I received a Windows Phone 7, the Samsung to review for National Reading Month. Well today is the last day of National Reading Month and I wanted to show you some of the best educational Apps on the Windows 7 phone. A recent AVG study showed that more kids aged 2-5 can play with a smartphone application (19 percent) than tie his or her shoelaces (9 percent). The reality is, young children are becoming technologically savvy younger and younger now-a-days. My son was able to unlock my sisters smart phone when he was only 1 year old. Kids just have a knack with smart phones.
Don’t be hesitant to let your children play with your phones. Giving them a piece of technology loaded with something educational would be the same as giving them a game, or book at the doctor’s office. It’s a great way to keep them occupied when you need to carry on a conversation or do something quickly.
Here is a list of 11 educational apps (because I had to include the Kindle app) some we actually tested out as a family.
Kindle – Users have access to more than 750,000 books with this app.
The Kindle is my favorite way to read books. Even on my iPad I was using the Kindle app to read my books. So now, I can read my books from anywhere, because I always have my phone with me.
Animal Kingdom – Teaches the names and sounds of animals in different languages with flashcards.
Animal Kingdom was fun and easy for the kids to play with. The touch technology is right on the mark, and the kids were able to listen to different animal sounds as we had fun naming each animal.
Flash Cards – Use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division or all of the above in one deck.
Again, too old for my children but this is a great way to get kids that need to learn those multiplication tables to practice. It’s quick and easy to use, and more fun than sitting there with mom and dad going over the same cards for hours.
Flashcards – Study from six built-in decks – Cell Biology, French Vocabulary, Spanish Vocabulary, Sports Trivia, State Capitols and Trigonometric Identities.
I thought these flash cards were kind of fun. I played with the Capitols for a while and realized, I’ve forgotten a lot of state capitols. I’m ashamed and embarrassed and I’m going to practice some more to re-learn them.
Flash Cards for Kids – Flash Cards that display the alphabet A to Z. Also displays the numbers (one through twenty), colors, shapes, planets and mini-games.
My kids had fun playing the alphabet. Any game that has the letters of the alphabet on it was appealing to them.
Giggle Pad – Fun and educational game for children ages 9 months and older. It includes two modes. The first mode, called “Play Phone”, is a pretend phone that speaks. Numbers, voices and songs play when you or your child press the pretend keys and call button. The second mode, called “Tap Shapes”, shows random shapes, letters, and numbers when you touch the screen or press a key on your phone’s keyboard. All letters, number, colors and shapes are spoken out loud.
Giggle Pad was really cool. The only draw back with it was that it was unable to accept dual finger input so my kids had just a little trouble because their fingers would be in one location when they needed to push on another location and they would get frustrated that it wasn’t accepting their intended input. I found it to be a very educational game when we got past that one barrier.
And a few more we didn’t get the chance to try:
English Grammar – Includes chapters on grammar and writing, focus on commas, adjectives and adverbs.
Flash Cardz! Alfabeto – Now you can learn your Spanish A,B, C’s the fun and easy way. With pictures and sounds!
Math Reference – Useful for quick access to math formulas. Contains basic and advanced math – great for parents who want to help their kids study but can’t recall the formula.
Slurpy the Fog – An activity book for preschool aged children designed to help your child learn shapes, colors, sizes, relationships and facts about the world.
Toddler Flashcards Plus – Toddler flashcards for animals, things, food, colors, numbers, shapes, the alphabet, and a “mix it up mode” for animals, things and food combined into one.
Disclosure: I received a Windows 7 Phone and service for a month to use the phone, however, opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.