17 Early Childhood Games, Sites and Apps for Learning

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Games, programs and apps can be an effective learning tool for your child when used appropriately and balanced with offline time. Screens and devices are meant to supplement and enhance your child’s studying routine.
Reading actual books, studying, going outside, and staying active are still the best choices for learning. Why not combine the two worlds for excellent results? Below are some educational sites, games and apps to keep your child engaged and ready to learn wherever they go!

Online Reading
Oceanhouse Media
Story Before Bed
Raz – Kids

Reading Apps / Games
Starfall
PBS Ready to Learn
Cosmos Chaos
Get Creative
Minecraft
Toontastic
Doodlecast

Math
AB Math
Math Ninja
Save the Sushi

Exercise
Wii Party U
Kinect
New Super Mario Bros

Social...connect with other kids & build their social skills!
Club Penguin
i Twixie

Tips for Parents

-When in doubt, play the games with your kids first so you have an idea of the features and benefits. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your kids.
-Give your child an electronics time limit and teach them that screen time is a privilege.
-Talk to your child and stay in the loop as to what games they are playing and what apps they are using.
-Stay current with technology, it’s impact on our youth and how your kids can use it to their advantage. There are tons of books on this. We read and liked  “Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices” by Jodi Gold for it’s refreshingly practical advice.