The ultimate guide to choosing appsfor your developing child.
The ultimate guide to choosing appsfor your developing child.
The ultimate guide to choosing appsfor your developing child.
The ultimate guide to choosing apps
The end-all, be-all guide to choosing apps for your developing child.
Pinwheel’s therapist-council spent hours hand-selecting the best kids apps. If it’s on Pinwheel, it supports your child’s well-being.
You don't need all of them on the phone, and certainly not at the same time!
Dr. Mike Brooks is a Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the APACenter (Austin Psychology & Assessment Center). He wrote Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World with his friend and colleague Dr. Jon Lasser, which was published by Oxford University Press in August 2018 .
Rebecca Hubbard is a master's level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been helping people with traumatic pasts for twenty-three years. She is also an author and writes children's books that assist adults in helping kids cope with difficult life experiences, such as a traumatic event, fears or making friends.
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Using the Caregiver Admin Portal, you decide which apps to put onto your child's Pinwheel phone.
These are the apps we feel should always be available, as long as their exact use is restricted by mode-switching (e.g. night mode).
Contacts - Contacts must be approved by parents or the primary caregiver before your child can be contacted or contact that person on his or her Pinwheel device. Your child cannot dial random numbers. Also, contacts can be the grouped however your family pleases, i.e. “Smith Family,” “School Buddies,” “Soccer Teammates.”
Camera - The rear camera contains a 12.2 MP dual-pixel. It has a 1.4m pixel width along with autofocus and dual pixel phase detection. The front camera is 8MP with 1.12m pixel width. Both cameras have video mode as well.
Life360 -Life360 provides advanced Location Sharing, 2 days of Location History, and 2 Place Alerts to see family members come and go from your top places like home, school, and work. Protect your drivers and passengers and respond to a car crash faster with automatic Crash Detection, and stay safe on the go with automated SOS.
Cozi Family Organizer - Cozi Family Organizer is the surprisingly simple way to manage everyday family life. With a shared calendar, reminders, grocery list and more, Cozi is a 3-time Mom’s Choice Award Winner and The TODAY Show “must-have app” for a better life.Cozi is free, easy to use, and available from any mobile device or computer.
11Pets: Pet Care - Set your 11Pets mode to match your needs: Pet Care, Groomer, Adopt. 11Pets will give you advice for each role to help meet you and your pets needs. This is a great app to help teach your child pet care and responsibility.
Remember, monitor, and care for all your pets needs, from managing pet medications, scheduling reminders for vaccinations, dewormings, and hygiene.
Allowance and Chores Bot - Allowance & Chores Bot is an easy, fun, and super versatile way to keep track of your family's allowances, chores, and savings goals. With Allowance & Chores Bot, children won't lose or misplace paper money and you won't have to keep track of allowances and chores by hand. Teach your children about saving, spending, and earning money towards goals through work and good behavior.
Allowance & Chores Bot will automatically keep your whole family’s allowances and chores in sync across all your devices.
Google Home - Set up, manage, and control your Google Home, Google Nest, and Chromecast devices, plus thousands of connected home products like lights, cameras, thermostats, and more – all from the Google Home app.
Pet First Aid -The American Red Cross First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand to help take care of your furry family members. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier for kids to learn Pet First Aid.
Connected Family Locator -The Connected Family Locator is an app that allows you to create or join circles with your family. You can keep yourself and your family up to date with each other's whereabouts, add places and get notified when your family members enter or leave them, assign family members that can ring and locate your stolen/lost phone even if it’s on silent/vibration mode, and and receive help alerts within your circles.
RoosterMoney: Piggy Bank, Allowance and Chore App - RoosterMoney is a pocket money allowance manager, chore chart, savings tracker and piggy bank all within a single app. Available in any currency and designed to help parents teach their kids about money, the app also acts as a chore tracker & reward chart. Simple for parents and fun for kids, parents remain the Bank of Mum & Dad and no deposits are required.
With RoosterPLUS, parents have the option to use additional features like the family chore manager, set interest rates or add multiple family members.
