10 Charming Apps for Play-Based Learning

November 11, 2014
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Out-of-School Learning, Tools

Through play, young kids test out new and emerging physical skills, role-play social situations they see around them, stretch their creativity and critical thinking skills, and much more. Play feeds kids' natural curiosity to investigate the world around them. Typically, we think of play as hands-on, real-world experiences. But more recently, app developers are finding ways to merge digital learning experiences with open-ended play.

This week, we've identified 10 sweet apps that help young kids build key skills through open-ended play and exploration. A perfect example of merging digital media with play is Toca Tea Party. Kids gather around the table (iPad) and play at having tea and snacks. My PlayHome is like a virtual dollhouse, where kids can create a virtual family (of any configuration) in a virtual home, and can role-play different social situations with a variety of characters and objects. And Hoopa City's endless combinations of building tools let kids flex their creativity and critical-thinking skills as they construct their own city, one block at a time. 

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Photo: "Toca Tea Party" by Toca Boca. Used under Creative Commons CC BY-NC 2.0 License.