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30 Incredible Apps that Will Make Your Kids Become Well-Rounded Adults

30 Incredible Apps that Will Make Your Kids Become Well-Rounded Adults

As parents we are very concerned about our children’s development, including the TV programs they watch and video games they play. Most often though, these games and programs cater to the lowest common denominator. Same goes for academic expectations at public schools, as a result our education system provides results that are laughable at best.

All children are born creative and, looking at the statistics for gifted children worldwide, you can see that there is no difference between the rate of giftedness in most developed countries. Yet, according to statistics for average intelligence by nation, the United States and Canada are far behind countries like Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. What happened with all these creative and gifted children? The answer is: They got neglected and mistreated by the educational system.

If you want to ensure that your kids get the proper education and develop into well-rounded individuals, you have to take matters into your own hands. Talents are not necessarily limited to math, science, or languages. Educational and gifted assessments often find that children are gifted in a particular area, yet may have weaknesses in other areas. As a parent, you should strive to find the areas your children are strongest in and help advance their talents further. Even more important is to address their weaknesses, if any. Educational apps could be an excellent tool here—children can learn while having fun.

Using the right apps gives your children the opportunity to nurture both their analytical and creative capabilities. Here are 30 of the best apps for kids, available for both iOS and Android.

Education and general knowledge

1. BrainPOP Featured Movie

Brain Pop

    This app provides you with a quick and fun way of learning information on a variety of topics like science, math, art, English and social sciences, through great movies and quizzes. A great way for a child to learn something new in their spare time.

    iPhone or Android

    2. News-O-Matic

    News o matic

      Kid-friendly news from around the world available on your child’s smartphone or tablet, so your child can learn about the latest advances in science, fun facts from around the world and inspirational stories about talented and gifted kids.

      iPhone or Android

      3. WWF Together

      WWF Together

        The WWF puts a ton of work into helping preserve endangered animal species. This app allows children to learn more about a wide variety of animals, and all the hard work that goes into protecting them and their habitats.

        iPhone or Android

        4. Pet Bingo

        Pet bingo

          A fun little app that allows small kids to nurture cute pets while at the same learning about basic math. It is the best way to get your kids excited about math and help them quickly develop their math skills.

          iPhone or Android

          5. NASA app

          NASA app

            Help your children learn about space and explore the known universe through HD images, while staying updated about launches and watching the latest NASA videos, all with this official NASA application.

            iPhone or Android

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            6. Duolingo

            Duolingo app

              All it takes is an hour or two a day to learn a new language fairly quickly, and this app is structured as a fun game, complete with video game-style lives and points, enabling both children and grownups to learn several major languages.

              iPhone or Android

              7. My First Classical Music App

              My First Classical Music

                Introduce your child to the wonderful world of classical music, with information on the lives and works of famous composers. Let them learn about various instruments and how they sound, and much more.

                iPhone or Android

                8. Stack the States

                stack the states

                  There are many grown-ups that don’t know basic geography, but, luckily, this app can teach kids about the different states in the US form an early age. It helps kids learn fun facts, as well as the geographical location of each state and their capitals.

                  iPhone or Android

                  9. Stack the Countries

                  stack the countries

                    Once a child has mastered geography on a national level, they can move on to learn about the different countries from around the world, stacking them in their right place and memorizing capitals and other interesting facts.

                    iPhone or Android

                    10. Focus on Plant

                    focus on plant

                      An app for somewhat older children, which allows them to learn tons of information on plant biology, complete with lots of pictures, diagrams and the ability to take a quiz to gauge their progress.

                      iPhone or Android

                      11. My Incredible Body

                      my incredible body

                        Children have plenty of questions about their body, and parents can’t always give the best answer. Well, this is where My Incredible Body, the essential anatomy app for kids, comes in. It teaches important facts about the human body in a way that’s fun and easy to understand—great for kids and adults alike.

                        iPhone or Android

                        Books

                        12. Book Creator

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                        book creator

                          Combine creativity, fun and reading with this cool app that lets kids create format books, add images and create covers for them—so that they can enjoy what they are reading more and share it with their friends.

