Nothing ruins a car trip more than asking, "Are we there?" Half a dozen times before you hit your halftime mark.
Keeping the kids entertained on a family road trip is a top priority, but that doesn't mean you have to buy a ton of new toys or invest in a portable DVD player before heading out. Here are 11 free apps to make your next long drive a little smoother.
11 free road trip apps for kids
Download some of these apps onto your phone or your child's tablet to take the boredom away in the back seat. You don't even have to feel guilty about the extra screen time. All 11 of these apps are educational too.
If your local library uses the Hoopla app, you can borrow audiobooks for free. There are hundreds of titles for children and teenagers. There are even audiobooks for children in Spanish. Hoopla also provides access to music, TV shows, and movies – but you don't have to tell the kids that.
OverDrive is another app that public libraries offer their users for free. It's similar to Hoopla (and also provides access to streaming video). Contact your local library to see if they work with this app.
3. PBS children's games
If your little ones like shows like Daniel Tiger & # 39; s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts or Peg + Cat, PBS Kids Games is the perfect app to keep them busy. Children can choose from a variety of games with their favorite PBS Kids characters. Without realizing it, they also acquire mathematical, scientific and creative skills.
4. Khan Academy children
The Khan Academy Kids App is designed to make learning fun for children ages 2 to 8. Children can read stories, play games, watch videos, and engage in activities while improving their reading, writing and math skills at the same time.
The Duolingo app uses games to teach children (and adults) to speak over 25 different languages. There's even a Klingon course for Star Trek fans. Make this a study opportunity for the whole family because even with headphones on, your kids will repeat words and sentences out loud.
6. Stories from Gus on the Go
This language learning app uses classic kids stories to help kids learn Spanish, French, Greek or Hebrew. Although this free app was developed as a sequel to the original Gus on the Go app (which costs $ 3.99 to download), it can be used by children who already understand some words in another language. It is only available through the Apple App Store.
7. Crazy Libs
Adjective? Adverb? Your kids can practice correct word choice with the tech version of the classic Mad Libs game. The goofy stories they create will generate lots of giggles in the back seats.
This app from The Math Learning Center will help your future penny hoarders understand the value of different currencies while strengthening basic math skills like counting and adding. The Math Learning Center also has a variety of other free apps to teach more advanced math skills like fractions and geometry.
A road trip is the perfect opportunity to teach kids a little geography. Young travelers can use the GeoTouch: Learn Geography app to learn more about US states, state capitals, state flags, and other countries around the world. This app can only be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
10. Toon Tastic 3D
Kids can tap into their inner storytellers with this free app from Google. With Toontastic 3D you can draw and animate characters, develop a plot and tell the dialogue.
11. Scratch Jr.
ScratchJr allows kids to create their own stories and games using coding – with no coding experience required. Instead of following a video game, they are in control of the action.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
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