New favorite apps for kids and families

A screenshot of Samantha's phone shows some of the new apps she's added for her family to use.
Samantha Schultz
 
 

By Samantha Schultz

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With the rise of technology and just how much our children seem to be using it these days, I think it's always helpful to arm our touch-screen machines with apps that make life simpler and can act as a valuable resource in a pinch (think doctor's waiting room). After creating my own pin about the best apps for kids, I turned to Pinterest to find some fresh new apps to hit your little screens.

Play

Music therapy or just looking for a great teaching keyboard? Consider this app. Perhaps you're taking a road trip this summer, why not have your kids follow along with this geography app that enables them to learn more about the different places you're headed!

Learn

What if you want to work on specific areas such as reading with your child? Well, there are apps for that! Aimed at middle-school and high-school aged children, these apps are designed to assist children with dyslexia. Have a child with reading disabilities? Why not consider these 50 Best iPad Apps for such disabilities?

Are you looking to mix learning with fun? I've found a few apps that my boys LOVE and I'm sure your kids will as well! This Letter School app encourages drawing letters as you add train tracks. Work on visual motor skills with this app. My personal favorite has to be this Tanagram app encouraging shape recognition and shifting. Finally, you might just want to consider adding some from this list of the 50 best apps for kids.

For parents

Let's be honest though - these are our devices and so it's not all about the kids! Here are a few pins that might help you land on something invaluable for your parenting journey. Ten apps guaranteed to make your life easier (apps like MagicSleep with soothing sleep-inducing sounds for baby and ChoreMonster which makes giving your kids chores a bit more fun!). Know a new mommy or daddy? Why not recommend one of these best apps for new parents? Lastly, if you're like me and have hardly any extra time, you will probably want to download these apps for busy moms right now. My personal favorite has to be the allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner.

Do you let your little ones use your smartphone or tablet? What are your favorite child or parent apps? Share and tag us.

 
 
 





 
 
 
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