Best Free and Paid Apps for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad for Kids

Top iPhone and iPod Touch Applications for Children

What are your favorite iPhone or iPod Touch apps for your kids?

Even though I've had an iPhone for a couple of years, I'm just starting to get into the apps. We try to be careful with the amount of time our kids spend on the computer/iPhone, but once in a while they get to play with our apps. Unfortunately, I have found that it is difficult to find good applications for kids. Whenever I'm with a group of moms or dads that have an iPhone, which tends to be more and more these days, the topic of good, kid-friendly iPhone apps seems to come up. I thought I'd create this hub for us parents to share our favorites. We have three girls (six, three, and one), so our favorites tend to be in this age range. Below are some of our favorites, and I hope that we can start a good list in the comments capsule to discover new apps for kids.

Our Favorite iPhone and iPod Touch Applications

Best iPhone Apps for Kids: One- and Two-Year-Olds

I know it sounds crazy for a kid under two to use an iPhone application, but our one-year-old loves to look at the animals and hear animal sounds. I haven't found very many applications that are appropriate, but here are our favorites:

  1. Animal Fun: It has pictures of animals, says their name, and makes their sound. (FREE)
  2. Finger Piano: Play the piano randomly, or older kids can follow the directions. (LITE VERSION IS FREE)
  3. Simple Draw: Draw with the touch of a finger. (FREE)
  4. GRoink: Animal Parade shows pictures of animals, and when you tap on them they make a sound. For the older children, there is a guessing game where children match the sound to the animal, and a memory game in which they look for the matching animals. (FREE)
  5. Zoo Sounds: The free version has only 4 animals and sounds, while the paid version ($1.99) has 12 animals and sounds.

If you have any other favorite applications for kids under 2, please start a list in the comments capsule!

Top iPhone, iTouch and iPad Applications for Toddlers Ages 3 and 4

Our New Favorite App:  SUPER WHY!
Our New Favorite App: SUPER WHY!

The Best Apps for 3- and 4-Year-Olds:

Here are the best iPhone, iTouch and iPad applications for our 3-year-old that we have found. This age is really a sweet spot for applications. Please leave your favorites in the comments capsule!

  1. Shape Bulilder: The lite (free) version is great. It's a puzzle game where you put the correct shapes in the correct spots. (FREE)
  2. Jirbo Match 2: The girls really like the matching games; this one is also like Memory, and uses differently themed tiles such as country flags. I'm sure there are others that are good too. (FREE)
  3. The Wheels on the Bus: Every toddler loves this song. This application sings the song and lets you interact with the characters. (FREE)
  4. Pocket Phonics: The lite version of this application only has 6 letters. It's worth getting the paid version on this application because it gives you many more options for sound blends, etc. I highly recommend this application for kids learning their letters and sounds.($6.99)
  5. iWrite Words: Follow a little crab to write letters. Our three-year-old likes this letter making app too. (LITE version is FREE)
  6. First Words Sampler: You drag and drop letters to make a word. The lite version is great. (FREE)
  7. I Hear Ewe: Makes animal sounds in a cute user interface. (FREE)
  8. Cake Doodle: This is a favorite for all my kids, ages 3, 5, and 8. ($0.99)
  9. Glow Draw: Like a glow doodle, this is super fun! (FREE)
  10. SUPER WHY!: This is our new favorite app! It is based off of the PBS show and is a great reading and writing app for kids with all of their favorite characters. ($3.99)

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The Best iPhone, iTouch, and iPad Applications for Kids Over the Age of 4

The iPhone Applications for older kids can be very interesting. Our oldest daughter loves the following applications:

  1. Google Earth: This is a great application for kids and adults. (FREE)
  2. National Geographic's Deepsea Challenge: Captain a ship to the ocean's depths and weave through mazes of jellyfish. ($2.99)
  3. Simon: Like the old school game where the four sections light up, and you try to copy the pattern. (FREE)
  4. Scramble: The classic game where you make words from jumbled letters. (FREE)
  5. Doodle Buddy: This is another drawing application for all ages. (FREE)
  6. Tangram Free: This is a more advanced version of Shape Builder. (FREE)
  7. The Fuzzy Fierce Peach: This a cute app that is more like a book than a game. ($1.99)
  8. TeachMe Kindergarten: This is a great app for kids learning to read and do basic math. Even our three-year-old plays it! ($1.99)

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toptenluxury 3 years ago from Cedartown, GA

Thanks for all the application ideas. I just got an iPhone 5 and I was looking for some good apps. Voted up!


