Allowing your kids to pass the time playing on your smart phone while you're out and about is a good way to keep the complaints at bay, but how much Angry Birds can you take in one day? For your next trip, surprise your child with something a little more intellectual. Once you see how much fun they're having, you might even want to give it a try. If this sounds like a plan, choose from these educational apps designed with kids in mind.
1. Smithsonian Channel
If your family is a fan of the Smithsonian, you'll spend hours viewing the material on this app. Watch video clips as well as full-length episodes of your favorite shows wherever you go or check the schedule to see what's coming on later. This media-rich environment immerses your entire family in the culture and history of one of the world’s most respected educational institutions.
2. Human Body Facts
Budding doctors on your hands? Entertain them with this engaging app. Before your very eyes, your smartphone turns into a mobile anatomy lesson complete with more than 400 amazing facts that might surprise you both. If you'd like to learn more about the inner workings of the human body, this app can teach you everything you need to know. Human Body Facts has a built-in interface with Facebook and Twitter so that your child can share these amazing facts with friends and family. After all, who wouldn't want to know they start to shrink little by little as soon as they turn 30?
3. This Day in History
This app shows you important events that happened on dates throughout history. Start your kids off by letting them see what happened on their birthdays before moving on to other days. This educational app is fun for everyone, but it can be especially beneficial for a child who struggles with history class. One of the biggest challenges in this area is remembering important dates. This Day in History can reinforce those important skills.
4. Painting Findings
This app displays two versions of famous paintings. Your child's job is to spot the differences between the two images. When all the variations are identified, this game reveals interesting information about the real work of art and the artist behind the masterpiece.
5. Memory Trainer
Memory games are a great way to build brainpower. While most of these activities concentrate on basic matching skills, this one goes a few steps further. This "brain-ercise" helps kids of all ages work on the following areas:
If this app looks like fun, play with or without the kids. Memory exercises are one of the best ways to improve your brainpower as an adult, as well. This type of game has been proven to help offset cognitive decline as people age.
Whether you're downloading these apps for yourself or for the kids, don't stop at just one! Although the hours of entertainment and the learning experiences are priceless, all five of these educational programs are completely free.
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