Even if schools are closed on a snow day, kids and adults still can learn at home, or anywhere, with these educational apps.
Lumosity Mobile (Free)* Neuroscientists designed this app to keep brains youthful and flexible. Create a custom training program by using the app every day. (Mobilewalla score: 99/100)
Duolingo (Free)* Duolingo is a free app that gives you the opportunity to learn multiple languages in your free time on your mobile device. (Score: 98/100)
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Stack the States ($1.99)* Stack the States never leaves the top of the charts; it’s a fun and easy way for anyone to learn the basics of U.S. geography — even adults. (Score: 93/100)
iTunes U (Free) iTunes U is a virtual university offering free courses in an untold number of subjects from some of the greatest schools and lecturers. (Score: 92/100)
Busy Shapes ($1.99) This application for very young children helps kids learn about shapes by manipulating objects. (Score: 90/100)
TED (Free)* If you like to “think out of the box,” TED’s series of lectures from mavericks in every field will expand your mind and enthrall you. (Mobilewalla score: 99/100)
Kid Mode: Free Games + Lock (Free)* Kid Mode allows parents to lock down their phones and allows children to play only in a restricted area with appropriate content. (Score: 91/100)
Mickey’s Color and Play! ($3.99)* Mickey’s Color and Play! features a 3-D clubhouse-world your child can help design, color and then explore. (Score: 88/100)
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99)* Open Monkey’s lunchbox and find seven games just for preschoolers, in which they learn about colors, counting, letters and matching. (Score: 88/100)
ABC PreSchool Playground Free (Free) This app takes a low-key, low-pressure approach to engaging toddlers. They can doodle, play a matching game or trace letters. (Score: 87/100)
*Available on Apple and Android.
Mobilewalla is a search and discovery engine using breakthrough technology to score every app to help consumers navigate the mobile application marketplace. Apps are scored using an algorithm that weighs several characteristics, including user ratings, position within category and staff recommendations. For more app intel, go to www.mobilewalla.com. Anindya Datta is a technologist and founder of Mobilewalla.