15 Awesome Android Apps for Kids

15 Awesome Android Apps for Kids

Last year, I switched from the iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy sIII. Let me just say… I love it! The kid loves it too. And, like most moms, I use it to keep him busy, when we’re somewhere that requires a wait.

Unfortunately, sifting through all the apps available can be a chore, and a bore. No worries, though! I’ve done the work for you… Here is a list of the top Android apps, for kids that we’re digging, right now (some have a minimal cost):

Educational

  1. Kids Math
  2. PopMath
  3. Smart Kids Games
  4. Pop Science Kids Game Free
  5. Kids ABC Phonics Lite

Games

  1. Temple Run 2
  2. Angry Birds
  3. Ant Smasher
  4. Fruit Ninja
  5. Candy Crush Saga

Creative

  1. Kids Doodle – Color & Draw
  2. How to make Paper Airplanes
  3. Funny Kids Cams
  4. Christmas Story: Elf Adventure
  5. Kids Piano

What are some of your kids’ favorite apps?

Hey metro #Detroit parents, your kids into building stuff? Check out @TheRobotGarage!

Hey, metro Detroit moms… looking for something to do with your kids this summer? Are they into engineering, robotics and/or architecture? Well, I have a very inexpensive solution for you.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a “media moms” open house for The Robot Garage, a local business that aims to “provide a year-round PLACE for LEGO® and robotic enthusiasts of all ages.”

The Robot Garage has all kinds of blocks to build with.

The Robot Garage tons of blocks to build with.

 

The Van Gogh was build with LEGO®  bricks!

The van Gogh was build with LEGO® bricks!

The Robot Garage works closely with leaders from the robotics and education community and focuses on hands-on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences that are fun, educational and engaging.

The building is a converted warehouse, with added “garage bays” that section off to offer different things at once. The Robot Garage has 20-foot ceilings, brightly colored walls, and an unstructured studio setting with everything you need to spend a special morning or afternoon together with your children. I can’t wait to take the kid. In fact, I think we’re going to take him and a couple of his cousins next month, for his birthday.

They also have a store where you can buy LEGO® and robotics kits.

They also have a store where you can buy LEGO® and robotics kits.

 

All those itty bitty pieces are just begging for little hands to dive in.

All those itty bitty pieces are just begging for little hands to dive in.

The Robot Garage offers birthday parties, classes, workshops, summer camps and unstructured play (a drop-in program where children can come and play, for two hours, for just $8 per child).

Because the people at The Robot Garage are so awesome, they’re offering a discount on July summer camps. Just use promo code “mediamoms” and save $50 on regularly priced July camps*.

The Robot Garage is located at 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham, MI 48009. You can reach them at (248) 723-9100, via their website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Their summer hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m.  - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Closed Sundays during the summer

 

The kids at last week's camp built this - from scratch.

The kids at last week’s camp built this – from scratch.

*Offer subject to availability and only while seats remain available. No cash value. Not redeemable for other goods or services. Register online at TheRobotGarage.com or call 248-723-9100.

 

25 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy During the Summer

Summer is hard for kids.

Yeah, you heard me. Even though they’re out of school for the season, it’s hard. They’re always looking for things to do, and often there isn’t enough to keep those active little bodies and minds busy. And, when they’re not busy, they get in trouble. And, that’s no fun.

As a mom who works fulltime, outside the home (with a spouse that does as well), it’s super hard for me to find things for the kid to do, that fit into our work schedules.

25 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy During the Summer

Since summer is in full swing, I’ve been knee deep in “find things to keep the kid busy” research. Here’s a list of 25 ideas I’ve come up with so far.

  1. Story Writing
  2. Field Trips (Zoo, Museum, etc.)
  3. Bike Rides
  4. Puzzles
  5. Roller Skating/Blading
  6. Bowling
  7. Library
  8. Hide and Seek
  9. Reading
  10. Painting
  11. Drawing
  12. Coloring
  13. Swimming
  14. Make a Fort
  15. Build a Tent
  16. Have a Water Gun Fight
  17. Have a Nerf Gun War
  18. Play Dress Up
  19. Play Computer Games
  20. Have a Scavenger Hunt
  21. Make Paper Bag and/or Sock Puppets
  22. Put on a Puppet Show
  23. Water Balloon Fight
  24. Architect (LEGO® bricks, Blocks, etc.)
  25. Board Games

So, there you go. There’s my list of ideas to keep kids busy, during the summer (or anytime, really). Feel free to add to this list, in the comments section below.