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10 Educational Apps for Children, Teens

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Now that school is back in session, are you looking for ways to supplement your child’s learning? These apps cover everything from physics to coding to foreign languages – and they all cost $2.99 or less.

Book Creator
Interactive stories. Comic books. Science reports. Poetry books. Children and teens can use text, images, video, and audio to create these, and much more, with the Book Creator app.
Ages: 4+.
Platform:
iOS.
Cost:
$2.99.
More information: bookcreator.com.


BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week
Open this app each week for a new movie – and related activities. Topics include: science, social studies, health, and arts and technology.
Ages: Grades K-3.
Platform:
Amazon, Android, iOS.
Cost: Free.
More information: brainpop.com/about/apps.


Duolingo

Learn a new language – or 37 – with the Duolingo app. By completing short lessons, users can learn how to speak, read, and write Spanish, French, Italian, German, and more.
Ages:
4+.
Platform:
Android, iOS.
Cost: Free.
More information:
duolingo.com.


GoNoodle

Are you looking for ways to keep your child active (especially now that the weather is beginning to cool)? GoNoodle features more than 300 videos, covering topics such as dance, exercise, sports, and yoga – with new content added each week.
Ages: 4-10.
Platform:
Amazon, Android, iOS.
Cost:
Free.
More information:
gonoodle.com.


Monster Physics

Children can learn about physics concepts and build a vehicle – including a car, plane, or rocket ship. And the best part is, once their vehicle is finished, they are able to drive (or fly) it around.
Ages:
4+.
Platform:
iOS.
Cost:
$1.99.
More information:
tinyurl.com/monsterphysics.

 

Photomath
If your child or teen is stuck on a math problem, simply take a photo with a mobile device, then receive step-by-step instructions for how to solve it. The app addresses everything from basic math to geometry to calculus – and everything in between.
Ages: 4+.
Platform:
Android, iOS.
Cost:
Free.
More information:
photomath.com.

 

Play and Learn Science
Using games, this app from PBS KIDS teaches users about earth science, physical science, and life science. PBS KIDS also offers a host of other apps for children, including: Ready Jet Go! Space Scouts, Play and Learn Engineering, and Photo Stuff with Ruff.
Ages: 4+.
Platform:
Amazon, Android, iOS.
Cost:
Free.
More information:
pbskids.org/apps.

 

Prodigy Math Game
This app makes learning math fun. Users can go on quests and battle monsters – solving math problems in the process.
Ages:
Grades 1-8.
Platform:
Android, iOS.
Cost:
Free.
More information:
prodigygame.com.

ScratchJr
Is your child interested in coding? Using games and stories, the ScratchJr app will expose them to programming.
Ages:
5-7.
Platform:
Android, iOS.
Cost:
Free.
More information:
scratchjr.org.

 

Stack the States
Families can explore the 50 states, and learn about their capitals, flags and more. Make sure to also check out the Stack the Countries app.
Ages: 9+.
Platform:
Amazon, Android, iOS.
Cost:
$2.99.
More information:
dan-russell-pinson.com/my-games.

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