These Great Apps Encourage Kids to Work Those Minds and Bodies While Having fun!
SummerÂ is in full motion and our kids are out of school enjoying a break from all the testing, studying, reading and crunching numbers. While a few trips to the amusement park and the outdoor pool are probably already in the books, children donâ€™t need nor want to rest their brains and bodies allÂ summerÂ long.
And they definitely shouldnâ€™t: keeping our brains busy and trained over theÂ summerÂ is hugely important to combatÂ summerÂ learning loss and makes sure that children are ready for new challenges when they start the new school year.
SummerÂ learning loss especially affects children inÂ subjects like Math and ReadingÂ and can erase up to almost three months of learning achievements. Encouraging children to learn should, however in no way stop you from letting them get a good exercise in on a regular basis.Â Exercising positively affects the brain activityÂ and the brainâ€™s white matter integrity, especially in children aged 9 to 10.
You can bring a book wherever you go or sign your kids up for a sportsÂ summerÂ league, but another great way to create lasting habits and raise your childrenâ€™s intrinsic motivation is to warm up their brains and bodies a little! There is a range of Apps out there to make things easier for you and way more fun for the kids:
1)Â PaGamOÂ will keep your kids brains active and engaged thisÂ summerÂ so they wonâ€™t lose any grade level skills when they go back to school in the fall. The game allows teachers/parents to customize questions so kids can conquer their own territories of land and build a kingdom of knowledge â€“ bringing out their natural competitiveness!
2)Â StravaÂ is an app that allows parents to map out their walks, bike rides, and hikes and tracks each journey so they can show their children how much theyâ€™ve accomplished in a certain scope of time. Itâ€™s a great app to make walking to school or traveling to new places fun!
3)Â SpellingCityÂ helps kids stay on top of their language skills that turns spelling into a game. Kids will learn new words in a variety of categories with lists tailored for kindergarten through 12th grade levels.
4)Â Just Dance NowÂ encourages kids to get moving by getting them to dance (based off the best-selling video game franchise). You can stream the dancing via your mobile phones or to your TV.
5)Â Super Stretch YogaÂ is an app created for kids but is often used by entire families. Super Stretch is an animated guide to help kids learn 12 yoga poses for all skill levels & agesÂ â€“Â teaching them to find balance and strength in their lives.
PaGamO App Screen Shot
What other apps do you like to use to encourage active minds and bodies? Drop a comment and let us know!
[…] You can bring a book wherever you go or sign your kids up for a sports summer league, but another great way to create lasting habits and raise your children’s intrinsic motivation is to warm up their brains and bodies a little! There is a range of Apps out there to make things easier for you and way more fun for the kids: […]
Thanks for sharing L20 Lisa! I applaud their efforts :)!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t call out L2O, an online community of ongoing learners that are dedicated to sharing and discussing lifeâ€™s discoveries in a positive environment (it doesnâ€™t rank user posts so as to keep it free from the pressure of competition). Its mission is to foster a platform for each learner to reflect, learn, connect and grow together. I applaud all efforts to encourage kids to continue to learn over the summer, and L2O is one vehicle to help accomplish that. What’s interesting about this platform, however, is that it’s not exclusive to kids — it could be for employees at an organization to share best practices, for example, or for seniors to record their memories for the next generation. It just goes to show that there are tools out there that encourage learning while on summer break or after graduation.