I need recommendations on kids educational app.

Madhuriman - posted on 02/18/2015 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi, Can anyone please suggest me which app will be better for my 4 year old boy?
I want some educational apps recommendations so that will help my kid learn new things when i am busy with other household things.
Thank you!

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Ev - posted on 02/22/2015

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I have to agree with Dove. Apps are okay but they can become addictive to kids. I am going to put something out here.

For any children under the age of two and even under the age of four or five doctors and psychology researchers have said:

No child during the developmental years especially the early ones need to have any TV or even electronics to entertain them. Brain development is rapidly occurring at this time. Neurons are starting to connect in a certain way so that as kids grow and develop that when they play with people or other kids and with actual toys, books, and other things they develop in the way that is necessary and core to how they learn about the world around them. Electronics does not give the same development as one on one playing does. It gets the child focused on a screen and the neurons develop in a different way. A child soon learns to depend on that tech to give them the stimulation that they need instead of in a more natural way such as play.


Just type in Media Apps or TV and the developing brain in the search bar to find the information.

Ev - posted on 02/18/2015

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I understand fully what it is like to have little ones but I did not have tech to help me keep them occupied for a few minutes to have a bit of down time. They had only the books, toys, and other things that I allowed them to play with. They neither would watch the TV when we had a video player and video cassettes to watch. Not everyone can afford the iPad or tablets or phones so what do they do? Most likely what I had to do: Plan those things so I could make dinner, get a few minutes to do the checkbook, downtime, and anything else. This world has gotten to dependent on Tech stuff and that is all I see anymore is kids stuck to a screen. My grandkids are growing up with this stuff but their parents also realize that the most important things are to play with their toys, look at books, and play with other things that allow them to learn about their world. Maybe you should try pulling out the plastic bowls, spoons, measuring cups, and so on for them to play with. The technology is not as good as what the kids can actually get their hands on. I understand you do watch what he gets to play with on the apps and the time he has with it but parents can not always use that as the only option.

Brittan - posted on 02/18/2015

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Download My PlayStore, My PlayHome and My PlaySchool. They are "free play apps" that allow your kiddo to simply explore these worlds and choose different characters. Every object in the store or school is interactive (you can go to the cafeteria and serve lunch, or in the home you can play outside or pick carrots from the garden) The options are endless. It's one of only a few games my 3 year old plays, and he's pretty advanced for his age. I have them downloaded to his Android tablet and my Iphone. There are no levels or points, it's just all about imagination. They cost a few dollars each, but my son loves them all. We even play them together..One morning he caught me playing his game by myself ;) It's like a dollhouse for boys or girls. Another free play app by a different developer is called Toca Town.

Regarding the comment about finding books instead...Sometimes mommy needs to take a shower...or finish dinner in peace. Sometimes your kid is ill and needs to rest in bed. 20-30 minutes of screentime with an educational app isn't hurting anyone. I am very careful about making sure the technology my son uses is age appropriate and educational. I read reviews, and I play the games myself and with him first to make sure he understands and he's gaining something from it.

Ev - posted on 02/18/2015

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I am not sure about apps for a phone or computer but why not invest in some books, color books, plastic alphabet with magnets and numbers that are the same way, some picture books of real animals and places. They would keep the kids just as busy as any app would and they are going to go farther than an app does. The kids can go back to those things over and over. A app is just there and while there are a few good ones, hands on things are much more better for brain development and learning.

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Gena - posted on 02/21/2015

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i dont know about apps but my 4 year old is totaly into tip toi atm. They are books with a Special electronic pen ,he just Needs to press on anything in the book and it explains what it is,what noise etc. Very fun and educational. So if you get Tip Toi where you live i can recommend giving out some Money for it!!!

Dove - posted on 02/21/2015

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No apps (we still don't have a device that even has apps...lol). Go for old fashioned books and puzzles and interaction w/ you.

As for websites... my kids all loved Starfall.com at that age and my son got introduced to ABCya.com in Kindergarten. Less interaction w/ the computer is better, but there's certainly nothing wrong w/ 20-30 minutes a day a couple of times/week.

Brittan - posted on 02/21/2015

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Here's another one my 3 year old loves, and again he's advanced for his age due to a really awesome Montessori program, so I think a 4 year old would love it too. Anyway, it's called Endless Alphabet. It helps preschoolers with the phonetic spelling of words, and gives them a visual definition after they spell it. Costs a couple dollars for the full version but totally worth it and has these really cute friendly monsters too!

Brittan - posted on 02/19/2015

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I understand your point Evelyn. As a young mom (I'm 29), I grew up with a computer and the internet in my house. I learned to type and use programs at a young age. Those skills give me a competitive advantage now in my career. As a solo parent, I feel lucky to live in 2015, where I can incorporate modern technology like Ipad reading apps and educational games on my son's tablet as well as real books, blocks, things around the house and nature into his learning experience. These things aren't very expensive. Again, I appreciate your insight. But I do think our difference of opinion is simply generational. I definitely broke out the tupperware and wooden spoon "drum set" when he was a little younger, and we are regulars at the local museum and art galleries. But technology is just as much a part of our daily lives.

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