Choosing an educational apps for kids can be difficult with the never-ending choice of apps available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and the Windows App Store. If your 4-year-old is like mine she is probably whizzing through your smart phone, iPad, and any other device you place in their hands. She gets around on techie devices better than most adults.
It’s crazy, but I have noticed children who are introduced to technology at a young age seem to just understand it. In todays’ world it’s not uncommon to see a 2-year-old in the store playing a game on mom’s iPhone, and in my opinion supervised technology time is good for our children. I doubt technology is going anywhere anytime soon, it’s only going to continue to become more advanced, and our children will need to know the ins and outs as they grow up. Of course there needs to be time limits, and supervised play.
How To Choose Educational Apps For Kids
Most kids are naturally drawn to technology. Without technology my handicap son wouldn’t be able to do half the things he can now. Because of techie devices he can count, talk better, spell his name, and his hand-eye coordination has improved more than any of us would have thought. Why? It’s what motivates him, he enjoys it and is willing to work. With the right games, he will learn anything these devices teach, but how do you choose the right variety of activates for your kids?
All children are different
It’s important to remember that all our kids are different people, who like different educational apps. My kids learn better when they are having fun, in fact so do I, which is why I help them choose games that fit their personality and things they enjoy.
Don’t just supervise play, get involved
Rather than just handing the phone to your child, sit down and go over games with them. Show your child which games are on the approved list, and download games for them. Watch them play so you can get a better understanding of how well they navigate, and play the game. Ask them questions, watch them play so you are able to encourage them, and choose games that will challenge them.
Choose the right educational apps
If it is easy, maybe try something a little harder, and if it is too hard back off a bit. You want your child to be challenged enough it keeps them interested, but not so much it pushes them away.
Have your child explain the game to you. Be sure they know what they are doing, because some games are easy to get the hang of without fully understanding what exactly the purpose of the app is.
Set the stage
Do not allow yourself to become so absorbed in your iPhone that you are not communicating with your children the way you should. When you are talking to your child be sure and give them your attention 100%. Before sending that text message, playing a game, or jumping on your laptop if you are busy with your children consider waiting.
Don’t Always Go Free
I don’t mind paying money for great educational apps for kids. Before I pay money for an app I do my research, and sure there are great free apps for kids, but there are some fabulous paid apps as well. In my opinion it’s totally worth looking at the paid apps as well.
Look at an apps website.
I have learned that looking at an apps website, away from iTunes or Amazon can help me get a better understanding of the app. Take the Kids Academy website for instance. Their website is filled with tons of great information.
Kid’s Academy knows that kids do not tend to enjoy lectures, and they learn best hands-on in a creative and fun way. Which is why they involved kids senses in a fun, personalized and meaningful way. PLUS their website is filled with tons of great information just like their apps that are developed for kids 2 to 5 years old. Each app they have developed in is on all major market, such as:
Their app, Preschool and Kindergarten learning kid’s games for girls & boys: Prep reading, interactive ABC, alphabet tracing, phonics song with educational apps based on Montessori match letter quiz & logical math puzzle games for toddler HD! It’s a VERY LONG NAME, I know, but there is no other way to describe everything the educational apps offers children.
I am not going to go over all the games, but I will tell you that Mattie, little Jess, and I enjoy this app. I will watch not only Mattie by Jess play the game. They both love the tracing number game. It’s an action packed app which helps to teach children numbers with fun games that are engaging. The best part is that it’s easy to navigate. Mattie who is for can get around like nobody’s business, and Jess who is two is doing an awesome job getting around. She is just learning about devices, and started playing a few apps for kids, and this is without a doubt the girls favorite.
If you are on the lookout for an awesome educational apps for kids than you cannot go wrong with Kids Academy! The kids will never get board, there is so much to do, and plenty to learn.