Mini-Guide: Khan Academy Kids

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Khan Academy Kids
Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 2–6 Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

Khan Academy Kids is an educational app with a variety of offerings for children ages 2 to 6. When the app first opens, the player meets several animals that will join them throughout the app. There is also the option to see all the library at once. From there, the player can select a specific book, game, or video. Topics include red pandas (or other animals), math, reading, logic, and even things such as focus, flexibility, emotions, and memory.

Khan Academy Kids has no ads or in-game purchases and can hold up to five children’s profiles. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


Khan Academy Kids helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

FlexibilityKhan Academy Kids

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

This app includes games that are meant to specifically work on flexible thinking. They present a situation (such as two different sized hats for two different sized people) and asks the player to do the expected thing (put the big hat on the bigger person). The game then takes the next step and ask the player to be silly and put the big hat on the small person. By doing this, the player has their expectations challenged in a non-threatening way, as well as being asked to adapt to changing directions.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Khan Academy Kids also provides a chance for the player to learn about emotions. There are books about things like being sad or scared. There are also books for social topics such as sharing or having hurt feelings. Reading these books can help kids learn to better understand, identify, and cope with emotions and thoughts.

 

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