Choose the perfect educational apps for your child
Technology is a huge part of our world today, and parents are always looking for educational tools for their children that incorporates that technology. If you’re looking for a great way to keep your kids engaged, learning, and having fun after school, we have some great apps for you to check out!
The Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) has published a couple of great brochures full of lists of apps that are great for kids. You can find the link to the 5 and under apps here, and the link to the 5-12 apps here. This list is periodically updated whenever great new apps come out! It is compiled by Kristil Sexton, the Youth Services Librarian at the YDL.
Some of the apps include:
Daisy the Dino ages 4 and up. Free
Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy!
Fish HD/Fish School ages 2-4. Free
Learn ABCs, 123s and shapes with colorful fish friends.
Kapu Blocks ages 2-5. $1.99
Teaches physics concepts and gravity rules through free play.
Balloony Word ages 6-10. Free
Broadens vocabulary and improves spelling.
Pocket Zoo ages 3-12. Free
Contains information on animals, live zoo cams and educational videos.
Stack the Countries ages 6-12. $2.99
Learn capitals, landmarks and geographic locations.
Book Creator ages 8 and up. $5.99
Kids easily create their own books.
In an interview with her, Sexton explains the importance and reasoning behind creating these compilations of apps: “We recognize, at the library, that parents are going to provide devices for their children, and that they’re looking for educational content. So, how can we make those experiences richer? Well, we find these apps and test them out before we put them on our brochure, and see if they meet our criteria.” The criteria that the library looks for is listed on the brochure.
Each app listed contains a brief description of what the app does. They are listed by prices, which range from free to $4.99. YDL also offers an early literacy texting service, which allows anyone in Washtenaw County to sign up and receive text messages that contain activity ideas to do at home that help children prepare for kindergarten “At the library, we are much more than books,” Sexton says. “We are all about technology and helping parents navigate the technology in our society.”
All of the apps can be found in the App Store and Google Play.