The 20 Best Mobile Learning Apps for Children

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Which apps did I miss?

John Spencer

My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both.

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26 responses

  1. I should have added Legos and board books.

    1. Just books of any kind…

  2. I don't want to use the word "genius." But that's the only word that works. Genius.

    1. Thanks, Luke.

  3. And, at night, looking stars over grass, outside of the city. The best planetary app

    1. Ah, yes. How could I have missed that one. The greatest astronomy app around.

  4. I'm a fan of the String app- you can't beat the connectivity. (Warning: String addiction may lead to knitting.)

    As a kid, I also loved the architectural simulator Cushion (with the Blanket add-on).

    1. The string app is excellent. So multi-dimensional. I've even heard that people use it as they theorize astrophysical explanations for our universe.

  5. Mr. Potato Head. They become Picasso without realizing it.

    1. Totally Picasso right there.

  6. To add one more comment: there is this Windows 8 commercial where a mom replaces the paper on her daughter's easel with a tablet computer and she creates all sorts of paintings with it. I cannot tell you how much this irritates me.

    I've got a 5-year-old who just spent the last hour with crayons, markers, and coloring books and had a blast doing it, and who reads hard-copy books with me all the time.

    And neither of those things give you a blue screen of death.

    1. Ha ha! I literally laughed aloud at that one. Maybe it would have to be a blue canvas of death.

  7. One of the most creative, smartest presentations I've seen since mobile learning began. Way to get us thinking, John, and remembering the brilliance of simplicity.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Mark.

  8. You know what I think is great….those would be great names for actual mobile apps too!! LOL I like cooking with an adult also….so cute and fun.

    1. I never considered that, but I imagine that would be true.

  9. Terrific, John. I agree to adding Legos. One of the best things around.

  10. A set of jacks–Eye-hand coordination app.

    Jumprope–Fitness app.

    Librarian-Best search app.

    And finally, plastic cows, pigs, chickens etc–Farmville!

    1. Add hopscotch to that list too.

    2. Great suggestions!

  11. Kite – Best physics simulation app.

    1. True. It just fails too often in our dry, high-pressure Phoenix climate.

  12. Excellent! Newer doesn't always mean better. Sometimes the old ways are the best.

  13. Tree House App – fantasy role playing where the children can pick which storyline they would like to act out and which powers they need.
    Could be combined with the Bush-Fort App, as it has similar role-playing capabilities.

    Great Post, by the way. :))

    1. I love the idea of the tree house app.

  14. What about the interactive/social app…family wrestling!

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