Nov 07, 2013 12:25 PM EST
In this day and age, almost everyone has experience with technology, including our youngsters. As children get more comfortable with technology and start to enjoy using mobile devices more, parents look for apps to amuse and educate their kids. Believe it or not, there is a large selection of kid-friendly apps on the Play store. Here’s a look at some of the best.
Casual Play: Candy Crush: Candy Crush is a casual match-three game that is sweeping the nation with its addictive combos and exciting levels. The Facebook connection option may not be an important feature to most kids, but connecting to your friends helps you progress through levels together and brings a social aspect to an otherwise solitary game. The best part of Candy Crush is the simple gameplay that still offers daily fun and challenging levels: all for free!
Avatar-like play: Pou: In Pou, you get a lovable little blob of fun called a Pou. Your job is to keep it healthy, fed, and rested, while not neglecting its desire for fun. You can customize your little friend by giving him a different colored body and all kinds of wacky outfits. As you play the game and complete tasks, you start to level up and unlock new content. One of the most exciting parts of this game is the mini-game selection. There are over 15 games you can play inside the game, gaining XP and coins. With all of these options for play, the fun with your Pou never stops.
Drawing: Kids Doodle: Kids Doodle is the drawing app designed for kids. The features are simple and easy to use and offer a more customizable drawing experience. There are more colors offered than your child could ever need, along with 18 different brushes like neon, rainbow, crayon, or glow. You can pick your background colors, or just use a picture from your gallery to color over. Once your little one has finished making her masterpiece, she can either save it as a picture, or as a little step-by-step movie showing her art take shape.
Education: There are various apps on the Play store for education, but unless you’re teaching your pride & joy how to count or spell, there’s not too much selection. It’s always recommended to start learning a language young, so Duolingo is a great app to turn your little one into a polyglot at a ripe, young age. Also, Google now offers a textbook purchasing/renting service through the Play store, giving you the opportunity to let your kids of any age start reading the important materials they’ll have to know someday.
As you can see, the Google Play store is a hospitable place for children of all ages, you just have to know what to look for. I’ve only touched on a few apps here, are there any important ones I missed? IF so, leave a comment below to share your favorite app for the youngster in your life.
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