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20+ Education Apps for Learning On the Go

Make your child's screen time educational and avoid the summer slide with these skill-boosting apps.
on June 23, 2017

If you're like us, your family's summer calendar is already blocked off with trips to amusement parks, campsites, and beaches, along with visits to relatives in other states. But with all of these fun adventures comes a lot of travel time. And let's face it: Waiting around in terminals or sitting patiently in car seats isn't always easy for kids. The right apps can be the answer!

To help, we consulted our experts to round up the very best learning-focused apps. These 24 options are entertaining and educational! Plus, these apps can be useful resources to help your child avoid the summer slide.

From practicing phonics to exploring the universe, these apps will open up a world of knowledge for your child.

Top 5 Math Apps: This collection of apps will help your child practice counting, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and more. Counting Caterpillar teaches preschoolers counting skills as well as the concept of skip counting.These hands-on apps are an engaging way to deepen your child's math knowledge and practice skills learned during the school year. Dig into the full list of math apps, with options for children ages 3 to 13 years old.

Top 7 Science Apps: Your child can identify stars and birds — using StarMap and Merlin Bird ID, respectively — along with exploring faraway corners of the universe, designing a natural landscape, and so much more. Explore the full list of science apps for budding scientists ages 5 to 13 years-old.

Top 5 Apps for Beginning Readers: For kids that are new to their ABCs, these apps are the perfect fit. The practice games in Hale's Tale will help your child identify sight words, and with Teach Your Monster to Read, your child can flip the tables, and show a friendly monster how to read using games. Explore all five of our favorite apps for beginning readers aged 4 to 8 years-old.

Top 7 Literacy Apps for Kids in Elementary School: These literacy apps are real brain stretchers. They'll help your child practice storytelling and spelling, and also build important problem-solving skills. With Bluster, your child will find matching words, either solo or in competitive play. Or, try the app version of Mad Libs, the fill-in-the-blank storytelling classic, for hilarious results. Explore the complete list of literacy-focused apps, including crosswords, word searches, and much more  —  perfect for kids 8 years-old and up.  


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In the Learning Toolkit blog, get quick and easy tips on how to support your child’s learning at home. From arts and crafts activities to conducting science experiments, we offer simple and fun ways to support your learner’s development at every age and stage.

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