There are millions of apps available on the market for kids. The top rated educational apps are geared towards children. Although concept based many of these are fun apps which are easy to navigate and are as entertaining and engaging as they are educational. In addition to supplying a wide range of information many apps can be found which teach reading and phonetic skills or just supply reading for pleasure.There are a number of parents who confess to using digital media to keep children contained in one area while they carry out necessary tasks. They basically give them something to play with so that they won’t disturb them while working. Obviously, there are both positive and negative aspects of digital media and its use by children.
Digital media and fun apps are very useful in teaching basic literacy skills, such as identifying the letters of the alphabet. They help children to become strong readers by widening their vocabulary. For younger children this is achieved through repetitive picture word association. Difficult or unfamiliar words can be sounded out and pronounced for the young user.The moving words and pictures, voice features, and interactive display arouses the senses and keeps both children and parents engaged in the activity. Children learn to listen, speak clearly, and spell.
Fun educational apps and games play a constructive role in the development of methodical skills.Many games are sequential and so players must follow a particular path or take steps in a particular direction in order to progress further into the game and make it to the next level.
Fun apps may develop manual dexterity and also helps in making the children computer literate.This is so because children must not only learn to use the appropriate keys or buttons in order to play the game correctly but also use them in a timely manner. For example, the space bar on the computer keyboard is used to “jump” in many games. If the jump is not made in time, the character may get eaten or fall into a trap. When it is time to type assignments children will already be familiar with this button as a “jump” between words. The repetitive movements can also help to develop good hand-eye coordination.
The simple act of using a fun app on a device can build confidence in children even those who are shy or introverted. This can be achieved through mastering a level in a game or the building up of a high score.
With built in rewards, token and bonuses, children are persuaded to be proud of their achievements and continue to move forward in order to reap more rewards. This is also a good life lesson that can be applied outside of the app.
However, balance must be maintained between the time spent playing fun apps and other activities. Children should also spend quality time in outdoor activities with family and friends. Too much time spent on playing games or even using educational apps can actually negatively affect performance in school activities. By proper monitoring and moderation in use of these fun apps, gadgets and digital media parents can play important role maintaining a healthy balance and ensure the success of their children in all areas.