5 apps to help your kids battle the summertime brain-drain

Fun, educational apps can help prevent "brain-drain" during your child's summer vacation. Fun, educational apps can help prevent "brain-drain" during your child's summer vacation.

Summer is here, school is out, and your kids are more connected to their electronics than ever. By recommending the right apps for your kids, they’ll get more out of their play time without even realizing they’re learning skills such as creativity and expression. So what are the best free phone apps for youngsters during the dog days of summer? Your kids will be immersed in creativity and problem solving with these five free summer apps for iOS and Android.

skit

SKIT! by Storytime Studios

SKIT! Is great for all ages and for group as well a solo play, making it a slam dunk source of entertainment for kids and their families. Technology has caught up to your kids’ imagination — lights, camera, action! Repurpose your summer digital photos (or skits), and with your own voice and fingers and Skit’s magic — you produce short animated skits that tell any story you want. Make animated music videos, cards for friends and even animated text messages, remixes, memes, games and more. Kids get safe socialization and affirmation of their creations within the Skit! community. New assets and themes have been added which include themes from the LEGO Movie.

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id594262772?l=en&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.storytimestudios.app1

http://www.amazon.com/SKIT-Share-Animated-Stories-Friends/dp/B00GTHFBBG

chore

ChoreMonster by ChoreMonster

ChoreMonster uses silly and obnoxious monsters to motivate and reward kids for doing chores. When kids log on, they’ll see how many chores they have to complete that day and then check them off with a thumbs up once they’ve completed them. Parents then receive an email notification to approve the chore. Kids are also rewarded for each chore they complete with a spin at the Monster Carnival, where they can win a monster to add to their virtual collection or laugh at the silly consolation prizes, like a rotten potato or bag of hammers.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id532344230?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

tinker

Tinkerbox HD by Autodesk

TinkerBox is a fun, physics puzzle game. Gamers get immersed in physics-based puzzles and mechanical concepts, where their only hope for success is creative problem solving. Build outrageous machines, share them with friends, or download popular inventions online.

While it’s full of interesting science facts and teaches basic engineering concepts, TinkerBox is more than just educational. It’s imaginative and creative fun.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tinkerbox-hd/id415722219?mt=8

weird

Weird But True by National Geographic Society

Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each of the 625 facts in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained-and learning-for hours! And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weirdbuttrue/id458424230

bobbie

Bobbie by Aptitude X

Heading to the beach or lake this summer. Make sure your kids are aware of water danger. Bobbie is a fun, addictive and engaging puzzle game to entertain and teach kids about water safety issues. Bobbie teaches children and parents all the important information that they need to stay safe around water, and to do it all while rescuing swimmers.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id829149929?mt=8

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