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20 learning apps for stir-crazy kids

By ITS Education Asia

Here is a great selection of educational applications published by The Guardian to help you’re your children entertained while still learning and stuck at home.

For younger children

  • Go Explore from Cbeebies – This app is focused on learning games, from phonics and geography to feelings and self-care, all based on the parent channel’s shows and characters.
  • Khan Academy Kids - Is a free collection of education courses for all ages, but it has an app specifically for two to seven-year-old children that focuses on maths, reading and social and emotional skills.
  • Montessori Preschool - For very young children who’ll be missing out on some of the formative teaching at preschool this year.
  • Hopster – This app is like “educational kids’ TV”. What that means is a collection of familiar cartoons and shows including the likes of Sesame StreetBob the BuilderThomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Pingu, accompanied by fun learning games on topics such as maths and phonics. 
  • Teach Your Monster to Read - Children get to create a monster and then teach it to read – a great way of learning themselves.
  • World of Peppa Pig - Aimed at preschool children, it’s another collection of learning games, but also has videos, picture-making and songs from the TV show.
  • YouTube Kids - Includes a dedicated learning category collecting great videos about science, nature, space and other topics.
  • Mental Maths 5-6 - It’s built around a range of maths exercises and progress tests. Separate versions cover children up to the age of 11, and there’s a spelling series, too.
  • Dr Seuss’s ABC: AR Version - Dr Seuss’s inimitable alphabet book has been turned into an AR app, with animated characters appearing in the room around your child. 
  • ScratchJr - Is an app version designed for five to seven-year-olds, although older children can have fun with it, too. It uses coding blocks to create programs for games, animation, music and other creative tasks.

For older children

  • King of Maths: Maths Learner - This recently released maths game challenges children in quickfire sums, increasing in difficulty if they keep answering correctly. 
  • Google Arts & Culture - Field trips and museum visits may be out of bounds for a while, but Google’s Arts & Culture app at least has virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums and galleries.
  • Mimo - Offers quick but interesting exercises in languages including Python, Java and Swift.
  • Elevate: Brain Training - Is one of a clutch of quality brain-training apps full of mini-games designed to sharpen your memory, maths skills, focus and other mental skills.
  • Simply Piano - Helps children (or adults!) to learn songs and then listens to their playing on any real piano or keyboard to give feedback.
  • Women Who Changed the World - This is a history app focused on a range of famous women who “helped us to understand our world better, and to make it a better place to live in”.
  • Duolingo -  More than a fun and popular way to learn languages that children already study at school. It covers more than 30, including Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew and Welsh. It’s well designed, rewarding short daily sessions of practice. 
  • Kahoot! - Isn’t just an app, it’s also a website: a big collection of trivia quizzes created by other users.
  • TED - The TED talks archives are a wonderful repository of brain food for all ages – older children included. Search for history, science, nature – anything – and see what comes up.
  • Swift Playgrounds - Swift is Apple’s own programming language, and Swift Playgrounds is its app for teaching people how to use it. 




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