Recommendations for the New Year.
By Taylor Burton, Founder of Till Financial
If spending more time with family is one of your goals for 2022, more power for you. Few things are this satisfying, as long as you keep it fresh and fun. There are plenty of apps to help you do this. The best can help you stimulate your children’s imagination and engage them in interesting activities.
Here are some of our favorite apps for spending time with the family. Manage your children’s expenses, have fun together indoors or outdoors, learn something new, get organized or relax at the end of a busy day. Long live a healthy and productive year 2022.
Merlin Bird ID – Add a whole new dimension to a walk in the woods or a walk around the neighborhood by encouraging your children to spot birds that are lurking in plain sight. Make it a game: see how many different birds you can find and how many you can name. Merlin Bird ID can help you identify your feathered friends in just a few moments. Simply describe the color, size and behavior of the bird and indicate when and where you saw it. Or use your phone to take a photo or record a bird song. The app’s learning algorithm can help you identify over 3,500 bird species and compile a list of your sightings. It’s a great way to start a fun, lifelong hobby.
Better sleep – After a hectic day or a sugar overload, it can be difficult to relax and even more so to fall into restful sleep. And when the kids can’t sleep, neither can you! BetterSleep, formerly known as Relax Melodies, can take away bedtime stress. Listen to bedtime stories, peaceful nature sounds or soothing music, or try a guided meditation or controlled breathing exercise. Zzzzzz, finally.
Up to – Teaching kids how to manage their money is essential, but many parents don’t know where to start. When parents pay for everything, kids don’t have a chance to learn about bills, budgets, and savings until they’re on their own. Our Till app offers a great way to help kids develop smart spending skills by doing just that – earning, spending, and saving. Designed for kids up to 18, the free app includes a debit card that gives them control over their money. Children learn how to manage their finances firsthand, while parents offer advice as needed.
Stack States 2 – Take the family on a virtual tour of the 50 states with an app that makes geography fun. No drills or memorization involved – play games, take quizzes, and watch animated states come to life in this colorful and vibrant game. Discover state nicknames, capitals, geographic locations, 3D models of famous landmarks and more. This latest version, Stack the States 2, includes an interactive 3D map, new questions and bonus games. In addition, a voice mode allows preschoolers who cannot read to have fun.
Sky Guide X – Explore the universe with this excellent astronomy app, perfect for astronomers young and old. Point your phone at the sky and Sky Guide X will represent and identify the stars, planets and constellations you see. A time travel option lets you see what the night sky looked like on a specific date in history, perhaps the day you were born or during historical events. You can also change your viewing location to be anywhere on the planet, including the opposite hemisphere.
Duolingo – Challenge your family to learn Spanish, Chinese and Klingon from Star trek, or one of a few dozen other languages with this popular and easy-to-use app. Duolingo makes it painless, with play lessons, colorful graphics, and cute characters. The small lessons only take a few minutes a day, and the fun challenges and the rewards for achievement keep you motivated. The app’s mascot, a green owl named Duo, will even encourage you to achieve your goals.
Cozi – Figuring out who needs to be where and when can get quite confusing when juggling after-school games, orthodontic appointments, piano lessons, and birthday parties for your school-aged kids. A family calendar app can save your sanity and make sure they don’t miss out on soccer practice or dance recital! Cozi is a great tool to keep the whole gang on track and on time. Organize your schedule, notify your family of upcoming appointments, and create to-do lists, shopping lists and meal plans with this easy-to-use app.
Taylor Burton is the founder of Till Financial, the first collaborative family finance tool that empowers kids to become smarter spenders. It replaces awkward family conversations about money with real actions and experiential learning, teaching kids how to spend wisely with its free app and debit card. For more information, please visit www.tillfinancial.io.
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