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Kindle Fire Apps for Kids
Kindle Fire Kids Apps, Interactive Books and Games
Are you looking for Kindle Fire Apps for Kids? Here's a selection of apps, games, eBooks and utilities for kids from toddlers and preschoolers, through to bigger kids, tweens and teens.
Yes, Angry Birds is here! And lots more games and apps too. Some titles have a specific Kindle Fire Edition available that you should choose for the Kindle Fire. Many more apps from the Amazon Kindle Store also work on the Kindle Fire.
I'm Mum to two boys aged 4 and 6 and we have a Kindle Fire which gets used pretty much daily by the kids and by me. Yes, we need another one! It's on my older son's 7th birthday list.
The Kindle Fire tablet has been a very popular gift for Christmas. We expect many new titles to be available in 2013.
In App Purchases
Make sure you set up the parental controls and disable in-app purchases.
You may have read about kids running up bills due to In-App purchases. Kids may not realize they are spending real money. You can configure a Kindle Fire to disable in-app purchasing. You'll need to use the parental control password to turn it back on to allow a purchase.
This works well in our experience. Make sure you don't share the password though!
Can I play on the tablet now?
A Six-Year-Old Boy's Favorites
My six year old uses our Kindle Fire HD most days. I thought I'd share his current favorites.
This is a 3-in-a-row tile game with an Atlantis themed adventure running through it. My son is fascinated by Atlantis and wants to become a marine archaeologist and discover Atlantis. He's enjoying the bits of information about Atlantis that he learns as he plays and the difficulty level seems just right.
Usually he's not brilliant with things he finds hard. But for some reason he keeps having another go with Temple Run and now Temple Run 2. It's an action adventure game with lots of swinging, leaping and jumping.
This is one of my favorites as well as his. We have spent many happy hours together recently playing with point and click adventure. It has gorgeous graphics and puzzles that are just challenging enough for someone new this genre (and hints when needed.) Highly recommended.
In Dropwords you have to make words by tracing a path through connected letters. It's a simple concept, and somewhat surprisingly lots of fun for my son. Be aware that it's a free ad-supported app so you will see adverts as you play.
Don't Forget to Check the Free App of the Day
I try to remember to check for the free app of the day on Amazon App store each day.
It won't always be a kid-friendly title, but I find that quite regularly it is. We've got some some excellent apps this way and my son loves having something new to try regularly.
Kids App Launchers and Kids Environments
For younger kids you may want to install an application that will enable you to control what they have access to. Kids Place with Child Lock is an app launcher that will restrict kids to only parent-selected apps. Kid Mode provides access to kid-friendly videos and games for 3 to 8 year olds. Both apps keep kids where you want them.
These apps are most suitable for toddlers and little kids who share a tablet with their parents. For older kids you can use the parental controls on the Kindle Fire.
Disney: Where's My Water?
Where's My Water is an android game made by Disney. It's specifically made for children and involves solving increasingly challenging physics based puzzles. The star is Swampy the Alligator.
This is a really good logic puzzle game that will get kids thinking as they have fun.
Fun Games for Kids
There's a range of fun games available for kids on the Kindle Fire including Angry Birds of course! Plants and Zombies is also very popular and Doodle Jump is a charming platform game for kids.
Plants vs Zombies is for slightly older kids because of all the Zombie references, but it's nothing too scary.
Although kids will see these games as fun they're good for developing logic skills and coordination.
Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Fire Edition)
Angry Birds HD (Kindle Fire Edition)
Drawing and Painting
Lots of kids enjoy creating artwork on a tablet.
Picasso is a very popular kids painting and drawing app. Lots of special effects that kids will enjoy including glow paint. It has sound effects as you draw too.
And you just shake the tablet to clear the screen. Very neat. Little kids and bigger ones will have fun with Picasso.
Educational Apps for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Little Kids
The Kindle Fire is very popular with the toddler and preschooler crowd and they are catered for with Kindle Fire editions of popular preschool apps for words, numbers and colors.
Do consider getting a protective Kindle Fire case for kids before letting your little one get their paws on your Kindle Fire though!
Kids Learn to Read (Kindle Fire Edition)
Kids Numbers and Math (Kindle Fire Edition)
Kids ABC Phonics (Kindle Fire Edition)
Interactive Books for Kids
The Kindle Fire gives book published the ability to create interactive books. Some of these books are sold as app and have lots of interactive features like animation and sound. Others are sold as eBooks and have features to enhance the reading experience like pop-up text in picture books and pop-up panels in graphic novels.
The Dr Seuss animated books are great fun. These children's classics are some of the first books to really take advantage of the new format.
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
Traditional Games for Kids
Electronic versions of popular card and board games
Electronic versions of popular board games and card games are a popular genre on the Kindle Fire.
Having traditional apps on your tablet makes them very portable - much easier than taking big boxes with you on vacation on on a family visit.
UNO (Kindle Fire Edition)
THE GAME OF LIFE (Kindle Fire Edition)
MONOPOLY (Kindle Fire Edition)
Free Apps with Ads
Note that some of the apps on this page are free to download or have a free version. Many free apps are supported by advertising which is shown within the app, either all the time, or in between levels.
In my experience, the ads rarely have adult content (and there's an outcry if this happens), but they may be poorly targeted. (E.g. I just got got a mortgage ad on a drawing app.)
If you want to avoid your child seeing these ads then choose the paid ad-free version of the app.
How to Preview Before Buying
Test Drive Enabled
Thousands of Apps and Games on the Amazon App Store as Test-Drive Enabled which means you can try them out from your PC before you decide to get them.
This is a very neat feature and helps you to quickly try out apps and see whether you think your child would enjoy them and whether you feel that they are appropriate for them.
And try them out for yourself!
How Amazon Test Drive Works
See how Amazon test drive works to show an app running on your PC. Look out for the green Test Drive icons on titles that have this feature enabled.
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Kindle Fire Apps for Kids