10 Apps That Will Help Your Kid Develop As Well As Play
by Monica Gill
Kids usually learn more when they’re enjoying themselves and over the years the concept of learning through play has become the norm. There are plenty of Android apps available with this purpose in mind and we’ve narrowed these down to our pick of 10 apps that will help your kid develop as well as play.
A children’s mental development specialist and the parent of a preschooler developed this app and it will help with the development of essential cognitive and motor skills. It has four different sections containing 144 games including matching images to shadows, picking the odd one out, matching images to the right group, and a matching cards memory game.
- PRESCHOOL BASIC SKILLS, SHAPES (FREE OR PAID £1.49)
Highly rated on the Google Play Store, this educational game helps kids with shapes, numbers, colours, and other basic skills. The whole family can enjoy the game with Dino Tim, and children will enjoy the adventure that involves solving puzzles, flying, jumping, magic skills and more. The basic game is free but to get the best out of it you can upgrade to the full version of the app.
This app set underwater in a world of fish is for the really little ones including newborns, and can also be used for children with learning disabilities and special educational needs (SEN). It’s packed with brightly coloured graphics and engages children through interaction such as vibration, sound effects, and other effects whenever the screen is touched. There are some in-app purchases available for extras but the game is free to play.
Unusually for a free app, this one has no ads and no in-app purchases either. Great for toddlers and preschoolers this has been designed to encourage parents and kids to play together and for the little ones to learn while they play. It features fun games, and kids will want to use it again and again as there are collectable stickers on offer.
- THINK! THINK! (FREE)
This app was created by teaching experts in Japan to help kids with their ‘thinking sense’ and learn mental tools that will help in their development. The app was a finalist in the 2017 Google Play Awards for Best App for Kids, and it’s packed with mini-games that require problem-solving skills.
- ALL BY MYSELF – LITTLE CRITTER (£1.79)
We love the idea behind this interactive story teaching reading and vocabulary, in which Little Critter learns how to do various things for himself including pouring a drink and tying shoelaces. He may not always be completely successful but keeps on trying, and watching his discoveries will encourage children to try things for themselves and not give up. The app is aimed at kids aged from 2 to 5, and a user rating of 4.6/5 stars on the Play Store shows its popularity and effectiveness.
- TODDLER TAPPING ZOO (£0.75)
We all know that kids love animals and this app leans on that with beautiful images and sounds of different creatures. Experts say that children learn more from realistic photos and with this app, your kid simply taps the image of an animal (more than 60 to choose from) to hear the sound it makes. Tapping on the accompanying text then triggers a voiceover that reads out the name of the animal. This is a neat way for kids to also develop their fine motor skills.
- PRESCHOOL BASICS (FREE)
- KIDS SCIENCE GAME WITH WATER (FREE)
It’s never too young to start learning about science and this game is aimed at all kids from ages 2 and up. Different items (more than 100) get dropped into the water and the idea is to guess if they will sink or float and earn rewards along the way.
Learning to draw plays an important part in developing motor skills and this drawing app with sound effects makes it a lot of fun. After drawing different characters and objects your toddler can then see them come to life, for example, a rocket will fly into space or a butterfly will flap its wings.
Any of these 10 apps that will help your child develop as well as play, will help them with their fine motor skills, imagination, creativity, and learning. Happy playtime!