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5 Kids History Apps

Are you looking for a way to teach your children or students history? Kids learn so much about history when using these types of fun apps. This list of kids history apps will help you get there.

Dino Walk: Continental Drift

What an amazing app! The soundscape music is beautiful and the app is extremely informative. It teaches learners all about the natural world since the beginning of time. The app receives a well-deserved EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.
 
The app demonstrates how our beautiful Earth has evolved throughout its billion-year long life-span. The learner will get fantastic insight into how the natural landscapes, our geography and animals have developed to where we are today.  This is an app that is suitable for all ages as it holds a breadth of information that is eye-opening, informative and engaging.
 
When you first open the app you are faced with a view of a 3D Earth. At the top is a scrollable time-chart that leads you to graphical information from the Proterozoic era until today. Overall there are 19 fascinating time periods to choose from. It is amazing to see how the geography also changes to emulate how tectonic shifts have affected our own land (and indeed country formations- hence “Continental Drift” title). 
 
The app would be great to use within the classroom, with a teacher explaining why the shifts in the country formations occur. This type of information is not included in the app therefore; the app is useful as a tool to accompany learning. For example, a teacher could talk about the animals that are extinct, why they are extinct and then to consider why there are periods in which whole countries are covered in ice (the Ice Age).
 
This is the killer app for the Natural Sciences and Humanities. The 3D Earth image is interactive so that you can zoom in and out, press on the pictures in order to found out further information about the animals.
There is a quiz at the end which tests the learner on the knowledge that has been accumulated whilst browsing via the interaction with the globe.  If you have not read all of the information the globe, it is still possible to do the test via trial and error as all the information is in the pictures.
 
At the end of using this app, you will come out with a lot fascinating knowledge about the world’s most poisonous spiders, the largest cave systems in the world or the birds with the longest migration routes. 
 
This is a fantastic app. You will have plenty to work with for a long time as it will take a long time to get though the plethora of amazing information. When people say that due to mobile technologies we now have the world at our fingertips, the statement could not be truer for this particular app. 
Auschwitz, a Tale of Wind

Educating young children about the holocaust is a difficult task.  This app tells a story that provides a superb introduction to the subject and can form the basis for parents and teachers to introduce the facts about the time and events.
 
Most primary aged children will learn something about the Second World War.  This app is a superb way of addressing one of the most difficult topics within the subject, the holocaust.  It isn’t a fact book nor a true story, but it weaves the tale of two children who are forced along with their father to go to Auschwitz.
 
The decision to tell a fictitious story rather than a factual recount is a good one.  The story can make its point and can educate without becoming lost in the morality and factuality of representing real people who lived through it. 
 
It is a well-researched fiction that can offer teachers and parents some perfect discussion points.  Uniforms, certain comments and the presence of yellow stars are a few such details.  This leaves it to adults to decide which aspects of the story they think are appropriate for their children.  Most schools will have some history books that children can refer to and look deeper into the history.  This app excels at providing the inspiration to dive further into them.
 
It is impossible to imagine a better style of artwork to match the story that is told.  A darkness lives within each scene, enhancing the pathos of the whole narrative.  At times stylised and abstract, at others grimly stark and real; it is always perfectly suited and interesting.  Embellishments attract the reader’s interest.  The falling of snow, the lapping of waves and the illumination of lights augment the artwork without overpowering it.
 
Children can read the story to themselves or choose to follow it as a narrator clearly reads it.  The speaker uses American pronunciations with certain words but these are rare.   Short passages of music enhance certain sections, either adding to the tragic nature of the story or uplifting the few pleasant remembrances of the characters.
 
There is little hope displayed in the story and we never find out what happens in the future.  It poignantly ends remembering happier times and children can hope that the characters in the story do eventually make it through.  Teachers can decide how much to prompt their imagination to follow a less optimistic path.
 
The app contains some extra materials to provide a degree of  factual background.  A timeline covers the key years of 1933 through to 1945.  This is useful to ensure that children have a way to answer any questions that they have. 
 
Unfortunately, it isn’t as well-polished as the rest of the app.  The structure and layout of the text could do with some work.  Another section provides a map of the concentration and extermination camps that dotted Europe in these years.
 
