Smartphones are not exactly designed for children. Traditionally, kids have their own set of toys they ought to play with. However, kids are adapting to technology quicker and though they may not have a full and articulate understanding of the phone’s features and functionalities, they can quickly navigate the phone to your games store.
Ordinarily, most apps and games are not tailored for children use, but the recent rise of savviness amongst kids has brought a flood of developers with child-friendly games and apps. If you are on the look for the best games to download for your child, here are some suggestions for you. The apps range from educational, inspirational to the mere fun.
Gone are the days when you would buy an ABC chart and hang on the wall for your child to practice. Endless alphabet is an interactive game that helps build your child’s vocabulary and understanding of the alphabet. Under each letter of the alphabet, there are easy to spell words that are first shown in their correct order, then scattered around the display section. The child has to rearrange them in the correct order. After that, there’ll be a small and easy description of the name.
The game is recommended for children above the age of three years and you can download it from the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. The game is free on Android but goes for Ksh. 900 on Apple devices with both having in-app purchases.
This is a beautiful game that is about fireflies in a forest. The game will have kids capturing the fireflies by tapping on them. It’s relatively easy but gets a little challenging when the fireflies appear in four different groups, each having its own colour. The fireflies respond to a rhythmic tap on the screen by tapping right back. The game is supposed to be simple and fun and its intended purpose is leisure based other than educational.
The game is recommended for children above the age of three years and can be downloaded on the Google Play Store or Apple Store for KSH 100 and 300 respectively.
Brain Pop Jr. (Movie of the week)
Movies have taken over the entertainment industry. Some countries have adopted to teaching students using educational movies, and more countries are adopting the technique. Brain Pop Jr. is an interactive game that plays an animated movie every week, and then asks questions related to the subject covered. Subjects covered are versatile and can range from math, science, social skills, reading and writing, technology, etc.
The game is recommended for kids above three years. You can download it from either Google Play Store or Apple store for free. Both platforms have in-app purchases.
ABC Kids –Tracing and Phonics
This is a simple, fun and educational game that your child can use to learn how to write and enunciate words. The game displays a letter and your child has to trace the letter, once they have done so successfully, they will be able to move on to another letter. The game teaches not just the flow of the alphabet, but also how the letters are spelt and written.
This trifecta application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free and is recommended for children above the age of four years.
Children can learn from various avenues around the house, it is important to channel their young potent minds to the right resources and forms of education.