Epic! -A digital library for kids, where kids can explore their interests and learn with instant, unlimited access to 40,000 high-quality ebooks, audiobooks, learning videos, and quizzes.Books and learning videos from publishers like Scholastic, National Geographic, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Smithsonian and many more.
NOTEBOOK - Take Notes, Sync -Notebook provides different ways to take notes and capture your thoughts. Write notes, create checklists, record voice and audio notes, capture moments and scan documents.
Story Dice - Story Dice helps unleash the storyteller in all of us. Kids can enter their fantasy worlds and create stories of incredible adventures. Story dice helps kids draw inspiration and create their own bedtime or adventure stories with over150 story icons and 25 story cubes.
Spotify Kids -Spotify Kids is the music app for kids! It allows your son or daughter to explore their tastes and learn new music without hearing explicit content.Kids can create their own playlists and share songs with Pinwheel contacts
Apple Music - Apple music has over 60 million songs available from the Apple Music catalog, and allows kids to follow along to their favorite songs with time-synced lyrics. Kids can create their own playlists and get personalized mixes and daily recommendations based on the music they already love.
Spotify -With Spotify, you can play millions of songs and podcasts for free. Listen to the songs and podcasts you love and find music from all over the world. Discover new artists, albums, and podcasts. Kids can make their own playlists and find music for their mood or an activity.
Musicolet - This app plays only local audio files (mp3 etc) that you already have. This app does not support music streaming or downloading. As this app doesn't have internet permission, It can't have any feature that uses internet..
Audible -Audible has the world’s largest selection of audiobooks.Audible is a great way to read and listen to books at the same time. Available kids stories and audio books include classics, bedtime stories, bible stories and more to entertain your children.
Zello: PTT Walkie Talkie -Using Zello, you and your children can turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with a push-to-talk radio function. Zello works over WIFI, 2G, 3G, or 4G mobile data, and is a helpful app for emergency situations, or for simply playing around the house or in the backyard.
Messenger Kids - A messenger app made for kids and controlled by parents. Facebook's messenger kids allows you to manage your kids' contact list, monitor messages, and set usage limits when it’s bedtime. Messenger kids is a good option for kids that want to message their friends that don't yet have phone numbers, and do so with fun filters, stickers, and GIFs.
Google Duo - Google Duo is a simple, reliable, video calling app that allows your children to stay connected wherever you go. Kids can use Google Duo to start or join a call with family or friends through face-to-face video!
Classe365 -For families whose school district use Classe365 as their learning management system. Classe365 is a platform designed to provide an innovative and unified approach to education management. The mobile app is a complementary application to the online Classe365 web application, which enablesteachers to effectively manage their class' day-to day requirements - from administration, learning and communication.
Seesaw - For families whose school district use Seesaw as their learning management system. Seesaw is astudent-driven digital portfolio app that inspires your student to do their best work, and is used by teachers in over 200,000 classrooms and 1 out of 2 schools in the US.
Prodigy Math Game -Math practice used to be a struggle — but not anymore. Prodigy, a no-cost math game that’s loved by over a million teachers and 50 million students around the world, is using game-based learning to transform education.
PupilPath -For families whose school district use PupilPath as their learning management system. PupilPath allows parents, teachers, and students to have instant access to their child’s class performance information on the go, including up-to-date classroom progress, attendance live as it is taken, grades and status of assignments and exams, assignment due dates and descriptions, student GPA and averages in class grading categories, report card grades, and daily schedules.
Khan Academy -Khan Academy is used by thousands of kids and adults. You’re kid isn’t ready to start preparing for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, or LSAT AND MCAT. However, they can still use Khan Academy to sharpen their basic problem solving skills and stage-appropriate school problems.
ScratchJr. -Allows kids to create their own stories with fun pictures, backgrounds and settings, and actions. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
Google Classroom -Classroom is a free app for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a Google account. Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
Duolingo -Duolingo is a great app to help kids learn a new language. It helps them practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build their vocabulary and grammar skills. There are35+ languages available to learn, and it is a great opportunity to practice and learn along with your child.
