Updated on January 19, 2022
It can be hard to find age appropriate activities to keep your children busy. These kid-friendly apps can help keep them safely occupied and engaged and bring you peace of mind, too.
Family-friendly streaming apps
- YouTube Kids (iOS & Android)
YouTube Kids makes it easier for kids to explore shows and videos on their own without stumbling across inappropriate content. The app also has parental tools to help you monitor the content they’re watching, block videos, and limit screen time.
- Disney+ (iOS & Android)
When in doubt, stream their favorite movies and shows with the Disney+ app. With content from Pixar, Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, and Star Wars, you have plenty of family-friendly content to choose from. As a Verizon customer, you can get your first year of Disney+ completely free.
Brain teasers and educational apps
- ABC Kids (iOS & Android)
If you have a preschooler or kindergartener in your household, ABC Kids is a great way to keep them busy. It’s a free app that helps your kiddos learn the alphabet and how to draw each letter with tons of interactive games. Plus, there’s a “Teacher Mode” that allows parents to log in and see how their child is progressing.
- Lightbot: Code Hour (iOS & Android)
Lightbot is an app that introduces kids K-12 to programming and coding. With interactive puzzles and games, Lightbot lets players gain an understanding of basic concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures, and loops, just by guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels.
- Duolingo (iOS & Android)
Duolingo is both a kid-friendly app and adult-friendly app, making learning a new language fun and easy for all ages. Their interactive games and quizzes help you learn to read, write, and speak 30+ languages in an exciting and efficient way. You can also get points for practicing several days in a row, which can unlock additional lessons.
Apps for staying physically active
- GoNoodle (iOS & Android)
GoNoodle is a great way to get your kids moving. Explore over 300 videos featuring kid-friendly songs, yoga and dance videos, mindfulness exercises, and more. Plus, there are no in-app purchases, so your children can’t accidentally purchase anything while using the app.
- Pokémon GO (iOS & Android)
If you’re looking for something to keep your kids moving and encourage them to play outside, Pokémon GO is the perfect game. In order to find and catch Pokémon, you must find them “in the wild” – or around the neighborhood. The more you walk around, the more Pokémon you’ll find. You can even hatch Pokémon eggs by walking certain distances, too. It’s the perfect all-ages game that keeps your kids moving and entertained all at once.
Another way to encourage physical activity for your little ones is with the Verizon GizmoWatch, created specifically with children in mind. It’s durable, waterproof, and easy to use. It also includes a GPS locator so you can keep an eye on them while they play. They can count their steps, set encouraging goals using the built-in fitness tracker, and stay connected to you and 10 trusted contacts via 2-way voice calling and messaging.
These safe, kid-friendly apps can make extra downtime a little more fun, entertaining, and educational.
And when you’re considering getting your child their first wireless device, the Smart Family app is an excellent place to start. With it, you can monitor tech use, view their location, and filter out inappropriate content, giving you peace of mind and keeping them safe.
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