Top Apps for Educating and Enthralling Kids (The Under 10)

Children love the touchscreen nature of smartphones and tablets, and developers have strived to produce a range of kid-friendly apps to help them get the most out of modern-day tech.

Part educational and part fun, the apps enrich a child’s learning process while introducing them to concepts that will stand them in good stead in later life. Here we look at a mix of creative, practical and knowledge-based apps to get youngsters off to a flying start.

ChoreMonster: make chores fun for kids!

ALTERNATIVE TO: REMINDERS

ChoreMonster aims to put the fun into the most mundane of tasks by awarding children points whenever they complete a chore. Chores can be stacked up, with the app offering daily or weekly reminders of key tasks.

iPhone iOS 6.0 Free

Amazing World Atlas

ALTERNATIVE TO: MAPS

Created by Lonely Planet this app 1 allows children to explore the world through games, quizzes and interactive maps, with nice sound effects and jaunty music to keep up interest.

Crayola Lights, Camera, Color!

ALTERNATIVE TO: CAMERA

With Crayola, children can become very creative. Snap a pic, drain it of its color, add stickers and then use the crayons to color the image in any way you wish.

Caribu — Turn Video Chat into Story Time

ALTERNATIVE TO: FACETIME

Even when you’re away from your little one, you can tell a bedtime story with Caribu — set up a video call and read together.

Times table cloud click game

ALTERNATIVE TO: CALCULATOR

Multiplication tables can be a chore to learn but this apps turns it into a fun game based around a series of trappable clouds.

Epic! — Books for Kids

ALTERNATIVE TO: NEWSSTAND

After setting a child’s age and the kind or books he or she will enjoy the most, Epic!filters through thousands of books and delivers a series of suggestions. Downloadable books include classics such as the Flat Stanley and Nancy Drew series.

Kid-safe Tube TV Lite

ALTERNATIVE TO: VIDEOS

Not ail videos online are child friendly, hut with this app parents can rest assured that safe, entertaining and educational YouTube videos are delivered. There’s also a timer to ensure that your little one doesn’t get square-eyed.

Mobicip Safe Browser With Parental Control

ALTERNATIVE TO: SAFARI

Based on the Mozilla Firefox browser Mobicip allows you to create age-based settings to filter content and block unsuitable sites it claims to use advanced algorithms to rate each page.

Maily: Your Kids’ First Email

ALTERNATIVE TO: EMAIL

Designed for children aged three and over Maily lets children produce visual messages using photos and built-in tools from stickers to backgrounds. Parents can monitor what their children are sending.

Interactive Telling Time Lite

ALTERNATIVE TO: CLOCK

This cute app makes time-telling fun. The app asks kids to set the clock to a certain time using the hands. They can also stop the clock when it reaches a set time.

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