5 educational apps to stop the Summer Slide

Summer holidays are here and no doubt kids are looking for a respite from the classroom. The well-deserved downtime comes at a cost though – the “Summer Slide” according to the US Department of Education.

Here are some thoughts below  from Mat Peterson, the app developer behind Shiny Things.


Shiny Things is an educational app development startup who have developed their children’s apps in line with the Common Core curriculum – which has now been adopted across forty four states.

Designed to be interactive, engaging and inspire children to learn basic numeracy and literacy skills through play, the apps have caught the attention of educators and editors of Apple’s burgeoning App Store, including three Shiny Things apps in the Best of 2013 list.

With a strong policy to respect their users privacy, Shiny Things apps collect no data from users and have a strict no in-app purchases so parents don’t have to worry about their kids accidentally racking up huge bills.

Now here are 5 of their apps that can help kids stay on the ball throughout summer without feeling like they’re back in the classroom.


Shiny Picnic – For ages 2-4, toddlers join Charlie the Monkey and his jungle friends catching flying fruits, packing the picnic basket, and feeding their animal friends across three fun and educational games that teach essential pre-number skills, such as matching and sorting. Shiny Picnic is also a storybook with highlighted text as the story is ready aloud.

Shiny Circus – For ages 4-6, this app introduces mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging way. Kids will begin to identify measurement qualities and their relationships and lets kids experiment with weight and distance. It’s also an interactive read-along storybook. Watch the trailer here.

Shiny Bakery – For ages 2-5, Shiny Bakery introduces early number sense through counting, measuring, dividing, and sequencing activities as kids help Alice the Zebra help mix, measure, decorate, then serve cakes and cookies to customers. Watch the trailer here.

Quick Math – For ages 6-12, Quick Math improves math proficiency and promotes development of mental strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mixed operations. The in-built unique handwriting tool improves the child’s handwriting skills and strengthens muscle memory.

Quick Math+ – A challenging step up for ages 8+, Quick Math+ builds on Quick Math, introducing indices, negative numbers, and order of operations questions. It includes new game modes to test memory, logic, estimation ability, and pattern recognition. Watch the trailer here.

Mat Peterson

Mat Peterson, the app developer behind Shiny Things.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Shiny Things.

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