Kids’ News App: News-O-Matic

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Thank you to Press4Kids for promotional items received.  Any opinions stated are my own.  Learn more about News-O-Matic at Published by Tammy Litke.

Spring break is here (or for some of you anyway!), so kids get some time off from school.  If you don’t want your kids to completely veg out in front of the TV or computer but they still want a dose of technology and you have an iPad, download News-O-Matic.  This news app keeps kids in the know about current affairs, and they’ll think it’s neat to play around with and you’ll be pleased with the content.

The News-O-Matic start page is divided into several recent news stories.  Kids can click on each different section in the app to read more and then further explore pictures and/or videos about the topic.

My thoughts were that this is a great app especially for the 7-10 year old age group to familiarize themselves with what’s happening in different professional fields, news written within the U.S. and globally on an engaging platform.  What makes it engaging?



Besides the format (an interactive magazine type layout) , kids can also play games.  The content the day we reviewed the app had a Mystery Wordgame (a “tech” version of Hangman) relevant to the topics of the day and a puzzle based on a picture from one of the news articles.

Mystery Wordgame

There is also a news desk where kids can “Write to Russ” the editor, draw a picture and view the News-O-Matic picture of the day hanging on Russ’ wall.

News-O-Matic can be downloaded and users can try out the app as a trial with 3 “editions” free.  An “issue” is published every weekday, 52 weeks a year.  When the trial is over it can be subscribed to weekly for $1.99, monthly for $6.99 or yearly for $49.99. 

If you try the app out, let us know what your kids thought of it!

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