Not all of the educational games and apps available are created equal. As a parent and teacher, I have discovered most educational apps to be a waste of time and money. But you can make your child’s screen time count with these top three performers. Designed to practice skills with fun and engaging activities, these educational games will capture children’s interest and feed their brains.
Starfall, Grades PreK–2
The Starfall website introduces early educational skills through play. Children learn essential math and reading skills through songs, chants, rhymes, and games. You can use the free version with limited access or pay $35 for a year’s subscription for the full version.
Draw Then Write, Grades K–3
Evan-Moor’s Draw Then Write educational app is the perfect tool to inspire reluctant writers. Children are allowed to let their imagination run wild with over 30 theme-based drawing and creative writing prompts. Using digital drawing tools, children create a picture and then write a story based on their picture. Draw Then Write is available for $3.99 and available in iTunes (for use with iPads).
ABCYA, Grades PreK–5
ABCYA is a teacher-created website that offers fun and engaging learning games and apps for grades PreK–5. It offers access to all grade levels with math, reading, thinking, and spelling games. A family subscription is $6.99 a month.
Evan-Moor’s Brain Builders: Science is the perfect game for budding scientists. Children will learn grade-level science concepts while practicing literacy skills. The realistic photos and interactive activities keep children engaged and learning. Available for grades PreK–K, 1–2, and 3–4.
What other educational games and apps have you used with your children or students? Please share in the comments section!
Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.