a few months ago, i shared a few of our favorite educational and fun apps we’ve found that eleanor and samson really love. like many parents, we try hard to limit screen time, but sometimes it’s helpful and it can even be downright educational. often before a trip where we’ll be on an airplane or in the car for several hours at a time, we do a new big hunt to find a few new apps that might be of interest. we just spent a long weekend upstate in the catskills this past week (more on that soon!), so here is a roundup of some of the new apps we found and shared with them recently and on this last last trip…
this app isn’t very educational but it will definitely deliver some hearty giggles! i go back and forth between loving and using the regular vine app, but the new vine kids is a lot of fun because the videos are kid appropriate and keep looping after 6 or 7 seconds. there is a dog video on there where the dog runs into the camera, and samson gives out a big belly laugh every single time.
one of our very favorite apps for them right now, especially since we can reference it when we’re needing to do things like brush their teeth. we’ve been playing doctor with doctor toys for years, but i think it helps their brain process why we do things like take medicine or brush our teeth since it shows them visually how it can be helpful. the dentist portion is hands down genius, and has been incredibly helpful over here!
touch the sound
this app is helpful since it helps kids learn and recognize familiar sounds based through pictures. it’s a favorite of samson’s. whenever he gets it right, he exclaims loudly, “i did it!”
bob books #1 – reading magic
we met a woman at the library who was using the bob books for her little four year old. i hadn’t ever heard of them before, but her daughter was reading really well and eleanor was incredibly interested. we also found the app, which helps them learn to read through phonics based interactive games. it’s a great one!
like i shared a few months ago, we really like the toca apps, and toca builders is one the kids are really into. it’s nice because it’s spacial, and we’re always amazed at how much our kids are able to do on this game because it often feels really complex. but since the game is so intuitive and simple, it’s still a lot of fun for their young minds while being challenging at the same time.
which apps do you use and love with your own children?
you can see our other favorite apps here!