JConnel 3 years ago

Another completely free 0site not on many people's radar yet but my kids ABSOLUTELY love is www.JustBooksReadAloud.com It's super easy to add to the iPad, etc. I love that there aren't even ads on the site.


Sarah 3 years ago

For a 1 year old, the app "color dots" is by far the best


Ghost76 4 years ago

My two daughters loved "groink" which is basically nice pictures of animals (they adoooored the kitten :-)) with some sound and action when they tap them.

Here's the link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/groink/id452227727?...


Nicole 4 years ago

My son loves playing Toy Store Delivery Truck! - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toy-store-delivery-...


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ProfPelikan 4 years ago

Do you know Professor Pelican?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/die-reisen-des-prof...

With this little app you and your little kids can join him on his trips around the world visiting some wonderful spots. At each location your kids can listen to the voices of animals and surrounding outdoor sounds. Each spot can be visited by day or night. When you are visiting a spot, for instance the farmhouse, you can switch between these two modes.

The farmhouse spot is for free and is included in the first download. Additional spots, such as an asian jungle or an african savanna can be purchased just in the app (condition to an internet connection). To buy additional spots just select the shopping cart symbol in the main menu. Please note that our app has been designed and developed for the iPad or iPad2. It also runs on smaller devices such as the iPhone or an iPod. However, we expect the kids to have more fun with the app when it runs on a iPad.


iKid Problem 4 years ago

My 1 year old wants our phones SOOO bad all the time, and knows how to navigate apps and play many educational games on the phone.

Problem is, he sometimes makes phone calls! Apps that you get out of by just hitting the button are worthless to stop this. Plus, he needs to be able to get to all his apps...

Please, please, please, someone invent a password protected app that lets you restrict use of apps to those inside a certain folder, until you enter the password!


GooGoo 4 years ago

My son (1.5 years) really enjoys GooGoo.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/googoo/id485282209?ls=...


Hans 4 years ago

My kids really like My Puppy...My Puppy is a free tamagotchi-like game for kids aged 4+

http://itunes.apple.com/app/id492044257?mt=8


maya 4 years ago

My kids best app is "music color". great app that teach them colors and classical music with beautiful images. I love this app.


Proka 4 years ago

Also try GooGoo:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/googoo/id485282209?...

My son (2 years old) loves it. It features nice graphics and lovely sounds. Has 23 scenes with animals (peek-a-boo, seasons, jungle and farm animals)


Mixael 4 years ago

My daughter loves Aloe ABC. It's really good at teaching how to write letters and numbers.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aloe-abc/id47649681...


Constantia Oomen 4 years ago

Dear BestKidsApps.

I would like to suggest my children's e-book Through Heaven, app for iPad and iPhone.

It's about out-of-body and near-death experiences. This book is one of a kind, because there's not much going on in the 'spiritual' app world for kids. Children have out-of-body and near-death experiences too, and it's not easy for them to talk about it. Communication about these experiences becomes almost effortless thanks to appealing, concise text and breathtaking, clarifying photos. There's music in this book: sounds of nature and beautiful tunes kids will like. Furthermore: kids can draw in this e-book.

Here are the direct links to the iTunes Store:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thruheaven/id475711...

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thruheaven/id475719...

The supporting website is: www.throughheaven.com

Thanks for your time and attention!

Best,

Constantia


Sally 5 years ago

My kids love the fairy tale coloring app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fables-coloring-boo...

