Our preschoolers have so much energy that it is difficult to go for grocery shopping with them. It is somewhat impossible to ask them to sit at a place when you are at the doctors or be quite when your are having an important conversation. In moments like these we hand out our mobile to our little ones. But we mothers do worry about their screen time and what our kids are watching or playing on our devices. No matter how much we limit their screen time we want their time on wireless devices to be fun yet educational. One more concern that we face is these educational apps are quite expensive and the ones that are free have ads in them (even when it is prohibited to put ads or third party links in kids apps), below I have stated few apps that are quite fun for kids yet not heavy on our pocket.
- Busy Shapes:
For age: 2+
This is one App my kiddo Kabbir loves it and to tell you the truth once I start playing this I get hooked to it too.
gives kids a digital playground to explore and has lots of features in place to make it easy for the youngest users to play without crashing or accidentally swiping out of the app. It uses artificial intelligence to automatically adjust to keep kids challenged.
Parents can set up different accounts for several kids (up to 40) and review how long kids played and the concepts they explored. Busy Shapes
isn't about learning the names of the shapes; rather, it's about developing an awareness of how objects relate to each other and how they can impact the objects and the world around them.
Parents need to know that Busy Shapes is an exploring-to-learn activity for toddlers for cognitive development of kids
- Happy Snap:
For Age: 4+
This Game is mission inspired, which help kids to explore their surroundings.
Happy Snap is an augmented reality app that sends kinds on a scavenger hunt to find particular items and take pictures. There are two options -- indoors and outdoors -- each of which sets kids on a mission to find "something green" or "a vegetable." Photo-recognition software gives kids feedback on their choices.
Parents will need to allow access to their device's camera, but photos are immediately discarded and so do not end up in the device's camera roll.
Because kids are wandering around with a device in their hands, parents may want to ensure that they can do so safely and without dropping the device.
- Duckie Deck Trash Toys:
For Age: 3+
Duckie Deck Trash Toys
is a virtual creation tool made for preschoolers. Kids choose from a variety of recycled and found items and make creatures.
Kids aren't limited by how many items they can add to their creature. No ads, parent settings, or instructions distract or limit kids. They are totally free to be as creative as they want.
Kids will be inspired to both reuse items and to create -- both great lessons to learn from an app.
- Big Kid Life Fire Fighter:
For Age: 4+
A Role Play Game for Kids aged 4,
Big Kid Life Firefighter
is exciting action for wannabe future firefighters. There are also some educational mini-games throughout the app for young kids. As one of a series of similarly crafted apps by developer Fingerprint, this is probably the most intense role-play game for pre-K and kindergarten app users in this series because of the real nature of being a firefighter: There are angry-looking flames and smoke, ladders, stranded kittens and puppies, and the chance of getting "burned" (which, in this game, means turning red).
The educational games that are interspersed with the more arcade-style firefighting game are solid learning practice in basic shapes, numbers, colors, and more.
And I almost forgot to mention this app is FREE!
For Age: 5+
This is one app I can’t wait to give this to my son currently I am hooked to this game. Parents need to know that Thinkrolls
is a preschool-friendly physics plat former that is delightfully fun for all ages. There are no instructions, so kids have to think critically and employ physics logic to figure out how to solve each level.
Parents can set up accounts for up to six players, customizing the challenge level for each kid. If kids get stuck, they can just hit the restart circle to start over.
The game's ultimate reward comes from completing the level successfully rather than from acquiring points (or penalties), so kids are free to experiment and learn.
The best apps for preschoolers are the one that have few rules and objectives and really make the most of our preschooler's creativity, curiosity, and silliness. Some of the apps that you find on App Store are completely open-ended, some involve numbers, and some develop a love of reading.
Find the apps that fit your kid!
-Nandita Sharma / Aka That Imperfect Mom