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Best Holiday Apps for Kids in 2018

Best Holiday Apps for Kids in 2018
Kids’ school holidays are the perfect time for parents and kids to bond through the extra family time you get.
 
School holidays might be fun at first, but as you cross out one after another activity on your holiday checklist, things could get boring and expensive after some time. In addition, you would also want your kids to learn something out of the holidays. The key is to put proper planning in place on how to spend the holidays with children, so that your children may engage in self-development over the holidays.
 
Parents are in charge of setting limits on digital media for kids and teens six and older. The amount of daily screen time depends on the child and family, but children should prioritize productive time over entertainment time.
 
Check out these holiday apps beneficial to your family and kids during kids’ school holidays!
DoodleMaths

Available on Android , iOS

DoodleMaths is a maths programme that supports maths learning in homes and schools. It identifies children’s weaker areas in learning and adapts a programme to that child. Designed and optimised for mobile and tablet, DoodleMaths is perfect for learning on-the-go and as a support for homework. It is used both to raise attainment with lower attaining pupils and extend the more able, regardless of special educational needs or language barriers. Crucially, in-built artificial intelligence means that DoodleMaths creates these individual work programs with minimal input from a teacher.

In short, DoodleMaths mimics the actions of a good tutor. Its in-built intelligence identifies the strengths and weaknesses unique to each child and constructs a work program specific to their needs. It creates an immersive, interactive learning experience for children, who are simply guided through the programme to the areas they need to work on. It is designed for children as young as four to use independently.

Category: Maths

Hands-On Equations 1

Available on Android , iOS

Hands-On Equations 1 app by Dr Henry Borenson is designed to teach the basics of Algebra to children as young as eight. Hands-On Equations 1 contains 6 Lessons plus a review lesson and also allows multiple users. Having helped more than 1 million students through the original gem using physical game pieces, the app is sure to impress even those who don’t struggle with algebra.

It is a terrific supplement to any math curriculum and truly helps children to think algebraically and teaches them how to solve equations. It is basically a program using a physical manipulative for modeling and solving linear equations—great for kinesthetic and visual learners.

Category: Maths

Times Tables and Friends, 1-12

Available on Android , iOS

Join Bear on his latest math quest as he crosses rivers, mountains and forests determined to learn multiplication. Your child will laugh and have fun as they learn and solve times table problems alongside Bear, quickly becoming multiplication experts.

In addition to making learning multiplication tables entertaining and easy for children through multiplication games, Times Tables and Friends integrates research-backed, auditory-, verbal- and kinetic teaching techniques as well as color recognition to support long term memory acquisition.

With five interactive modes available in just one application, learners at all levels and with various learning styles have a rich opportunity to development their multiplication skills.

Category: Maths

Mussila

Available on iOS

Mussila introduces children to and teaches them about the creation of music.Join the Mussila band on their musical journey to help them find their lost instruments and costumes. Based on a musical curriculum Mussila is a fun and creative game that gives kids the basic skills and instruments to play and create their own music.

Parents should consider Mussila as an entertaining app that also has an educational role. It will also be a great way for teachers to introduce children to the concepts at work within music. This will work both as a class exercise in which teachers and children view a single display or as a piece of independent learning where each child works through the app at their own pace.

Category: Music

HelloTalk Language Exchange

Available on Android , iOS

Taking its cue from messenger apps, HelloTalk aims to turn our desire to chat into learning a new language. On bus and train journeys, relaxing after work on the sofa or passing spare minutes of down time, millions of us take to instant messaging apps to share ideas and information. HelloTalk makes real the clever idea of using this activity to help those of us who wish to broaden our minds with another language.

Find the native speakers of the language you are learning locally or worldwide and help each other learn foreign language through text and voice language exchange.

Category: Languages

Hello Numbers

Available on Android , iOS

Hello Numbers is a simple little app that introduces young children to the numbers zero to nine in a compelling and age appropriate way. Whereas the very idea of numbers and mathematical thinking can be off-putting to children, this app helps redress this view and make numbers cuddly and welcoming. From an educational perspective it is very reassuring to see the number zero introducing the app and playing a key role, since all too often children start learning about numbers only from one to nine, and then struggle to fit the incredibly important concept of zero into their internal number lines as necessary.

Category: Maths

Pocket Sight Words

Available on Android , iOS

The Pocket Sight Words app utilises the idea of flash cards and embraces technology to help young children on their way to learning to read through working with sight words. By enhancing the idea of flash cards through using the ability of a device to read out words and help with comprehension this app really gives young children the ability to compound their knowledge of reading through sight words whilst challenging themselves within the game based element of the app.
 
The key objective of the app is to help young children, who are beginning to learn how to read, to improve their abilities through the use of flash cards. Through the app children are exposed to 44 different sight word lists which is a total of 220 words. Children work their way through each list in sequential order and unlock the next list by completing the one they are on. Each word is presented on the page nice and clear in big simple font. This allows the child the ability to learn how to read without any distractions. 

Category: English

Duck on the Run

Available on Android , iOS

Give your child maths practise as they help Duck evade the clutches of Pig in this colourful and amusing app. As children play, they will also be helping educationalists understand more about learning, and so will be contributing to science themselves.

The 6 mini games allow children to improve their maths and logic skills without the time pressure of a clock (or Pig). The mini games build the following skills:

  • Working with shapes
  • Recognising numbers
  • Completing sequences
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding the mechanics of maths operations
  • Category: Maths

    Rockford's Rock Opera 1 – Children's Musical Audiobook

    Available on Android , iOS

    Rockford’s Rock Opera Parts 1 to 4 app is an inspiring musical story created by Matthew Sweetapple, Steve Punt and Elaine Sweetapple. The app uses stunning graphics, animation and music to teach students about extinction, ecology and biodiversity. Join Rockford the dog and his owner Moog on their travels as they discover new animals and places in this truly magical adventure.

    Rockford’s Rock Opera is split into four apps and is an excellent application for children. The whole family will enjoy the story, songs and animations. The story has some real educational values with topics like extinction, looking after our planet. The whole series of apps flows nicely and the developers can be commended on the story telling, concept, animation and accompanying music.

    Category: Music

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