It's $2.99


Alex 5 years ago

My kid loves Singing Daisies, you should add it for the iPhone on your list. We found it on their site, they have an online game.

www.singingdaisies.com


Have you ever seen a Moose brushing his teeth? 5 years ago

A Great Game for kids, Dad101

Author, Jamie McClaine, launched her idea of promoting good personal hygiene to children with her first app book, “Have you ever seen a Moose brushing his teeth?” Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

This exciting new App Book engages children through rhyming, singsong lyrics and whimsical, vibrant illustrations, and interactive content. Children follow “moose” along on his quest to rid himself of slimy, green, grass and hay-laden teeth. Available on iTunes and Android Market for $3.99

http://mooseandfriends.com/


???????????? 5 years ago

I think this is more for "toddlers" then "kids"


Steave 5 years ago

I recommend LazyTown's BooClips- Sportafake. This app real digital book unlike other apps that are actually a game (and call them selfs books). It is actually for any age (even for 42 years old like my self) but it is targeted to 4-9 years old children. I even found the link so it will be easy for everyone here. Let me know if you agree.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lazytowns-sportafak...


David 5 years ago

For age 2, this app shows great pictures of animals. When tapped, the image is animated into an action image and the sound of that particular animal is made. Simple but very addictive for my daughter at least!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/groink/id452227727


Wayne Allen Bateman 5 years ago

Please permit me to introduce you to a new children’s educational game for the iPad and iPhone:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/counting-beads/id44...

Counting Beads is a totally fun way for children to learn numbers and letters of the alphabet. The numbers (or letters) appear as colored beads that you connect by dragging each bead into its next higher numbered bead. As you connect the beads in numbered order, you create a chain that follows the lead bead as you drag. This teaches the numbers visually. You can also move the bead chain by holding the device face-up parallel to the floor and tilting it slightly to let gravity roll the leading bead downhill. Even older folks can have fun with this amusing simple game.

A brief demo video of this app is available on UTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwIbIZOQu0


Daddy Of Two  5 years ago

Another one of ours that we think is super unique:

Toddler Email is a fun, faux nursery rhyme email system created just for toddlers and preschoolers. It's the perfect balance of modern technology and old school rhymes!

Classic nursery rhyme characters send your child emails with short tasks that are educational and engaging. Children are audibly asked by each character to help them out by doing things like spelling, finding, counting and matching items.


Ruth 5 years ago

We love the Fiaba and Friends series. Age 3 to 9 interactive educational book apps. Fiaba and Friends Simone's Star for Iphone, Ipad and Itouch is currently free. You can download it here

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simones-star-fiaba-...


Lukkas 5 years ago

FaceUp! Greetings – this app creates animated greetings. You can crop the face of your friend and paste it into any of background provided (28). Also animate face mouth and add verbal and text greeting. So you can greet with any holiday, occasion like birthday, etc.

Oh, and it is free!


Hans Koenig 5 years ago

Check out Wimmel App Funfair

It is an awesome app for children and the whole family. Explore the funfair and search for animals and people. Once you found a character, tap on it and you will see fabulous animations.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seek-find-book-funf...

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7aOwcROX8M


Vanesa 5 years ago

Hi,

We just released a new educational app for children.

iTunes page:

http://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/tillys-petting-farm...

Description:

Teacher Tilly at the petting farm is an educational vocabulary app for children aged 1 -- 7.

The Children encounter the same theme in different settings.

The themes are presented in challenging drawings in which children encounter many new words. The moving images and accompanying sounds, make that a child wants to touch the pictures over and over, so the words are often heard. The app has an effective approach to learning words.

Teacher Tilly’s petting farm covers the theme: The petting farm.

Our video demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1LccUcBMmY


KateAndShaysMomma 5 years ago

My 3 yr old daughters favorite apps are Barbie I can be, Cookie Maker, and Art of Glow (All free).. Great site, alot of good ideas :)


Pavel 5 years ago

Hi Robin,

Thanks for a great article. If you're still looking for great kids-friendly FREE iPhone applications to review, we'd be honored if you took a look at ours:

Baby Mermaid is a free application unlike any other: it’s “Interactive Animation” with stunning graphics and professionally made sound, intended for not only watching, but interacting with as well.

