Best Apps for Summer Learning and Fun!

Summer is just around the corner, and parents need fun and interactive ways to keep the learning going all summer! While keeping kids engaged with hands-on learning and outdoor fun is essential, we’re realistic and understand kids will want their electronic time, too! Plus, sometimes, when our kids veg out and play with electronics, parents get a much-needed sanity break during school breaks. 

Teachers refer to the summer slump as a regression in learning that occurs during the summer months when kids are not actively engaged in learning. Of course, we at Kneebouncers know that the best learning happens through play! When used correctly, many educational apps offer learning benefits to your kids! 

We’ve compiled the ultimate list for little ones home from preschool or elementary school on summer break who need engaging apps to enhance summer learning and fun!

So here is our list of the five top apps to boost your child’s summer learning while having fun!

Best App for Preschoolers – Homer

The ancient Greek poet Homer lends his name to this early childhood app. Home is for children ages two through eight. It teaches core subjects and concepts like literacy, math, and cognitive skills and enhances social-emotional development.

Homer is an app that grows with your child from a young age. It supports their skills from the initial letter and number recognition to reading with fluency and mathematical computations.

Best App For Toddlers – KneeBouncers

KneeBouncers. Of course, we have to promote our app, but we also believe in the quality of our games, videos, and music classes! All of our games are designed with learning through play at the forefront. And when parents sit and interact with their toddlers as they play, a deeper level of learning occurs!

Playing KneeBouncer games engages your tot in summer learning fun that lays the foundation for preschool and beyond!

Best App for Budding Gamers – AR Dragon

If you have budding gamers at home, check out AR Dragon. It’s perfect if you aren’t quite ready to let them embark into the worlds of Minecraft and Roblox. The app itself is free, although there are in-app purchase options. 

Gamers are tasked with hatching, caring for, and raising a dragon. It teaches them basic computer skills and responsibility and is one of the highest-rated augmented reality games for kids.

Best STEM App – Monster Physics

Monster Physics will enhance your little one’s summer learning through its interactive STEM-based games and learning. Designed for kids 4-12, the app teaches physics via problem-solving, creativity, and imagination.

The game is currently only available on Apple devices.

Best Language App – Duolingo

You may be surprised to see a language-learning app here. However, research supports that the younger children begin a second language, the more benefits it offers! Duolingo is fun, has a free option, and goes at the learner’s pace, so it’s perfect for kids of all ages.

Children who speak more than one language are more empathetic, better at problem-solving, can concentrate and pay attention, and have more cultural understanding.

Updated May 22, 2024, by L. Elizabeth Forry

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L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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