Top Travel Apps
In the age of apps, gone are the days of treating choruses of “‘are we there yet?” with games of Hangman, I Spy and singing show tunes. Curious minds do not have to be put on pause when undergoing the challenges of travel. Take advantage of our tested and trusted travel apps guide, from Jacqueline deMontrave at Ducks Goose, that will take kids to their destination with stimulating results.
Top Travel Apps
Literature and computers converge in the Tales2Go app, which is so weighted with prestigious rewards it deserves its own hall of fame. The transition to reading on the computer is now part of the educational language and this app has a library’s worth of classic books, downloaded to engage young minds. They can read without realizing they’re learning. iTunes
Who hasn’t grown up on these word games of wit to spice up the doldrums of travel? In app form Mad Libs word games are more interactive, with added audio and music, and you don’t have to erase and reuse. There is still a range of themes, like goofy or pink, with user friendly swiping prompts that expose players to new words. iTunes
Reenact a vacation National Lampoons Griswald style by uncovering every oddball tourist destination. You can place a route, find an attraction, or develop an itinerary revolved around your travel specifications. Discover quirky museums, roadside attractions, eateries and every imaginable random siting. What’s unimaginable is that your family could miss the Yo-Yo Museum or country’s tallest elevator. iTunes
Learn Spanish and have some fun in the process. Children take a journey with Gus on the Go, an intrepid owl who teaches children the language through games, maps and other vocabulary building adventures. It also comes in other languages like French, Mandarin and Polish. iTunes
Turn travel adventures into stories with this simple concept of adding text, audio and video to vacation photos. Children develop their storytelling abilities and create keepsake souvenirs they can easily share with friends and family. There are also nifty features to create personalized pages with different customization and drawing options. iTunes
What’s a kid to do with all those photos they snapped up? Add some humor to them. YAKiT allows budding comedians to transform pictures into humorous videos through talking and animated features. Parents can rest easy since there are no direct ways to link to social media. It’s a great way for kids to be creative and entertained with their photography.
Far better than studying a waterproof placemat of the 50 United States, Stack the States America comes to cartoon life. The interactive educational tool engages young app enthusiasts with games on shapes, flags, spelling and more. You may just unleash a budding geographer.
Breaking down entertaining to its most simplistic, Draw Rider is a series of adventures that follows a no frills biker along a variety of paths. The objective is not to crash by applying the law of physics. This will be the go-to app for hours of calming fun.
Travel the globe interactively—Stratologica takes you across the world while educating on key facts about geography, earth science and culture. Users can add their own content and interact with educators. Just tap, learn, and experience other countries without having to wait in customs.
National Geographic may be the most established magazine for kids but its app version is a worthy accompaniment. Curiosity on world facts is offered through stories, games and photos. The colors and design dazzle, along with zany facts to build an educated mind. iTunes