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Best Apps for Quarantined Families and Kids

As coronavirus spreads, lots of companies are beginning to ask employees to work from home. As working parents become working-from-home parents, and schools prepare to evacuate themselves forcefully, a considerable number of caregivers are wondering what life will look like under quarantine.  That doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy. Use it as time to catch up on apps, books, podcasts, movies and other things you’ve been putting off.

For young children, the best distractions are invariably games and the best games are invariably lightly structured exercises in channeling aggression, creativity, or metabolized carbohydrates. The key for parents is having a portfolio of game options that don’t represent massive time or resource commitments. Simple games serve a simple purpose: They kill time.

Here is the list of apps to download to stay informed and entertained if you’re stuck at home.

Audible

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Take your pick from the world’s largest selection of audiobooks including best sellers, latest releases, sci-fi, fantasy and more. Download and listen to the world’s best storytelling. Enjoy audiobooks, original series and more on the free app, anywhere they can use a phone or a tablet. Whether you’re driving, commuting or just unwinding, transform the moments when your hands are busy but your mind is free.

The app also enables children to develop more vocabulary, understanding of style, appreciation of plot and character development and simply to enjoy books.


Headspace: Guided Meditation

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Headspace app builds on scientifically proven meditation techniques to build health and happiness. The free app provides users with the basics of meditation and mindfulness training with a 10 x 10 (10 minutes everyday for 10 days) course, with more themed meditations for a variety of aims available to premium subscribers. The app tracks your progress, and allows you to set reminders. You can also download sessions for offline use. Headspace takes a calm, relaxed approach to bringing calm relaxation into the lives of adults and kids. 



Mario Kart Tour

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Mario Kart Tour is arcade-style racing game for iOS and Android devices. Like other Mario Kart games, players can use bombs, turtles, and banana peels to take out the competition, though it's all rather cartoony, so there's no blood or gore. 

In Mario Kart Tour, the gaming's favorite plumber, his friends, family, and frenemies all engage in a series of go-kart races like they have in the previous Mario Kart games.  Players can also buy coins, and other items, in the game's store, including bundles or a monthly subscription that gives them exclusive vehicles, races, and equipment as well as more coins when you win. 



Lumosity: Daily Brain Games

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Lumosity is one of the most developed brain training and mental fitness websites around. You can sign-up for a free account—offers three games per day—or choose the subscription service. Either way, you can keep track of your results and improvement.
 
With Lumosity, you'll find yourself challenging your brain and getting better at your scores along the way. Most importantly, these are fun brain training and mental fitness games, tests, and activities backed by science.
 
Not only can you use the website, but apps are also available for iOS and Android, so you can train on the go.

Apple News

( iPhone, iPad )

Apple News comes preloaded on every iOS device, and like most of Apple’s apps, it remains unavailable on Android platforms. The News app places a big focus on images and quick-loading videos, and publications such as The New York Times and National Geographic have partnered with the company to make their content readily available. You can also follow trends or individual topics, ranging from politics to niche topics.

Google News

Google News is the replacement for Google Play Newsstand, and it’s every bit as polished and smooth as you might expect. Google pulls news sources from all across the world, so it’s likely you’ll be able to find your favorite sites and publications. The app can set up a daily briefing to give you the most important stories of the day, or you can tap Full Coverage to get everything without Google’s curation. You can also save a story or download specific publications to read later. With an inbuilt recommendation system, Google claims that Google News will get better and more in tune with your interests the more you use it.


Preschool & Kindergarten Games is an interactive educational app for preschool and kindergarten children (ages 4+). The application provides 24 educational games that support all areas of the curriculum including shapes, colours, counting, puzzles, spelling, vowels and consonants and so much more.


Spotify Music

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Spotify might be more well-known for their music streaming but since podcasting has become more popular they have created a section for podcast streaming as well. With Spotify, you can listen to the podcasts you love and enjoy music from all over the world. So whether you’re behind the wheel, working out, partying or relaxing, the podcast is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you!