We can all see it everywhere we go. Restaurants, kitchen table, school classrooms, doctors’ waiting rooms, traffic jams – the screen is the lifesaver for a lot of busy parents but it is also a dearly-loved medium for most kids today. But guess what? It’s also a fantastic tool for learning. Ok maybe an 11-year old playing his older mate’s Call of Duty is not ideal, but with a bit of research, everyone with kids can be screen-clever. Ok, so you need to nip into the supermarket for some washing powder. Leave the kids in the car for a moment. With any tablet (phone, ipad etc) you can download fun games, Sudoku, number quizzes, country capitals, spelling games – for which you can provide a reward as an incentive. Or download nowyouknowabout apps via iTunes and while you’re choosing between Persil and Ariel, your kids can learn about the life of Isaac Newton or Christopher Columbus in ten little minutes. And then tell YOU all about them as you drive on your way.
Next, I’ll give you a list of educational films and apps for children that I love!