Learning Ally Audiobooks -This app provides access to Learning Ally’s library of human-read audiobooks, offering an extensive selection of books students want and need to read, including bestsellers, classic literature and textbooks. Now students have interactive learning tools geared to help them succeed, including highlighted text synced with the audio narration, speed control, bookmarking, highlighting, and note taking.
Skyward -Skyward Mobile Access provides intuitive access for students, parents, and school staff that currently use Skyward’s Family Access, Student Access, Educator Access, or Employee Access. Skyward Mobile Access will automatically locate your district and take you instantly to your vital information such as grades, attendance, discipline, payroll, time off, and more!
Perfect Ear -Perfect Ear helps beginners learn how to identify melodies by ear and how to sight read music. Your kid can either practice pre-set ear training exercises or create their own customizable rhythm and pattern sessions.
Mussila -Mussila provides hours of musical lessons, challenges and games carefully crafted for musical experts and educators for your child to learn. The app is great for beginners by helping them progress through notes and tempos. It also teaches them to read music in a constructive manner.
Canva -Canva makes design and video editing amazingly simple and fun for kids. Kids can create stunning logo & poster designs with your photos and videos through this versatile free graphic design app: it includes a full editor, video maker, video collage creator, logo maker and poster maker, book creator & mood board creator.
Yousician -Yousician is a fun-packed music app that teaches your kid to play guitar, ukulele, or how to sing. The app has lessons and exercises from expert music teachers and supplies instant feedback for your child. Yousician includes step-by-step video tutorials and a plethora of popular songs to choose from.
Stop Motion Studio - Get Stop Motion Studio, the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion moviemaking today! With it’s easy to use interface Stop Motion Studio lets you create beautiful animated movies.
Lightbot -Lightbot is an easy way to get kids hooked on programming through a fun and interactive game system.Lightbot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like procedures, loops, and conditionals, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.
Complete Ear Trainer -This app teaches and trains your child's ear to develop relative pitch and tests their music theory knowledge. The Complete Ear Trainer app acts as a tuning fork or maestro right in front of your child, helping them to practice their instrument correctly.
PicoToOns -PicoToOns is a unique creative coloring book crafted for children of all ages.It includes over 120 beautiful toon-like coloring pages in 5 themes: animals, occupations, fairies and friends, robots, and creatures.
USA Baseball Mobile Coach -USA Baseball Mobile Coach is a tool that aims to simplify practice planning for baseball coaches and dads. Yes, we’re talking to you baseball dads! Not only does this app help you and your son or daughter create practice plans, but it includes specific drills and videos to watch and practice together.
Garmin Vívofit Jr. - For families with a with a vívofit jr. or vívofit jr. 2 activity tracker. The vívofit jr. app is a your resource for monitoring your child's steps, sleep and active minutes each day. You can use the app to assign daily chores and reward your kids with virtual coins for a job well done. You can see how you stack up on the daily steps leaderboard and even compete with other families in weekly step challenges. As kids meet their 60-minute daily goal, their activity unlocks adventures within the app that you can read and play together.
Halo Fitness - The Halo Fitness app is exclusively available to exercisers who belong to a participating fitness facility.
Exercisers have the ability to set goals, create workouts, or request and receive workouts from their personal trainer.
BASIQs Baseball -BASIQs Baseball’s purpose is to help develop your “game IQ.” It includes thousands of animated situations and other questions to go through. Your son or daughter will receive feedback as if a real in-person coach were there.
FitBit -FitBit is one of the world’s leading apps for health and fitness. Kids can use the Fitbit app on its own to track basic stats. Or, they can use a Fitbit tracker or smartwatch to see how their activity, workouts, sleep, nutrition and stress all fit together. The FitBit apptracks their day & progress over time and includes free workouts, nutrition programs, meditation tracks, sleep tools & more.
Abide Bible Meditation & Sleep -Abide is the #1 Christian meditation app to stress less and sleep better. Find deep rest with our bedtime stories, as you listen to stories based off the Bible. Wake up with our daily meditations that will fuel your mind for the day ahead. Join the millions of people meditating with Abide, including Grammy award winning singers, church leaders, and Christian therapists.
