Best Travel Apps for Children Ages 4-6

These educational travel apps apps are enticing enough that your children will want to use them while you are traveling this summer.

These educational travel apps apps are enticing enough that your children will want to use them while you are traveling this summer. They can create a new element, an imaginative short story, or tinker with inventions of the past and present. Download them before you set out on your next adventure.

 

Toca Boca: Elements (iOS, Android, Kindle)

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This app is the chemistry lab for young kids! It’s the perfect place for exploring how different materials interact. The app is ingeniously designed around the world of a science lab. The incredible part is that children do not have to be able to read or understand all there is to know about chemistry to engage in tinkering in the lab. As children dabble with the “elements,” they create new “elements” for their own periodic table. Please note that the “elements” and periodic table are not based on the actual scientific reactions occurring but rather give children the understanding that when elements are placed under certain conditions, a new element can be created. The app does not provide narration so parents be sure to provide lots of vocabulary and ask your child lots of questions while using the app. For example: What do you think is happening? Encourage them to ask questions too. This app will make your child feel like they have all the tools of a mad scientist! The app is appropriate for children ages 4-8 and free at the time of this publication.

 

Toontastic 3D (iOS, Android)

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Toontastic 3D is one of the strongest storytelling and literacy apps we have in KinderTown. This app is excellent for kids because not only is it highly motivating to use, it is an amazing learning experience that uses the iPad to its full advantage by using the camera, voice recorder and amazing graphics. Children can create their own unique story with interesting interactive characters such as pirates, robots or jellyfish. The app contains 3 different supportive structures for kids to create their own story including; short story, classic story and science project. Build, create, edit, publish – you can do it all in this app. KinderTown loves the Idea Lab that is included for kids who need additional prompts to get started. Toontastic is free and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Journeys of Invention (iOS)

Journeys of Invention delves into the most fascinating inventions in history.

This app is designed for the curious child. Ever wonder what the inside of a light bulb looks like or an old typewriter? The app, created by the Science Museum in London, includes pictures and videos that are completely fascinating; most feel like you are holding the invention in your hands. Journeys of Invention is a wonderful app for any child (or adult) interested in science, technology, and math.

 
 
 

Word Games for Kids -Futuba (iOS)

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Word Games for Kids is highly recommended as a multifaceted game to use with your family. The app is completely customizable for what you want kids to learn and play. This is one of the few apps designed completely for social play. Either play with the provided content or create your own. Up to four players can sit around the iPad. Tap “start” and the game begins. One game might have the center showing a picture of a pig. The first player to tap the word “pig” on their panel scores a point. After winning three rounds, the child is awarded a Futaba which is a small seedling. Word Games for Kids comes with several learning sets, but what makes this app exceptional is the fact that you have complete control of the content. Design your games by using the camera on your device or add your own text. The latest update provides an option to use Dropbox to upload images. The amount of customization allows both parents to get creative. The options seem limitless and all for free!

 

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4 Travel Apps for Young Children

Download these educational travel apps before you hit the road to keep your littlest one entertained and educated.

School is soon over for the year and summer is officially upon us. Summer is a great time to travel and nothing is more portable or entertaining than your mobile device or tablet. Download these educational travel apps before you hit the road to keep your littlest one entertained and educated.

 

Sago Mini Road Trip

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Does your child love playing with pretend cars and trucks? This app takes the same playful theme into the digital world. Explore with your own custom designed vehicle, and find new paths and roads along the way. The app leads to natural conversations about your own travel such as….How will we get to grandma’s house? Or the beach, or Texas? Or how else do people travel when they take a vacation? The app is pure fun for the vehicle lover! The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-4.

 

Miko Goes on Vacation

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Miko Goes on Vacation is a great story for kids getting ready for a trip. We highly recommend the Auracle series because of the amount of features given to parents and kids. Read the story yourself, have it read aloud or set the app to auto play. Record yourself telling the story and even change the text in the app. We love these features for kids interested in re-creating and retelling the story in their own words. A sweet story about how the main character, a kid mouse named Miko, adapts and stretches in order to have a wonderful day at the beach. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Thinkrolls – Logic and Physics Puzzles for Kids