It is simple to use and perfect for entertaining a child for several minutes or making you or your loved one smile. Just start the application, tickle the Mermaid's tummy and see her giggle in the most adorable way.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-mermaid-free/i...

Thanks you


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Thanks for this informative hub. It is hard to keep up with all the apps just for me, let alone for kids. You did a great job explaining them in this article. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


jsears 5 years ago

A great game for toddler to preschoolers is Pirates of S.I - by Snow Island Apps. They can make Captain Snow and some of the other characters and dance and swim underwater while they search for hidden letters of the alphabet. It is part of their paper theatre series so it all takes place on a stage and all the characters and props look like they are made of paper. It is available for

Iphone: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/pirates-of-si/id421...

Ipad: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/pirates-of-si/id420...

Check out the demo on Youtube: http://youtu.be/LOAX1eiJdDw?hd=1

http://youtu.be/LOAX1eiJdDw?hd=1


Jackson Tryson 5 years ago

From Slide's biggest hits, Hocus Pocus Pets! Very fun!


Daddy of Two 5 years ago

Reading, Spelling, Memory, Hand / Eye Coordination... and getting to play with toys at the same time!

Toddler Toy Factory is a fun and educational game where kids learn spelling and reading by building toys and improve their memory skills by pairing up toys in a match game.

Demo video and screenshots available here:

http://www.ToddlerToyFactory.Com/

$0.99 in the App Store!


Olena 5 years ago

Check out Mosaic iPad game -

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mosaichd/id42112666...

Is a fun and easy game to play if you need a break, and will entertain your baby as you hold them in your arms and they can see you move the pins and make designs. Later, as they grow, they can play it themselves. With an iTunes price of $.99, it is very affordable and rewarding.


Maciek 5 years ago

My little Filip's favorite app used to be Wheels on a bus, but recently it's the Little Ears app. I mean this one --> http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-ears-sounds-...


MissySmith 5 years ago

Check out Swapsies. Super cute. Definitely take a look at this one.


rhovs 5 years ago

My favorite is this nice app for teaching good habits to kids - Little Steps to Good Habits.

For iPad : http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/little-steps-to-goo...

For iPhone : http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/little-steps-to-goo...


David 5 years ago

For age 2, this app shows great pictures of animals. When tapped, the image is animated into an action image and the sound of that particular animal is made. Simple but very addictive for my daughter at least!

http://www.oink-app.com


Travis 5 years ago

I'm glad I found this hub. I'm loading a bunch of apps on my iPod Touch to keep my kids occupied during our flight to Florida.

One kids app that I would recommend is Bounce On. I don't have a link to it but it's been on my iPod Touch for a long time. My 6 year old loves it and so do I.

Travis


Susan Payton 5 years ago

An app I love (as does my 6 yr old) is The Story Home. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-story-home-chil...

It reads stories to your kids. Comes with 3 free stories, then you can choose from 75. Keeps him quiet on long car rides!


stacy 5 years ago

Fish pond or koi pond. Lite versions are free. Fish swim in a pond and kids love scaring them away by touching the screen. Makes water splashing noises when you touch the screen.


MyKidsDad1 5 years ago

Kids Fireman: Very cute. There are several scenes our kid just plays over and over.

Cut the Rope: I don't know how our 4 year-old is able to cut the rope at the right tinme and work through this game... he enjoys it.


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Dr irum 5 years ago

Thats very nice information .


Ken 5 years ago

Check a new kids app called "Animal Stickers".

It's a virtual sticker book for kids with some really cute artwork and the ability to resize, rotate, flip and move the stickers all around.

You can see more about it online here:

Animal Stickers page: http://www.mindjuice.net/animalstickers

Animal Stickers iTunes Link: http://bit.ly/animalstickers

Enjoy!


