Right in the heart of summer vacation, it may seem like school will never be in session again. But now’s the perfect time to fight off the summer brain drain with educational apps — which can help ease you back into academic thinking without making it feel too much like school.
“The Flying Alphabetinis,” from Fingerprint Digital, is a Boggle-like game, recommended for ages 6 and up, that pits players against each other, and the clock, to find as many words as possible in a grid. Players can get bonus points for finding special words served up by the game each round.
The game requires parents to register with Fingerprint Digital and also has the option for online play against strangers. The app will generate a random username for you, in order to keep kids from letting information about their true identities slip. This is not a complex game, but it can be used to expand vocabularies and the competition aspect could help your reluctant students get on board. Free, for iOS devices.
— Hayley Tsukayama