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33 best apps for school-age kids

Make learning fun with these apps that help your kid with spelling, reading, math and more.

By Today's Parent

33 best apps for school-age kids

Best apps for school-age kids

Epic!

This digital library gives you unlimited access to 25,000 books, including more than 500 French ones. Free, itunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Playground AR

Using augmented reality through your device’s camera, kids can create a tower of blocks and watch them come tumbling down. $2, itunes.ca

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AR Dragon

Be the mother (or father) of dragons with this simulator, which lets you hatch and care for your one-of-a-kind virtual pet. Free, itunes.ca

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Stop, Breathe and Think Kids: Focus, Calm and Sleep

This mindfulness app lets kids use emojis to check in with their feelings, try mindful missions and earn sticker rewards. Free, itunes.ca

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George of the Jungle: Owie Owie

Owie Owie fever has turned some bugs into an evil army. Help George escape by climbing trees and collecting power-ups. Free,play.google.com

33 best apps for school-age kids

Toca TV by Toca Boca

Watch over 1,000 videos—from animated originals to kid-hosted shows—on Toca Boca’s new interactive video platform. $7 subscription,itunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Disney Emoji Blitz

Play fast-paced rounds matching cute Disney emojis. Unlock characters, power up and play missions to boost your score. Free,itunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Brush Teeth with The Wiggles

Kids can time their brushing time (and earn trophies!) with a dentist-approved Wiggles song and music video. Free, play.google.com

33 best apps for school-age kids

TVOKids Word Racer

Learn how to spell while upgrading your wheels! Free, itunes.ca.

33 best apps for school-age kids

ScratchJr by Scratch Foundation

Move, jump, dance and sing alongside the characters while solving problems and expressing yourself. Free, itunes.ca.

33 best apps for school-age kids

Let’s create! Pottery

Spin the clay on the wheel, glaze and fire it, then you’re ready to paint! Let your kids’ creativity shine through. $7, itunes.ca.

33 best apps for school-age kids

DNA Play by Avokiddo

Get creative while building monsters and altering genes. After all your body parts are there, have fun playing with your monsters! $4, itunes.ca.

33 best apps for school-age kids

Toca Nature

This app brings the magic of the outdoors to the comfort of your home. Kids can plant trees, grow forests, raise mountains, scavenge for food and meet exciting animals. $4, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

The Robot Factory by Tinybop

This open-ended building game lets kids create the robot of their dreams: robot cats, robot samurais and even robots with tentacles! The sky’s the limit with 100 parts and nine colour schemes to choose from. Your little inventor can make her invention dance and record her own robot sounds, too. $6iTunes.ca 
 

33 best apps for school-age kids

Ladybird: I’m Ready To Spell

Blast off into a spelling adventure with this app’s three interactive games, which will target your child’s specific vocabulary skills. From Speedy Spellings to Scrambled Spellings, this download’s colourful characters are a great addition to the learning process. Kids also have the opportunity to decorate their own spaceship and win trophies and stars. $6, iTunes$5, googleplay

33 best apps for school-age kids

ChoreMonster

Stop your kids from groaning about chores with Chore Monster. You can easily set up their chores and the rewards they’ll earn. Free, play.google.com iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Crazy Gears by Seven Academy

Welcome to Crazy Gears, a digital playground based on the theories of mathematician and computer scientist Seymour Papert. Young learners must manipulate chains, pulleys and gears to pull themselves into the next level. There’s more than one solution—kids can challenge themselves to find the most efficient one. $4iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Vocabulary Spelling City

One of the top features in this game is HangMouse, a fun activity that encourages kids to figure out a word before the cat catches the mouse (think Hangman for spelling). The Missing Letter feature encourages young learners to complete words by recognizing patterns. There is also an option to upgrade this app for premium vocabulary and spelling activities. FreeiTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Reading Rainbow Skybrary

Gain access to over 500 books, more than 200 educational video field trips and a chance to explore 7 islands! Books will come to life and help you child improve their reading skills in a fun way. Get up to 5 books for free and unlock the rest for $10/month, $30/6months and $50/year. iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