WoodApps 5 years ago

I develop iPhone apps and I have polled and tested so many toddler apps while developing for Apple. I have compiled sound effects, fun 3D colorful kitchen utensils, and simple tapping motions to create one of the best toddler games out there named Pots and Pans. It is selling worldwide now for only .99 cents currently.

Pots and Pans


HB 5 years ago

I just came across this list and its very good; a lot of good suggestions too. I just came across Grandpa's Farm 1.99, my twins 4 love it. Here is a link to itunes http://bit.ly/fylJEb


Jo 5 years ago

Just found this great app on iTunes for my daughter - color my name.

Only $1.19 - it's a coloring book that puts her name on every page. Very cute and lots of fun, she sent some of her pages to her nan and pop - they were thrilled!


Cameron 5 years ago

found theses really useful, thankyou!


Lzkim 5 years ago

Cool...


kid 5 years ago

SIMS


PerfectHelen 5 years ago

Taliking about the best iPhone apps for kids I would like to mention about Kinder Hangman - http://sharkfuel.com/kinderhangman.html that is specially designed to improve vocabulary of kids and help them remember new words. iTune link is http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kinder-hangman/id37... Thius iPhone app works to improve child's development and can be used to prepare kids for school. It is intended for kids of 4-6 years.


Golda Criddle 5 years ago

One of my favorites is [my]PhotoMatch for Tots!

It puts a fun spin on the classic matching game by allowing you to use your own photos from your iPhone albums. It allows you to sharpen your memory and mental acuity skills in an entertaining way. [my]PhotoMatch for Tots is a great way to develop and encourage recognition skills for preschoolers with encouraging sound effects and a clean, colorful design. These applications feature an inventive way to reuse family vacation photos and cherish memories. For more information on the applications, please visit the Weily apps website at: www.weilyapps.com. Best of all, it costs under $1!

Enjoy!


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bskinny 5 years ago from US

Is it wrong that I took the iphone back from my six year old so i could fool with the doodle buddy? ;)


Ralph Küpper 5 years ago

Hello,

we are two guys, working in companies for programming and graphic design. We provide Websites, Programms and iPhone Apps. For some time past we are working together and created the label Quality-Apps. Quality-Apps aim to build apps with a fair correlation between price and useage, without compromising on quality for design and function.

Our first app under that label is an app that helps children learn the names of 13 basic colors. A friendly voice says the name of a color and if the child chooses the correct color, they are rewarded with a loveable animation. We would like if you review our app and write something in your blog about it.

The app contains different levels but in the lite (= free) version is just the first level available.

Use the following urls to download the app.

Pro-Version: http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/farben-lernen/id389...

Lite-Versionen: http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/farben-lernen-lite/...

If you wish to download the pro-version for free just write back and we will send you a promotion code which will allow you to download the pro-version for free.

Please take a look at www.quality-apps.com if you want to have some further information.

If you write something about us or the app we would like if you just write a short answer back.

Thank you for reading and best regards!

Stefan and Ralph


renard 6 years ago

My children are personally intrested in pet games.

1. super poke pets

Designed to make kids laugh and have fun!

Make a pet house and feed your pet!

Visit the shop! (free)

2. Pet Pup lite & Pet Pup Full version (Costs money)

Go in the park and train your puppy! Buy toys and clothes and food for your pup! Even balls to throw!

3. Pets Thresh Live

Battle with pets and increase battle strategies in a level world!


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theelhub 6 years ago from UK

Nice app collection. Good range! Have you seen the new iPod Nano touchscreen? I wonder if they will do games for it?


Simon 6 years ago

My daughter loves SNAP! Junior - reinvents the old snap game for kids as young as 2 years old using colorful animal alphabet cards.

The best thing is it has different speeds so even the young ones can play!

Here's the link: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/snap-junior/id38948...


James 6 years ago

I've just launched on iTunes a game I've written, after being inspired to develop something for my 18 month old daughter.

