There’s no shortage of Halloween apps for kids. Sadly it’s more about tricks, less treats, when it comes to five-star educational content. So in the spirit of interactive learning, we’ve rounded up four of our all-time, spine-tingling educational apps for school-age kids.
Explore a series of scary-looking, sghost-filled houses by solving math problems that unlock rooms and passageways. Tap on stairs, ladders, doors and windows while solving problems using addition, subtraction and multiplication. Kids can develop critical math thinking by building equations, as opposed to simply tapping on the correct answer. Customizable math skills are available for multiple players.
Skeletons may be cropping up on lawns for Halloween but is that a fibula or a tibia peeking through that bed of petunias? There aren’t many anatomy apps geared toward the 9-12 age range. This one hits the mark by offering puzzles and quizzes. Cute graphics illustrate the basics without putting kinds on informational overwhelm. Kids can place bones in the correct part of the skeleton and quiz their knowledge with tests that have two levels of difficulty.
A favorite in the find-the-hidden-object category, the I Spy series keeps kids captivated for long stretches as they search hyper-detailed environments for specific images. In app form, the searching continues in much the same way, the difference being that kids can zoom in to different areas of this haunted mansion — from the library to the garden and laboratory — for even more detailed scenic scouring.
Exploring a variety of bat species, Bats! is devoted to world’s only furry flier–opt celebrated during the Halloween season. With an open-ended sense of exploration, readers can swipe in different directions to discover vivid jungle, desert and wooded environments. Lots of extremely well-designed interactive moments include an echolocation demo where kids can screech like a bat and “see” their own sound waves. Kids can either listen to the book on narration mode or read it themselves.