You know the drill. Two minutes into your five-hour car ride to the family reunion, a little voice from the backseat pipes up: “Are we therrrrre yet?” With these kid-friendly Android apps, you can keep the kiddos entertained and learning while on-the-go.
Draw Something: If you enjoyed the game of Pictionary, then you and your family will love this game. Pick a word from three levels of difficulty, draw clues and watch as opponents try to identify your…um…masterpiece? Challenge friends and family. This game is open to all artists, from the simple stick figures to the smartphone using Picasso. It’s amazing what can be created with just a fingertip.
Voxer Walkie-Talkie: Welcome to walkie-talkie 2.0. This free app can be used across all smartphones. Kids can stream fast audio, text, photo and location messages to one friend or the whole group standing guard in the tree house. Their friends can listen to the “secret” message while they talk or check it out later. Don’t worry moms, the developers kept a bit of nostalgia, kids still have to “hold and talk.”
Cartoon Camera: Use your smartphone camera to turn your world into a cartoon. Choose from six different effects, adjust edge strength and color sensitivity, save images and share them with your friends. Kids love it so much; they may never return it again.
Pocket Frogs: Does your kid love amphibians? Do you think they’re messy and should stay outside? We found a compromise—give the Pocket Frog app a try. Kids can discover, collect, and breed over 15,000 unique frogs anytime and anywhere. They can race their frogs against friends for special rewards, customize and decorate their habitats, view their friends’ habitats and explore the pond to find rare species and new rewards. No dead bugs required for this new addition.
Google Sky Map: Take the planetarium outside with the Sky Map app. The app makes it easy for kids to learn about the night sky, by simply pointing their phone towards the stars. The app uses GPS and compass data to show kids a labeled map of the area. They can search the location of specific stars, planets and constellations, or discover something new. With an astronomical amount of stars, we’re pretty sure there is always something new to discover.
The Cat in the Hat: “It’s fun to have fun. But you have to know how.” After more than 50 years, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is still a favorite among kids. And, it’s still one of the first books a kid will learn to read. This interactive eBook can read with your kids or let them read by themselves. The words are read aloud as they’re touched, helping with pronunciation and literacy. Check out a library full of Dr. Seuss and other classics on Google Play.