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18 Best Apps for Kids (Kid-Tested, Mom-Approved)

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Best Apps for Kids

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As I struggle with keeping my two older kids (3.5 years old and 20 months old) out of my hair while dealing with my newborn, I’ve been seeking advice from other moms.

This week I inquired about the best apps for kids and received many helpful suggestions from parents on my blog’s Facebook page

Here is a list of the best apps for kids, as suggested by parents. I’ve included whether each app is available for iOS/android, the price, and what age child might like it.

  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (2+ yrs.): Seven educational games for your child to play that teach colors, shapes, and more. Available for iOS and Android for $1.99.
  • ABCmouse (2+ yrs.): Must be a member of ABCmouse.com to access this app. Sign up for ABCmouse.com here— you won’t regret it. Available for iOS and Android for free.
  • Toddler Memory (1+ yrs.): A simple memory match game for the little ones. There seems to be two different apps by this name; the one on iOS is $0.99 and the one on Android is free.
  • Toddler Food (1+ yrs.): Learn food names and manners as your child feeds the different foods into the mouth. Available for iOS and Android for free.
  • Toddler Preschool Activities (2+ yrs.): 60 different games that teach shapes, colors, letters, numbers, etc. Available for iOS and Android for free.
  • Toddler & Baby Animated Puzzle (1+ yrs.): There are free versions and $1.99 versions of this game (on iOS and Android). Bright, colorful graphics and a child-friendly interface for the puzzles and activities.
  • Elmo’s Monster Maker (2+ yrs.): Your child designs a monster of his own. I’m sad to say this is only available on iOS for $2.99 (we have an Android tablet).
  • Peek-a-Zoo (1+ yrs.): There are a handful of different Peek-a-Zoo apps on iOS and are $3.99 each. Your child taps the screen and plays peek-a-boo with zoo animals. My son loves the Peek-a-Zoo Moo app (with farm animals) that he plays on his grandma’s iPad. Not available on Android.
  • 1-2-3 Genius (2+ yrs.): Learn numbers with counting and tracing fun. This app is free, but only available on iOS.
  • Bugs & Buttons (2+ yrs.): Matching games, sorting games, letters, bugs, recycling, and more! My daughter tried this one out yesterday and picked it up instantly. Kids will like the crawling bugs! Available for iOS and Android for $2.99.
  • Minion Rush (4+ yrs.): For fans of Despicable Me, a fast-paced game of completing minion missions. Available for iOS and Android for free.
  • Berry Rush (4+ yrs.): Match your way through the Berry Rush world to help save the animals. Available for iOS and Android for free.
  • Doctor Kids (4+ yrs.): Kids get to be the doctor, diagnosing and treating their patients. There is a free version and a no-ads version for $1.99 on iOS and Android. 
  • Sago Mini Space Explorer (4+ yrs.): Explore outer space with Harvey the dog. Available only for iOS for $2.99. There’s also “Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer,” which is a free app.
  • Sprinkle Junior (2+ yrs.): Splash around in the water on Sprinkle Junior. Available for iOS and Android for $1.99.
  • Jazzy 123 (2+ yrs.): Learn to count and play with musical instruments. Available for iOS for $1.99
  • News-O-Matic (6+ yrs.): This app is for the older kids. It teaches them the news of the day in a fun, engaging manner. Available for iOS and Android for free.
  • Lola’s Beach Puzzle Lite (3+ yrs.): Help Lola Panda solve beachy puzzles. Available for iOS and Android for free.

If your kid is a fan of the PBS shows like Caillou and Super Why, here’s a separate list of educational PBS apps for preschoolers.

Got any other recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!

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  • Heather
    March 2, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Love this list! I’m always looking for new fun (safe) apps for my kiddo. YouTube just released their new app too!
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