All I keep hearing about is Pokemon Go. It does look like a lot of fun, but doesn’t offer much, if any, educational aspect. I like games that use some mind power, at least a little! In the spirit of learning, I’m sharing these fun apps that are time much better spent without losing out on any of the fun. These are all fun, educational apps to get your kids thinking and learning as well as entertained.
Whether you love it or hate it – or don’t know what it is – Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly worthwhile time investment. For fun, and since Pokemon’s from Japan, I’ll count the 4 apps in Japanese – Ichi, Ni, San, Go!
Ichi (One): Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App
I like this app because kids can read quietly and be entertained wherever they are. It also gives the entire family access to thousands of books on an iPad, kindle, phone, etc, so there are options for all ages! Turn screen time into story time with this “Netflix for Children’s Books” app. It’s great to be able to save books to the app so they can be read offline anywhere! For example, in a home office, at the park, in the car, and of course at bedtime.
Great for: Ages 2-9
Cost: For a limited time, $19.99 (Save $20!)
Ni (Two): Improve reading skills with the Hooked on Phonics App
Love Hooked on Phonics at much as I do?
They’ve really brought this time-honored system to the 21st century with this amazing app. It has educational games to keep kids engaged at home or on the phone anywhere. I love that it syncs children’s progress to all devices – so if dad is on the road he’s up to speed on the kids’ progress, and if you don’t have the iPad around, you can just download the app, sign in, and have the kids pick up right where they left off. Seamless.
Great for: Ages 2-8
Cost: For a limited time, $29.99 (Save $20)
San (Three): Learn coding skills with the browser-based Learn to Mod program
Great for Ages 7-13, girls too!
Go! (Four): Need help with homework help? Use the GradeSlam app and ask a tutor!
Does your high schooler need help in a particular subject? Are you strapped for time to help with homework? There’s an app for that! GradeSlam provides 24/7 tutoring in all subjects to students in middle and high school, as well as college. With their award winning chat-based tutoring platform, your kids can access tutors anytime they (or you) need. This is a perfect supplement for subject matter beyond your scope, busy spells, and for when kids head off to college. For anyone gearing up their juniors for college entrance testing, this is a no – brainer.
Great for: upper school to college ages, tougher subjects
Cost: For a limited time, get a whole year for $99 (save $81!)
Meryl van der Merwe says
I have to disagree with you on Pokemon not having any educational aspect to it. I have been playing it for a while and I blogged about it as an educator. Not only does it get kids active (you have to walk between 2 and 10 km to hatch one egg), but you need to use strategy to decide how to use what you get to your best advantage. So anyone who plays it will definitely be developing strategic thinking skills. There is a lot more to it than just walking around and catching Pokemon.
L. E. Mastilock says
That’s great to know! I’m glad there is strategy involved. I do love that it’s getting kids outside and active, so long as they watch where they’re going!