The sadness for those within the story and for us who know that it echoes history never lets up.  The story needs to be told and it needs to be heard by each child.  There can be no expectation for this app to offer anything other than to inform and educate, it is not the place for entertainment.  What it is, is a superbly made app that covers its difficult subject with sensitivity and integrity.  It certainly deserves to be seen by every child.
Knights and Castles

Look back to medieval times by learning all about the chivalric orders of knights and the castles that dotted the landscape of the time. Essentially an eBook, this app also includes some interactive elements, some simple games and the facility to easily search through it.
 
Encyclopedia Britannica has many apps for mobile devices geared at teaching children about important topics in social studies and science. Upper elementary schoolers looking to explore history will love Knights and Castle. This comprehensive resource includes articles, games, quizzes and multimedia that will support children as they dig into this history topic.
 
This app contains eight traditional encyclopedia articles on topics including “History of Castles,” “Life as a Knight,” and “The Middle Ages.” Each article has images with captions and bold words that children can tap to see the definition. There are dozens of pictures and videos for elementary school students to explore, as well as an interactive map.
 
Kids will love how this interactive textbook lets them learn about history with a tap and swipe of their Android device as opposed to a traditional textbook. The standard educational content is intermixed with a quiz and lots of different games. Kids can play a memory match, jigsaw puzzle and magic square to reinforce what they’ve learned.
Kings & Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History

This easy to navigate app combines superb digital portraits of Britain’s royal family through time with well written and child-friendly descriptions of their characters and deeds.  It makes a useful reference app or an interesting general reading experience.
 
Running like a spine through the history of Great Britain is the story of its Royal Family.  War, murder, intrigue, love, loyalty and betrayal feature in this story and shape the country as they do so. This app leads its users through the stories of these kings and queens as the reader looks upon their face staring out from the portraits of the Royal Collection Trust.
 
The portraits are superbly captured for digital viewing and often far superior to the lower resolution ones that you will see on-line. They are particularly vivid on high-resolution displays but also look good on older devices. Some have also been embellished with animations that can make the unwary viewer doubt their eyes when Henry VIII appears to suddenly give them a winning smile.
 
Some app users may have had poor experiences with other history apps that pull in Wikipedia articles for their information. Not so in this app. The narrative of each person described is written especially for this app. They are informative and easy to read. A good balance is struck between conveying the essential information and keeping it accessible to children. Both the deeds and the personality of the ruler are described as part of the story of their reign.
 
Navigation is extremely easy and logical. Progress through the family can be done by going through the portraits in order or by the more complex, but informative, line of succession. Children can read through the entire line of Britain’s royalty or easily jump to the one that they are interested in. Those who know exactly what they are looking for can use a handy keyword search to find it.
 
From within each monarch’s entry, it is easy to access information about other people integral to their story. A short multiple choice quiz can be accessed but at sometimes only two questions, teachers cannot rely on these for fully checking understanding. A worksheet option also exists to pull in a pdf document, which includes the text and pictures for each monarch and their related people as well as the quiz. As this repeats the information in the app, its main purpose would be to print it for classrooms where there is not one device per child.
 
This app is a great reference piece for a child to have at home or for a school library to provide. Teachers wanting to present to the whole class can also make good use of its images and its visual representation of the line of succession. The app’s broad sweep through time will make it ideal for setting the background to any period of British history. 
 
Knowing the motivations of the rulers of the time and something of their personality will help children’s understanding of why and not only how history was made. It may not be an app that covers a single school history topic in detail, but it is one that will be likely to be revisited again and again over multiple history topics.
History Quiz for Kids

A fun and educational app that addresses key areas of history, from the beginning of life on Earth through to the 20th century.

Each historical section begins with an audio narrative summarizing the events and includes animations, interactive clues, facts, maps, charts and audio recordings, An interactive timeline allows the child to travel back and forward in time. Historical periods are organized thematically and chronologically from the ancient world through the 20th century.
 
From early history to the first man on the moon, History For Kids takes kids on a tour of some of the major events in world history. This animated, interactive ebook features kid narrators reading a short book about history and pop-up facts about each major period. Some of the periods covered include the beginning of the Earth, the first humans, the foundation of Rome, and the French Revolution.
 
Key events and times from the history of the world are animated and read out to children as they progress through this well made, albeit short, app.  From pre-history to the twentieth century, children get to see how the world has changed as the centuries have passed.

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