Hello, WAH family! Today I wanted to share with you a few opportunities for our munchkins! There are many companies whose focus is educating, entertaining, and teaching our kids about life skills/technology. I have retrieved many neat websites that can help them with learning, reading, or teach them skills in demand like coding!
What I most enjoy about many of these sites is that they are specifically catered to kids so there are lots of color and graphics and the things kids like (TV characters, cartoon characters) and that will hold their attention. All sites listed are specifically intended for children, but parents with skill, please be advised that quite a few of these sites are readily accepting resumes! Or if you happen to be a designer or coder, check out their employment/jobs section(s).
I try to share things we can do free though there are many that are fun/useful that require monthly subscriptions. Many of the apps that are games do support in-app purchases even if games are free, so be mindful of this while your kids play.
A platform for kids to help with language learning through reading and writing. Each child can strengthen his/her reading skills and his/her own written expression at his/her own pace. Errors in the learning process are recorded and corrected, learning success becomes visible. The site is in German so you’ll need a translator to participate in the site.
This company has been around since 1920. It is a platform for our young ones to find interesting books to read. Though they come to classrooms throughout the school year, they also have a website where you can sign up and order books and other learning material or fun activities. My kids love it and it is our go-to when we’re looking for something interesting/fun to read! There are resources for parents, teachers, kids, administrators and librarians.
This is a platform that helps you teach your youngsters about money: personal finance, allowances, kids earning money, and starting their own businesses. Also learn about saving money for your kids. “We also have included some suggested teaching material, games, and activities to help you teach kids money skills, including basic money skills, money management, personal finance, and other important life skills.” The lessons/learning can help kids from PreK-12th grade.
KIDOZ is the world’s fastest-growing content discovery and recommendation platform for kids, reaching over 50 million children worldwide. Started by a father who wanted to create a better way for his daughter to safely play online, KIDOZ has become the global network leader, helping millions of kids find content they love while enabling hundreds of brands and developers to monetize and distribute content to kids around the world.
The leading mobile network for kids 13 and under allows brands to reach millions of engaged kids and parents on every continent, through one focal point – delivering the highest performance results in the kids mobile industry.
5. Sit With Us
Sit With Us is a mobile app that is designed to promote a kinder and more inclusive school community. (created by a 16 year old who felt isolated at school) Add friends and complete your profile. Connect with students at your school. Post featured lunch for others to join.
I love this idea because school at all levels is still so clique-ish! Which leaves many students feeling isolated. This app connects those who just don’t want to eat lunch alone all of the time. You can also volunteer to be an ambassador for your school to help ensure no one or fewer kids feel alone and have some one to talk to. This is definitely the case for newer students, who usually don’t know any other students. You can sign up through your Facebook or Email account(s).
Learn and teach typing free! Most jobs available now usually require typing or some type of data input. This website helps users learn and sharpen their skills free. This is a platform for educators and students.
A platform that teaches our younger ones how to code. Scratch is available as a free app. Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. There is also a version of Scratch for kids ages 6-16.
Scratch is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages. To change languages, click the menu at the bottom of the page. Or, in the Project Editor, click the globe at the top of the page. People of all ages around the world use Scratch.
A platform where kids can play games that teach them math. There are also math tutorials and math tests. The site shows examples for kids in 3rd-8th grade. Our kids love games so this is an awesome idea to trick them into practicing/learning a subject they may not want to.
This is a public television platform in Michigan. Most of us know our kids do or can find characters they love here! This is a site for entertainment and learning. If your kids love PBS they’ll enjoy playing games and watching video(s) here.
Learn something new today. “Our games use proven learning techniques to teach vocabulary, context, grammar — and more! We personalize the curriculum based on your performance, which you can then track across apps using a single login. Our team has designed the perfect recipe of 1000 words and phrases, 50 real-world lessons, and a bunch of delicious games. Learning has never tasted so good.” For ages 7-12. Available in the App Store.
Tynker is the #1 Kids Coding platform where millions have learned to code. Kids learn as they make apps and games, mod Minecraft, fly drones, learn Python, and so much more. Ages 7+.
12. Jellies App
A more kid-friendly alternative to Youtube Kids. Jellies is a safe curated environment for kids to watch videos. All content is fully reviewed, parents control what your children can watch, no ads ever! You can even sign up (as a parent) to be a content curator yourself!
I want to try this because my 8 year old never sticks to what we’ve said she can watch and ends up having nightmares from watching things her little 8 year old brain can’t process in dreamland. There are parental controls via YouTube, they just haven’t been working. My family will be giving this a try.
A platform for kids to learn basic cooking skills. The site is filled with recipes and images of kids doing their best in the kitchen.
ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach
children and families to cook real food together. “We believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.”
There is also an app available on iTunes.
Create amazing games without code.
Stencyl isn’t your average game creation software; it’s a gorgeous, intuitive tool-set that accelerates your workflow and then gets out of the way. We take care of the essentials, so you can focus on what’s important – making your game yours. With extensive platform support, you can rest assured that all players will have access to your game. Today, Stencyl supports:
- iOS (iPhone/iPad)
- HTML5 (experimental)
For your kiddos who are already creating or have ideas of what to create, this can be a very helpful platform. You can create something and share it on social media to receive feedback. Why not try it out on your personal network first!
A platform geared toward kids that guides you through the steps of creating your own app(s). The site notes that app creators in more than 195 countries use AppCreator.