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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 July 23, 2019

                                                              What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)

                                                              What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)

                                                              If you have so many things to do that you often find yourself struggling to finish projects and tasks and move on to other stuff, you’re certainly not alone. Studies show that over 20 percent of the adult population put off or avoid doing certain tasks by allowing themselves to be overtaken by distractions.[1]

                                                              So what is procrastination? And what can you do to prevent procrastination?

                                                              In this article, I am going to explain to youwhy procrastination is so difficult to beat and how you can stop procrastinating once and for all by following a step-by-step guide. But first, you need to understand how procrastination happens.

                                                              What Is Procrastination?

                                                              Piers Steel, the author of the book The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, defines procrastination in this way:[2]

                                                              “Procrastination is to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.”

                                                              In other words, procrastination is doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones. The end result is that important tasks are put off to a later time.

                                                              This comic is one of the typical examples of procrastination:

                                                                The Challenge of Getting Over Procrastination

                                                                Human beings have limited self-control. Dr. Roy Baumeister, a psychologist from Florida State University, has been studying self-control and he has found that just like any muscles, human’s self-control is a limited resource that can quickly become exhausted.[3] When self-control is close to being depleted, human tend to choose what’s more pleasurable– the immediate procrastinated tasks instead of the actual works.

                                                                At its core, procrastination is an avoidance strategy. Procrastinators choose to do something else instead of doing what they need to do because it’s much easier to choose pleasure over pain.

                                                                In short, procrastination is so difficult to beat because it is a battle against human’s natural enemy, a human weakness that is in-born.

                                                                How to Stop Procrastinating (Step-By-Step Guide)

                                                                Despite the fact that it’s human nature to seek for immediate rewards and procrastinate, here I have a step-by-step guide for you to follow so as to stop procrastinating.

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                                                                1. Identify Your Triggers: The 5 Types of Procrastinator

                                                                Identifying the type of procrastination you personally experience is an essential step for you to fix the problem at its root.

                                                                Take a look at this flowchart here to find out what type of procrastinator you are:

                                                                  Which type of procrastinator are you? Let’s take a look at the triggers for your procrastination type:

                                                                  Perfectionist

                                                                  Being perfect is the pleasure perfectionists want. But often this leads to them being too scared to show any imperfections. Because of this, they frequently fail to complete things, as they’re forever seeking the perfect timing or approach. Tasks end up never being completed, because in the eyes of the perfectionist, things are never perfect enough.

                                                                  Instead of finishing something, perfectionists get caught up in a never-ending cycle of additions, edits, and deletions.

                                                                  Ostrich

                                                                  An ostrich prefers to stay in the dreaming stage. That way, they don’t have to work for real, or deal with any negativity or stress.

                                                                  Dreaming gives this type of people a false sense of achievement, as in their minds, they envision big, ambitious plans. Unfortunately for them, these plans will most likely stay as dreams, and they’ll never accomplish anything truly worthwhile.

                                                                  Self-Saboteur

                                                                  A self-saboteur has bought into the line that ‘by doing nothing, bad things won’t happen.’

                                                                  In reality, self-saboteurs have developed a fear of making mistakes or doing anything wrong. Their way to avoid these mishaps, is to do nothing at all. In the end, they may make few mistakes – but they also see few accomplishments.

                                                                  Daredevil

                                                                  Daredevils are those who believe that deadlines can push them to do better. Instead of having a schedule to complete their work – they prefer to enjoy time doing their own thing before the deadline comes around.

                                                                  It’s most likely an unconscious thing, but daredevils evidently believe that starting early will sacrifice their time for pleasure. This is reinforced in their minds and feelings, by the many times they manage to get away with burning the midnight oil. Often they sacrifice the quality of their work because of rushing it.

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                                                                  Chicken

                                                                  Chickens lack the ability to prioritize their work. They do what they feel like they should do, rather than thinking through what they really need to do.

                                                                  Prioritizing tasks is a step that takes extra time, so chicken will feel it’s not worth it. Because of this, they usually end up doing a lot of effortless tasks that don’t contribute much to a project. They’re incessantly busy on low-impact tasks, but seem oblivious to urgent, high-impact tasks.

                                                                  2. Face Your Triggers and Get Rid of Them

                                                                  Whether it’s fear of failure, overwhelming feelings, avoidance or convincing yourself you’re just too busy to get something done, you can improve your ability to be productive by eliminating your procrastination triggers.

