Top Android Apps for Kids and Children

Feb 12, 2017
Education
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The family section on the Google Play Store is filled with kid-friendly applications and instructive tools which parents, guardians, and kids can enjoy in a family environment. This is a direct result of the increase in apps which are tailored for family participation, prompting developers to develop a range of apps in this category to capitalize on this growth. While the number of apps geared towards children is numerous, keeping them entertained for long periods of time is no easy task, especially given the decrease in attention span year-over-year. What is more difficult than keeping the younger audience entertained is to also educate them at the same time as to not contribute to the decrease in attention span. Kids love playing great applications while parents see it as a learning tool to keep young ones occupied for hours at a time, even purchasing special tablets which have been designed particularly for kids. With that, this article discusses the top five Android applications for children, highlighting everything from games, electronic playsets, storybooks, and lots more. These applications come with parental controls and sandbox applications to ensure that the device is not used for purposes other than entertainment and learning.

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Baby Vacation

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Baby Vacation is a segment of the Baby Vacation series. Just like the other parts of the series, it is an advanced playset which gives kids a chance to imagine that they are on vacation. The primary screen is used as the navigational tool where users can simply tap on the place they need to play in order to get there, from the hotel, the airport, the beach, and so forth. This interface makes it extremely easy to for younger children to grasp the concepts and objectives of the game. With a significant time of potential play for inventive minds, there are many tasks which can be completed by the user. For example, bags can be opened by the user and the contents in it can rearranged, characters can be dressed with clothes in the shop or from hangers, or even exploring the various areas in order to feed the character with beverages and snacks, making it perfect for kids who are just starting out with games on a mobile device.

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PBS KIDS Video

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PBS KIDS Video is an app which aims to provide a family-accommodating media space which permits children and guardians to rapidly and effortlessly discover fun and age-suitable shows, videos, music, playlist, and channels. PBS KIDS Video grasps a wide assortment of contents, including childhood classics such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. The user will also be able to find videos featuring Super Simple Songs, the Mother Goose Club, and lots more. Topics ranging from animals, wildlife, and crafts are also made available so that viewers can gain educational content as opposed to purely entertainment value. Furthermore, the interface has also been designed with large buttons and other children friendly UI features so that even the youngest children are able to use the app with ease. With the parental controls, contents can be easily filtered to specifically channel contents and a clock can be set to limit the amount of viewing time, making it one of the best apps for content consumption for kids.

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Epic!

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The digital read-aloud storybook contained in the Epic! app makes it one of the best apps for automatic storytelling. The application features professional narrations, sounds, as well as high definition artwork. Furthermore, Epic! Storybook Library acts as an alternative to a virtual bookshelf or bookstore where users are given the opportunity to launch books from a saved collection or buy more from the Google Play store. Although stories can be purchased, the app comes with free storybooks to include The Giant Smurf, Robin Hood, Ice Age, and The Madagascar movie storybook so that users can try out the app in full prior to deciding whether or not to purchase additional stories. In that the books are able to be automatically narrated, kids can be kept occupied for hours at a time without parents needing to read the books to the kids themselves.

Epic! – Unlimited Books for Kids Android Preview

Epic! Unlimited Books for Kids is now available for your Android devices on Google Play. Referred to as the “Netflix for kid’s eBooks” Epic! offers an unlimited library at your child’s fingertips.

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Preschool Basic Skills

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For children beginning to learn mathematics, this app provides the perfect stepping stone. Preschool Basic Skills is designed for children from ages 3 to 5, stating that it is intended for the improvement of pre-school, foundation stages, and early years learning. To deviate from the typical elements of math to include boring number crunching, Preschool Basic Skills is based around the animation of creatures and friendly characters. In targeting younger children, the app mostly tests early mathematical ideas and abilities to include counting, recognition of numbers, addition, and subtraction in the style of a game. Beyond just numbers, there are also the Match Up and Shape Sort games which dive into shapes, patterns, colors, and sequence to teach about cash and values while other minigames handle multiplying, splitting, and sharing. To ensure that young children are able to learn math while simultaneously having fun, Preschool Basic Skills has successfully gamified math in order to make it an enjoyable pastime.

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Babbel

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Through Babbel, many students have been able to expedite their learning of the English language with the use of friendly games. Through 8 different sections, the app primarily tests tricky spellings and aims to teach kids the basics as early as possible. Featuring four main activities, users are given the options to use a picture-filled letter block as the ABC letter sounds are pronounced, make their own ABC blocks of the picture, pop bubbles filled with letters that float across the screen, and blend phonics while arranging series of word puzzles together. Together, these activities form a strong basis for a young child who is beginning to learn languages, making it a great educational tool.

