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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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                                                              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                              25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                              25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                              Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                                              Or even better:

                                                              What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                                              You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                                              Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                                              How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                                              The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                                              In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                                              • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                                              • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                                              • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                                              As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                                              Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                                              Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                                              But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                                              his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                                              5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                                              Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                                              But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                                              1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                                              2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                                              3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                                              4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                                              5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                                              Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                                              There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                                              • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                                              • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                                              • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                                              • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                                              Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                                              With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                                              25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                                              Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                                              1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                                              If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                                              2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                                              If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                                              If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                                              3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                                              Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                                              =sum(

                                                              …and then press F3.

                                                              When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                                              4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                                              Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                                              =match(

                                                              …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                                              When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                                              But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                                              5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                                              If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                                              • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                                              • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                                              • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                                              • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                                              • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                                              6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                                              By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                                              The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                                              For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                                              A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                                              7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                                              When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                                              8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                                              When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                                              9. Use filtering

                                                              Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                                              It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                                              To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                                              10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                                              Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                                              Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                                              To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                                              11. See formula results with F9

                                                              If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                                              Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                                              12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                                              If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                                              13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                                              Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                                              =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                                              =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                                              14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                                              Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                                              =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                                              =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                                              15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                                              TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                                              16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                                              In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                                              17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                                              When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                                              And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                                              18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                                              If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                                              19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                                              Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                                              You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                                              20. Use data validation

                                                              This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                                              • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                                              • Create drop-down lists;
                                                              • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                                              21. Use conditional formatting

                                                              It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                                              22. Use formula auditing

                                                              This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                                              The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                                              23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                                              Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                                              It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                                              24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                                              INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                                              25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                                              OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                                              The bottom line

                                                              As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                                              That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                                              If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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