During this time of self-quarantine, it can be hard to find age appropriate activities to keep your kiddos 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. Check out our website or visit your nearest Cellular Sales store to learn more.
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)
With over 300 videos featuring kid-friendly songs, yoga, dance, mindfulness exercises and more, GoNoodle is a great way to get your kids moving. Plus, there are no in-app purchases, so your kiddos can’t accidentally purchase anything while using the app.
- Pokémon GO (iOS & Android)
If you’re looking for something to keep your kiddos moving and encourage them to play outside, Pokémon GO is the perfect game for that. 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 kiddos is with the Verizon GizmoWatch, a smart watch created specifically with your children in mind. It’s durable and waterproof, fun and easy to use, and includes a GPS locator so you can keep an eye on them while they play. They can also 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 both you and your kids’ extra downtime a little more fun, entertaining, and educational.
Considering getting your child their first smartphone? The JustKids data plan is the perfect place to start. You can manage their screen time, filter online content and track their location, giving you peace of mind and keeping them safe. For more information or help getting signed up, give us a call or visit your nearest Cellular Sales location. We’re offering curbside services to keep you and our staff as safe as possible.