The winter holiday has arrived, and with it, added pressure on parents wondering how they’ll keep the kids busy for weeks on end. Don’t worry – these 5 apps will keep the little ones entertained, and some will even keep their brains occupied and ready for the second half of the school year.

1. TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games

This app is sure to keep the kids entertained and learning for hours! Covering subjects like Maths, English, Art and Music, among a host of others, all the games featured in this app were created by educators. It is ranked as the top educational app in 24 countries, and gives children access to more than 100 000 learning games. TinyTap is available for download on iOS and Android.

2. Sushi Monster

Available for download from the Apple App Store, Sushi Monster hones math skills by having the kids multiply or add numbers to feed plates of sushi to a hungry monster. The app is free, and was developed by Scholastic, with the aim of improving math skills while having fun.

3. Storybird

If your child loves to tell stories, they’ll love Storybird. Although it’s not an app in the strictest sense of the word, Storybird is an online platform that allows budding authors of all ages to tell their tales and create visual stories by choosing from a vast library of images, illustrations and animations. Over 5 million stories have been created with Storybird, and we’re sure you won’t be able to resist creating your own once the kids have made theirs.

4. Pokémon GO

Winter is a time to stay cooped up, but Pokémon GO will keep the children warm from running and hunting the game’s fantastical creatures. It is advisable that you don’t send the kids out on their own, but this could prove to be a bonding experience for parents and kids alike. Pokémon GO is available for iOS and Android.

5. Sago Mini Friends

In this app, your child becomes a character that drops by the houses of friends, completing a task during every visit, and learning empathy and sharing along the way. This one is for younger kids, and they’ll enjoy the colourful drawings and entertaining characters. Sago Mini Friends is available for Android and iOS.

6. Foldify

This app takes the activity beyond the device. With Foldify, children can select a template, and decorate it with photos, illustrations and stickers. A 3D model is created and it can then be printed out and folded. Origami has never been so customisable! Foldify can be downloaded for the iPhone and iPad.

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