Are you doing anything special for Earth Day? To celebrate Earth Day, I put together a list of apps that are great to share with your kids on Earth Day. Hope they will be part of your Earth Day learning. Several apps are actually FREE, check them out!
8 Kids Apps for Earth Day
Lorax: The story recounts how the Lorax tries to save the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants from disaster at the hands of an insatiable factory owner. The Lorax’s pleas are ignored and tragedy follows. A Dr. Seuss classic, it still serves as an ecological warning to us today. It is designed for kids age 3 to 6.
Earth Primer: interactive science book for kids that kids learn about earth hands-on, like creating volcanoes, sculpt mountains.
WWF Together: From World Wildlife Fund, it introduces endangered animals with stunning photographs and interesting facts. There are some interactive activities in the app. What is unique in this app, there is an origami with instructions for each introduced animal – a fun family activity after reading. What is even better, it is FREE.
Britannica Kids: Rainforest: very well designed multimedia encyclopedia from Britannica Kids. It introduces world’s rain forests, including types of rain forest; layers of rain forest; the animals, plants and people who live there; and environmental threats and challenges. It is designed for kids age 8 to 12.
The Yuckies: a series of two FREE books teaching kids about environment. The stories use muck, goop and mischief to teach kids why it is important and how to keep our environment clean. The series is designed for 5-8 year olds.
Toca Nature: is an open ended play app for kids of all ages. Kids can make changes in the natural environment and watch how other elements change correspondingly. For example, by adding trees, kids will be able to see the animal distribution changes over time, water circulation changes too.
WilderQuest is a free app by National Parks and Wildlife. Through the lenses of the device, kids experience the virtual reality of the wild nature, watching animals moving close by, be so near to the plants that they will feel they can smell them and touch them. It is great way to experience the nature when you can not go out.
Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures: Lions: from National Wildlife Federation (NWF), it is the first of the series of Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures. Kids follow Ricky Raccoon to visit Lars the Lion and experience a lion’s life in the jungle. With built-in games being integral part of the story, it is a great learning app for kids age 4 to 7.
Audubon Birds: it is an encyclopedia on birds from Audubon Institute, who has been working on ecosystems, with focus on birds and other wildlife, for decades. There are many nice features in the app. The best is the search function. You can search a bird by color, shape, name, location, song pattern, etc. A great app to keep handy when being in the park.
Hope you will enjoy the apps with your kids. For some more apps list I have, please visit Educational Apps for Kids – Grouped by Age and Subjects.
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