Appy Friday: FamilyEducation's Top 5 Free and Educational Apps of the Week

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by: Logan Chamberlain

"Appy" Friday! Each week, the staff here at FamilyEducation chooses our top five apps that we think deserve to be in the spotlight. They vary week to week, but two things stay the same — they're educational and, best of all, free! Check out our top apps of the week, and make sure to watch our video to find out which app is our top pick of the week!

SAT Vocab is a great educational app for learning words
SAT Vocab by Mindsnacks

SAT Vocab by Mindsnacks is a great app for your older kids working on their SAT vocabulary. There are a variety of games and puzzles kids can choose from to expand their vocab and improve their memorization and rapid recall skills. The games are fun and easy, taking the work out of studying for the SAT.

Cost: Free for the lite version; $4.99 for the full app
Age: 7+
Platform: iOS and Android

Math 42 is a great homework helper app
Math 42

Math 42, out of Germany, is a math homework helper. A Student enters a problem they're trying to solve and the app gives them a choice of ways to solve it. Once a student has decided how to attack a problem, the app takes them step by step through the solution.

Cost: Free for the lite version, but several packages at different costs
Age: 4+
Platform: iOS and Android

Flashcards is a free app that helps you build vocabulary
Flashcards by Dictionary.com

If you're looking for a vocabulary app that's 100% free, check out Flashcards by Dictionary.com. This app lets you choose from 500,000 word lists or build your own. Once you've gotten through a list, take the quiz to see how much you've learned.

Cost: Free
Age: 7+
Platform: iOS and Android

PBS Kids videos is a great free educational videos app
PBS Kids Videos

Stuck in line at the grocery store? Got a long car ride ahead of you? All your favorite PBS kids shows are available on the PBS Kids video app. You child can watch Wild Kratts or Daniel Tiger and learn a little something in the process. And because it's PBS, you'll know it's ad-free and safe for your little ones.

Cost: Free
Age: 4+
Platform: iOS and Android

Toca Kitchen is a free educational app that lets you play with food
Toca Kitchen

Toca Kitchen from Toca Boca lets kids play with their food. The app lets kids mix and match ingredients and cooking methods to make a meal for four hungry characters. Serve the meal and then see how the characters react!

Cost: Free
Age: 4+
Platform iOS and Android