Keeping Kids Edu-tained

Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.

What do you think of the new coined word Edu-tained.  It’s a cross between education and entertained…edu-tained.

With summer just around the corner I am sure many are planning trips.  There are many alternatives to videos games and movies for keeping kids entertained on a long trip.  Parents don’t need to choose between entertainment and education – they can give their kids both.  Many of today’s best educational apps are built around games that make learning fun – from taking on tough math problems to learning a second language. Many games are collaborative, so kids can compete against their friends whenever and wherever they are.  When we were in Lacrosse almost every kid in a waiting room had some sort of device that they were playing on.  Why not make the time of their device entertaining AND educational.

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Many kids have their own mobile device these days.  It’s getting more common every year. According to a recent survey, 58 percent of respondents had at least one child with a cellphone – up from 49 percent in 2015.  The same survey showed 79 percent of adults had used their smartphone to assist them while traveling. Mobile technology is increasingly a part of everyday family life, and that’s why U.S. Cellular encourages parents to find ways to make that screen time educational.

Here are some educational apps for parents to check out:

There are so many quality educational apps available today that we encourage parents to explore the App Store or Google Play. A few we recommend:

Duolingo is fun and eeffectiveor kids or adults learning a second language.

Hooked on Phonics is great for younger kids just learning how to read.

Mathmateer, which is available to iPhone and iPad users, will keep grade-schoolers busy with 56 fun math missions.

Stack the States is perfect for a cross-country trip, teaching kids about U.S. geography, state capitals and flags

 

Mobile devices can help with every aspect of a road trip, from keeping the peace in the back seat to zeroing in on the cheapest gas and finding the perfect place to stop and eat.

No matter where you are headed if you’re a family that allows screen time, why not make it educational so your children can be edu-tained.

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