Apps for Adventure
To me, adventure has always been the connections and bonds you create with people when you’re there. And you can have that anywhere. – Bear Grylls, Adventurer
As spring gives way to summer, it is natural to yearn for adventure and begin reaching beyond the everyday routine. Daydreams become planning and planning invites everyone to contribute their ideas for recreation and enjoying family fun. What will your summer look like? Will your family try something new or visit an familiar favorite place? Are you stressing about schedules, still wrangling with summer school options, or opting for a creative staycation?
Whatever your summer brings, we have found some apps for adventures both big and small. Whether you are traveling across the U.S. or traveling across town to a playground with adaptive equipment, enjoy adding these apps into your summer time fun!
Josh & Emma Go to the Beach
By The Norval/Sinclair Company LLC
Come along with brother and sister, Josh & Emma, as they take an adventure to the beach in this interactive storybook app, Josh & Emma Go to the Beach. Designed for children between the ages of two and four, this beautifully illustrated story takes users on an interactive adventure as Josh and Emma need assistance in filling their bucket with objects they discover on the beach.
Enjoy a summer evening studying the stars in your backyard with the Star Chart app. Star Chart turns your iOS device into an augmented reality astronomy app. Simply point your device at the sky and Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at. Fun for users of all ages and abilities, Star Chart calculates, in real time, the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are.
Write About This
By RSA Group, LLC
Encourage kids to write about their summer adventures or create their own using the customizable Write About This Free app. The saying “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is the best way to describe this app. The free version provides more than 50 leveled text and voice prompts and the ability to try the custom prompt creation and digital publishing tools. Great for motivating reluctant writers, Write About This is super easy to use and provides endless opportunities for creative writing.
Barefoot World Atlas
By Am phio Limited
Create your own journey and virtually travel the world anywhere, anytime! With Barefoot World Atlas, it’s never been easier or more fun to explore the world’s continents, great oceans and changing environments. The app is an interactive 3D globe that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world on their mobile device, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.
Super Why! Power to Read
By PBS KIDS
Squeeze in some early reading skills this summer with Super Why, an app that teaches phonemic sounds, letter writing, spelling short words and beginning reading comprehension. The app features the four main characters from the show Super Why. Alpha Pig leads a spelling game where the user is asked to spell a word. A rhyming game is played with Wonder Red. Users play along with Princess Presto to work on letter sounds, tracing and word construction. And, Super Why leads Story Savers. Characters and colors seem to pop right off the screen.
Cristen Reat is co-founder of BridgingApps and a mother who found success when using a mobile device with her children who have special needs.
Amy Barry is the Content Manager and Editor at BridgingApps and mother of five children.
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This post originally appeared on our May/June 2017 Magazine