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In Thinkrolls, rolling character balls take the stage as your child solves increasingly complex problems to allow their character to progress through the maze. There are two levels of game play, easy and hard. Easy is recommended for children 3-5, and hard for children ages 5-8. KinderTown recommends that all children begin at the easy level to understand the goals of the puzzles. Your child does not have to spend a long time at this level to be ready to move to the harder levels, but this will set them up for success. A blinking “redo” symbol flashes in the corner to assist your child when they are stuck and unable to complete the challenge. The challenge is then reset with the maze. The challenges in the mazes come in the form of obstacles. Some unique obstacles include fire blocks, ice blocks, balloons, and KinderTown’s favorite, the jelly block. The jelly block allows your character to jump up from one area to another. Another child tester favorite was the fire block. Watch out! If your character rolls into the fire block, it will turn black and burnt, which our child testers loved! However, the goal is to not become burnt. Children eventually solved the puzzles after experiencing the burnt characters. As the levels progress, children have to use visualization skills to predict the cause and effect of several “moves” in the puzzle. Concepts about physics and chemistry are sprinkled along the way when children must make decisions about the moving gear box, figure out how to make the balloon pop and move the ice to squelch the fire. The app offers an amazing amount of content in the 90 levels of easy game play and 90 levels of hard game play. Be sure to read the Chapter descriptions in the settings section for parents in order to have a complete understanding of all the challenges presented in each level or chapter. Thinkrolls is a truly unique app priced at $2.99, available for iPhone and iPad, and is recommended for children ages 3-7.

 

Dr. Panda’s Ice Cream Truck

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Invent your own ice cream flavors with hundreds of different combinations. Choose your ice cream flavor, the perfect toppings, and mix them all together to create a unique creation. As you create the different combinations, feed them to the friendly animals and see their reactions. An app designed for limitless fun. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-4.

 

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3 Apps about United States History and Government

Election season is upon us, and this may have your child asking questions about United States history or government.

 

Election season is upon us, and this may have your child asking questions about United States history or government.

 

Your child may be learning about the election in school or at home, and these apps would be a great complement to those learning experiences.

 

Geography Drive USA

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Geography Drive USA tests your child’s geography knowledge of all fifty states, with a few history questions thrown in. Kids travel the highways while answering questions to unlock airports and gas stations, which are essential to stay in the game. Bonus games allow them to visit the state fair to take the capital and state shape challenge and earn trophies and headlines. Overall, this is a fantastic app that encourages kids to study independently while incorporating a dynamic game to motivate and make learning meaningful.

 

Constitution by KIDS DISCOVER

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Constitution by KIDS DISCOVER is an interactive digital magazine that delves into the creation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The magazine includes sections on The Father of the Constitution, To Ratify or Not to Ratify, and Making Changes to the Constitution.  The magazine explains the creation of the Constitution in reference to the election of a president and a few tidbits about voting over the years. There are four interactive activities included in the app, which involve a Constitution fill-in-the-blank, a game matching the items in the Bill of Rights to their corresponding numbers, a jigsaw puzzle, and a quiz. Overall, the app does a nice job of providing information about the Constitution in a kid-friendly layout.

 

Stack the States®

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Stack the States uses motivating gameplay to help kids learn about geography and state facts. Questions are presented unvoiced, and you need to choose from 1 of 4 states to answer the question. When you answer correctly, you earn a state; in “tippy tower” style, the goal of each level is to stack the earned states up to a set line. The game play is motivating enough to keep kids (and adults) answering questions about location, national parks, capitals, and major cities. Children enjoy watching the backgrounds change with iconic pictures of our nation.

 

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Best Apps for Learning About People

Enjoy these apps that celebrate all types of people!

Kids love to learn about other children around the world, and one of the great advantages about the iPad is that you can easily access information from around the world to have at your child’s fingertips. Enjoy these apps that celebrate all types of people!

 

Learn About People with These Apps

 

Wee-You Things (iOS only)

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Wee You-Things is a beautiful e-book app that shares an important message. “You-things” in the app are all those unique things about people. The message in the app is that we all have “you-things,” and that is what makes us special. Kids are greeted by over 20 unique characters to learn about each one’s “you-thing.” Interactivity on the page highlights, in some very funny ways, the character’s special quality. You are sure to hear some giggles when your children use this app. What we love about this e-book is that it opens up so many possibilities for conversations between adults and kids. You-Things is an excellent social learning app that is a must-have for your kids. Wee-You Things is appropriate for children ages 3-8 and costs $2.99.

