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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