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Ten educational and game applications for children

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNew technologies aimed for children offers nearly unlimited possibilities for helping them learn the world. It is now possible to look up answers to nearly every answer in a matter of minutes. There are also countless ways a person can improve, learn and have fun using technologies. Children have a lot of time on Christmas to use smart devices. Parents only need to select the appropriate content for their children.

To make the search for appropriate content easier, Amigo offers a list of Android apps compiled by journalist and father to two children Janis Vevers.

App for Christmas joy

Elf Adventure Calendar 2016 – a digital Advent calendar that opens new mini-games every day in December. All of them are fun and simplistic.

Entertaining apps

Relaxation and fun can also be educational and challenging.

Cut the Rope – a series of games that help develop logical thinking. The goal of the game is to deliver sweets to the game’s character Om Nom. To overcome countless obstacles, the player needs knowledge of the laws of physics and good reaction skills.

Sprinkle Island – a visually beautiful and absorbing video game in which children have to use fire trucks to put out fires in all kinds of places. To get to each fire, the player has to use the terrain and carefully calculate water flow. To make things harder, the amount of available water in each level in limited. The first couple of stages are available free of charge.

Pettson’s Inventions – a puzzle game in which players use different spare parts to create mechanisms to complete different missions. Gears, ropes, conveyor belts and weights will help children understand the basic principles of mechanics.

Educational apps

Dis Science Amazing Experiments – a great way to get kids interested in exact sciences. The app uses animations to demonstrate dozens of scientific experiments that can be done at home. Not only does the app help players learn the laws of physics, but also teaches how to check their function in real life.

Threes! – a challenging, addicting endless number game that forces people to use their brains very hard and fast. If the theory that people should train their brains as much as muscles is true, this game will be like an intensive visit to the brain gym.

Star Chart – by pointing your smart device at the sky, the app will calculate which galaxies, stars and planets the device is pointed at. The app also offers interesting information about different celestial bodies.

Educational apps to make learning easier

When starting school, children may find certain apps useful for making the learning process easier. All recommended apps are meant for primary school-age children.

Lightbot: Code Hour – although children are not taught informatics in early primary school, children can learn the basics from this app. It uses games to tell about the basic principles users have to use to complete different tasks.

BrainPOP Featured Movie – exciting animations that explain the world around us to children in a simple and understandable manner. The archive contains more than 800 movies about the cosmos, animals, energetics, genetics, the structure of the Earth, famous scientists and topics associated with science. Every video is followed by a test to check how much a person remembers after watching it.

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