                                                                  For Perfectionists, Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                                  Much of the time procrastination tendencies form simply because we’ve outgrown our goals. We’re ever-changing and so are our wants in life. Try looking over your goals and ask yourself if they’re still what you want.

                                                                  Take time out to regroup and ask yourself what you really want to achieve:

                                                                  • What steps do you need to take?
                                                                  • Is what you’re currently doing reflecting what you want?
                                                                  • What do you need to change?

                                                                  Write things down, scribble them out and rewrite.

                                                                  For Ostriches, Do the Difficult Tasks First

                                                                  Even if you feel you’re not a morning person, the beginning of the day is when your brain is most productive. Use this window of time to get the more difficult stuff done.

                                                                  If you leave your difficult tasks to later, you’re much more likely to put it off because you’re tired and lack motivation.

                                                                  Finishing lots of simple tasks at the beginning of the day such as reading all the new emails only gives you a false sense of being productive.

                                                                  For Self-Saboteurs, Write out a To-Do (And a Not–To-Do) List Each Day

                                                                  Writing things down is powerful and psychologically increases your need to get things done.

                                                                  Each day, make a habit of creating a list of the tasks you know you’ll try and avoid. By doing this, it brings these ‘difficult’ tasks to your mind’s attention instead of keeping them locked away somewhere in your avoidance mode.

                                                                  Remember, think how satisfying and productive it feels to cross of a completed task.

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                                                                  For Daredevils, Create a Timeline with Deadlines

                                                                  It’s common to have a deadline for a goal which seems like a good idea. But this is basically an open invitation for procrastination.

                                                                  If it’s a self-created deadline with no pressure, we tend to justify pushing it back each time it comes into sight and feel we haven’t yet done ‘enough’ to get there.

                                                                  Create a bigger timeline then within that, establish deadlines along the way. The beauty of this comes when each deadline completion is dependent on the next. It keeps you on track and keeps you accountable for being in alignment with the overall timeline.

                                                                  For Chickens, Break Tasks into Bite-Sized Pieces

                                                                  A lot of the time procrastination comes from overwhelming thoughts.

                                                                  If something feels too big to tackle and we don’t know where to start, it feels like a struggle. This is also true if our goal is too vague and lacking direction.

                                                                  Break down larger tasks into smaller ones and turn them into daily or weekly goals. Smaller steps may seem like the slower approach to achieving a goal, but it often leads you much more quickly to where you want to be due to the powerful momentum you get going.

                                                                  3. Take Planned Breaks

                                                                  The human brain isn’t designed to work continuously on the same task and this could be a reason for procrastination.

                                                                  Make sure you take regular, structured breaks away from your task so that you can come back refreshed and ready to be more productive.

                                                                  A break as short as 5 minutes is enough to keep your mind sharp and wards off fatigue. I recommend you to use the Pomodoro Time Tracker. It is a great tool to help you take breaks at set intervals. Simply start the 25-minute timer, and follow the prompts.

                                                                    4.  Reward Yourself

                                                                    It’s important to acknowledge and reward yourself for achieving even the small tasks. It creates a sense of motivation and releases those feel-good, productive emotions that spur you on to achieve even more.

                                                                    Make your reward proportional to the task you completed so getting a bite-sized task done gets you a cup of your favourite coffee or snack. Then plan a weekend away or fun activity for the bigger stuff.

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                                                                    Personally I try to make staying focus more fun by using the app Forest. It turns productivity into a game. In the game, you can plant a virtual tree at the beginning of your work time. If you maintain focus for the duration of the timer, you’ll grow a tree to add to your forest. It’s rewarding when you can eventually grow a forest.

                                                                      5. Keep Track of Your Time in a Smart Way

                                                                      If you want to prevent the bad habit of procrastination from coming back, keep track of the time you spend every day.

                                                                      By having a clear idea of where you spend your time, you can always review your productivity and know which areas to improve.

                                                                      It’s not easy to keep track of every minute you spend throughout the day so I recommend you to use the app Rescue Time.

                                                                      It gets you a categorized breakdown of how you spend your time and helps you to find out how much time you’re really on-task. You can even label activities as productive and non-productive so as to block your biggest distractions.

                                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                                        Procrastination exists for many reasons and only you know for yourself what these triggers are.

                                                                        Understanding what procrastination really is and the source of your avoidance tendencies is important in moving them out of the way and help you start the productivity momentum.

                                                                        Make procrastination under your control!

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