’s inner artist and writer while teaching them key storytelling concepts with the Toontastic app. Promoting creativity from a young age, Toontastic allows the little ones to bring their story to life through drawing and animating their own cartoons to then share with family and friends. We all know that kids are naturally full of wild ideas, so why not let them project that energy and spark their imagination into a world full of virtual pirates, princesses, and far away galaxies.

The Opposites

More than just a pairing game, The Opposites challenges children to understand the concept of word context and how words they use in day-to-day life oppose other words. Consisting of ten different levels, ranging from easy to difficult; this app spits out a series of words which then need to be paired with the corresponding antonym. Also offering an inbuilt dictionary, your child can learn the definition of the words they have just paired in a kid-friendly context.

Aesop’s Quest

To put a fun spin on developing your child’s reading comprehension and cognitive reading skills, why not send them on a riveting journey to complete the story in Aesop’s Quest. Young readers must follow the clues and remember important parts of the Aesop’s tale to help him progress through to the next level. Each completed level is rewarded with a puzzle piece, and once the puzzle is solved, your child can continue on to the next story in the series.

If you are one of the special few hoping to tap into the educational mobile app market, it can be tough getting your app to the top of the pile. We recommend companies like Brus Media who pretty much do all the heavy lifting when boosting your app in the online sphere, you can check out their site at www.brusmedia.com/ .

Do you have an educational learning app you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

About Teri

Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Mom to Bed by 8 as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

Comments

  1. This is good to know. I’m always looking for good educational apps for my son to use.

  2. I remember reading a few years ago that those Baby Einstein videos were actually making kids dumber. I don’t know how accurate that was though.

  3. Dorothy Boucher says:

    I really like all these apps, I say this only because I know that a few of my grandboys actually use them and they do help them out in there teaching but also they are having fun while doing so,, thanks for share :)

  4. I like all the above Apps for helping our children develop. You are correct. For some reason even very young children have “smart radar”. My nephew has Down Syndrome and fine motor activities are a huge challenge to him. Except when he spots a phone not in use. He starts texting at a rate I can’t even begin to match. All he’ll say is “I text.” and he’s right, he does. I often wonder how this happens.

  5. Lauryn R says:

    I found this to be a helpful read. I am homeschooling my 5 year old this year. And although I have never used apps for educational purposes, I will definitely try some out. She loves my phone and is always asking to play with it. :)

  6. Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing all of these with us. Have a lovely day.

  7. Marti Smith says:

    Wow Didn’t realize there was so many apps to help with learning. Will def be checking these apps out to help the Grandsons with. Thanks for sharing this most helpful info!

  8. Sarah Lehan says:

    40 years ago we had workbooks and story books. Much has changed since then.

  9. It is cool that kids have all this new technology to help them learn.

  10. alicia k says:

    aesops quest sounds epic! great use of electronics.

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