Start Playing, Start Learning: 9 Fun (and Educational!) Game Apps for Kids

 Looking for an educational and engaging way to occupy your children? Click here to learn some of the best game apps for kids that you can download to your Mac.

 With nearly every state in the country closing schools for the year, kids have been forced to rely on technology to learn. While teachers have done their best in some districts to shape their student's digital learning experience. Lack of infrastructure and resources has left swaths of kids and their parents to fend for themselves.

If you're in that largely neglected bucket or are just looking for a way to subsidize the quality education your child is receiving, leveraging game apps for kids and video learning resources can be a great way to help.

Below, our team shares a handful of our favorite educational applications. These apps can be downloaded to Macs, portable devices, or accessed straight from web browsers.

1. ABCmouse.com

Before learning from home became a requirement, ABCmouse.com was leading the charge of at-home learning. ABCmouse.com is an accredited digital learning platform that offers an educational curriculum for kids 2 to 8 years old.

The service is has a 30-day free trial and even has an older-targeted service called Adventure Academy which is appropriate for kids 8 to 13.

2. Hungry Caterpillar Play School

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a character that was brought to life in a popular children's book decades ago. Today, company STORYTOYS has ported the popular caterpillar's likeness into an educational application that's the most popular digital learning tool in over 25 countries.

The Hungry Caterpillar Play School is targeted at kids 2 to 6 years old. Content that's taught includes shape, colors, ABC's, 123's, art and an introduction to reading.

3. Endless Alphabet

For children that need help with letters, Endless Alphabet is a great game app for kids that can have a real impact on their success. What's better is that the game runs natively on mobile devices.

Users of Endless Alphabet can expect exposure to over 100 words through engaging mini-games that are rendered in a wonderfully attractive art style.

Access to the application does cost money but that cost is fixed at under $10.00.

4. Toca Nature

There's much more to learning than just mastering numbers and letters. If your child is itching to learn via interacting with the real world but can't, Toca Nature presents a compromise.

Toca Nature aims to be a stylized nature simulator. It allows kids to dig channels, build mountains, and help wildlife thrive without having to go outside and get their hands dirty.

The lessons that Toca Nature teaches are every bit as beautiful as the wonderful graphics that the game leverages to keep young children engaged while playing.

5. Duolingo

Duolingo is a popular learning application for adults that older kids can get a lot of value out of. It's also 100% free.

You can download Duolingo to your child's mobile device or have them access the product directly from their web browsers.

The app is comprised of a variety of simple language exercises that culminate into a respectable language education that rivals what you might learn in a traditional public school setting.

6. YouTube Kids

Sometimes, kids are looking for something less interactive and more passive when it comes to learning applications. In these cases, we love recommending YouTube kids.

YouTube Kids is a gated YouTube platform that features thousands of safe to watch videos. The application has sections that cater to both entertainment and educational needs.

Simply put together a playlist of educational content for your child, hit play, and watch as they enjoy a fun learning experience that requires no input.

7. Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy made a name for itself as an adult learning platform. Its mission was to provide people across the world that have limited access to schools with a quality education.

Given Khan Academy's' success with adults, the organization decided to take its mission to children and have done so wonderfully with their youth-focused computer and mobile applications.

Khan Academy Kids offers everything from parent education tips, to printable activities and games so dive into all of its resources today! They won't cost you a thing.

8. Prodigy

If you're the parent or guardian of an elementary student, you've probably heard them mention "Prodigy".  That's because Prodigy has become a scholastic staple in many primary school environments thanks to its fun games that create real learning outcomes.

Prodigy is mostly focused on mathematics and offers resources for kids from first to 8th grade.

Prodigy has a basic tier with limited functionality that's free to use. They push their premium tier though which costs as little as $4.99 per month, per user.

9. ScratchJr

For parents that want their children's online learning to include exposure to coding, ScratchJr is worth checking out.

ScratchJr teaches kids the MIT-created programming language "Scratch". Learning takes place via interactive games that help kids wrap their heads around the basic principals of coding which they can then apply to more difficult languages down the line.

If you experience trouble with ScratchJr on your Mac (which is common), learn how to open task manager on Mac so you can force-close and restart the application. You can access this learning tool on other devices if you continue running into issues.

There Are Several, Affordable Game Apps for Kids Available to Use Now

The game apps for kids we've suggested barely scratch the surface of what's available to you! We recommend starting your educational application exploration with our picks. Then, if needed, continue your exploration to find the perfect learning companion for your child's unique needs.
 
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