Now that the school year is winding down, you’re probably wondering how you are going to keep the kids entertained all summer long. Summer is an opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids. There are so many great things you can do, including trips to state parks and making jewelry.
However, there will likely be times this summer when you will want (be desperate for) the kids to amuse themselves. Letting your child use an app that is both educational and fun is a great way to fend off boredom and keep them learning and engaged. I have rounded up 5 great Windows apps for fun summer learning.
Like with all things, when used in moderation, apps can be a fun and educational way for children to spend time.
sCoolTV (Windows, free)
sCoolTV is a new platform that lets you learn everything that you ever wanted to learn. We deal with the fun stuff!
Photography, Astronomy and Wine are a small part of our rich world of content, just click and explore!
The application allows you to study and learn in MANY different languages without having to switch the language settings on your machine!
sCoolTv is a video-based App, Leisure-class is a method to deliver know-how in a profound way. It is based on numerous-constant ‘meetings between the instructor and a learner.
sCoolTV is a global App for courses in all kind of issues like photography, wine, cooking and any kind of every day skills. In a colorful environment sCoolTV is giving a great learning experience for every day skills.
Learning becomes fun and enjoyable with sCoolTV!
Star Chart (Windows, free)
Explore the wonders of the Solar System with Star Chart, the definitive star gazing and astronomy app. From our own star – the Sun, to the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn, Star Chart gives you a virtual window into the visible universe.
With over 4 million installs Star Chart is used by educators, amateur astronomers, parents, children and curious minds alike.
Make the most of your powerful Windows 8 Augmented Reality enabled device and hold it up to the sky. Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at! Augmented Reality (AR) mode is available on tablets, laptops & devices with accelerometer and digital magnetometer sensors.
Alternatively, explore the universe from the comfort of your desktop to learn about the wonders of our solar system and beyond. Visit the planets, explore their rings and moons, learn about the constellations, discover majestic Messier objects, and travel both forwards and backwards in time.
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe and the latest high-tech sensor functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real time – the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!
Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your AR device at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!
Want to know how the night sky appears to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your AR device down!
Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and much more.
So point your Windows 8 AR device at the sky and see what’s out there!
Kids Play & Learn (Windows, free)
Kids Play & Learn is a fun and colorful educational game for kids in the age 2 to 10. The game teaches your kid about colors, shapes, things that are related and opposites, counting, numbers, sounds, simple math, spelling and to tell the time through different types of puzzle mini games. In addition it teaches concentration through jigsaw puzzles of various difficulties. All in all Kids Play & Learn consists of 11 categories, 89 games and 1275 levels.
The game is optimized for both touch and mouse input allowing it to be played by children of all ages including toddlers, preschoolers and school age. In addition the amount of games and the clever increase of difficulty make the game fun and long lasting.
Kids Play & Learn is a versatile platform for simple puzzle games and new games are added regularly. Ideas for new game types will be appreciated, so do not hesitate to email suggestions. If you are able to provide the resources for the game like detailed game behavior, pictures, sounds, etc. the game can be added quickly. You will naturally be credited in the game.
Weird but True by National Geographic Kids (Windows, free)
Did you know that girls have more taste buds than boys do? Get more Weird But True kid-friendly facts with the new interactive app from National Geographic Kids! Based on the phenomenally popular department in National Geographic Kids magazine and best-selling books franchise, Weird But True is now available for Windows 8.
Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each fact in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained and learning. And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids.
- Swipe to move from fact to fact.
- Use the Weird-O-Meter to rate the level of “weirdness” for each fact!
- Bookmark your favorites to share with your friends or family.
- Use the Fact Finder to locate facts about your favorite subjects—animals, weather, space, science, and more!
- Loaded with sound effects and awesome surprises, Weird But True is fun for kids of all ages!
Learn basic phonic concepts, word formation, rhyming words etc providing support to parents who want their child getting ready to read
** Games are designed to enhance following skills
1. Basic english
2. Letter recognition
3. Hand-eye coordination
5. Visual perception
12. Attention to detail
** List of games
Color balls, Vertical match, Bingo, Odd one out, Crossword, Complete The Words, Rhyming words, Letter grid, Word recognition
Disclosure: As a Microsoft Blogger, I receive devices and services to use throughout the year.