Apps to Keep the Kids Entertained in the Car
Posted 14/07/2015 by BrightHouse Team
Summer days out with the family can be great fun, whether you head to the beach on a hot July day, or to a city museum when the sun refuses to shine. The inevitable long drive to get there can be less fun, however, as we know how easy it is for young children to become bored on long car journeys. However, these days parents have more tools at their disposal, so it is possible to avoid the constant sound of ‘are we there yet?’
Loading up your tablet or smartphone with plenty of child-friendly apps is the perfect way to keep boredom at bay. We’ve put together a list of our favourite apps to keep the kids entertained in the car:
Minecraft iOS / Android (£4.99)
Chances are if you have children who spend any time near a computer they’ll already be familiar with this game. Just as with the original game, this pocket version allows them to explore, build, and fight hordes of things that go bump in the night, with simple graphics and easy-to-understand gameplay.
Me Comics iOS / Android (Free – comics individually priced)
This app provides a wide selection of interactive comics from lots of well-known names, including Disney, My Little Pony, and the Beano. Your kids can even add their own narration with different character voices and sound effects. The app is free with one included comic, with others available for around 70p and up.
BBC iPlayer iOS / Android (Free)
An essential app for long journeys, the BBC’s iPlayer service means your kids can watch their favourite shows on the go. Programmes can be preloaded at home over the Wi-Fi so you don’t have to rely on mobile internet signals or use up all your data allowance.
Dino Dog iOS (£1.99)
Great fun for kids who love their dinosaurs, this app lets them travel the world in search of fossils to dig and collect. They’re guided by Dino the dog and Bonnie the bear, with underground exploration to seek out dinosaur remains, clean the bones, and assemble complete skeletons of the world’s most famous species.
Draw Something iOS / Android (Free)
An addictive game for older kids, this is basically like Pictionary, where you either draw something for another player to guess, or you try to guess whatever it is that they’re drawing. It can be linked with friends over Facebook and Twitter, or you can just be randomly partnered with another player.
Tynker iOS / Android (Free)
More of an educational app, but one that shouldn’t put your kids off. Tynker is all about learning how to use basic code to make games though a simple, visual interface. Computer coding is an increasingly important skill for kids to learn, and one that’s now taught as part of the national curriculum from an early level.