52 Best Apps for Kids

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These days, its interesting to note that while only about 10% of children ages 2-5 can tie their own shoes,  more or less 25% of them can use a smart phone app! So, what does this mean? Other than an apparent increase in demand for shoes with Velcro fasteners, it also means that electronic companies and brands need to turn their digital offerings for kids up a notch or two. Kids are expecting more and more, digitally speaking. Attractive colours, fun, music and funny characters on a screen just won’t cut it anymore for today’s kids who are all tech-savvy. Furthermore, its important for children to have purposeful digital experiences. Children’s digital content and experiences need to be well planned and beneficial.

 

Top Paid Apps

1. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Wildlife Count Alongby Disney Publishing Worldwide

Hands-on practice with early math concepts

Activities are aimed at counting and sequencing of numbers 1 – 10

Matching of 20 different animals to one of five fascinating habitats

This fun learning app is great for kids. With this interactive app from Disney Learning, kids can practice early math and science in a joyful manner. It helps children to explore, discover and master their skills through exciting activities such as pictures taking, counting groups of animals and learning about wildlife habitats.

2. Another Monster at the End of This Book…Staring Grover & Elmo by Callaway Digital Arts

2012 Parents’ Choice Gold Award!

Winner of 2012 Best Appy Award: Best Book App!

Reached No.1 in Books!

Reached No.2 in top iPad Apps!

The Monster at the End of This Book, a bedtime favorite since 1971. A loveable and funny story is waiting at the end of this book. This interactive storybook is suitable for kids of all ages and offers endless hours of happy time.

 

3. Ace Kids Math Games HD – for iPadby Hien Ton

Background Music

Sound Effects, Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Advanced

Ace Kids Math Games is a fun learning math app for your kids to learn how to count, add, and subtract through visuals, animations, and interactive graphics. This learning tool is designed to promote your child’s passion for learning.

4. Tayo’s Space Adventure by NCSOFT

Storybook: Begin your space journey with Tayo and friends

Meet Tayo and his friends
sing along: 2 theme songs from the animated TV series ‘Little Bus Tayo’

Mini game: 3 mini games

The internationally renowned 2012 Red Dot Award Winner!

Tayo’s Space Adventure is an interactive storybook with video clips, fun games, and sing-along theme songs.

5. Toy Story 2 Read-Along by Disney Pixar

Cinematic, Interactive Read-Along App

Get creative with Finger Painting, sing along to Songs from the movie and play fun interactive games.

Relieve magical moments from the film with movie clips throughout!

Puzzles games for all ages.

If you are a big fan of Toy Story, this is one of the best apps for story telling. Switch to Read to Me mode and listen to the story read aloud. The app includes games, sing-along songs, colouring pages and movie clips.

6. Learn to Read – Four Letter Words by Little Reader

Contains up to 300 awesome short words

Audio hints – turn the audio hints for the word to read out loud

Great illustrations, Multi sensory learning tool, Multi language support.

This is an excellent app for kids who love to learn new words and to build up on vocabulary. This app offers up to 300 short words. Learning new words through interactive games with just a touch of the fingertips. Fully approved by parents, teachers, and kids worldwide. An ideal app for kids age from 0 to 6.

7. Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks by Blue Lightning Labs

Background Music

Sound Effects, Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Advanced

Ace Kids Math Games is a fun learning math app for your kids to learn how to count, add, and subtract through visuals, animations, and interactive graphics. This learning tool is designed to promote your child’s passion for learning.

8. Miss Spider’s Tea Party by Callaway & Kirk

This is a great story telling app for children to read and play along. The story telling includes animations,  puzzle, paintings, games and many more. With lots of lovely graphics that will definitely keep your child  sticking to it all day long.

The story is about Miss Spider – cute lady spider throwing a tea party.

9. Toca Hair Salon by Toca Boca

Harry (the red-head), Berry (the bear), Mary (pink hair),

Rita (from Helicopter Taxi), Larry (the lion)

Fuzz (the dog)

Boasting over 5 million downloads, Toca Hair Salon is fun and addictive. Allow your kids to own the Toca Hair Salon and become a hair stylist of the day!

10. Paper Galaxy by Liquid Entertainment LLC

A variety of unique planet pals

Over 120 upgrades

Over 100 in-game goals

Track your Best Results

Paper Galaxy is a great app for your kids. In a galaxy full of adorable planets, kids make new friends, collect stars, and encounter the mysterious Black Holes! Paper galaxy is easy to use yet challenging at times which gets you glued to the games for countless hours.

