A good app can make life soooooo much easier! I love when I can get things out of my mind and clear up some space. I also like an app that will keep my kids busy and educated. I’ve never really given my kids free range of my phone or even let my kids handle my phone much. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just been what I’ve done, it wasn’t a conscious choice I made, it was just something I never thought to do. Both my kids get plenty of tech exposure from relatives and their dad. From phones to the iPad, they know how to navigate to apps or pictures.
That was it until my daughter was about 3 years old. She started using the Easy-Bake app (info below) on a relative’s phone and loved it. I found that it kept her busy and I began to realize that it was actually good for her motor skills. So I installed the app. I kept it on my phone for about a year until I needed to free up some space. Then we all forgot about the app… until about a month ago. Now my son’s totally hooked! I’ve seen an improvement in his fine motor skills. I won’t be downloading any zombie farm apps or video game apps (for now at least), but I do download apps that improve something valuable for my kids.
Here are my top ten apps for moms and kids to help organize your family’s schedule, keep the kids busy, and fashion advice.
This is still my top-used app. It’s the best way to organize a busy family because it has the family calendar, to do lists, journal, and shopping lists all in one place. It’s been especially helpful for me with school and soccer starting. There is a free version and a paid version. I’m still using the free version. I highly recommend it.
Basically this app helps you carry on your “closet crusade”. (That means shopping your closet as opposed to buying something new.) You can upload a picture of something you already have and this app will pair that item with shoes, accessories, and clothes from different online stores. As if this app can’t get any better… it’s FREE!
This is a FREE app that’s basically like a digital assistant. If you are out shopping and you see something you like but they don’t have your size or if you like someone’s street style, you take a picture and text it, instagram it, or email it to Zappos and they will get back to you within 24 hours with where you can get that item or at least something similar. This was launched in the testing phase in June and began being promoted on their homepage in August, but I have yet to be able to find the actual app in my app store, so I guess this is one to watch. You can read more about the service here.
Shutterfly for iPhone
Different sports teams use a free Shutterfly Share Site to keep the team organized and up to date for game day info, practice info, snack schedule, and roster. They now have a FREE app. Imagine your kid has a 3pm game and you need to know if it’s going to be too hot or too rainy, this app will tell you. You get to the game and one of the assistant coaches isn’t there and you didn’t out their number in your phone. The app can tell you! So helpful!
With my little one in Kindergarten I’m realizing how important for kids to learn how to memorize things. From kinder sight words to 3rd grade multiplication tables to everything else in high school and college and life. This Flash Memory app is $2.99 and great for pre preschool kids and young elementary school kids.
This is the FREE app I mentioned above. Your child can make, bake, decorate, eat and share virtual cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, pizza and now pretzels. They have tons of options to make boys or girls happy. One super cute part of the app is the candles. Kids can actually “blow” them out. Adorable.
My little girl is playing this as I type. She”s doing the rhyming game in the pic. It’s perfect for where she is in school right now. It’s like tutoring from the adorable cartoon character from Super Why the TV show. This app is $2.99.
My dino loving son wants to know all the names of all the dines and wants to know everything about them. Unfortunately I don’t have all the answers he needs. Thanks to this FREE app I don’t have to. This app starts with several pictures of dinosaurs that make up a T-Rex. My little man can tap any image to learn more. Love that!
Another FREE app geared toward the pre preschool or preschool set. The app asks the user to touch a shape, when they get four right, they get a sticker. It’s the basics in fun colors in an easy to navigate app. Bonus: this app was created my a real mom and dad in an effort to keep their kiddo busy with something educational.
Do you have a favorite app? I’d love to hear about it!