4 Excellent STEM Apps for the Summer

Learn about some of KinderTown's favorite STEM apps that your family can enjoy this summer.

GoldiBlox: Adventures in Coding- The Rocket Cupcake Co

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Help! Someone recorded a birthday on the calendar but didn’t include the name with the date. Whose birthday is it? Goldie has a solution. She’ll make cupcakes for everyone in the town. In order to do that, she needs help from Ruby Rails to solve the puzzles and make the cupcakes fast and efficiently.  As your child solves the puzzles, they are learning beginning coding skills. Along the way, take a break and enjoy a mini-game or play with the stickers you have earned in your room. The app costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Monster Physics™

Monster Physics

Monster Physics™ helps your child learn physics and so much more. Spend time on the “learn” page, where parents and kids learn physics vocabulary together. Move through the missions, starting with the “tutorial” level that introduces necessary strategies and tools. There are 50 different missions that can be accessed at any time with enough content available for a long shelf life. “Free build” is a personal favorite for watching kids invent to learn. In addition to all the physics, this app cultivates innovation, strategy, and persistence, which are not skills to be neglected. The full version costs $1.99 and is appropriate for children ages 6-8.

 

Toca Lab

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Toca Lab is the chemistry lab for young kids, and it is the perfect place for exploring how different materials interact. The app is 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 in order to engage in tinkering in the lab. As children tinker with the “elements”, they create new “elements” for their own periodic table. Please note that the “elements” and periodic table are not based on actual scientific reactions but rather give children the understanding that, when elements are placed under certain conditions, a new element can be created. 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? How can you change the current state? What happens if you add water? 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 costs $2.99 and is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Piiig Labs: Science Experiments for Kids

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Science experimentation without the mess! Thank you, Piiig Labs, for this inquisitive app that brings science-friendly activities to preschoolers. The budding scientist in your house will love making a volcano erupt, building a light bulb, and tinkering with a radio. The app does touch on themes such as electricity, chemical reactions, and cause and effect, but the app is designed for children ages 3-6, so the activities are age-appropriate. Each experiment is accompanied by a short science fact for kids. The app costs $2.99 and is available for iPad only.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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