The list below should help to keep your kids entertained and learning, and (hopefully) out from under your feet for a couple of hours if you’re working from home.
Read it to me
Improve your child’s reading skills with Bolo, a free app that works offline (no data or WIFI needed once it’s downloaded ,hooray!). Targeted at young primary school children, Bolo is available in English and uses Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology to serve as a personalised reading tutor for kids. It encourages them to read out loud and then provides individual, customised feedback to help improve their reading capabilities.
Ask me anything
The Google Assistant is a very useful tool, and it likes to have fun as much as the next virtual assistant does. Just ask it to tell you a joke (it’s the uncontested champion of bad dad jokes) or play a game – even kids who can’t read can talk, and get hours of fun and giggles. You can see a list of ideas here.
Explore the world
YouTube Kids was created to help kids explore the online video world in a safe and simple environment. It includes curated selections of content, parental control features, filtering of videos deemed inappropriate and all of your kids’ favourites.
Google Play has a collection of games suitable for the whole family. From colouring in fun to educational games, there’s something for everyone. It makes recommendations based on your recent activity, so as you use it more often, it will tailor suggestions for new games you might enjoy
Google Translate can help your kids improve their second language, or even learn a new one if they’re so inclined. It can translate words from or to Afrikaans, English, Sesotho, Shona, isiXhosa, isiZulu and other African languages as well as a host of languages from other parts of the world. To get something translated, you can speak, write, or type a phrase. Alternatively, you can aim your camera at any written text to get an instant translation.
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