                          iPhone or Android

                          13. Peepo and the Unfinished Story

                          Peepo and the unfinished story

                            Peepo is a character in a story that is unfinished, and he needs some help from the reader to complete characters, backgrounds and more, so that the story can play out. This app for kids combines reading and storytelling with a variety of interesting games.

                            iPhone or Android

                            14. Me Books

                            Me Books

                              A bookshop with a wide variety of children’s books, suitable for ages 2-10, where you can browse and find the best bedtime stories. Whenever your child wants to hear a story, you will be ready and soon they will be able to read the stories themselves.

                              iPhone or Android

                              15. Free Books

                              free books

                                A vast collection of over 23,000 titles, with a large number of classics that are in the public domain, as well as some more modern titles, all to be had for free, with a one-time purchase option that unlocks several thousand audiobooks. It is a great option for children aged 9+ and adults as well.

                                iPhone or Android

                                16. Grimm’s Bookshelf

                                Grimms Bookshelf

                                  Access a multitude of classical children’s stories, with a twist! The app allows you to browse interactive pop-up books, with unique 3D pop-up games that will get your child to completely immerse herself in magical fairy-tale worlds.

                                  iPhone or Android

                                  Creativity

                                  17. Sketchbook Express

                                  SketchBook Express

                                    A fairly advanced application for painting and drawing, designed with tablets in mind. It can allow both younger and older children to have hours of fun and create great works of art, with access to a number of tools and a 2500% zoom feature.

                                    iPad or Android

                                    18. FriendStrip Kids Pro

                                    FriendStrip Kids Pro

                                      The app allows your kids to snap creative pictures and put them together to create a great comic book. There are a variety of useful tools, so with some DIY costumes and a bit of imagination they can make and share all kinds of adventurous comics.

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                                      iPhone or Android

                                      19. colAR Mix

                                      colAR mix

                                        A coloring book that brings your creations to life as 3D animations. There are a number of interesting drawings to color in, each with their own unique animation that you can play upon completing the drawing.

                                        iPhone or Android

                                        20. ArtKive

                                        ArtKive

                                          A virtual archive for all your children’s artwork, which you can tag and share on social media, or just show it to everyone. This way you won’t have to despair when there is a need to clear up the fridge door for new art.

                                          iPhone or Android

                                          21. Bord

                                          Bord

                                            This simple but incredibly fun app is best suited for smaller children who can’t really navigate the more complex drawing apps. You can use it to draw shapes, teach children letters and numbers and, of course, create some fun chalk drawings.

                                            iPhone or Android

                                            22. Shake-a-Phrase

                                            Shake-a-phrase

                                              Shake your phone and come up with funny random word combinations. Get a few laughs at the weird sentences and learn about language at the same time, with tests available to gauge your grammar skills.

                                              iPhone or Android

                                              Cognitive skills

                                              23. Fit Brain Trainer

                                              Fit Brains Trainer

                                                Keeping your child’s mind engaged and allowing them to exercise their brain is just as important as physical exercise, and this app provides you with 360 games that help train different cognitive skills like memory, problem solving and concentration.

                                                iPhone or Android

                                                24. Little things forever

                                                Little Things Forever

                                                  The app features big beautiful, visually impressive designs made from lots of smaller items of different shapes and color, where your child has to find the right items form a randomly generated list. It promotes concentration and visual recognition skills, and is very fun and engaging.

                                                  iPhone or Android

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                                                  25. Memory matches

                                                  Memory match

                                                    Have your kids play around with this app to keep them entertained and help them work on their memory. It is a classic game of matching identical cards on boards ranging from 4×4 to 8×8 for varied level of complexity, depending on your child’s skills.

                                                    iPhone or Android

                                                    Fun and smart games

                                                    26. Cut the rope 2

                                                    cut the rope 2

                                                      A worthy successor to the first iteration of the title, Cut the rope 2 features cute candy-eating aliens, logical puzzles that can get quite tricky and hours of potential fun. It is colorful, fun and forces your child to think.

