Apps for Kids in Upper Elementary and Middle School

Apps for Kids Age 10-15

Problem Solving with a Twist of Optical Illusions – Monument Valley

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I recently have been playing the game Monument Valley. It is an amazing game. Combining strategic problem solving, visual art, geometric and optical illusion, it is a game app I have not seen before. It is not for young kids, but definitely a great one for school age kids to gain first hand experience about […]

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Visual Learning Tool on How Machines Work

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How It Works is a clear, simple, textbook style app.  It visually shows kids how things function and do what they are supposed to do. There are 9 items featured in the app: a car, a rocket, a steam engine, a windmill, a lawn mower, a pump, a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner and a hair […]

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Coloring Book App That Grows with Your Child

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There are many coloring apps on App Store, most of them are about the same. When I first saw the app title, I did not pay much attention – just another coloring app. But once I started the app, I was quite impressed by the options it has. Picotoons Coloring Books is a coloring app […]

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Book Reader for Kids: Epic – Books for Kids

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Recently I was approached by the developers of a new app Epic! – Books for Kids, asking if I would like to review the app. I have reviewed several great kids book reader apps that are subscription based and I think this is a great way to get kids reading more. The app is basically […]

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Free App: Watch Educational Shows on Smithsonian Channel for FREE

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I recently find a great educational app from Smithsonian – Smithsonian Channel. It has many of Smithsonian channel’s videos, some are full episodes, and they are free! It is available on almost all the different devices, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Kindle. If you want to watch the videos on bigger screen, it is also available […]

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Move the Turtle – Computer Programming for Kids

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Move the Turtle is an innovative and thought provoking app that teaches kids some of the basics of coding.  This app performs a service as more than a programming app but as a thinking app.  Really, it helps kids learn how to think.  It shows kids how to break things down by degrees and ask […]

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Free App: Geoboard Making Math and Geometry Fun

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I came across several homemade Geoboard ideas recently, and they reminded me the wonderful free app Geoboard, which we used recently to play some math games about geometry. It is an app from The Math Learning Center, it is available for iPhone, iPad, Windows tablets, and an app on the internet too, which means you can […]

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Fun Geography Games for Kids – State Bingo and Geography Crosswords

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Is Geography a hard subject for your child? It was for me. That is why I am always excited when I find a good fun app helping kids learn the geographic facts. State Bingo and Geography Crossword is a fun geography game app about US geographic facts. Kids play bingo and crossword games with US […]

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Free App: Learn social emotional skills with games

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Parenting tweens and teens is a different challenge than parenting younger kids. Kids this age are more independent, which is good, but sometimes makes it hard for them to accept whatever we are trying to teach them.  It is especially challenging when it comes to social and emotional skills. That is why I am very […]

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Free App: National Geographic Young Explorer

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Recently I found a wonderful free resource from National Geographic for kids – National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine. It is available for free on their website, and as apps for both iPad and Android devices. There are 7 issues every year. Each issue covers 3 topics about nature, such as rain; plant roots; animals cover […]

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App Went Free: GeoBee Challenge HD by National Geographic

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Are you kids doing GeoBee? My child’s school just finished their GeoBee challenge for this year. It is a fun way for kids to learn geography. GeoBee Challenge App is a great tool to help kids prepare for the challenge. If your child has not done GeoBee, it is like the Spelling Bee, but it […]

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Free App: Unique Coloring Apps from Eye Paint

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Today I am sharing a series of apps from Eye Paint. They are unique coloring apps that open up otherwise impossible ways to bring paintings to life. I have reviewed apps for a while. The biggest benefit for me is the opportunity to explore new ideas. Whenever I found something that I have not seen […]

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Free App: Poetry from the Poetry Foundation

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Do you like to read poems? Do you read poems with your kids? The love of poetry is a cultured taste that needs be cultivated from a young age. I found the best way to engage a child in poetry is to find the subject that they are interested in, and share when they are […]

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Fun Art App for Kids Creativity – Mini Monet

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Mini Monet is a fun art app for kids. I like the fine artistic taste of the app and its many different options for kids to explore different aspects of the art activities. When kids open the app, they will see a street scene set in Paris. They will see the Eiffel Tower in the […]

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App Went Free: Chess Professional

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Do you play chess with your kids? Do they like it? I know chess is a good game for kids to learn strategies and critical thinking, but I don’t know how to play beyond some basic moves. My son learned chess from school’s chess club, but at home, he has no one to play with. […]

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Practice Math Facts with Math Slicer Games

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If you are looking for a fun way for kids to learn their times tables or math facts in general then, you will be interested in our recent discovery. Math Slicer, by Thumb storm, turns kids into Math ninjas. It is a fun math game for math facts. On opening, the app players can choose […]

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