As parents we might try to limit our children’s access to screens, but I know it is not always that easy. What we can do is make sure we provide them with educational apps, that will also keep them entertained for hours. Finding great quality apps can be hard, especially next to a busy schedule and always bored kids asking to play mindless games on the tablet. And since our kids are in the phase where they want to know everything about every possible animal on the planet, I created this list of apps that can help kids spend some time on their mobile devices and learn at the same time.
- ANIMALS FOR KIDS FOREST
This is a great educational game for any age. Kids will enjoy watching animations, but at the same time they will learn the importance of chores by taking care of animals and the forest. The design is really simple, so kids won’t get distracted by it and is interesting even for the youngest. This app introduces positive values of keeping forests clean and taking care of the nature. Download Animals for Kids Forest for Android here.
- TOONIA PUZZLE – ANIMAL JIGSAW GAME
Toonia Puzzle features colorful yet relaxing illustrations, gorgeous animals and funny animations that will without a doubt make your kid giggle with joy. This app uses a new approach to the traditional jigsaw puzzle game. It includes 360° illustrations with no beginning and no end. Gameplay is simple and the rules are very loose – you can start anywhere you wish and continue in any direction you want. The game can help with developing concentration skills, motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Forestry is lovely search game app that takes you to the forest. There are a variety of different mini games in it – our favourite is to find missing objects in different scenes. The app is made with simple navigation which makes great for younger kids. They can catch a fish by tapping onto the screen at the moment it jumps out of the water, which usually produces fits of laughter.
- GOOD NIGHT AND SWEET DREAMS
We all love a good bedtime story and this interactive children’s book for iOS is exactly that. Good night and sweet dreams app will allow your kids to fall asleep next to the animals of the Zoo. Switch off the lights, whisper a lovely »good night« and let them drift to sleep.
- ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Animal hospital app for iOS lets kids play a vet by treating 40 different animals and taking care of them by choosing the right treatment. Each animal patient comes in with different aches and pains. For example, a ladybug that is missing the spots on one of the wings – how cute is that?
- ANIMAL KINDERLAND
Your toddler will enjoy taking care of the animals through mini games in the Animal Kinderland app. This app introduces animal mothers and asks kids to pick whether they are giving birth to animal babies or laying eggs. The app presents animals in their natural habitat and educates at the same time. Kids will be able to learn all about animals and their families by discovering different interactions and animations.
+ ONE EXTRA APP FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
PIGSTY – ANIMALS ON THE LOOSE
Pigsty – Animals on the loose app made for the entire family to keep you entertained on long trips or just a day off. Farm animals have been swirled around and the kids’ job is to take care of them by catching, fencing and grouping them together properly. First few levels are easy, but then it gets more challenging – maybe too much for younger kids, but perfect for older siblings to help.