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Learning apps to stop summer slide: grades 3 to 5

Yes, kids should be out playing. But when you're waiting in line at the grocery store and your child's begging for your smartphone, try one of these apps to keep your child's brain sizzling.

By Sonali Morris

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For iPhone and iPad.

Animated Tim and his beeping robot Moby take the most mundane and esoteric subjects (bar graphs and cnidarians respectively) and turn them into riveting learning lessons. Each morning, your child will eagerly rise to hear BrainPOP’s new topic and shine as a result. Flash-based movies cover a multitude of subjects: science, social studies, English, math, the arts, health, technology. A quick quiz follows each story to build comprehension, and scores are stored so they can be beaten next time around. All movies are captioned, making it easy to read along. A great way to keep grey matter giddy.

Check it out: BrainPOP.

Comments from readers

"Pleasemake a suggestionfor semiliar for ipod for Random Fun Facts. "
"What about android?"