 

Barefoot World Atlas (iOS only)

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Barefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Open the app to a globe dotted with images that just beg to be tapped. Read and listen to fun facts by touching the images on the screen. Looking for more depth? Search by country and region to learn facts that give you a look into the lives of people and places around the world. The app is completely worth the price and will be appreciated by both adults and kids. Additional information packets such as World Art or Great Cities can be purchased for $0.99. We see this app becoming one the family sits on the couch and uses together. Barefoot World Atlas costs $4.99 and is appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

One Globe Kids – children’s stories from around the world (iOS only)

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One Globe Kids is an app designed to bring kids in other countries and cultures into your child’s world. The app allows children to learn about kids from around the world. KinderTown loves the pictures and voices of the children included in the app as they share different aspects of their everyday life. The app opens by allowing your child to personalize their experience by choosing their language and adding a photo of themselves. Then children can explore different cultures by spinning the globe and tapping hot spots that indicate a child is featured from that part of the world. Each child featured includes facts about that child’s native country, language, and even a tutorial on how to speak a few words in that language. Pictures of the child in their home country are included and show what a typical day in the life of the child might include. The app is appropriate for children ages 3-8 and provides an easy way for children to learn about other cultures without ever leaving home. One Globe Kids is completely kid safe with no advertisements or information being shared with others. There is a section where children from other countries can ask your child questions, and they can record their responses as if they were talking to that child, but the information is not shared outside of the app. The app is free and includes a profile of one child in Haiti. Additional content can be purchased for the price of $1.99 per country. One Globe Kids has an education version available as well called Globe Smart Education 1, which provides all of the content for one purchase price of $3.99.

 

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Top Global Apps for Kids

One of the greatest advantages of having an iPad for your child is the ability to reach around the globe and access different cultures.

One of the greatest advantages of having an iPad for your child is the ability to reach around the globe and access different cultures. Check out these top apps to learn about other cultures.

 

Homes

In this app, they have developed interactive homes across the world for kids to play in and discover new facts about other cultures. Read KinderTown's review.

Homes is the newest app from Tinybop, a developer focused on play and the natural curiosity of children. In this app, they have developed interactive homes across the world for kids to play in and discover new facts about other cultures. There are four different homes across the globe represented at the time of this review: United States, Guatemala, Yemen, and Mongolia. Once a location is chosen, a child can begin to explore the house. A sliding window bar allows you to peer inside the home. Tap on areas of the home to zoom in on the room. Once inside the individual rooms, children can play with the objects. For example, a room in a house in Yemen has a musical instrument to play with, tea cups and a pitcher to serve tea, and pillows on the floor to rearrange. The app begs kids to ask questions like “How do others live?” “What makes up a home?” The app can easily be changed to several different languages, encouraging children to listen to other languages and learn new words. KinderTown would like to see more information attached to some of the objects to further educate children (and parents). For example, a wash basin in Guatemala is used to wash clothing and prepare food. When talking with the creators, KinderTown learned about the extensive research that went into creating authenticity in the app. In addition, check out the Homes Handbook, which provides lots of facts and questions to ask your kids. The app is based on free exploration, so children can explore at their own pace and follow their interests as well. This app is a great way to learn about other cultures through the home environment which is familiar for young kids. The app is $3.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-8.

 

News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic is a news magazine for kids. Read KinderTown's review.

News-O-Matic is a news magazine for kids. This magazine contained within an app includes interactive activities and videos. News-O-Matic features 5 daily stories covering the United States and International news, sports, arts, science and more. The articles are written by their staff of journalists, including educational experts, and reviewed by psychologists to ensure age-appropriate content. The content of the articles is designed for young readers to understand. The app is also ad-free so the distractions are limited. News-O-Matic also features complete playback of the articles via a Read-to-Me function, making the information accessible to younger students and struggling readers. Definitions and pronunciations are provided for difficult words within articles. A few games are featured as they relate to the news of the day. The app also offers a Spanish translation. A special school edition exists for classroom settings or homeschool environments. KinderTown’s favorite feature that is only included in the school edition is the ability to change reading levels within the app from a 1st grade reading level up to a sixth grade reading level. In addition, the school version includes assessment questions for students. News-O-Matic is a very complete educational news magazine for kids and lots of features for educators and parents. News-O-Matic is appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Barefoot World Atlas

Barefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Read KinderTown's review.

Barefoot World Atlas will completely mesmerize all members of your family. Open to a globe dotted with images that just beg to be tapped. Read and listen to fun facts by touching the images on the screen. Looking for more depth? Search by country and region to learn facts that give you a look into the lives of people and places around the world. It is completely worth the price and will be appreciated by both the adults and kids. We see this app becoming one that the family sits on the couch and uses together. The app is $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 5-8. A KinderTown personal favorite!

 

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Top 4 Childhood Adventure Apps

These apps provide a sense of adventure through your iPad without leaving home.

Does your child like adventures? All children seem to have a natural sense of curiosity instilled in them. These apps provide a sense of adventure through your iPad without leaving home. Enjoy an adventure with your child by downloading one of our favorite adventure apps.

