Today I thought I’d share with you some of my families favourite apps. It always helps to have some recommendations to sift through the gazillion apps on offer and thus I share with you some that my boys and I are enjoying right now. Some educational, some helpful and some just a bit of fun.
The Toddlers Apps
This app was one of the first the 4 year old played with and now the nearly 2 year old is loving it. Colorful and bright, great for counting, colours, matching and puzzles. Cost: 99 cents
All the Apps from the creators at Duck Duck Moose are pretty cool. This is another app that is perfect for the 2 -4 year olds. It is colourful, educational and despite the $2.99 price is good value for an award winning app.
The Bigger Boys Apps
Now this has been a favourite of the tween boys for a while but I must say I have had to ‘help’ them out on more than a few occasions so I have spent a bit of time on it too. Like most apps, quite addictive but at least they are expanding their vocabulary. Cost: free
I know this is the bane of many parents existence, but Minecraft is actually quite an amazing game and great for developing many skills. Aside from the engineering, creativity, geometry, maths and physics, it is also great at teaching them resourcefulness and team building. Like many, it becomes quite addictive for them, so it is always good to make them stick to strict time limits so the hours and hours don’t go sailing by! Cost: lite version is free but pocket version is $6.99.
The parent apps
This app I decided to use for my son who has a mobile phone now and is often wondering from one friends house to another. I certainly don’t want to rely on apps to know where my kids are but I must admit I am enjoying the peace of mind. You can add as many people to your ‘family’ and as long as they have their phone on them you can see where they are at, or where they have been! Cost: free
Zite is one of the apps I check daily as I can tailor it to receive articles form all over the world based on the topics I am interested in. Easy to use and can click through all of the latest news easily and share with my readers anything I find relevant or interesting. Cost: free
Whilst I love playing around on Instagram, 2 of my favourite photo editing apps are:
This one gives you lots of control over all aspects of the photo and you can easily spend many hours playing around with the effects! Cost: free
This is a poplar editing app that is really easy to use with a few different options and filters than those available on Instagram. Cost: free
So there they are. Just a few apps that may help you through the rest of the school holidays!
What are some apps you and your family are enjoying right now?