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Struggling to keep the kids hooked during the lockdown? These apps can help

From teaching them to read to fun games, there's an app for everything.

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Last Updated: Apr 04, 2020, 06.25 PM IST
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These apps can bring some order during the lockdown.
Being confined to a house can be tough. And if there are children in the household, it can be chaotic.

Mercifully, you can access these apps to bring some order during the lockdown:

Teach Your Monster to Read
This is a phonics and reading game where children can create a monster that helps them to improve their reading skills.

Paid on Android & iOS (Rs 100)

Math Games
The game to practice mathematics for school children has multiple modes like math-based puzzles, time challenges, memory games. It is designed to make learning fun.

Free on Android

Night Sky
This augmented reality-based app is like a personal planetarium. You can identify stars, satellites and constellations by pointing an iPhone or an iPad towards the sky.

Free on iOS

ACK Comics
The digital version of all Amar Chitra Katha comics has more than 300 books that have been digitally remastered.

Free on iOS & Android (with in-app purchases)

Pictoword
This popular app is a word game with a twist. Children can see a series of pictures that combine to make a word. For example, pictures of an ear and a ring combine to form an earring. It also has brain teasers and trivia sections.

Free on iOS, Android

YouTube Kids
Sometimes you just want to plonk your kid in front of a screen and keep them engaged with videos. This is where YouTube Kids comes in handy. It has a lot of kid-friendly content and you can limit the screen time.

Free on Android, iOS

Minecraft
This popular game is suitable for those aged above 10. Minecraft is all about creating and exploring. You can build cities, castles and learn a lot of stuff as you get deeper in the game.

Paid on Android, iOS, Windows (Rs 500)

Plantale
Created by Ahmedabad-based developer Designmate, Plantale is all about observing the growth of a plant from a seed. The augmented reality-based game tells you all about the anatomy and morphology of plant parts.

Free on iOS

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In the wake of coronavirus, several schools and colleges have been shut in many parts of the world to contain the spread of COVID-19. As public awareness and conversations around the novel virus increase, the situation can get the children anxious and worried for their family members and friends.Parents, family members, teachers, healthcare professionals and trusted adults play a significant role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate and minimise their fear or anxiety.Dr Sreenath Manikanti, Senior Consultant Neonatologist & HOD Fortis La Femme Hospital, Richmond Road, Bangalore shares a few tips to help make the corona conversation easier around children.
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