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Kids Academy | Educational Apps for ChildrenAs much as I did not want to give in to the technology craze, I know that there are many benefits of being "plugged-in", even for my kids. They both got iPad minis last year, and they are practically attached to them every single day. It is important to me that they are at least learning something from them.
My son is older, so he has no problem finding his own apps. For the most part, they are trivia games and such that do help him with memory, recognition, spelling(which he does not need help with anyway) and such. My daughter, being only three, is more difficult. I have to find educational apps for her.
The struggle is that I want apps that will help her learn a lot, but that I don't have to pay for. There are so many free apps that are just for fun, why is it so hard to find good, free learning apps? Thankfully, that is where Kids Academy comes in.
Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game Educational Books & Free SongsI really love this app. My little girl can already count and recognize each number, but she still needs to learn how numbers work(simple addition and such). With the fun games, she is able to not only see the problems, but work them out herself, being told to try again is she does not get it the first time. Seeing and hearing, along with fun characters and bright colors is a great way for her to stay engaged and learn faster.
Bugs, Shapes and Robots Face Paint for Toddlers
FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)
My daughter loves this. She is obsessed with shapes(thanks to Team Umizoomi), and this app is perfect for allowing her to learn to draw shapes by tracing them. She thinks the fireflies are hilarious and loves to catch them as she traces the shapes. There is also Robot face painting, which is really cute. She loves to help her robots get their "makeup". This keeps her busy while I cook dinner, and she gets to learn at the same time.