Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and you’ll likely either be cooking up a feast, on the couch watching football, or simply catching up with family members you haven’t seen in a while. There may also be children running around, so what’s the solution to ensuring you have some valuable adult time? The answer lies in these awesome 5 apps that will entertain the kids under 10 and potentially even help them with some critical thinking skills.
1. Breathe, Think, Do
An app that is as charming as it is beneficial for the preschoolers in your life, Breathe, Think, Do by Sesame Street helps your kids problem solve in effective ways. Tap and touch help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as he or she is exposed to important emotional categories, calm breathing techniques, and encouragement. This app is a part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which “aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions.” Note that this is intended for parents to use with their children, so an adult will need to guide them through this.
Age Range Recommendation: Kids age 3-5
2. Lunch Rush
The Bear-Town Restaurant Association is holding its annual Restaurant Contest… and Snowy the Bear wants to win it! With this game, your kids will be able to help Snowy run his restaurant by seating hungry customers, taking orders, serving food, collecting cash and clearing tables. The goal is to earn money to keep the restaurant open and upgrade to better and bigger locations. Each day, you must earn a specific number of points to progress. This is a great game for kids because it teaches them critical thinking skills and how to prioritize their time and keep customers happy. And who knows, maybe they’ll learn enough about how to help out at a restaurant that they’ll be inspired to help clean up after your big Thanksgiving feast!
Age Range Recommendation: 6-8
3. Littlest Pet Shop
For the pet lover in your family, introduce him or her to Littlest Pet Shop. With this app, your child will be able to adopt and take care of up to 150 virtual pets. He’ll be responsible for washing and feeding the pets, but also more fun activities like playing with them and dressing them up. You can also build houses and play areas to welcome and take care of even more pets.
Age Range Recommendation: 4-6
4. Learn to Draw Little Pony
For the My Little Pony Fans out there – or even the “Bronies” – there’s Learn to Draw Little Pony, which is self-explanatory. This unique Android app that teaches you step-by-step how to draw Rarity, Pinkie, Twilight, Sparkle, and Fluttershy. Depending on your child’s age or skill set, there is a three level rating system for each design: easy, medium, or hard.
Learn to Draw Little Pony is available for free download on Google Play.
Age Range Recommendation: 8-10
5. Tap the Frog
With over 10 million players, Tap the Frog is a very popular game for kids of all ages across the world. Tap the Frog takes a frog as the main character and then challenges you with a number of different mini games. Speed is critical in this game, as many challenges involve popping as many frogs as possible in the time limit, seeing how fast you can make the frog eat the flies or get them to different locations.
Age Range Recommendation: 6-10