Stop, Breathe, and Think - Stop, Breathe, and Think is an award winning meditation and mindfulness app that helps your child find their quiet place. It allows them to check in with how they're feeling, and recommends short guided meditations and mindfulness activities that are tuned to their emotions.
Clue - Clue is a period tracker that allows developing girls to keep an accurate menstrual calendar, and learn to care for their reproductive health. It’s a scientific and fluff-free way to track periods and discover unique patterns in the menstrual cycle.
Ninja Focus -Ninja Focus helps your kid get to sleep faster while also regulating their emotions and ability to focus. Kids 3-12 will be guided through meditations, yoga flows, bedtime stories to help with their daily anxieties or stress.
Headspace -Stress less. Sleep soundly. Get happy. Learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in a few minutes a day with Headspace. Choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from stress management and anxiety management to sleep, personal growth, and mind-body health.
Calm -Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. It can help your kids experience lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. It's recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts.
Inner Balance -Inner Balance is for families with a Bluetooth HeartMath HRV and is an app designed to help children’s vitals, the heart and mind, to keep in tune and perform the best they can. It measures real time heart rate variability (HRV monitoring) and provides on screen coaching and management techniques.
Children’s Bedtime Meditations for Sleep & Calm -The app includes 6 completely free children's bedtime meditations, plus many more kids mindfulness meditations available as in-app purchases. These recordings are professionally produced and help guide your child to sleep or into a natural state of relaxation.
FamilySearch Memories -FamilySearch Memories makes it simple and fun to create a digital scrapbook of memories. The app can help display memories of the nuclear family or passed down photos from generation to generation.By integrating Memories and photo-sharing apps like Google Photos, you can create a "best-of" collection of photos for a person’s life history or important events.
Google Arts & Culture -Google Arts & Culture allows your son or daughter to discover portraits all across the world, and to learn more about the history of a time period or culture. Furthermore, they can get street views or 360 degree videos to get the full cultural experience.
Sky Map -Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device. Use it to identify stars, planets, nebulae and more. Originally developed as Google Sky Map, it has now been donated and open sourced.
Coin Collection -Coin Collection helpskids that like to collect coins keep track of which coins they already have. It is very user friendly and allows you and your child to grow your collection together.
Google Earth -Explore the whole world from above with satellite imagery, 3D terrain of the entire globe, and 3D buildings in hundreds of cities around the world. Kids can zoom to their house or anywhere else then dive in for a 360° perspective with Street View.
Google Fi - Google Fi is a phone plan designed with the latest Google technology. You can get unlimited data for one reliable monthly price, or pay only for the data you use. Both options come with unlimited calls & texts, international data in 200+ destinations at no extra charge, free 24/7 support, and no contracts. For more information about Fi, visit fi.google.com.
ProtonMail - ProtonMail is the world’s largest encrypted email service with millions of users. The ProtonMail secure email app for Android brings easy-to-use email encryption to your mobile device by seamlessly integrating PGP end-to-end encryption. ProtonMail also provides a modern user interface with a full set of innovative features such as customizable swipe gestures and the ability to send expiring emails.
Microsoft Outlook - Microsoft Outlook provides seamless inbox management that enables you to stay connected on the go. Outlook includes Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneDrive integrations to help you manage and send files and connects with Teams, Zoom and other video calling providers without hassle.
Weather - Free weather app helps your child remember to bring an umbrella or what clothes to wear for the day or pack on vacation. The real time weather display and and weekly outlook allows your family to better plan outings and events.
ColorNote - ColorNote is a simple and awesome notepad app. It gives kids a quick and simple notepad editing experience when you write notes, memos, messages, shopping lists and to-do lists. Taking notes with ColorNote Notepad is super easy, and will keep kids organized and give them a place to keep track of
Google Calendar - A streamlined calendar app with different ways to view the calendar and controls to quickly switch between month, week and day view. With Google Calendar, kids can set up to-dos using reminders to alongside their events. They can also add personal goals —like “run 3 times a week”— and Calendar will schedule time for them automatically. This app keeps all your calendars in one place, for seamless family scheduling and event planning.
WhatsApp Messenger - WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.
