With so much free time during the summer it is easy for kids to swan dive into the brain drain of mindless videos and electronics. ALTERNATIVE? Fab educational apps and a smorgasboard of classic books to keep them busy, motivated and sharp.
Best Educational Apps:
For kids ages 2-6
This app helps kids Learn about animals and animal sounds through fun quizzes
For kids ages 2-4
This app helps Introduce toddlers/preschoolers to numbers and counting
For kids ages 2-8
A hungry frog named Hoppy teaches young kids how to spell without the bore of scrabble
For kids ages 4+
This app is an interactive, furry version of connect four or bejeweled
For kids ages 5+
This app is all about Geometry Brain Teasers
Developed by an Elementary school teacher
Its exactly what it sounds like, except SO much better than flashcards.
You can choose all different kinds of math skills and difficulty levels to challenge yourself
For kids Ages 6+
This app helps kids memorize all 50 states and capitols through exciting games and activities
A World version is also available
For kids ages 8+
Think Space Invaders meets mathematics for this outta this world app
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Mrs. Piggle -Wiggle by Betty McDonald and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Book of the Month Club:
Want these classic books to magically appear at your doorstep this summer?
Keep your kids engaged this summer with the ideal reading list curated by age and by interest by CHILDREN”S BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB. They’ll deliver two books to your doorstep for three months for only a $49.44 price tag (a 50% savings off of publisher’s edition prices, membership) PLUS a $25 restaurant.com gift certificate for your family to enjoy.
From Goodnight Moon to Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Shel Silverstein and numerous young adult novels, hundreds of titles are available.