11. Amelia and Terror of the Night by OhNoo Studio

Amelia, a girl who lives in a mysterious Mushroom Clearing with 3 friends – TeddyTeddy, Kitty-Patter and a shy tortoise called Little Pencil.

To find out more, be sure to download this unique interactive storytelling app.

Amelia and Terror of the Night is a digital animated storytelling app you don’t want to miss out on. Join Amelia on the journey to the far-off land to have some wicked adventures.

12. Fanny McFancy by Auryn, Inc

Fanny McFancy is a whooping crane that is crazy about fashionable
stuff. She is invited for a fancy tea party but is unable to decide on what to wear.

Find out more from this Fanny McFancy app. The interactivity from this app helps children to improve their vocabulary skills with three ways of reading the book:

“Read to me”

“Read myself”

“Auto Play”

Top Free Apps

13.  LEGO App4+ by Lego Systems, Inc

Easy to play

Bright colours

Different modes of play

Various levels and items to unlock

Build your own LEGO truck using LEGO parts and complete the game level to earn more parts. Ideal for kids ages 4 to 7. An astonishing app with bright and interactive colours that certainly keeps your kids entertained.

14.  Elmo Loves ABCs Lite by Sesame Workshop

Touch the alphabet and watch it fill the screen

Touch, slide, sweep, dig, and trace to discover 80 classic Sesame Street clips and 75 Sesame Street colouring pages

Inclusive of a new Elmo song.

Let your kids learn ABC with Elmo from the Sesame Street. This app is inclusive of songs, videos, colouring pages and games about letters.

15.  Angry Bird Space HD by Rovio Entertainment Ltd

10 interstellar levels! Brand new birds! Brand new superpowers!

Zero gravity space adventures! Trick shots using planet’s gravity

Angry Bird Space HD was developed by Rovio, was ranked the No.1 mobile app of all time. A fun yet entertaining educational app for kids to explore this intergalactic phenomenon.

16.  Jake’s Never Land Pirate School by Disney

Characters and locations from the Jake and the Never Land Pirates TV show.

Pirate School Captain’s Log tracks class levels and shows Badges of
Honor earned.

Air play mirroring

A fun and entertaining app for your kids to venture into the pirate school, how to sail a pirate ship and more.

17.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Rally Appisode by Disney

Interactive full-length episode

Easy activities

Interactive activities include counting, problem solving, shapes making and memory skills

Special tilting activity to find Chip & Dale in the sky

A fully interactive learning app from Disney. Help Mickey to complete various activities through touching, shaking, swiping, dragging and talking on your ipad. Designed for ages: 3 and up

18.  Lego Duplo Zoo by LEGO System, Inc

Fun, kid-friendly, intuitive directions

Interactive DUPLO fun and surprises

Mini Movies in the Zoo Cinema

Original music

Lego Duplo Zoo is a preschoolers’ app specially designed and catered for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Different shapes and colours of the building blocks help to stimulate kid’s senses. Join Rabbit and Giraffe on their inescapable journey of different challenges.

 

19.  Chuggington Traintastic Adventures Free by Budge Studios

Ride the rail with your favourite chuggers

Attach cargo cars,wagons,jet packs, boosters and other cool gears

Special features such as flying, night time scenes and etc to encourage extended play

Join in the railway adventures from the famous preschool TV series which air on major network worldwide. This app is fun and is for kids of all ages. Meet Koko, Wilson and Brewster – the three trainees, as they become the Chuggers.

20. Thomas & Friends: Engine Activities by Callaway Digital Arts Inc

Additional activity packs include Merry Winter Wish, The Lion of Sodor, and Thomas in Charge!

Thomas And Friends is based on the British children’s television series. This amusing app is packed with lots of interactive activities that will keep kids entertained for hours. Inclusive of puzzles, colouring pages and brain-building matching games.

21.  Madagascar Movie Storybook Collection by DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Based on the popular computer animated movie Madagascar, this app brings you a must have storybook collection for every child. Packed with lively and entertaining characters from the movie, while offering children an enjoyable reading experience.

22.  Cut the rope: Comic by ZeptoLab UK Limited

What are those small, green creatures with an insatiable appetite for candy?

It’s Om Nom. Om Nom Who?

Download the app to find out!

Cut the rope – Comic is an engaging, fascinating, and humorous reading app for your child. This app is based on the famous hit game that will keep kids extremely entertained while reading page by page.

