Kid-Friendly Apps to Engage Children While You Study
Let’s face it, parenting while going to college can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to study. Children may not always understand that you need a little quiet time to read and write. Luckily, we live in an era of smartphones and tablets. With the help of these devices, you can use kid-friendly apps to keep your children busy while you hit the books.
Now, by no means is this post suggesting that you put your studies above the needs of your family, but there are times when your focus needs to be on your coursework. So, with that being said, let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular kid-friendly apps that will engage your children and maybe even help them learn while you learn.
Ages: 6 months – 3 years
This app is a great learning tool for infants and toddlers. The Funny Animals mobile app combines education and entertainment that will keep your child engaged, but also teach them a thing or two at the same time.
With many colorful and inviting nature themes and animals, your child will enjoy a simple application that encourages their language, thinking, and motor skills. The Funny Animals app is free, but there are additional premium upgrades if you feel the need to add to the app.
- Three modes: learning, spot it, and name it
- High-def animal animations and sounds
- Easy to learn
- Aids self-learning with animated hints
- Nearly 500,000 people have installed the app
- Compatible with Android and iOs devices
PBS KIDS Video
Ages: 3+ years
PBS has a long-standing tradition of being an educational trailblazer, and the PBS KIDS Video app keeps that tradition alive. This app gives you access to more than a dozen PBS Kids TV show clips. Now your children can watch clips of their favorite PBS shows from your mobile device.
Another great feature of this app is the kid-friendly interface. Kids can easily navigate their way through the app by clicking on the icon of the desired show from a list on the main screen. Plus, the toolbar is set up to let your little ones easily navigate, pause, and play the PBS KIDS videos.
- Free access to more than a dozen PBS KIDS shows
- Kid-friendly interface
- Acts like a simplified television for kids
- Easy to choose content
- Parents can share clips through email and social media
- Short clips help to keep your kids engaged
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
Ages: 4+ years
The Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame app is a great de-stressing tool that helps children deal with life issues through an entertaining and interactive mobile application. This research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem solving.
Additionally, this app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience to overcome everyday challenges.
- Five interactive activities with unique, everyday challenges
- Personalization features that let you customize the experience
- “Breathe with the Monster” activity that teaches self-calming
- Parent section that’s filled with great tips and resources
- App can be played in English or Spanish
Ages: 7+ years
Get ready to blast off into outer space with the NASA mobile application. Filled with an enormous amount of information, this official app of NASA will give your child a front row seat to various aspects of the NASA space program.
This app is best suited for children who are a little older, but it’s a great learning tool that lets kids discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, tweets, and featured content from NASA.
- Live streaming of NASA TV
- Current NASA mission information
- Over 15,000 images (and growing)
- Launch information and countdown clocks
- Earth as Art image and interactive map
- Third Rock Radio
Being a college student and a parent comes with some inherent challenges, but studying doesn’t have to be one of them. By using these kid-friendly apps, you can keep your little ones’ minds and hands occupied while you focus on your homework and get one step closer to earning your degree.
Written by Ben Cummings, Digital Marketing Specialist for Bridgepoint Education.