How to help your Gen Z child learn in a way they understand

By Qhama Dayile
14 March 2017

Gen Zs were born into a world where handheld devices rule every move they make. Between smartphones and tablets, their hands are hardly ever empty. They have their fingers on the pulse of everything and have access to more information and knowledge than any generation before them.

Although teaching a Gen Z child may seem like a daunting task, it can also be extremely rewarding, especially when your child can learn new skills. As a mom, you can easily become engrossed in your search to find the right apps suitable for your child. We know you often put your child’s needs before your own, that’s why 1st for Women who offers insurance tailor-made for women is putting you first and sharing a range of excellent apps. You can make learning fun while developing your child’s busy mind and keeping their hands occupied through play. Your child can learn with relative ease, in a way they understand, which means less frustration for everyone. It’s a good idea to spend time together using the app to see what it is all about and once your child has the hang of it, let them learn as they play.

Here’s a selection of apps that can help you:

HEALTH

My Incredible Body

  • Ages 9 – 11
  • R56,99 on Android and R79,99 on iOS

    This interactive app allows kids to learn about the human body in a fun, educational way. They can take rocket rides through the body, explore the digestive system and see how blood flows through veins and arteries. A virtual guide assists their exploration.

Awesome Eats

  • All ages
  • Free on Android and iOS

    This app teaches children about healthy eating and recycling through a fun game that has 64 challenging levels. Kids are given healthy eating tips as they stack and sort fruits, veggies and whole grains using wacky contraptions.

MATHS

Operation Math

  • All ages
  • R34,59 on Android and R49,99 on iOS

    Kids have to defeat Dr Odd and earn the latest spy gear using maths skill. There are 105 missions, transforming maths into an adventure. This app is a fun alternative to maths homework, offering flashcards and maths drills.

CODING AND PROGRAMMING

CodeSpark Academy & The Foos

  • Ages: 4-9
  • Free on iOS and Android

    Children can learn the ABCs of coding and fundamentals of computer programming. It’s all about learning through an assortment of interactive activities including puzzles, games, step-by-step creative projects, game design and offline printables – all of which can be monitored by parents.

Lightbot Programming Puzzles

  • Ages 10 and up
  • R40,55 on Android and R49,99 on iOS

    This app teaches kids the concepts used in computer programming. Kids need to guide a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands. The challenges escalate as they learn how to unlock levels.

SCIENCE AND PHYSICS

Thinkrolls

  • Ages 3 – 8
  • R44,99 on iOS; R59,99 on Android

    This app gets the ball rolling in your child’s understanding of physics by presenting obstacles in bright, colourful mazes. Each chapter introduces a new object with unique physical properties, challenging kids’ curiosity and creativity.

SPELLING AND GRAMMAR

Tricky Spelling

  • All ages
  • R44,99 on iOS; not available on Android

    This app does more than just teach kids how to spell – it teaches them how to spell difficult-to-learn words through phonics and spelling rules. It’s great for any student struggling with uncommon words and spelling rules, and offers extensive groups to words to practise.

Kidquest

  • Ages 6 – 9
  • Free on iOS; not available on Android

    This app offers a collection of interactive crafts, experiments and games where kids are presented with step-by-step guides for fun activities such as building a bird feeder for the garden or building a fort with newspaper and tape.

PLAYKIDS

  • Under 5
  • Free on iOS and Android

    The world’s biggest learn-and-play app featuring unique South African content. It offers a variety of educational activities, cartoons, interactive books, videos and songs to access from your smartphone or tablet – including your kids’ favourite characters, like Jungle Beat and Lollos.

WIN!

Technology will always be a part of your lives. To help you and your family take a break from all the gadgets and devices one lucky reader can win R15 000 from 1st for Women towards a family getaway.

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Simply complete the competition form below and submit by 17:00 on 19 April.

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