April 23, 2017

4 Top Educational Apps for your next Road Trip!

This is a sponsored post by U.S. Cellular.  I was compensated as a member of the U.S. Cellular Ambassador program.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Are you planning a road trip this summer?  I love road trips, but my kids are not always as thrilled with the long drives.  As they have gotten older, we have started to allow them to use devices in the car to make the trip a little bit smoother now that they no longer automatically fall asleep as soon as we leave the driveway.  I really encourage them to use fun apps and games that also give them a learning experience.

4 Top Educational Apps for your Next Road Trip

I am pleased to see that there are so many fun and educational apps out there available now!  We use many of these in our daily homeschool routine, they get screen time, they are still learning, and I get a bit of a break in the day – win-win-win!


I love that there are so many options when it comes to kids and technology these days.  You don’t have to choose between entertainment and education, because you can easily have both!

Mobile technology is increasingly a part of everyday family life, and that is why we want to encourage parents to find ways to make screen time educational.

According to a recent survey, 58% of respondents had at least one child with a cellphone – up from 49% in 2015.  The same survey showed that 79% of adults had used their smartphone to assist them while traveling.

I love that U.S. Cellular is such a reliable network.  It allows me to use my iPhone for directions and to find the nearest rest stop, and also allows my kids to have some fun apps to use when they get a little antsy on the drive.

My Top 4 Education Apps

Duolingo – a fun and effective way to learn a second language.  Not just for kids!  My whole family loves this app!

Hooked on Phonics – always a wonderful way to get more practice for younger kids on learning how to read.

Mathmateer – This app is available to iPhone and iPad users and will keep grade schoolers busy with 56 fun math missions.

Stack the States – I recently heard about this app in one of my Facebook groups.  We are studying U.S. History right now, and this is an amazing way to teach kids about U.S. Geography, state capitals, and flags. 

What are your tried and true ways to help your road trip go a bit smoother?

4 Top Educational Apps for your Next Road Trip

28 comments:

  1. We have a road trip coming up this summer, so I will definitely check these out. I think the kids will love them.

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  2. We've traveled quite a bit over the years with our 3 kids and a few tricks we've used include plenty of snacks, books, new toys, and movies.

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  3. That "edu-tained" is so funny and on point! Sounds like some great apps to keep kids entertained and keep the learning going!

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  4. These are definitely some apps that I wanted to check out myself. I don't have any road trips coming up but it's always a good idea to have educational apps on the devices the kids years .

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  5. These are great ideas! I haven't heard of any of these so I need to try them out for our next road trip in June!

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  6. We are heading back to the mainland this summer and we are doing a road trip! So excited to finally be able to drive for miles and miles without getting back to point A all within a few hours LOL!

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  7. We are going to Cancun for a family trip in June but plan on taking an actual road trip late summer before school starts. I love vacations with family and the kids.

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  8. We are planning some road trips coming up. I actually can't wait. Ours are on a train so it's a bit different, but can use all of this the same! - Jeanine

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  9. I had to smile, these app games are replacing the license plate game and the ABC sign game we used to play on the road. I want to try the Stack the States app!

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  10. Love this idea! It's good to prepare educational apps for the kids while in the car. I like that it's fun as well. It's definitely something that I would do on our next road trip.

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  11. I have heard that duolingo is an amazing service for learning languages. What a productive way to spend a road trip as well x

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  12. These sound great! We will probably we taking a road trip this summer to see some family, so these will be great for my daughter!

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  13. Oh my these are brilliant! We don't have children but we always play these games with my boyfriend when we're travelling. We don't like the standard ones so we always download lots of educational ones haha! Nerds or what :)) Definitely gonna check these out! x

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  14. Using the downtime in a car on long drives constructively is such a great idea. My kids are a little old for those apps but the idea is so smart and I will encourage it with my kids.

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  15. I love U.S Cellular. I feel like its been forever since Ive seen anything from them. I thought they were out of business

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  16. Some of these new apps remind me of my Speak N Spell and Speak N Math I had as a kid. We would always take them on family trips. It's so nice to have so many apps on one device to keep the kids entertained throughout the entire trip.

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  17. I have been with U.S. Cellular for about 12 years now. We have had a few bumps in the road every once in a while, but for the most part they have been pretty reliable. I think I will stick with them.

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  18. I am LOVING the idea of "edutained"! I have never heard of US Cellular. I will have to see if they are available here.

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  19. I love this! Keeping them entertained in the car can be a nightmare and sometimes I hate to say we resort to TV so something educational is way better!

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  20. This is such an interesting post! I have USC as well, it's the only phone company that let's me get service out in the country!

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  21. I'm the traveler, and I might be the one to implement these for myself!

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  22. These are great suggestions! Road trips are especially difficult when you have kids to keep entertained!

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  23. Oh I need all these! We are going to take a road trip later this year to Texas and these will be very helpful.

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  24. Oooo so many great app suggestions!! I will have to download a few of these and see if my daughter likes them. Always on the hunt for new apps

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  25. These are so cool! I haven't heard of them but I definitely will download them now! :)

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  26. Many years ago, I took five of my children on a six-week road trip up the Al-Can Highway. Oh, how I could have used some of these apps. I have used the Duolingo app myself, and love it!

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  27. My family and I travel pretty often since our extended family lives in different states and I am always looking for educational options to keep my children busy. These are some awesome options!

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  28. These are some great app ideas for traveling! It definitely feels better to give them educational games to play!

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