I’ll admit, I was a complete newbie when it came to finding educational apps for my kids. Honestly, I’m still overwhelmed with all the options out there. So, over the past year I decided to try out 6 apps with the hopes of building my daughter’s STEM skills. So far, these are her favorites (and mine too!)
The Human Body – This is an interactive model of the human body and by far the COOLEST app I’ve ever seen. She can see what happens to the nervous system when a bee stings, watch the circulatory system pump blood, and yes, watch a digestive system in all its glory.
Crazy Gears – This is a game using gears, magnets, engines, and chain reactions to lift doors to the next level. I never mind when the kids ask for help because we end up talking through the solution together.
Daisy the Dinosaur – If you want to introduce basic computer programming to your kids this one if amazing. The object of the game is to do “drag and drop” coding to make Daisy the Dino jump, turn, shrink, and spin. I found that it’s also a great conversation starter about how apps are made possible through programming!
Update: We’ve also been enjoying Scratch Jr. an amazingly easy coding app. Check it out here.
Where’s My Water – This is by far her FAVORITE app. The object of the game is to get trapped water to Swampy the Alligator’s bathtub. The levels increase in difficulty by combining obstacles of acid, algae, and steam. It’s all about problem solving and imagining how fluids will flow.
Shaun the Sheep – If you are familiar with the TV show Shaun the Sheep (and we are huge fans around here) then she’ll love helping Shaun get his lamb friends out of all sorts of scrapes. It’s another problem solving app that I even catch Allie’s dad playing too!
Hungry Fish – Learn addition and subtraction by combining bubbles and feeding a fish with numbers. I’ve found it increases her math speed, helps with number recognition, and is a great alternative to flashcards!
There you have it, our favorite STEM apps. I’d love to hear what your favorite apps are too! Leave a message in the comments below!