20 Apps You Can Play With Your Kids
Val Curtis

I won’t lie. I was that parent who said, “No SCREEN TIME!” until I realized that there are actually a lot of benefits for my kids. In the spirit of honesty I admit,  I really enjoy sitting down and playing word games or Prune with my kids. It’s the perfect rainy day activity and we can play back and forth. Lately, when they ask for screen time, I jump in and play with them or read aloud from a downloaded book.
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Did I mention my son and husband have been COMPLETELY sucked in by Minecraft? I love hearing them strategize together. My daughter loves to read “Bob Books” with me and this makes my mama heart so happy.

Here are some other apps you can play with your kids:

Multi-player Games

Uno –  iOS    Android

Boggle –  iOS    Android

Battleship –  iOS    Android

Scrabble –  iOS    Android

Ruzzle –  iOS    Android

Ice Age Village –  iOS    Android

Fruit Ninja  iOS    Android

Minecraft –  iOS    Android

Monopoly –  iOS    Android

Starving Gators (think, Hungry Hippos) –  iOS    Android

Life (the Board Game!) –  iOS    Android

Joey Jump Free (just straight up fun)-  iOS

Charades! Guess Words with Kids –  iOS    Android

Color Code – Mastermind –  iOS    Android

iMimic -like the game “Simon”-  iOS    Android

Checkers –  iOS    Android

Jenga -(ok, I really prefer the real deal, but it’s ok for a plane ride) –  iOS    Android

Backgammon –  iOS    Android

Chess Free –  iOS    Android

Word Wow (FUN!) –  iOS    Android

 

Not-multiplayer

These are the games I REALLY love to play with my kids (and alone!) right now.

Prune – gorgeous and challenging –  iOS    Android

Aa – so simple, so tricky –   iOS    Android

Two Dots – starts out simple and is fun to solve together –  iOS    Android

Duet –  iOS    Android

Sketch Breaker –  iOS

Sudoku –  iOS    Android

Sometimes, when we get the ball rolling, it’s hard to stop the games and turn our screens off.

That’s where OurPact comes in, there is accountability for our kids, but it keeps me honest as well.

Our Pact OurPact empowers parents to guide their children through the balanced use of technology. It is a leading parental control app for iPhones, iPads, and iPods that makes it easy for you to set limits on how much time your children are spending on their mobile devices. Create schedules, block all Internet and app use at a moment’s notice or reward them with the allowance feature. Setting those limits can apply to us as well…and it is FREE. Download it now.

You can set a timer from your device or you can have “screen time” windows in your child’s (or your) day. It’s pretty cool.

They even have these helpful hints like this Family Contract where you can discuss using the privilege of mobile device ownership as a vehicle for trust-building within your family.

When we are set to play together online, oftentimes, I will use the OurPact timer so we don’t stay on all day. Now if I can just get my husband to start using it!


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This post was written by Val Curtis exclusively for BonBon Break Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

 

Val is the Editor-in-chief of BonBon Break. A former middle school science/math/tech teacher, she put her career on hold to be at home with her son and daughter on an island in the Pacific Northwest. When Val breaks away from her keyboard, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, photography, tidepooling, sailing and potlucks. She gets a kick out of combing the web for recipes and making them gluten free so she can share meals with her husband, family and friends. She is a tech-gadget geek who is poked fun at, but it doesn’t bother her a bit. Combining her love of photography, tech and graphics to create new, fun content for BonBon Break quenches her “thirst” for integrated technology.
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