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:
- Animal Fun: It has pictures of animals, says their name, and makes their sound. (FREE)
- Finger Piano: Play the piano randomly, or older kids can follow the directions. (LITE VERSION IS FREE)
- Simple Draw: Draw with the touch of a finger. (FREE)
- 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)
- 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
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!
- Shape Bulilder: The lite (free) version is great. It's a puzzle game where you put the correct shapes in the correct spots. (FREE)
- 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)
- The Wheels on the Bus: Every toddler loves this song. This application sings the song and lets you interact with the characters. (FREE)
- 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)
- iWrite Words: Follow a little crab to write letters. Our three-year-old likes this letter making app too. (LITE version is FREE)
- First Words Sampler: You drag and drop letters to make a word. The lite version is great. (FREE)
- I Hear Ewe: Makes animal sounds in a cute user interface. (FREE)
- Cake Doodle: This is a favorite for all my kids, ages 3, 5, and 8. ($0.99)
- Glow Draw: Like a glow doodle, this is super fun! (FREE)
- 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)
Which device does your child use for their applications?
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:
- Google Earth: This is a great application for kids and adults. (FREE)
- National Geographic's Deepsea Challenge: Captain a ship to the ocean's depths and weave through mazes of jellyfish. ($2.99)
- Simon: Like the old school game where the four sections light up, and you try to copy the pattern. (FREE)
- Scramble: The classic game where you make words from jumbled letters. (FREE)
- Doodle Buddy: This is another drawing application for all ages. (FREE)
- Tangram Free: This is a more advanced version of Shape Builder. (FREE)
- The Fuzzy Fierce Peach: This a cute app that is more like a book than a game. ($1.99)
- 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)