13 Apps That Can Make Your Child Smarter

Dana Covit

If you have a kid, you’ll probably recognize this scenario: Despite toys and coloring books aplenty, your little one just doesn’t seem to want to let go of your iPhone or iPad. Enter: A myriad of educational apps you’ll both love. If you’d rather your little one learn than accidentally friend-request that estranged high school classmate of yours, read on: These 13 apps may just make your child smarter, be it by learning his or her ABCs or exploring nature and the universe.

Splash Math

This app makes math fun and engaging for kids, with self-paced activities like matching shapes, rotating clock hands, exploring ratios, and more.

COST: Basic level free with in-app upgrades.

Learn to Read Music

A great beginner app, this simple flashcard interface will have your child on his or her way to becoming a musician in no time.

COST: $2

Color by Numbers

As simple as it gets, this color by numbers app gives your child the freedom to explore color and imagine, all while getting familiar with numbers.

COST: Free                  

Super Why!

Four cute characters make for perfect learning companions as your child practices the alphabet, rhyming, spelling, writing, and reading.

COST: $3

Earth3D

If you like space, you’ll probably find yourself sneaking a look at this one, too. Explore the earth from different angles; take a look at star fields, planes, ships, and cities. If you want to feed your child’s imagination and fascination for the world around them, this is a good place to start.

COST: $3

American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs

If your child is into science and animals, this is a must-have. With great photos and the ability to explore fossils and learn about the dinos, it oozes educational goodness.

COST: Free

Endless Alphabet

From the creators of Sesame Street’s Monster at the End of This Book, Endless Alphabet is just about the most fun way to have your little one learn his or her ABCs and build a vocabulary. Interactive puzzles and animations keep it lively and entertaining.

COST: $7

Balloony Word

A modern update to the old Hangman standby, Balloony Word will teach your kids new vocabulary and have them practicing spelling, all while trying to keep a cute gorilla afloat.

COST: $2

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine

GoldieBlox has made it its mission to inspire a new generation of engineers and creatives. In the Movie Machine app, kids can learn the basics of animation and create their own animated GIFs.

COST: Free

Fish School HD

Who better to teach your child their letters, numbers, shapes, and colors than a school of under water friends? It’s pure, playful, interactive fun.

COST: $2

The Sight Word Adventure

This app builds visual attention, active listening, and visual memorization, while helping your child learn to recognize, read, and write up to 320 sight words.

COST: $2

Plants by Tinybop

Plants by Tinybop lets your kids explore flora and fauna of varying ecosystems, see how seasons impact nature, and watch thunderstorms erupt. Each season includes new illustrations and unique animations.

COST: $3

Do your kids love any apps? Tell us in the comments!

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