Best 5 Apps to Keep Kids Entertained on a Road Trip
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Best 5 Apps to Keep Kids Entertained on a Road Trip

by Martha Scully

Tired of hearing, “Are we there yet?”

A road trip can be hard on kids — who would much rather be running around than kicking the back of your seat. It’s not easy to sit still and be quiet, and if you’re not tall enough to see much out of your window, things are going to go downhill fast.

Luckily, there’s an app for that. In the magical world of smartphones and tablets, you can keep your kids entertained for hours while you drive from point A to point B. Try these downloading these fun and educational apps before your next trip to keep the small set happy.

Apps for Preschoolers

1. Reading Rainbow

The Reading Rainbow app puts hundreds of age-appropriate books and illustrations in your kids’ hands. They can listen to the story being narrated and practice reading along, of course, but they’ll also enjoy features such as interactive animations and video field trips.

2. Elmo Loves 123s

The Elmo Loves 123s app gets kids counting and thinking about basic numeracy in a way that’s pure Sesame Street fun. Kids will love the games, and you’ll appreciate the special login that lets you check your child’s progress on various skills.

Apps for Elementary Schoolers

3. Barefoot World Atlas

Get your kids excited about travel by letting them explore maps and more on the Barefoot World Atlas app (available only for Apple devices). They can select fascinating stories about the world’s people and cultures as they virtually fly around the world. As they learn new information, they can test their knowledge with extras such as puzzles and games.

4. Kid Weather

Let older kids keep the family informed about what to expect at your destination.With the Kid Weather app, they can play weather-related games, learn to predict the forecast and decide what to wear, all while learning a whole lot of science along the way.

Fun for Everyone

5. Sock Puppets

The Sock Puppets app (available only for Apple devices) is one you might find yourself opening when you’re in the passenger seat too. Choose a silly sock puppet character, add scenery, and record your voice to make the dialogue for your sock puppet video — the app syncs the animation to your voice. Make a silly video and pass it around the car to keep everyone in stitches during your trip.

Now You’re Ready to Hit The Road

Before your next big road trip, load up on these great apps to keep your kids from melting into puddles of complaints. They’ll be happy, learning, and you can enjoy the call of the open road without distractions.



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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.