 

One Globe Kids

One Globe Kids is an app designed to bring kids in other countries and cultures into your child’s world. Read KinderTown's review.

One Globe Kids is an app designed to bring kids in other countries and cultures into your child’s world. The app allows children to learn about kids from around the world. KinderTown loves the pictures and voices of the children included in the app as they share different aspects of their everyday life. The app opens by allowing your child to personalize their experience by choosing their language and adding a photo of themselves. Then children can explore different cultures by spinning the globe and tapping hot spots that indicate a child is featured from that part of the world. Each child featured includes facts about that child’s native country, language and even a tutorial on speaking a few words in that language. Pictures of the child in their home country are included and show what a typical day in the life of the child might include. The app is appropriate for children ages 3-8 and provides an easy way for children to learn about other cultures without ever leaving home. One Globe Kids is completely kid safe with no advertisements, or information being shared with others. There is a section where children from other countries ask your child questions and they can record their responses as if they were talking to that child, but the information is not shared outside of the app. The app is free, and includes a profile of one child in Haiti. The rest of the content can be purchased as in-app purchases. One Globe Kids has an education version available as well called Globe Smart Education which provides all of the content for one purchase price.

 

Monkey Preschool Explorers

The Monkeys provide an all new entertaining app with exploration as the center theme. Read KinderTown's review.

The Monkeys provide an all new entertaining app with exploration as the center theme. The Monkey PreSchool Explorers app provides a mixed review of early childhood concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes, letters and association skills. One game includes Milo the Monkey driving a jeep through the jungle and children have to tap on the lower case and upper case letter indicated. At the end, there is a fun race game for children to complete and they are rewarded with a choice of a hat for Milo the Monkey. The developers of Monkey PreSchool have a “Thups Knack” system which changes the difficulty of the game as your child plays. This app is a simple one for children to navigate and includes interesting graphics. The app is 2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Shiny Circus

Shiny Circus teaches young children beginning concepts about measurement and relationships between objects. Read KinderTown's review.

Come have an adventure with all the circus entertainers! Shiny Circus teaches young children beginning concepts about measurement and relationships between objects. Shiny Circus has two different options for engaging with the app; Story Mode and Game Mode. In Story Mode, the children read a story and interact with the characters along the way and participate in learning games. In game mode, children choose which game they would like to play. The app features 4 games that work on early childhood math concepts such as biggest and smallest, near and far, shortest and tallest, and balancing objects. After answering questions correctly children can collect stickers of the characters for their sticker book. Shiny Circus is appropriate for children ages 3-5 and is $2.99.

 

NASA Earth as Art

KinderTown loves this unique app as your children can explore pictures of the world as seen from space for free! Read KinderTown's review.

KinderTown loves this unique app as your children can explore pictures of the world as seen from space for free! Made by NASA, the app encourages children to see the art in the images. The app does not read aloud to children, so parents you may want to read aloud some of the captions. This app would be an excellent addition to a study on geography or inspiration for art. NASA Earth as Art also includes technical information that can grow with your child as they get older and learn about different parts of the world. The app also includes time lapse pictures that show how different parts of the earth have changed over time. Thank you NASA for sharing your work and allowing children to explore the earth from a unique perspective.

 

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Best Apps for 7 & 8 Year Olds

The KinderTown team spent a whole month reviewing the best apps for 7 & 8 year olds.

The KinderTown team spent a whole month reviewing the best apps for 7 & 8 year olds. They’ve narrowed it down to their favorite four apps in various educational categories including math and language. The full list is below.

 

DragonBox Algebra 5+

Have you started teaching your child algebra yet? Is that even something you’ve thought about? Well now you can get your child started with DragonBox. The app breaks down the fundamentals of algebra and helps kids advance using pictures and numbers to make math so much fun.

 

Read KinderTown's review of DragonBox Algebra 5+

Geography Drive USA

Take your custom car on a road trip learning about the states, landmarks and history of our country. In the app kids can study, test and learn while using a colorful and motivating game. Parents, this one is much more fun than flashcards and quizzes.

 

Read KinderTown's review of Geography Drive USA.

Monster Physics

Make your own creations and help the main character get through tough situations, all while using physics. The app has tons of tools and a variety of games which keeps it interesting for the long term.

 

Read KinderTown's review of Monster Physics.

Simplex Spelling Phonics

Understanding the vast amount of phonics rules in our language takes more than just weekly spelling tests. Give your child a head start with the Simplex Spelling series. Phonics rules are broken up into individual areas in the app. Kids work on the spelling lists while being supported with the variety of rules and phonics assistance to help them be successful with spelling.

 

Read KinderTown's review of Simplex Spelling Phonics.

 

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