                                                      iPhone or Android

                                                      27. Angry Birds Space

                                                      Angry birds space

                                                        The legendary birds now travel to space, which means your child has to factor in things like a planet’s gravitational pull, which affects the path that the birds take. It is a good way to teach kids about basic physics and space in a visually stimulating way.

                                                        iPhone or Android

                                                        28. Toca Builders

                                                        Toca builders

                                                          A collection of builders with unique abilities in a sandbox world, where your child can create unique structures out of different colored blocks and snap photos of their work. It is an excellent way for your child to get creative, without making a huge mess on the floor, like with Legos.

                                                          iPhone or Android

                                                          29. Toca Hair Salon 2

                                                          Toca Hair salon 2

                                                            This is another cool game with a lovely visual style that combines playfulness with creativity, allowing kids to create a variety of different hairstyles. With a large number of different characters, tools, hair colors and accessories the kids can really let their imagination run wild. It’s also a good way to help smaller children overcome their fear of going to the hair dresser.

                                                            iPhone or Android

                                                            30. Scribblenauts Remix

                                                            Scribblenauts remix

                                                              A game that lets kids, and their parents, create multiple unique solutions to problems by summoning different creatures and objects by typing out what you wish to create. There are 50 levels available and you can finish each one using a wide variety of approaches. Your child is only limited by their own imagination, which she is encouraged to use extensively, and her spelling skills, which will be improved significantly through playing the game.

                                                              iPhone or Android

                                                              You are sure to find a few useful apps in this extensive list, apps that will allow your child to learn and improve in different areas, all while having plenty of fun. These apps are excellent for channeling your child’s creative energy and satiating their thirst for knowledge, and you’ll often find yourself using some of the apps as well.

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                                                              Ivan Dimitrijevic

                                                              Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                                                              Last Updated on March 21, 2019

                                                              11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                                                              11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                                                              Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

                                                              You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

                                                              But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

                                                              To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

                                                              It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

                                                              “What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

                                                              The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

                                                              In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

                                                              Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

                                                              1. Start Small

                                                              The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

                                                              Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

                                                              Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

                                                              Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

                                                              Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

                                                              Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

                                                              It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

                                                              Do less today to do more in a year.

                                                              2. Stay Small

                                                              There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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                                                              But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

                                                              If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

                                                              When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

                                                              I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

                                                              Why?

                                                              Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

                                                              The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

                                                              Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

                                                              3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

                                                              No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

                                                              There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

                                                              What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

                                                              Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

                                                              This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

                                                              This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

                                                              4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

                                                              When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

                                                              There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

                                                              Peter Drucker said,

                                                              “What you track is what you do.”

                                                              So track it to do it — it really helps.

                                                              But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

                                                              5. Measure Once, Do Twice

                                                              Peter Drucker also said,

                                                              “What you measure is what you improve.”

                                                              So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

                                                              For reading, it’s 20 pages.
                                                              For writing, it’s 500 words.
                                                              For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
                                                              For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

                                                              Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

                                                              6. All Days Make a Difference

                                                              Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

                                                              Will two? They won’t.

                                                              Will three? They won’t.

                                                              Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

                                                              What happened? Which one made you fit?

                                                              The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

                                                              No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

                                                              7. They Are Never Fully Automated

                                                              Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

                                                              But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

                                                              What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

                                                              It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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                                                              The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

                                                              It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

                                                              It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

                                                              8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

                                                              Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

                                                              Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

                                                              When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

                                                              The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

                                                              Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

                                                              9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

                                                              The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

                                                              Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

                                                              You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

                                                              But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

                                                              So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

                                                              If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

                                                              This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

                                                              The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

                                                              Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

                                                              10. Punish Yourself

                                                              Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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                                                              I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

                                                              It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

                                                              You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

                                                              No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

                                                              The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

                                                              But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

                                                              11. Reward Yourself

                                                              When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

                                                              Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

                                                              The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

                                                              After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

                                                              If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

                                                              Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

                                                              If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

                                                              In the End, It Matters

                                                              What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

                                                              When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

                                                              And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

                                                              “Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

                                                              Keep going.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
                                                              [2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
                                                              [3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
                                                              [4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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