It’s now January and if you haven’t heard your kids say “I’m bored” once, we’d like to know your secret to parenting through the school holidays. Although we’ve already recommended a bunch of shows for you to stream with your family over the break, we know that watching television is not a permanent (or healthy) solution to boredom.
Even though your kids aren’t at school right now, what’s there to stop them from learning in the meantime? The internet is a melting pot of apps, games and entertainment solutions to fill your little one’s head – and not all of these have to be so mind-numbing! Here’s a look of some of the more educational mobile games for your kids to enjoy.
I know what you’re thinking. DragonBox? That doesn’t sound educational at all! The good news is that this app is actually a mathematics game that is very well-received by critics and has even won a whopping seven awards. There are two versions of the app, one being titled DragonBox Algebra 5+ for younger children, and one called DragonBox Algebra 12+ for older children. The main game involves solving card problems with drawings on them that gradually turn into numbers and variables. Children will learn to separate ‘x’ from an equation without even knowing it – and they will actually enjoy it, too!
You’ve probably heard about this app yourself, as it is so popular it’s been adapted into a Facebook Messenger game. Words with Friends 2 is an app designed to help increase your vocabulary and plays out similar to the infamous word game Scrabble. You can compete with your friends and family on each of your devices, allowing you to join in on the fun. While you’re at it, why not teach your kids some new words and phrases?
Are you looking for something that’ll keep your kids’ busy and well-versed in new cultures for a while? Then Duolingo is perfect for you! It’s a well-received game that allows you to learn new languages in the blink of an eye. Its main premise involves utilising fun visual cues to help you along the way and well-organised categories to assist in language learning. Even adults have taken to this app to learn new languages they might never have considered before. It’s great if your child wants to perfect their language studies, or even for yourself if you’re interested!
If your children are into comedy and storytelling, why not download the Mad Libs app for them? It’s an app that encourages children to enter random verbs, nouns, adjectives and phrases that pop into their mind, and the app will then produce a story using those words! Talk about a good way to get your kids thinking creatively while exercising their vocabulary and writing skills!
We’ve all heard of this and most of us have probably attempted it at least once in our life – a Sudoku puzzle. It’s a timeless series of numerical puzzles that are great for teaching kids basic maths and getting them to start enjoying numbers. What’s more, it can really help challenge their mind without even realising it! Sudoku puzzles involve filling a 9×9 grid with digits so each column and row contain each number from 1-9. There are various settings of difficulty, so it’s perfect for children of any age and adults too, of course.
There are plenty of different versions of this classic on both the App Store for iOS and the Google Play store for Android. Just search ‘Sudoku’ and see which one appeals to you!
That concludes our list of games for your kids to play. Are you using any of these? There’s a whole bunch of educational games available, but these are just a few of the good ones out there – that keep your kids’ brains active outside of the classroom! 🏫
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