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The Best Educational Games on Apple Arcade for Kids to Prevent Summer Slide

The end of the school year is in sight, and kids are just itching to get out of the classroom and stuff their backpacks in the closet (after unsurprisingly abandoning it in the middle of the floor) until the fall. They will finally have their chance to soak in some much-needed rest, relaxation, and vitamin D — but we know the summer isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. As your kids run around the backyard, they also run the risk of experiencing summer slide. And no, that’s not the same as the slide at the playground (although we hope they can indulge in that too!). It’s the dreaded tendency for students to forget and lose some of the academic skills they spent the last school year building up.

And here’s the thing: summertime inevitably leads to more screen time. It may be because you need a way to keep your child entertained and happy while traveling, to keep them occupied when the temperature or pollen counts are too high, or it may simply be a nice treat after they spent 180 days with their nose in a textbook. Kids are going to spend more time on their devices in the coming months, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can be a way to reduce summer slide. Apple Arcade — $4.99/month after a free 30-day trial — has a whole lineup of educational games that can reduce the slide and reduce any lingering parental guilt. The best part? They’re so fun your kid won’t even realize you snuck some learning into their sacred screen time.

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