Before Covid – 19 affected everybody’s lives, online learning was present in quite a few households. Whether it was because parents made the decision to completely home school their children or simply because their kids needed extra support outside of their regular school. Either way, a multitude of app and websites to help and support your child’s learning journey are available.
We have made a list of our favourite apps for different age groups and aims of development.
Best for BabiesName: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Words
Ages : 1 and up (although 2 if you’re super strict about screen time!)
What’s it about? If you kids love the classic Eric Carle book, they will love this interactive app also with swiping and listening to the animal sounds. It teaches them also to listen to instructions. It really brings the story to life!
Best for Toddlers
Name: Khan Academy Kids
Ages: 2 to 7
What’s it about?: The activities are fun and engaging — and seemingly endless. Including stories, tracing letters and phonics. There is even introduction to simple math and reading exercises.
Best for Quiet Time
Name: Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
Ages: 3 and up
What’s it about?: This is all about mindfulness and calm breathing techniques. It helps the kids calm down and cope with problems. The App even has a section for adults with further advice also.
Best for Thinking
Name: Build a Truck – by Duck Duck Moose
Ages: 3 and up
What’s it about?: Kids get to design their own truck by selecting inventive parts with which to construct trucks, spray-paint and decorate and then they choose a race course, complete with obstacles.
Best for Math & Older Kids
Name: Coolmath Games
Ages: 13 Plus
What’s it about? It features various math activities and games and is also a brain-training app, where logic & thinking meet fun and games. It includes lots of challenges and (fun ones too) so you don’t even realise you are giving your brain a workout!
Best for Teaching Numbers
Name: Fish School
Ages: 2 and up
What’s it about? The app exposes your preschooler to important concepts like letters, numbers, shapes, colors, matching, and more. Kids can make the fish swim and do funny things with a simple touch and drag.
Best for Phonics
Name: Phonics Ninja
Ages: 4 and up
What’s it about? Kids can splash and slash all and even choose different levels of difficulty as your child progresses. You can even record your voice to help your child along the way!
Best for Learning about Science
Ages: 12 and up
What’s it about? The National Science Foundation’s Science360 app, brings cutting-edge science and engineering news, images, and video right to your child’s fingertips. All content is either produced by the NSF or gathered from scientists and universities around the world, ensuring your child is receiving the best quality information out there.
Best for Learning Coding
Name: Scratch Jr.
Ages: 5 and up
What’s it about? It is all about teaching kids the basics of coding. Designed by researchers at MIT, your kids will not only learn to code but also learn all about problem solving, design, and how to create their own stories.
Best for Learning another Language
Ages: 6 and up
What’s is about? Want your kids to learn Spanish (or French, German, Portuguese, or Italian) in no time, then this is the app for you! It is full of mini lessons for visual learners and revolves around repetition. The kids (and adults too) can earn rewards, and some languages even include speaking practice with the Duolingo bot.