Adobe Scan - Turn your device into a powerful, portable document scanner, complete with OCR text recognition capabilities, with the free-to-use Adobe Scan app.
Use the Adobe Scan mobile document scanner to turn anything — receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards — into an Adobe PDF with content you can reuse from each PDF and photo scan.
With the free mobile scanner app, you can make anything scannable. Use the quick PDF scanner to create a photo or PDF scan. Scan and go right back to other important things.
Uber - We’re committed to your safety at Uber. We’ve established a Door-to-Door Safety Standard to help you feel safe every time you ride. And with Uber, your destination is at your fingertips. Just open the app and enter where you want to go, and a nearby driver will help you get there reliably.
Google Translate- Google Translate allows kids to translate between 103 languages by typing. It supports instant camera translation, taking text in images and translating it instantly when kids point their camera at it. Kids can also translate via photo, during conversations on the fly, and by drawing text characters. The app's phrasebook allows them to star and save translated words and phrases for future reference.
You Need a Budget -YNAB is unlike any other personal finance app, expense tracker, or money management system because it's based on a proven method—YNAB’s Four Rules. The powerful combination of award-winning budget apps and a life-changing budgeting method means it actually works. Using YNAB, your kids can learn how to get control of their finances, stop stressing, and live the life they want to live.
Capital One -Capital One Mobile lets you manage your credit cards, bank accounts, home and auto loans anywhere, anytime, from one place on your Android device. Check account balances, pay bills, view payment activity and transaction details, set up notifications — and lots more.
PNC Bank -Check balances & recent transactions – See current account activity for your checking, savings, credit card and loan accounts. Protect your accounts – Set up fingerprint or Face Authentication to securely sign on to the app. Or, reset your password quickly and conveniently if you need to.Send money with Zelle® – Send money simply, to people you know and trust (i) using your mobile number or email address.
Greenlight -Greenlight is a debit card for kids and teens that you can manage through an app. You can can choose the exact stores where your children can spend, manage their chores and allowances, set parent-paid interest rates on savings, and more. Your kids monitor balances, create savings goals and learn to make real world trade-off decisions.
EveryDollar -EveryDollar allows kids to create a custom monthly budget to save money, build their accounts, and give. Recommended by top personal finance experts Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, Chris Hogan and Anthony ONeal, EveryDollar uses the zero-based budgeting approach to teach healthy financial habits.
LDS Member Tools -The Member Tools app provides members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the ability to contact ward and stake members, access event calendars, and locate Church meetinghouses and temples. Leaders can also access additional membership information and reports.
Chabad.org - Daily Torah Study - Study Torah daily with our Daily Study portal. Makes studying the daily Chitas lessons easier than ever wherever you may be. Lessons include: Chumash, Psalms/Tehillim, Tanya, Rambam, Hayom Yom.
Grace to You - Welcome to the official Grace to You App. When you download this FREE App, you carry over fifty years of John MacArthur’s Bible teaching in your pocket. That’s thousands of hours of in-depth Bible teaching instantly available at the touch of your fingertip. Listen to sermons on Bible passages or topics that interest you, stay tuned to our radio and television broadcasts, and keep up with your choice of four daily devotionals. After you’ve downloaded and internalized the content, you’ll want to share it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, or email.
Bible App by Olive Tree -The Olive Tree Bible app allows kids to customization with notes, highlights, tags and more. They can change the fonts and theme colors as they study, use dark mode to read the Bible at night, or drive mode to listen to audiobooks and audio Bibles in the car! Olive Tree has a reading plan feature to set goals on reading the Holy Bible and their favorite daily devotionals. Other features include custom reminders for reading plans and daily Bible verse notifications, plus much more to empower kids to take their Bible study to the next level.
Gospel Living -The Gospel Living mobile app is designed to be inspiring, engaging, fun, and relevant to everyday life. It supports a Christian life through regularly updated articles, videos, audio, and images.
Daily Torah Verses -This mobile app delivers the word of God directly to your mobile device each and every day in a simple and easy to read layout. The format of this app is to give you a short and meaningful daily torah verse to give you strength and inspiration every day.