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7 iPad Apps to Help Kids Learn Math and Science
August 6, 2013 | in Babysitting Jobs
One of the best things about iPads (and all tablets, really) is the way you can use them as educational tools. With the right tweaks to parental controls, they become safe and sturdy resources for children to develop their young minds. As a nanny, you can use these applications to reinforce math and science concepts or help to teach new ones. The right app can help the child or children in your care boost their brainpower and make learning fun. Here are some of the best (prices will vary).
Star Walk: This app lets kids explore more than 20,000 objects in the sky, zooming in and around constellations, planets and entire galaxies as they discover space. It features “augmented reality,” meaning you can point your iPad or iPhone’s camera at a spot in the sky and read what’s at that location, and you can use it like a regular interactive atlas, too. Best of all, it doesn’t require an Internet connection to use.
Math Evolve: Designed for ages 6 and up, Math Evolve is a fun and engaging way to instill the basics — addition, subtraction, multiplication and division — without getting bogged down. There’s a practice mode that’s perfect for drills or brushing up, and there’s a story mode that lets kids take their character across multiple environments (like the ocean and outer space) while using math skills to solve levels.
Monster Physics: Monster Physics looks goofy to adults, which is kind of the point: It’s a brightly colored, cartoony app that’s meant to appeal to the game-loving side of kids. It’s not shallow, though. Winner of a 2012 Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review, the app uses rockets, race cars and monster-controlled magnets to teach kids the elemental properties of physics, like mass, velocity and more.
The Ultimate Dinopedia: This app is just what it sounds like: the ultimate guide to dinosaurs. Produced by National Geographic, the app has been nationally ranked for its educational qualities by outlets like Time magazine and The New York Times. It features info on more than 700 dinosaurs, including stats, pictures, fun facts and charts that show how each dinosaur is related to others. You’ll probably find yourself using it as much as the kids do.
Mathemagics: This is a fantastic app for students of all ages, geared toward teaching you how to accomplish basic math functions as quickly as possible. Problems are broken into broad areas like “Quickly multiply by 9” or “Quickly divide by 5,” among dozens of others, so you can work on certain areas depending on your needs. It’s a great way to learn basics and then level up.
Bugs and Numbers: This app offers 18 separate games designed to enhance crucial math skills. Kids learn things like number sequencing, measurements, patterns and even currency. It’s a great one to have on hand to keep younger learners entertained and instill good math habits from an early age.
Science360: Published by the National Science Foundation, this app is a gorgeous, entertaining way for kids to learn more about the world around them. There are hundreds of pictures and videos, with new content added all the time. From ocean life to the physics of sports, there’s something for just about every taste and passion.← 28 Blogs Looking at How You Can Build Smart Money Habits Early | 10 Ways to Prevent Choking in Kids →
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