Week 1 of the school holidays and you’re already panicking about how to keep the kids entertained for the next 6 weeks. Fear not – here are 5 apps that will get them hooked without rotting their brains…
ClickySticky (iOS, Android £0.64 each)
If any of yours are fans of sticker books then they will love these digital sticker books which come in a great choice of themes. Choose from ClickySticky Superheroes, Cars and the original app which features animals, space scenes, dolls and the ocean. Perfect for younger ones, ClickySticky is great for fine motor skills, interacting with the characters on the screen and learning some new facts about some interesting topics.
Paddington Bear (iOS, Android – £1.49)
A great app featuring the ever popular Paddington Bear. It’s sure to be a hit with anyone who’s a fan of the lovable bear from darkest Peru who has no doubt acquired many more admirers since the smash hit Paddington film. With beautiful illustrations and the original Paddington Bear story to read along to, you can also make your own videos of different family members reading the story. The app also includes a Photo feature where you can take photos with the famous bear himself to send to your loved ones.
Monopoly (iOS – £0.64)
A great family classic board game, ideal for entertaining young and old. In this app version there are three levels of difficulty to choose from and you can save a game mid-way through and come back to it when you have time to finish it off. You can also challenge friends and family who can’t be with you via WiFi and get building your Monopoly empire.
Chess – Play & Learn (Android, iOS – Free)
Keep those young minds active with a spot of Chess in the holidays. This free app has thousands of Chess puzzles to solve and there are more than 10 million users of this app across the globe if you want to find a playing partner to pit your wits against. As well as playing the game, there are interactive tutuorials to help you improve your game along with lessons and videos from some of the famous Grandmasters.
Paper by FiftyThree (iOS)
Calling all budding artists. Aimed at teenagers, this app is a must for anyone wanting to hone their drawing skills or practice some digitalised art. There are minimal tools to work with and there’s a fantastic handwriting section if you have younger children who could benefit from some handwriting practice. Get back to basics and let your creative talents flow!