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Best Summer Learning Apps for Kids 2019

As children set out on summer adventures, send their parents a much need - a list of 10 apps to share and enjoy with their children. These summer learning apps cover all subjects and grades; there truly is something for everyone.

Whether you call it the summer slide or summer brain drain, the struggle is real: summertime is a prime time for kids to forget what they’ve learned during the school year. But how do you balance the bliss of summer vacation with brain-boosting activities? The good news is that there are plenty of fun apps to help your child keep up their learning over the break!

It's the time of year when parents take on the challenge of keeping their children physically busy and mentally active during long summer days. Over the next 2 months, Educational App Store will list two set of 10 apps that will not only reinforce skills taught during the year, but also to entertain students through the summer months. Share the list with other parents to help them and their children make the most of the lazy days to come!

Diary Zapp is an interactive diary app that encourages young people to document their adventures and their lives in an interactive way whilst improving their communication and literacy skills in the process. It is an excellent app to use during the holiday periods when learning can ‘drop-off’ as it encourages young people to keep a visual and written documentation of their holiday time whilst secretly improving their writing skills. However, this app does not just have to be used in the holiday period as it would work really well as a toy and interactive diary throughout the year. There are also many different features within the app including a sense of challenge where new things become unlocked the more the user plays and uses the app. 

Like many parents, as with my own children, the developers want to keep children active during holiday periods. As responsible parents, they want to ensure that they not only fulfil their parental duty but also keep a diary, as their child’s school may have suggested. 

Diary Zapp addresses the desire to maintain learning during the holidays in a fun way with an interactive diary where you can upload photos, edit and add stickers and design characters to accompany you on your journeys and adventures. This is all explained on the website, with pictures and a description of how to best use the app. The website includes a blog, which has lots more information on it about the effects of ‘holiday learning drop-off’ and ways in which being creative can have a positive educational impact for young children.

Curious World is an early learning app inspires kids ages 2-7 by giving them the freedom to explore their interests and build their self-confidence - through hundreds of books, games and videos. Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children. From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess, this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.
Curious World: Play Learn Grow is a mix of children's TV channel, children's library, activity pack and a source of creative ideas. As such, children can sit back and watch, pick a book to read, explore an interactive activity or gain some ideas for making something in the real rather than the virtual world. The Parents Dashboard provides a summary of your child’s activities, preferences, and the learning areas they’re gaining the most exposure to within Curious World.

During summer and beyond, ABCya games make screentime valuable and help you hone in on the topics that will help your child grow. ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Their activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. They even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.

Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Hopster provides a safe place for young children to access educational and entertaining media. Hopster provides video, music, books, simple games and creative activities specifically chosen for young children. Famous characters, actors, and writers all feature in its superb content. 
All of these are available in a format that children will find easy to browse and access.  It is completely child-friendly.  There are no advertisements, no inappropriate media, and no buttons where an accidental click could take children to a website or social media account.  Children can scroll through the main screen before selecting a pictorial representation of each of the media types.  Within these, a thumbnail picture depicts the show, music, activity or book.  Even young children will soon find using the app to be easy and frustration-free.

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

Screen Time Parental Control

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Parents have to prevent the summer slide, while also limiting the use of screens. Finally, there are ways to use screens to help kids hone their various forms of knowledge, or get caught up if they struggled in a subject before. Educational games, online tutorials, and other apps can help. Consider creating a rule where in order to earn time goofing around, kids should spend twice as much using educational content, enforced with parental control apps.

Summer is always going to be complicated for busy families, but parental control apps like ScreenTime can take the complaining out of the day and help keep children on the road to educational achievement. 

Toonia Colourbook is one of our new favorite colouring books for toddlers and preschoolers.This is a cute and fun colouring book option for kids that gives them plenty of themes and pages for free. There are lots of rubbish digital-colouring apps available for iPad. Thankfully, Toonia Colourbook looks like one of the good needles in the App Store haystack.

Penguin Addition

( iPad - £1.99 )

A simple app that guides children through counting, basic addition and number bonds, while focussing on rapid recall and deeper learning. From counting through to addition, this app focuses on rapid recall alongside deeper learning.

Within the play feature there are several levels: The first concerns counting to 10 using penguins, the second level introduces number bonds to 10 while the third level extends this to number bonds to 20. The fourth level expects children to identify several addition question up to 20 and the fifth level offers the same questions under timed conditions. There is also a section for user information which details a time spent learning and correct and incorrect answers for each level. This allows parents to adjust the level depending on children’s level of learning.

Category: Maths

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