10 Apps to Keep Your Kids Entertained on the Road
When we were kids, we played travel-sized board games during road trips. Remember the magnetic chess set that easily folds up into a tiny brown box for ultimate portability? Today, kids aren’t satisfied with flipping around a plastic toy, precariously placing marbles into holes in a water puzzle–they’re being raised with technology.
So, how do we cater to their needs for synaptic feedback via the nearest iPad, while delivering a fun, yet educational, experience to keep them from asking, “Are we there yet?” too many times in your ear? Here is a list of downloadable apps and games to keep your kids entertained on the road.
Is there a family out there who hasn’t been touched by the Reading Rainbow? Bring the light of literature into the palm of your hands with the Reading Rainbow. Available for download on Amazon or iTunes.
2. MineCraft – Pocket Edition
Are your kids bummed about leaving their favorite gaming console behind? Have no fear! There’s a Pocket Edition of MineCraft made for iOS and Android.
Got a Chromebook? You can download an extension called SimAquarium that teaches you patience while allowing you to feed and breed your own little biosphere ecosystem. Without all the hassle of owning an actual fish tank, kids can learn the necessities of maintaining pet fish.
Develop critical-thinking skills, solving puzzles to bring Peg’s cat down from out of the tree with the help of her imaginary buddies in this creative game.
Kids can learn coding through playing video games, when they download the Tynker app. Why not get them started early on? Then, they’ll see if they might want to start a career in computer software engineering, somewhere down the road. Who knows? Maybe one of your own will beat this 5 year-old’s record for becoming the youngest certified Microsoft Computer Specialist (MCP).
6. The Robot Factory
There is no end goal or achievements for this game, but The Robot Factory allows kids to design their own robots. So, if your kid is going through a robot phase, satiate her need to tear apart the home computer and hand her your phone, preloaded with The Robot Factory app.
This is a fun app for the whole family to pass around. Ideally, if you have a few kids, they can each add their own part to a developing story in comicbook form.
Here is another an open-world type of game where there are no goals or tasks to be achieved. It’s basically like a series of Easter eggs in an app, all rolled up in a cozy space theme.
10. Ladybird Classic
The Ladybird Classic Me Books app features all of your favorite childhood books, organized into one app. The difference here, is that you can use the touchscreen on your phone or tablet to trigger animations on the page. You can also record your own sound effects to add a personal touch to the story.
Is there another app that you can think of that is perfect for keeping the kids entertained during road trips, boat rides, or long flights? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll start organizing another list, curated by you.