Monday, April 21, 2014

Free apps for Earth Day -- games, hands on lessons, stories and more

Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22 since 1970 as a day to focus on conservation and environmental education. From learning about recycling, protecting the environment and appreciating the planet for all it has to offer, we have compiled a list of FREE apps in honor of Earth Day.

** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.
Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**

DIY Sun Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science
The DIY Sun Science app, funded by NASA, allows families and educators to investigate and learn about the Sun at home, at school, or anywhere you go! This app is the second in a series (including DIY Nano) that provides over a dozen free, easy to use, hands-on activities. Plus, view live images of the Sun from NASA’s SDO satellite, videos of the Sun, and much more!

Free, iPhone/iPad

Awesome Eats by Whole Kids Foundation
Sort, stack, pack and plate a rainbow of fresh-from-the-garden foods! And now recycle items after lunch! In each level you’ll stack and sort fruits, veggies and whole grains across wacky contraptions to win stars and score big points! Be on the lookout for thieving birds and tap to shoo them away for extra points. You and your kids will unlock hours of challenging game play and get loads of healthy eating tips along the way.

Free, iPhone/iPad

Marine Missions by National Geographic Society
Explore with Jacques the hermit crab and learn that a healthy ocean is a healthy world! This app from National Geographic Kids teaches children about ocean animals and the importance of water conservation in a fun and interactive adventure game.
Help Jacques on his mission to clean up the world's ocean!

Free, iPhone/iPad

Grandma's Garden by Fairlady Media
All new Spring and Easter Update - help Grandma find the Easter Eggs! Join this charming dancing Grandma and all her silly veggies for fun adventures in the garden! Play 8 garden-themed mini-games and watch educational videos of real-life gardening narrated by Grandma! Plus, pick surprise goodies from Grandma's bag!

Free (reduced from $1.99), iPhone/iPad

The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive Children's Story Book HD by TabTale LTD
Help save the planet!!! Raise awareness & teach your children about all of the precious gifts that mother nature has to offer: clean air, refreshing water, green environment and many more...all in the context of a beautiful interactive children's story book set around the changing seasons. 

Free, iPad/iPhone
(Contains third party ads and in-app purchase to remove ads)

Kids Planet Discovery by Planet Factory Interactive
• Enjoy discovering the world with games and adventures for children to explore the Earth. Featured by Apple in more than 100 countries! 
• Look no further! In this app you will find cultures, animals, music, dresses, geography... and much, much more to learn all about our Planet. 
• Massive content: 9 apps in 1. Dress-up, puzzles, videos, memory match, find me, adventures, music...

Free, iPad/iPhone with in-app purchases for more content

iRecycle by Earth911, Inc. by Earth911, Inc.
Recycle can tell you how, where and when to recycle just about anything. Using your current location, ZIP code, address or city, get access to vital details for collection points, such as website, phone number, directions, hours of operation and other materials collected.

Free, iPad/iPhone

Earth Day Carol by Zippy Brain Inc.
In this green retelling of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, Plastic Bottle Scrooge is visited by the ghosts Plastic Past, Plastic Present, and Plastic Future. This entertaining tale about environmental responsibility explores the concepts of reduce, reuse, recycle in a lively thought-provoking adventure for all ages. Join Scrooge for this Earth Day celebration and discover how all of us can help make the planet a clean and beautiful place.

Free, iPad/iPhone

A Seed Grows - LAZ Reader [Level G–first grade] by Language Technologies, Inc.
KINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will read about the life cycle of a plant, from a seed falling on the ground to the production of roots and leaves, and finally to the production of a new seed. The book ends with readers contemplating what will happen next. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension.

Free, iPad/iPhone

Rachel H plans to spend Earth Day working on her flower beds and vegetable garden.

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