Twenty-five years ago, books, games and activities were designated for specific ages, and often family members in other age demographics found those activities to be boring or simple. As technology continues to revolutionize our world, electronic devices become more intuitive and age recommendations don’t apply anymore.
The best apps out there are the ones which don’t have age limits, and anyone in the family can enjoy. There are always age-specific apps that kids, parents, and grandparents might enjoy, but this collection showcases fun apps anyone will love.
Swampy the Alligator needs a shower, and it’s your job to guide the water through the layers of earth and into the pipes. Along the way, you need to figure out how to collect rubber ducks, destroy obstacles with purple slime and green goo, and use water physics to solve each level. It’s extremely addictive fun for kids and adults. (Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android). You can also see it on Disney here.
This app does so much more than just tell you the temperature. It is filled with beautiful HD videos which show you the weather, from sunny skies to thunderstorms. Create a list of your favorite cities, and watch as you fly through the clouds and across fields in all types of weather at any time of day. In addition to the visually stunning display, you can see detailed weather stats. (Available on iPhone and iPad)
These free apps allow you to read books on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry. Kindle and Nook are popular apps, and the iPad has the Apple iBooks app. You will need to pay for most books you download, but there are always discount and free books available.
You can easily change the text size to large print for grandma, if she needs it. Best of all, multiple family members can download their own books and share them. (Available on every platform)
This game is enjoying its moment in the spotlight right now, with good reason. Scrabble is a classic game that everyone likes, but Word with Friends allows you to play against friends anywhere in the world. You can play multiple games at the same time, and it can take days or even weeks to complete a game depending on how often you take a turn. Of course, you can always schedule a time to play a game in real time. (Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, and on Facebook.) You can also check the homepage for the app here.
Remember to always use common sense, and download apps from reliable sources. Read the star-ratings and reviews – one trick is to check the number of people who have given feedback. An app with three 5-star reviews isn’t as safe as an app with three thousand 4-star reviews. Most apps are safe, but since most require that you share your personal information, you don’t want to risk your home security and family safety with an unreliable app.