These are the best free apps for kids. Available on iOS and Android, these apps are entertaining, educational, and easy on your wallet.
If your child is a budding biologist, the wild animals featured in the San Diego Zoo app are sure to please. The app isn’t just a guide to the zoo in San Diego, but actually provides children with tons of educational information about the natural world.
The highlight of this app are the live webcams of zoo animals, allowing your kids an inside look at the daily life of wild creatures. If you can’t get to a zoo near you, this app brings the excitement of wild animals right into your living room.
The video above offers a walkthrough for Android users of Lightbot.
Lightbot offers a series of programming puzzles, designed to help your child understand the basic logic of coding and programming. This app fosters a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like procedures, loops, and conditionals. This prepares them for “grown-up” coding as teens and adults, and starts them off on the right path to a lucrative tech career.
Respected by educators, this app offers 50 levels. Lightbot is ideal for boys and girls who want to learn how to code their own apps and games someday. Lightbot is a paid app, but a LITE version is available for free.
3. Reading Rainbow iOS | Kindle Fire
Check out the hands-on review of Reading Rainbow in the Engadget video above.
Back when Reading Rainbow was just a TV show, it helped millions of kids get excited about reading. Now, today’s kids can become passionate readers using the Reading Rainbow app, which has won tons of awards from both tech sites and parenting sites.
While an Android-compatible version of Reading Rainbow isn’t available yet, it’s likely only a matter of time. In the meantime, you can enjoy it on iOS or Kindle.
Note: While this app is free to download, you will have to pay a small subscription fee to unlock content. One subscription supports five different user profiles, which is great for big families. Without subscription, you will only be able to watch some videos and read a limited number of books.
Ideal for fostering both rainy day crafts and outdoor play, How to Make Paper Airplanes is a free app with detailed instructions on how to fold cool paper planes. Many of the planes are named after real-world aircraft. Additionally, this app can get kids excited about engineering or physics. If you want a fun way to bond with your kids, these papercraft projects are a fun way to spend some quality time together.
What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Produced with the Smithsonian Institution’s seal of approval, this app has multiple educational benefits. Kids can practice their reading skills as they learn all about T-rex’s eating habits, habitat, and biology. Designed for kids between the ages of 3 and 8, this app also fosters creativity by allowing readers to record their own narration for the story.
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