The game is called Activity Farm and it has farm animals for the child to click on, and it plays the sound associated with them. She loves it! It's aimed at children aged 1-3 and has nice friendly graphics and sounds.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/activity-farm/id387...

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Karen 6 years ago

Freat educational app this developer –Dots4Tots offers four different modes of play and hours of entertainment for toddlers! It does this by providing a screen full of dots and numbers that need to be connected to make a picture. This app teaches your children Animals, Shapes, Letters and Numbers.

Also cool coloring book Color Me,my three year old son loves it. Now it is FREE


Sally 6 years ago

I stumbled upon a YouTube video channel called Kezza bee, which has a few interesting apps for kids. Very colourful and looks like a lot of fun.

Kezza bee: http://www.youtube.com/user/KezzaBeeApp


Epeler 6 years ago

Epeler is the newest iPhone / iPad word spelling game. Kids at all ages will enjoy the excitement from its arcade game design, as well as the environmental theme where the mission is to clean up the polluted world with their spelling knowledge! If you love our world and word puzzle games, Epeler is the game for you!

Itune link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/epeler/id386969408?...


Jordan 6 years ago

Have you seen The Manhole? It's a great open-ended exploration game that is simple enough that it can be enjoyed by almost all ages. I grew up playing the PC version, but it just got ported to the iPhone this month. Here's a link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-manhole-masterp...


mommamonkey 6 years ago

For little ones Uggles Match is a perfect game, no menus, just straight to the matching fun. Cute graphics and audio. Check it out http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/uggles-match-hd-mat...


Kate 6 years ago

Oh, great list everybody. Thanks for sharing.

I want to add another one that's quite new. "LilBug" is cute, colourful and entertaining for children without being too full on. My girls love it.

http://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/lilbug/id384367496?...


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immab 6 years ago from Long Island, NY!

although these are meant for kids, i might download a few of these for myself! :)


TrendyMediaGroup 6 years ago

I like this one http://inhalehelium.com/redirect-tmg for keeping my 4 and 2 year olds laughing in the car or when we are waiting somewhere. Keeps them occupied when they are tired of ABCs, etc.


Digital Dad 6 years ago

Another great Kids Game: Pre-k Safari kids iPhone Game:

The magnificent plains of the Serengeti come to life in this entertainingly educational interactive game. Pre-K Safari sends little preschool explorers on their way to fun and learning with this exciting game for children ages 2-5. Touch the screen and animals come to life with the sounds and sights of the grasslands.

Features:

- Learn Shapes, Colors, Numbers, and ABCs with both drill and test modes.

- Meet 28 fun animated animals including zebras, elephants, and lions! The Hyena host encourages your child as they play with a variety of positive feedback.

- Easy to learn! The intuitive style of play means that your child can dive right in to the rugged wilds!

- Keep track of your youngster’s achievements/skill level with a simple 5-star system.

http://www.preksafari.com


astk 6 years ago

Check out this small iPhone game for kids as well.

Available on App Store

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pure-turbo-puzzle-m...

Game play video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQIhCqNdCuw

I’m giving away this promo code for all the moms. :)

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First come first served!!!

Have a nice day


Zoobert 6 years ago

Check out Zoobert!! He is a funny and friendly little monster who lives in a sock drawer.

The application is an interactive storybook for kids that has full sound effects, narration and animations.

The appstore link is: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/zooberts-big-day-st...


Herman Lintvelt 6 years ago

My boy (a toddler) inspired me to write a small iphone app I called "Construct-o-set".

It is based on the idea of building blocks/sets. You get various shapes, and then have to drag it into place to build a car, house, rocket, etc.

I'm planning to extend it with a number of extra sets, e.g. animals, numbers, etc.

Only problem: now I can't get my iphone back from my little one... :-)

The appstore link is: http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/construct-o-set/id3...


SM 6 years ago

My 3yo loves Koi Pond (but the novelty did wear off after a little while). He also loves the Dora podcasts, but his all-time favourite iPod app has to be Duck Duck Moose's "Old MacDonald". He is constantly asking to look at it. And there's enough on each screen to entertain him. Hope this helps.


