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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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                                                              What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

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                                                              Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

                                                              Can I Be Creative?

                                                              The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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                                                              How Creativity Works

                                                              Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

                                                              What Really Is Creativity?

                                                              Creativity Needs an Intention

                                                              Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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                                                              Creativity Is a Skill

                                                              At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

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