If you're like me, you probably can't imagine going on vacation without your gadgets. And as much as we want to turn them off and enjoy the outdoors, sometimes there's nothing like an app to keep the kids happy and recharged for more fun in the sun. So what are some of the must-have summer apps that can help you make the most of your down (and travel) time? Here are five Character Approved picks to keep your kids entertained and educated this summer. Best of all, there's even an app to find "disappearing" devices that get misplaced. I'm pretty sure that one will be useful all year long.
Forget carrying around handfuls of heavy books. All you need is the iStoryBooks app to keep your children entertained at bedtime, during those long summer days at home, or on the road to and from your summer vacation. The best part? All pictures books include audio in case you need some help with story time. [Image: Google Play]
Sick of naming the states or looking for new license plates on that long road trip? The Stack the States app, designed for iPhone and iPad devices, comes with games that allow you to learn state capitals, shapes, abbreviations, bordering states, and more. We think this is the perfect educational app for the second or third grade student, but it may help some of us adult children that need a geography refresher too! [Image: Stack the States]
A blast from the past, many parents remember playing this game 20+ years ago. Only at that time, we only could find Waldo in printed books and magazines. Where's Waldo? has passed the test of time and continues to be rated on top app download lists for children and adults looking to hone their observation skills (warning: this one might lead to some motion sickness!). [Image: iTunes]
For the lucky ones out there, summer allows for family vacations. For the very lucky ones those vacations include traveling abroad. Now there's a translation app available for world travelers, adults and children alike. iTranslate Voice lets you translate up to 31 languages by simply speaking into the phone. Bravo! [Image: iTunes]
Find my iPhone may be the app for parents with children. After all, many of us have had our children play with our iPhones and iPads and misplace them for us in our cars and under and in between our pillows and seat cushions. Whether we have a child to blame or not, this is the app to help locate that misplaced device to get back to the next Where's Waldo? challenge! [Image: iTunes]
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