How do you keep your kids learning all summer long? Today, July 14th is actually Summer Learning Day and since we know it can be challenging to get kids motivated to “learn” during those warm summer days when they’d rather be in the pool, we thought we’d share some great ideas for mobile games and apps that are both FUN and EDUCATIONAL. Sometimes screen time is inevitable for today’s digital kids so I love to keep a handful of apps that I think the kids love on my phone that are both EDUCATIONAL and FUN. So when they kids take a break from Pokemon Go this summer, here’s 4 of the Best Fun and Educational Apps for Kids that we think your kiddos will enjoy. These are totally Mom-Approved in my book as these fun mobile apps are ad-free and void of in app purchases too!
Best Fun and Educational Apps for Kids
- Poptropica: Poptropica is my kids absolute FAVORITE app and game to play on their computer. Honestly my kids are OBSESSED with Poptropica and they’ve been playing it now for nearly 6 months and it hasn’t lost any of it’s appeal! Poptropica is the ultimate online adventure game played by millions of children (ages 7-12) and is the brainchild of acclaimed author Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Here kids explore dozen of islands where they travel back in time to meet favorite literary characters, explore historical events, battle monsters, solve mysteries and make new friends. This is a tweens digital delight that inspires the reluctant reader and stretches the avid reader to play/read on. Membership is $3.95 per month or $19.95 for 6 months.
- Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues is the newly unveiled mobile game that introduces kids (ages 5-8) to the foundational principles of coding. In Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues, the player becomes a member of Nancy Drew’s de-TECH-tive crew, where she chooses disguises, finds clues, and programs her robot puppy to solve the mystery of a missing project at the Tech Fair. The mystery unfolds in a full narrative story spanning six chapters, as Nancy and friends encounter students who may have taken the missing project. Available at the App Store and Google Play for $3.99.
- Highlights Every Day is a new app from the beloved children’s magazine that has educated and entertained kids for more than 70 years. The app, ideal for kids age 6+, features fun puzzles that build and stretch young minds, including iconic Hidden Pictures; as well as original videos and quizzes, engaging fiction and non-fiction, and much more. Children receive new, custom content every single day! Highlights Every Day is available on the App Store and Google Play for of $7.99 per month.
- Water Bears VR is a 3D puzzle game where kids (ages 10+) must free the trapped, dehydrated water bears by rerouting, remixing and redirecting water flows in a frolicking virtual 3D island. Water Bears are picky drinkers though, so each one will only accept water of a particular color, requiring the player to put the pipes in the right place and manipulate the color of the water to make them happy. An incredible, immersive experience, Water Bears VR puts the player on the virtual tropical island to explore, solve puzzles and even tickle the water bears. Requires HTC Vive to play. Available now for $9.99 on Steam.