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ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

hi!

Very informative...I did n't know much about these applications. Some of these applications can really entertain kids...

--Thanks


maria j 6 years ago

My daughter loves an app called 'toy monkey jr.', it's an interactive 3D stuffed animal that you can feed and play games with, a great app for younger kids, around 1-3 years old


Amy 6 years ago

Amy from Sprint here – If you don’t own an iPhone but have a BlackBerry or Android phone, try these kid-friendly apps:

Healthy Diet For Kids (Android Market) – Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who teach their children to recognize healthy and unhealthy food. In this game your child's goal is to select the healthy items to get "health reward" points.

Baby Go! (BlackBerry App World) – Keeps little ones entertained with colorful letter blocks that dance around the phone’s screen at the push of a button.


6 years ago

Here is a cute app for little boys, it's a little adventure and its called. LITTLE ADVENTURES.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-adventures/i...


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Lots of fun - great hub!


BlueJen1 6 years ago

I have two girls, 3.5 yrs. and 18 mos., and both enjoy limited amounts of iPhone game time. Because my husband and I set up our iTunes account to share music and apps, we have loaded both devices with the same kid-friendly apps. This helps reduce the number back seat brawls. Here is a short list of our favorites. For the preschooler: AniMatch, Dress Chica, iWriteWords, and Toddler Teaser Quizzes. For our toddler: Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and iTot Flashcards. I currently have 14 kid-tested, mother-approved apps on my iPhone, but these are the ones the kids never seem to get tired of playing. House Rule: no more than 15 minutes of game time in any one day.

Thanks for this list! It looks like the Easter Bunny may bring a few new apps in his basket.


Olivier 6 years ago

My 3 years old daughter loves Teach Toddler Alphabet, she can spend a lot of time learning letters with my iPhone ! It's a lot of fun. Costs 1.99$

More information can be found on Lunabee's website


Michelani 6 years ago

We've recently released a series of Dr. Seuss iPhone apps. The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss's ABC, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and more are all available. More info can be found here...

http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/drseuss


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SidneyMorgan 6 years ago from Australia

Thanks for the great hub! My kids already think the phone belongs to them and not me! Have to say, it is great to have apps to keep them entertained when we're out and they get bored!


Gloria Mc 6 years ago

Thank you, Graham!

Love the iStoryTime apps.. Can't wait for more books to come out..


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Metta's iPhone 6 years ago

Awesome Applications for the kids!!! I must say the kids love them.


Linda 6 years ago

You can check out the Mystic Maggie interactive story book application. I would recommend it for ages 4 and up, the initial download is free, that gives you the first 10 pages, after that there is an option to buy the remaining 30 pages and a Mystic Maggie trivia quiz for 0.99 USD (nothing else to download after the initial download)

Every page is animated and there are almost 100 interactive definitions. It also has on/off narration and sound effects.


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itcoll 6 years ago

wow..these are really cool apps for the kids.


eyal 6 years ago

I'm the founder of iMagine machine.

We are developing apps for the whole family.

We have 2 applications at the appstore -

Itsy Bitsy Spider - Musical Coloring Book - http://bit.ly/3X4dPt

and Halloween - Musical Coloring Book - http://bit.ly/47gIIa

Take a look and enjoy.

Experience. Explore. Imagine.


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DRG Da Real Grinc 6 years ago from All over the USA

Great hub, and they keep making those everyday.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I so need an iphone - maybe christmas : ) Thanks for the app advice


Tata 6 years ago

ABC Zoo - application with funny pictures, kids like it.

$0.99

website: www.xoxol.net

how-to-use video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ciKEnNpIo4


Ryan 6 years ago

I've developed a few "iPhone Toys" for the 2-4 set...

If you're interested, they're called

Lil'BBall

Lil'Snowman

Lil'Marbles

and

Lil'Pinata

http://www.weelittlegamer.com


theRab 7 years ago

Try some Winzki Apps from http://www.Winzki.de for kiddies 18 months and up...

