Five mobile apps to keep children engaged during their summer break
Summer vacations are a time for youngsters to kick back and relax after an entire academic year of school. Parents generally want their children to spend their vacation in a fruitful manner. With the rising mercury levels across India, spending too much time outside isn't a very good idea.
But almost every child has access to a smartphone or tablet these days. So, we have compiled a list of interestings apps to help them make the best use of their time and also learn something new in the process.
Improve hand–eye coordination with Temple Run 2
A very popular ‘endless runner' game, players need to control their avatars through a variety of swiping motions like jumping, ducking, swiping left or right. The game keeps getting more challenging as it progresses and users need to stay alert and have quick reflexes to progress to higher levels.
Explore the wilderness with WWF
Developed by the World Wild Life Federation- WWF Together takes users closer to nature and learn about endangered species of wildlife and the work WWF does for them.
The app also includes in-depth, interactive stories of endangered animals like giant pandas, tigers, monarch butterflies, sea turtles and polar bears with high-definition, full-screen videos and image galleries.
Download WWF here.
Another interesting app in this genre is Kili, which is a bird-watcher's guide dedicated to the bird man of India, Dr. Salim Ali.
Test your number crunching skills with Math workout
Math Workout lets users try a variety of mental arithmetic challenges and improve on their mental arithmetic skills. Users can try out different timed and untimed challenges including- addition & subtraction, multiplication & division and engage in different challenges.
Download Math Workout for Android here
There are a variety of free and paid apps in this segment. Explore and see what works best for you.
Improve your vocabulary with Volt learning
Having a good command over vocabulary is a useful skill. It helps you express your thoughts and emotions better verbally and also in print. Along with visual aids, meanings, usage and memory keys Volt lets users improve their vocabulary skills-learn and recall difficult words.
Download Volt for Android here.
Reverse Chess or Anti-chess
An interesting variation of Chess, where users have to try and get all their pieces captured by their opponent in order to win. Not as simple as it sounds, it is a fast paced and enjoyable variation of chess.
Are there any other apps that you have found useful in keeping your young one occupied? Do share it with us in the comments below.
Disclaimer- It is easy for youngsters to get addicted to smartphones and overlook other important priorities, so ensure you teach them about the importance of moderation. Also make sure that they spend some time outdoors in the real world and away from smartphones and tablets.
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