The Earth by Tinybop

Learn about the earth and what it’s made of with this app. You’ll get to travel through time to see how the earth has changed, cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of your own and shape any piece of land you want with just your fingertips. $4, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Robot School: Programming for Kids by Next Is Great

R-obbie Robot crashed his spaceship. He needs lots of energy to return to his home planet. Players have to guide R-obbie through 45 levels of coding challenges to reprogram their new friend to move to a nearby battery so he can refuel. $6iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Spell with Pip: An Oxford Spelling Game

This arcade-style game is a win for any iPad-loving family. Created by Oxford University Press, Pip the Parrot is the fly-away spelling guide in this jungle of words. There are lots of opportunities to win awards throughout, and the soundtrack keeps the game fun and lively. Parents will love the multiple profile feature so they can keep track of each child’s progress. $6, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Rainbow Loom Creativity Builder with the Maker Monsters

Enhance your kids’ creativity in math, science, engineering, arts and technology. They’ll be crazy about building their own cars, cupcakes, spaceships and aliens! $3, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Spelling Bee

When you choose your child’s grade (grades one through eight), this spelling app will prompt your kid with an age-appropriate word and they’ll have one minute to spell it. After a minute, they’ll either be corrected or not and a new word will be given. Your child will quickly be on his or her way to becoming a spelling champion. FreeWindows

33 best apps for school-age kids

Attributes by Math Doodles

This puzzle game lets kids explore math concepts through patterns. Challenges include grouping things according to similar characteristics, completing pattern sequences, and comparing and contrasting using a Venn diagram. $4iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Wild Guess!

Albert is one smart monkey! He’s also the cuddly character who will help your child memorize important information. For example, when you’re ready to teach your kid their home address and phone number, this game can help. There are also quizzes that will enhance your child’s homework activities. Earn points, get rewards and have fun memorizing and learning to spell. FreeiTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

Simple Machines by Tinybop

Your little engineers will get to explore and understand the physics behind levers, pulleys, inclined planes and more! $4, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

My Spelling

This app focuses on week-by-week spelling progress. As your kid completes each spelling test, they’ll get a reward. Games like Hangman are built into the app, and if you need more spelling ideas, SpellingCity can help with dozens of pre-populated options. Freeplay.google.com

33 best apps for school-age kids

Motion Math: Cupcake!

Mini entrepreneurs will improve their math skills and learn about economics while running their own cupcake shop. They’ll buy ingredients, set prices, design cupcakes and make tons of deliveries to customers. $5, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

The Everything Machine by Tinybop

The Everything Machine teaches your little genius about programming and circuitry while they create their own inventions using the hardware and sensors already inside your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Kids can combine the camera, microphone, speakers and screen to make a stop-motion camera, a voice disguiser, a kaleidoscope and more. Then they can save their machines to use every day. For more fun, kids can connect other devices and create more complex machines with friends. $4iTunes.ca 
 

33 best apps for school-age kids

Spelling Monster

Whether your child is learning three-letter words or 13-letter words, this app and all its little spelling monsters can help. There are a number of mini games built into the download, and you can share spelling lists between devices. The ”parent gate” makes it simple to track your child’s progress, including the length of time each game is played. The focus of this app is comprehensive spelling, but it’s also a whole lot of colourful fun. iTunes.ca, $3; play.google.com, Free

33 best apps for school-age kids

Grammar Pop HD

Adults may know Grammar Girl, a real-life woman who has taught grammar to millions (including Oprah!). This educational app is her creation, a perfect complement to what your school-aged kids are learning in the classroom. While this download does teach your kids how to spell, it also helps them to understand articles, nouns and verbs so they’ll be grammar stars in no time. $3iTunes

33 best apps for school-age kids

Barefoot World Atlas

Give your child the world with this awesome app. They can fly around the globe and learn facts about every country, meet different people and watch hundreds of videos. $7, iTunes.ca

33 best apps for school-age kids

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