This is the link for the (free) "Lite Winzki": http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/...


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Carson Creek 7 years ago

OK, my 12 year old son loves Atomic Fart, Golf, and the Are you a Moron test. Looks like I need to download some other apps. Thanks for the tips


ColCityMom 7 years ago

A fellow work-from-home-parent + I are trying to launch a biz around digital entertainment 4 kids, beginng w this app called Slide-A-MaJig, designed for ages 2-10, cost is .99 cents. It keeps kids occupied with something that's fun and silly. Its a kind of sliding mix and match activity with all these funny characters and their body parts can be switched out, plus they have different things on their heads like hats or fish or upside down cereal bowls and a bunch of different backgrounds...a creative activity but not a game. you just actually have to see it to totally get it. The illustrations are super goofy and also really pretty at the same time. Its supposed to be for kids but adults love it too.


Jude 7 years ago

THANK YOU ROBI!

I was surfing for awhile tonight--and remembered your FAB HUB!! Super helpful...all 3 kids and I thank you :) xo Jude


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Which4u 7 years ago from Leicester, UK

Harmonica is great ;)


peterTHUP 7 years ago

We recently released an iPhone game for kids age 2 to 5. We designed it to offer a lot for 99 cents -- 5 different games about packing lunch for monkeys. The games cover colors, letters, counting, matching (memory-like game), and a puzzle game (not too far off from Shape Builder).

It was thoroughly tested by my own 3 year old, who is quite demanding!

If you want to check it out, it's called Monkey Preschool Lunchbox:

http://thup.com/preschool/


anusen 7 years ago

We have developed a handful of applications for kids and mainly focusing on education category.

Math Magic: Kids can learn as well as have fun with math. They can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions. Random problems will be shown to the kids and they need to choose the correct answer

Word Magic: Kids need to choose the missing letters for the picture shown. Best suited for kids from UKG till 2nd standard.

Math Series: Kids need to identify the missing numbers. The numbers could either be in descending or in ascending orders

Match Magic: This application is best suited for younger kids < 6 years. They need to match the pictures/colors/count the numbers by identifying and matching them

Count Magic: This application is also suited for kids < 6 years. This app helps to kids to learn counting. They need to catch the number shown. As they keep counting, audio voice will help the kids in counting.

Think BIG: This app is kids in 5 to 10 age group. A group of numbers are shown. They need to pick up the largest or smallest number.

All of our games have rewards and stickers and scores built to motivate and encourage the kids.

Please check them out at www.anusen.com

Here are couple of blogs on our apps

http://tinyurl.com/c5kbmx

http://tinyurl.com/dmzyqq


Heather 7 years ago

One of my sons favorite games is Morgan Moody's Math Adventure. He is just starting to count and it is helping to keep him interested.


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Gift Experts 7 years ago

Interesting!! Great Applications.

Thanks.


Graham 7 years ago

An iPhone kids application you should check out is iStoryTime. It’s a library of narrated and illustrated kids books for the iPhone. There are 6 books available in the Apple AppStore today: http://www.istorytimeapp.com/appstore With new ones coming out every week.

Great for driving in the car, on the airplane, or at a restaurant waiting for the bill when the kids are going crazy.

Books are $1.99/ea from iTunes and can also be purchased on your phone from anywhere. Great for entertaining the kids in a guilt free way. All the wholesomeness of a book with the convenience of your phone.

Enjoy!

Website: http://www.istorytimeapp.com

On the AppStore: http://www.istorytimeapp.com/appstore


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Robin 7 years ago from San Francisco Author

George, do you know how to add applications to your phone? There is an application icon on your phone and you can download any application from there.


gredmondson 7 years ago

I want you to add a favorite to my phone.


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jamestedmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco

I know your kids also love a simple drawing app called Doodle Kids. It's another free one that once cause me to miss my bus stop because I was so engrossed.

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