7 Best Apps for Children

by Jenn

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There are beneficial apps out there for every person, be they old or young. Your children should not be excluded from the potential benefits, but you also need to have a discerning eye. There are apps out there that can be nothing but fluff. Others try to scam your children into maxing out your credit card without anyone’s knowledge. Others still will prove to be bad influences or contain things that you don’t actually want your children seeing. You need the best-recommended apps that you can find.

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While only you can make the right decisions for your children, here are seven apps that you should get with them in mind:

Temple Run

Temple Run is the app you bring up for those long car rides when you want your children to be completely engrossed in something so you can have a calm drive a calm drive. Simple and fun, your child will play a runner escaping from an Indiana Jones-style boulder trap for as long as they possibly can, dodging obstacles and shifting lanes to collect boosts and stay ahead. Once they think it is getting boring, it will only get harder for them, and they will want to try again. Just the distraction you need.

Khan Academy

For as long as you have any control over the online practices of your children, they’ll be able to learn from Khan Academy. You too be able to learn from Khan Academy or relearn things as your children explore concepts for the first time. It will have practice sessions and problems for almost any mathematical concept your child wants to learn or catch up on, from kindergarten through calculus. While it focuses on mathematics, some programming, and science, there are plenty of other subjects in development and some available in the humanities as well. There is nothing else that compares to it online.

Reading Rainbow

Perhaps you remember Reading Rainbow from when you were a child. Perhaps instead you remember seeing older parents use it to help teach their children about the joys of literature. Well it has returned in app form after a heartwarming and fantastic crowdfunding campaign that showed how much parents still loved the show after all of these years. Still hosted by Levar Burton, there is more charm that can be described, and your children will find a newfound appreciation for books and learning. You will have to pay to read more than five books a month, but by then, you know it is worth every penny.

A Virtual Private Network

This is not an app your kids will actively use, but it is one they absolutely need for their protection. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will connect your or your child’s device to an offsite secure server using an encrypted connection. It will mask their IP address, making them untraceable and unwatchable by others online. The encryption will also protect their data (and yours) from interception on dangerous unprotected public networks.

When it comes down to it, you need to protect their children online, and this is one of the best ways to do so. There are a lot of options available, therefore it might be best to read this review of ExpressVPN by Secure Thoughts, an expert website when it comes to such matters. That way you will get a better handle on what you are looking for.

Learn Music for Kids

This one is for children too young to currently take effective music lessons. Learn Music for Kids is exactly what it says in the title, and it will help your kids learn early musical concepts and become more familiar with certain sounds and instruments. Your children will have a lot of fun experimenting with sound and structure, and you’ll be able to know if it might be a good idea to invest in an instrument for them or whether it would be best to have them try other pursuits.

Cato’s Hike: A Programming and Logic Odyssey

Cato’s Hike is an interesting app the likes of which I don’t see often. It is a game application that mainly focuses on trying to teach your children the basics of programming and logic, two skills that are valuable and will only grow more valuable with time. Your children take control of a boy named Cato who gets lost through a portal in the woods. By solving logic puzzles and programming problems, they can progress, with the levels getting harder. Don’t worry about your children getting frustrated, as they are allowed as many attempts as they like. It’s an excellent choice to teach your child logic the second you think they can handle it.

Heroki

Heroki is a lovely and stylistic platform game that will give your children (recommended ages 9-12) a nice day’s worth of entertainment as they try to get through all of the colorful levels that you wouldn’t be able to distinguish from a comparable console game. There isn’t too much to say about the gameplay other than there is nothing in there that you will find concerning and that your children will be able to pick up the controls pretty easily. Heroki is more expensive than most apps at roughly $8, but your children will get a good deal of entertainment from it.

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Thank you for reading, and I hope that these apps are tools you will be able to use to entertain, educate, or protect your children. There are a lot more out there, so keep exploring to find out which ones to add to your collection.

There are tons of great apps out there, but do you ever wish there was something a little different about some of them? Do you ever want to use an app that is exactly how you want it? Well, why not learn how to build your own. Then, you can build it to your specifications and then you can follow these step for licensed app development to get your ideas off the ground!

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Caroline September 28, 2015 - 4:10 am

A VPN is a great tool for protecting your children (and also your own data as an adult). Temple Run is fantastic for keeping keeping kids occupied on a long journey or maybe at the airport etc. Hours of fun!

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Kristin Knudsen August 24, 2015 - 5:38 am

Thanks for the apps ideas! I might try the “Khan Academy”, to test out my math skills! lol But, I do also agree with the VPN! I think all kids should surf on a VPN until they reach 18, or forever!

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Jenn August 24, 2015 - 7:20 am

I couldn’t agree more.. OMG, I love Khan Academy it’s awesome we shared an article about it a while back. Do check it out.

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