You often hear that being online is a waste of time and that kids these days miss out by being on their smartphones all the time. But smartphones can be more than just devices for passive entertainment and children do use them for educational and creative activities, often adding to what they learn in school. Google’s Playstore has hundreds of apps for children and you might feel overwhelmed when having to choose any. That’s why we selected for you some of the most popular primary school educational apps for Android devices.
Don’t forget that whether they’re free or not, some apps feature ads which can lead to in-app purchases charged to your phone bill. Unexpected charges are the last thing you’d want if you’re your child is using a mobile device. Remember:
• Always pay attention to what you tap on; you could be subscribing to a paid service and pay for it through your phone bill
• Virtual coins or lives within games may cost real money
• When installing apps, check first if they’ll have ads and in-app purchases
• You can ask your mobile provider to block premium rate numbers on a phone number
This selection of primary school educational apps features various subjects, from spelling and math to foreign languages and time telling. See what you like!
Word Cookies is a fun and exciting word puzzle game. With this game children can easily improve their vocabulary, concentration and spelling skills.
ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics
This app can be used by parents also. The interface keeps children focused on alphabet reading and writing, tucking menu commands away from moving fingers. Adults can easily access settings to engage Teacher Mode, look at report cards, or toggle tracing and phonics games to better facilitate learning.
Learn languages – Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone’s Learn Languages app lets you learn a language anytime, anywhere through immersive, self-paced lessons that introduce new skills in a way that stimulates the brain’s natural language learning ability. Features: accent speech recognition, offline downloads
First Grade Learning Games
12 fun mini-games to help children learn First Grade lessons: reading, spelling, math, fractions, compound words, contractions etc. Aimed at kids aged 6-8.
Educational Math game for kids
Math becomes fun with this edutainment app that teaches children addition, subtraction, times tables, counting numbers, sequence, multiplication and division through games.
My Phonics Kit
With content from Oxford University Press, this app helps children become proficient readers and spellers through the use of Synthetic Phonics. Once children begin learning sounds, they have the basis to quickly begin reading and spelling words. With this approach almost all children quickly become confident and independent readers.
Kids Telling Time
Kids Telling Time will help children practice setting time and telling time with Ticky The Mouse that gets to collect cheese and eat it by setting and telling the correct times on both analogue and digital clocks.
Squeebles Spelling Test
Set up personalised spelling tests for children, using specific words or download from over 150 pre-recorded tests. It offers stats on each child to see how they’re doing and which words they’re struggling with.
Kids Draw with Shapes
With this app children can make creative images using only ten basic shapes, which come in seven different colours. There are two modes in this game – children can either choose to design free-style, or using a template. Children can save and view their artwork in the app’s gallery.
Mindfulness for Children
An app for parents and teachers alike that will bring more presence and harmony at home and in classrooms.
Teaching mindfulness meditation is a great way for kids to develop focusing skills, resilience and well-being.