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The 7 Best Mobile Learning Apps for Your Kids

Today’s Smartphone apps make it easier than ever to engage your kids in games and activities that double as teaching tools. Download these seven mobile learning apps (grouped below by subject matter) and start using your cell phone as an educational tool.

2nd Language
Duolingo
All ages
Android/iOS
Free
This catchy interactive app is a great way to teach your kids new languages. Once your child selects one of 23 languages, you’re both ready to start learning through a variety of activities, including word matching, spoken word and picture prompts.

MindSnacks
All ages
IOS
Free
Learning a second language gets gamified with MindSnacks. Offering seven different languages, the app teaches vocabulary, grammar and listening skills by encouraging kids to “level up” and continue playing.

Math & Science
DragonBox Series
Ages 5+
IOS
$4.99
The series tackles math and science for all ages. Whether your kid is studying basic arithmetic, algebra or chemistry, DragonBox has a series to challenge him/her in a new and engaging way with increasing levels of difficulty. Innovative activities and intricate plot lines will make learning crucial math and science lessons fun.

Math Planet
Ages 4+
Android/iOS
Free
An interactive way to learn everything from addition to geometry, Math Planet has six unique games that suit a broad age range. This mobile learning app is geared for kids from grades 1-8, and with a built-in progress tracker, it will keep your child learning for years to come.

Reading & Spelling
SpellTower
Android/iOS
Ages 4+
$2.99
A combination of classic games Boggle and Tetris, SpellTower also stacks on an educational component. Players swipe to form words before their letter block tower builds up the top of the screen. It’s a fast-paced way to sharpen their spelling skills without the tedium of flash cards.

Spelling Hero Game
Android
All ages
Free
This fun mobile learning app teaches spelling, punctuation and definitions in an action/adventure setting. Your child’s character defeats villains by spelling words correctly. Different storylines and difficulty levels build on players’ increasing skills.

Bonus Game
Flow Free
Android/iOS
Ages 4+
Free
A puzzle game that starts easy and builds in complexity, Flow Free is a mobile learning app that tests players’ spatial reasoning over hundreds of levels. There’s also a time trial mode that makes the puzzles even more challenging. This one’s so fun that you may find yourself borrowing the family Tablet to play.