Since it’s that back-to-school time of year, I thought I’d list some good educational and resource apps for school-going kids. Some of them are suited to nursery school kids, while others are matched to older learners – you’ll be able to assess general age appropriateness from the descriptions.
1. Endless Wordplay: For rhyming and entertaining word puzzles (free, iOS)
Good to know: There are other brilliant apps in the Endless range such as Reader, Numbers and Learning Academy, and all are worth a look.
2. The Everything Machine: For simple visual programming that combines your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can think of! (R39.99, iOS)
3. Toca Lab: For teaching kids about the elements, and what happens when they’re heated, cooled, mixed and magnetised (R39.99 on iOS).
Good to know: Toca Boca apps have been downloaded more than 100 million times, and they’re my most recommended apps (they have apps for toddlers and upwards).
4. Wonderbox: For amazing learning and content creation across topics such as science, design, languages, geography, and sports (free on iOS).
5. Brainscape: For flashcard templates and methods to help with learning (free, iOS).
6. Safari Tales: For learning about animals and creating animal storybooks (R54.99 on iOS).
7. Duolingo: For learning another language in a fun way via listening, speaking and translating (free on iOS).
8 Khan Academy: For learning about hundreds of topics from videos and explanations (free, iOS)
9 Foldify Zoo: For the making of animals using figures and digital stamps. Kids can then print them out, to cut and fold together to make 3D paper animals, plus learn about the animals they make (R54.99, iOS).
10. DragonBox Algebra 5+: For teaching kids addition, division and multiplication (R69.99 on iOS).
Good to know: There’s a version, DragonBox Algebra 12+ for older kids.
11. Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps: For early learning reading skills (R69.99, on iOS).