3 Tips for Finding Great Apps for Kids

More often than not, learning with a friend is more fun, especially if it’s through an educational app featuring a beloved character. It’s no surprise that a new study from market research firm NPD Group stated that kids are increasingly adopting tech. One finding indicated that tablet use increased 13% from 2011 to 2012, making it more important to find the apps that will provide quality learning experiences for the youngest ages.

But how do you know what apps are entertaining and educational at the same time?

Luckily apps aren’t a large investment like a monthly subscription to some paid kids’ websites or new gaming system but a dollar or two here and there can add up.

Here are 3 tips for finding great apps.

  • Visit Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is a wealth of information that provides reviews for movies, video games, websites, TV, books, music, and also apps. It’s an easy to use site that allows parents to do a search and quickly figure out if content is age appropriate for their child. To stay up to date, their emails provide helpful information and food for thought about raising kids in this digital age.
  • Rely on trusted names in education. PBS, Scholastic, and many other companies that are rooted in educating young minds have jumped into the app game. They have developed high quality learning experiences that include interactive games and storybooks that keep kids engaged and tend to be so fun that kids forget that they’re learning!
  • Ask friends and teachers. Your village can be a great source of information. Teachers with children can be a wonderful resource because it’s likely that they’re looking for educational apps for their own children to use at home. A savvy friend who is always knows about products before everyone else probably can provide some suggestions too.

Where do you go to find great apps? Do you have any tips?

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  1. by George Thellman

    On August 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I created these easy to use and fun trivia style apps for my daughter to learn math and sight words. I am donating a portion of the proceeds to various schools and a scholarship fund to help deserving children afford college.

  2. by George Thellman

    On August 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    http://www.TheOTGApps.com
    I created these easy to use and fun trivia style apps for my daughter to learn math and sight words. I am donating a portion of the proceeds to various schools and a scholarship fund to help deserving children afford college.

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  5. by Ann

    On April 23, 2013 at 5:57 am

    To find the best educational apps for kids you can use our site: http://www.appysmarts.com/ :) There are reviews, rankings in many categories (you can even find for example ‘the best apps for 4 year old girl for early math practice’ etc) and personal app recommendations!