In today’s world of technology and virtual learning, it’s inevitable that kids will use devices, apps, and other technology to learn and play. It can be challenging to find quality content across digital platforms, but there are resources available for families to find enriching and engaging content.
Google can help! Earlier this year, Google launched a new Kids tab on the Google Play Store to help families find Teacher Approved apps that are both enriching and fun, making it easier for you to find the best apps for your kids. But the fun doesn’t stop in the Play Store. Earlier this fall, Google launched Google Kids Space, a family-friendly tablet experience designed to spark your kiddo’s curiosity and creativity with tons of quality content through apps, games, books and videos. Plus, every app and game on Kids Space is teacher-approved. It’s customizable to your kid and their personality. And the best part is that YOU set the boundaries with parental controls from Google’s Family Link, so you can feel better while young ones explore and learn on their device.
Google Kids Space is available as a kid’s profile on select Android tablets—no subscription necessary! All you need to do is set up Kids Space on a compatible device, and it will recommend free-to-download apps, games, and books from Google Play, and videos from YouTube Kids that are based on the interests your child chooses. That means your little one can learn about everything from dinosaurs to dragons, to crafts and baseball. Kids Space recommends content that helps kids discover, create and grow.
Kids Space has four key areas for kids to explore:
Play—Find tons of teacher-approved apps and games from Google Play. The apps are age-appropriate, thoughtfully designed and fun and engaging!
Read—Books are free, handpicked by experts, and include favorites like “Pete the Cat” and “Harold & The Purple Crayon.” Google works with publishers like Sesame Street and Harper Collins so your kids have great books to choose from, which normally cost money, but Kids Space lets you read them for free.
Watch—Kids Space recommends videos from YouTube Kids that are creative and fun. Kids can practice singing, dancing and cooking, and watch videos about nearly every topic they love, from animals to magic to nature.
Make—This section recommends videos from YouTube Kids that spark hands-on creativity and play. Kids can learn to draw, do silly science experiments or play an instrument, just to name a few. The videos help encourage off-screen activities!
Parents love Kids Space because they can set boundaries with parental controls in Google’s Family Link app, and kids will love the fun content they’ll discover on Kids Space! For added flexibility, parents can easily add additional books, apps, and games from Google Play.
Learn more about Kids Space today!
– Leah R. Singer
Google Kids Space requires a Google Account for your child. Parental controls require the Family Link app on a supported Android, Chromebook, or iOS device. Books and video content not available in all regions. Video content subject to availability of YouTube Kids app. Books content requires the Play Books app. Availability of apps, books, and video content may change without notice. Google Assistant not available in Google Kids Space.