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Best Educational Apps

Realistically, they will need to be able to use technology efficiently in the world they’re growing up in, but we’ve all been told to limit screen time, right? Well these apps make me feel SO much better about the time that they spend on their tablets, because they’re learning math, reading, and even computer programming!

BEST EDUCATIONAL APPS

The Foos App

1.) The Foos – Free! (Best for Ages 5-10)

Over 100,000 downloads, 4.3 star average rating
Available on Google Play, iTunes App StoreAmazon/Kindle Fire or on your desktop via your Web Browser or Mac App Store

I can’t say enough good things about this app! Designed for kids age 5-10 (K-5th), it teaches computer coding in a fun and exciting way! My 4 year old loves it just as much as my 11 year old.

One amazing aspect of this game, is that users can not only create their own levels, but they can actually SHARE them! Each level has a level code that you can share with your friends. Type the code into the search bar in Foo Studio to find your friend’s levels.

Teachers: They offer a free 10 lesson computer science curriculum, which includes explanations of key CS concepts, offline activities, worksheets, and answer keys.

The Foos was created by codeSpark, and has won multiple awards, including the Parents’ Choice Award- Gold Award Winner for Mobile Apps!


Khan Academy

2.) Khan Academy – Free! (Best for Ages 5-Adult)

Over 1 million downloads, 4.5 star average rating
Available on Google Play, iTunes App Store

With nearly 43 million users, Khan Academy is one of the biggest and best, free learning programs. Created by Sal Khan in 2006, Khan Academy is  a non-profit that provides free online materials and resources to support personalized education for learners of all ages. Users earn points to unlock items and features. Parents can track progress, and will get a weekly progress update via email.

Khan Academy covers subjects from basic Math to Physics, Biology, Economics, Art History, Computer Science, Health and Medicine and more. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences and MIT to offer specialized content.


Endless Learning Academy

3.) Endless Learning Academy – Free! (Best for Ages 2-6)

Multiple apps – Over 500,000 downloads, around 4 star average rating for most apps
Available on Google Play, iTunes App Store

Designed for kids age 2-6, there are currently six apps available in the Endless series from Originator Kids:

The academy

With thousands of lessons available, and some of the best graphics I’ve seen, these apps are perfect for teaching little ones in a simple, entertaining, and interactive way.


ABCMouse.com

4.) ABC Mouse (Free one month trial, $7.95/month)

Over 1 million downloads, 4.3 star average rating

ABC Mouse has one of the most complete and extensive curriculum’s available. While it does have a higher price point, this award winning app gives you a lot more for your money. You can use this app on multiple devices, and you can have up to 3 children’s profiles per account.

One of my favorite things about ABC Mouse is that it has absolutely zero advertising, no external links, and no pop-up ads. Users earn tickets to buy things, like new furniture for the different rooms available.

ABC Mouse

Parents can also build custom lessons for their children using our unique Lesson Builder feature. They have total control over each aspect of their child’s experience on the site and can track their progress easily. Or, children can learn independently by exploring the site on their own and because every activity on ABCmouse.com has one or more specific educational objectives you can be sure your child will be learning no matter where they are on the site.


Kids Learn to Read

5.) Kids Learn to Read Lite – Free! (Best for Ages 4-7)

Over 5 million downloads, 4.0 star average rating
Available on Google Play, iTunes App StoreAmazon/Kindle Fire, and Windows Store

Kids Learn to Read is a fantastic app from the amazing team over at Intellijoy. There are multiple apps available from the same team with similar themes in multiple subjects. There is an expanded version available to upgrade to if your child finishes the lite version.

All of their apps are ad-free, even the lite versions!


PBS Games

6.) PBS Kids – Free! (Best for Ages 2-8)

Over 100,000 downloads, 3.9 star average rating
Available on Google Play, iTunes App StoreAmazonnookWindows Store and Windows Phone Store

My kids are huge fans of nearly every show on PBS Kids, and they love to play games on pbskids.org/, so I was very excited to see that they have multiple FREE apps available with all their favorite characters!


Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.

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  1. Mel

    Thanks Danielle! We have ABC Mouse & PBS Kids & love them both. We’ll check those others out!

  2. Dice

    Thanks! My 6 yo son could use some of these apps. He already used ABCMouse and the Endless Alphabet. These other apps sound fun and educational.

  3. Tracy

    Can anybody on here recommend great apps for special needs children? My son has autism and is non verbal. Thanks:)

    • me

      check smartappsforkids.com- they have a section for special needs.

      • Tracy

        Thanks:)

    • Traci

      My son is asperger’s I recall years ago finding an autism apps site filled entirely with good apps including some of the visual chart clips. I’d try googling autism apps and see what pops up, there’s a lot. In fact my first iPad was a “medical device” for speech therapy tax purposes.

    • laurat

      Look up “mita” app. It’s free, has a lime green elephant. My 3yr son loves it and it increases in difficulty as they solve puzzles.

  4. Kate

    Can’t say enough about the Endless apps. We purchased the school additions. Both the best and most expensive apps I’ve purchased!

  5. April

    The Kahn Academy rocks! Thanks.

  6. Emilytwinmom

    We homeschool, some other ones my 8r olds love playing: sushi math, dragon box 2, lumios farm factor, kodable, math ninja, ready jet go, we use car factory for their Latin vocabulary words, and splash math I think is the only one we paid for!

    • Rebecca

      Thanks the suggestions!!

  7. kk

    Abcmouse offers free subscriptions to teachers. I am a teacher and have been using it in my classroom for two years.

  8. Elizabeth

    The free ones we like are Brainpop Jr., Duolingo (is awesome for learning a different language), and Medieval Math Battle. We paid for Stack the States and Stack the Countries. We also like Tower Math.

  9. pam

    We don’t have wifi right now any free ones or how do I get them without wifi?

  10. Tina Rompala

    Frontrow is another good one. It is math and ela and is free that parents could sign up for as a teacher. great resources. Like khan academy was created before khan academy created their elementary level

  11. Rachael

    You forgot SUMDOG free on amazon/kindle fire. For elementary and middle school aged kids. Math and spelling/reading. Lots of fun. My kids prefer that to most other games.

  12. sparky

    Im confused. I want my son to try the Endless apps. You have them as free, however, it seems to have to make in app purchases to even use these. Am i missing something?

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi there! Sorry for any confusion. I still find that app available for Free to download. There may be additional in app purchase options offered. Hope that helps!

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