Babbel App Preview – Google Play

Uploaded by Babbel on 2015-06-24.

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Kid Mode

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Kid Mode is a clever little app that keeps all of a child’s favorite apps in one place, while locking them out of everything else. Designed specifically for children up to eight years-old, the app helps parents create a special play area for their kids on the tablet. The app selects videos, games, books and other activities based on a child’s age. To get started, create an account for your child by adding a name, birthday and a photo if you’d like. The Parent Dashboard allows users to add more childrens’ accounts, turn on the child lock, install a child’s favorite and search for related and educational apps. Kid Mode has a great design and it is easy for both parents and children to find their way around. As there is a lot of inappropriate apps in the Android Market, this family-friendly title will protect children from unwanted discoveries.

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Kids ABC Letters

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Why would a parent hand a child an expensive Android smart phone, and let him or her use an app on it? Because it’s an effective parenting tool in certain situations, and if you have the right app, the kids might learn something. This is what Intellijoy is going for with Kids ABC Letters. This app provides basic alphabet learning for the pre-K and kindergarten set. With a simple interface, Kids ABC Letters teaches kids to recognize letters by name, remember the shape of letters, and find specific letters in a group. Everything works by touching and dragging, which suits small hands. For recognition, kids tap a letter, and the app speaks aloud, “This is big ‘A.’ This is little ‘a,'” for example. For letter shapes, the child must drag letter pieces into an outline of the letter to complete it. For picking from a group, kids control a fishing rod while letter-labeled fish swim underneath. When the correct letter swishes by, the child must press the button to reel it in. You’re encouraged to try before you buy. A free version of Kids ABC Letters supplies “A” through “H.” The full alphabet currently costs $3.99. Complaints? Well, I wish the app did more for the money. For example, there are no exercises in this app where kids hear the sounds letters make. Still, I’ve used kid-oriented apps quite a bit, and its nice when apps like this try to teach something. Kids ABC Letters seems effective for what it tries to accomplish.

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Rescue the Fish

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Rescue the Fish is one of many games from Baby Bus. When you open the app, you will see a bright yellow bus and a signpost, which indicates the age group and signs to different types of games. It was a bit confusing to me and would definitely be for a child. Save the Fishes is a game about recognition and quick reflexes. The cute little fish are trapped in bubbles and as they rise to the top of the screen, you need to tap them to free them. You will earn points for freeing the fish. However, you must avoid releasing sharks and jellyfish trapped in bubbles. If you do, you will hear “ouch.” As you progress in the game, more types of fish appear.

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Preschool and Kindergarten

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Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games, developed by Kevin Bradford, is a very popular Android game. The free version of the game comes with three levels, while the pro version provides another six. The three game modes–Basics, Language, and Math–will adequately test your preschoolers skill sets. After you unlock all nine levels, you will be able to cover: Shapes and Colors, Letters, Counting, Memory, Alphabet, Addition, Puzzles, Spelling, and Subtraction. In Shapes and Colors for 2 years olds, the game gives you four options and then asks you to pick the correct object. The option for your child to visualize and hear is a nice combination for teaching colors and shapes.

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Wordseeker

wordseekerWordseeker is a free app supported by a permanent small banner ad at the bottom of the screen. It is a very minimal app with no real directions, but it doesn’t seem to need any. Simply put, Wordseeker is a word search game. The game comes with normal and hard difficulty settings, and keeps score for you for each level and category. The game has a ton of categories to choose from, such as Sports, Jewels, Vegetables, Colors, Animals, Machines, Fruit, and more. During the game you can skip a puzzle and shuffle the letters. There is no timer, but there is also no way to save progress. To select a word in the puzzle, simply slide your finger over the letters to highlight the letters. The app does not show you the category you are working with, so you will need to remember that each time you play. I found the lettering a bit small, but it’s probably a non-issue for younger eyes. Overall, it is a good game that might help transform your elementary level student into the top speller in their class. Who knows? One day, your kid might thank Wordseeker for transforming her or him into a spelling bee champion.

Given that so many apps developed for children are available on the Google Play Store, not all applications are equivalent. Ranging from reading to math, this article consists of the ones that provide a tremendous amount of education value as well as significant entertainment for children which is ideal for adults looking to control the content that children are exposed to on mobile devices. These apps not only ensure that parental restrictions are always enforced, but also that they are also very effective in educating the children.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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