 23. Fairy Princess Dress Up 3D by Crazy Cats Inc.

High quality animations

3D characters! Over 30 different animations

Fun for all ages! Universal for both iPad and iPhone

Create your own Fairy Princess with Fairy Princess Dress Up 3D App. Get your princess to change her hairstyles, pick the perfect tiara, and snap the perfect photo with wonderful and magical background, then send it to your friends to make them jealous.

 24. Where’s My Perry by Disney

Collect all three gnomes and search for other secret-collectibles to unlock bonus levels.

The popular platypus from Disney’s Phineas and Ferb – help him to save the world. Where’s My Perry is a challenging physics-based app for kids to solve over 80 unique puzzles.

 

Top Educational Apps

25.  Barefoot World Atlas by Touch Press LLP

Beautiful animated illustrations by artist David Dean

Written text and spoken narration by geographer Nick Crane

More than hundreds of choice photographs

Barefoot World Atlas is a fantastic app for your kids to learn and to explore different continents and countries in the world. A great educational app with an interactive 3D globe, which enables kids to spin, zoom, and fly around.

26.  MyLearn by d-Red Technologies Ltd

My Learn Mini is a perfect app for pre-schoolers to kick-start their journey of learning. This app is specially designed to encourage children to have better exploration with alphabets, words, numbers, colours, shapes and musics. As an added advantage, their partnership with Talking Friends has fully developed a fun learning experience and creates great desire for children to acquire the extra knowledge.

27.  Math Academy by The App Gate Inc

Mini games for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

Sticker collection reward system

Time trial mode: Answer as many questions within 30 seconds

Three difficulty configurations mode

Cute music and sound effects

A polished app that helps kids to practice math, at the elementary level.

 28.  Rocket Speller by Little Big Thinkers Inc.

Venture on the out-of-this-world adventure of Rocket Speller. Build a new rocket and get your kids to spell words correctly to fuel up the spaceship. This app is built in five levels of difficulty at different stages with 140 simple and complex words to enhance your kid’s vocabulary.

29.  Toddler Puzzles PUZZINGO by 77Sparx Studio, Inc

Voted as Best Kid’s Apps by Chicago Tribune

A must have app for your child’s learning experience. A fabulous educational puzzle game, which helps your kid to build up vocabulary, memory, spatial recognition and cognitive skills while playing. It’s fully interactive with animations. The image and sound effects are specially designed for young and special needs children. You too will definitely enjoy playing this app with your child.

30.  iMathematics by Antonio Giarrusso

Complete form for Arithmetic, Algebra, Plane Geometry, Solid Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Goniometry, Trigonometry and Probability

Scientific Calculator, Quadratic Equations Solver, Graphic Calculator

Advanced Calculator, Systems Solver, Matrices Solver, Maths Glossary

Beautiful graphical user interface

For those who are keen to master their mathematics, this app is fabulous with over 120 topics, 700 formulas, and 100 quizzes on various maths topics to test your knowledge.

31.  Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference by National Geographic Society

New York Times Top 10 Best Children’s Books on the iPad.

2011 MOBI Award Winner

Time.com Top 25 iPad Apps for kids

A complete encyclopedia on dinosaurs with more than 700 Dinos from the National Geographics’ Interactive Dinopedia. Learn all types of Dinos from A to Z; with fun facts, visual table of contents, and many more.

32.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Moonbot Studios LA, LLC

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is adapted from the award winning animated short-film by MoonBot Studios. It is a story about how a library of books helps Lessmore overcome his sadness when a hurricane sweeps over his hometown in New Orleans.

33. GazziliScience by GazziliWorld LLC

Music & Sounds

Colour & Artworks

Hands-on activities

Another preschooler app for children to learn about basic science through colourful games and interactive activities. The app features 6 different activities that teach science facts and the foundation of life science concepts.

34.  Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios, Inc

Peekaboo Barn is suitable for toddlers ages 1 to 3. They get to learn animal names and sounds in this colorful animations app. Try guessing the animals by sound. This app is specially designed to help toddlers in their child development progress.

Recommended by The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, Wired, Telegraph UK, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post and etc.

35.  Little Digits by Cowly Owl Limited

Counting to 10 with your fingers

Addition, Subtraction, Retina graphics

Little Digits is a fun educational app that helps your child to develop numerical understanding. The app can detect how many fingers your child touches on the multi-touch screen and display the number characters.

 36.  Chicktionary Coop by Blockdot, Inc

Chicktionary is one of the coolest word game apps for children. With just 7 chickens and 7 letters to play around, bet your kids will have endless entertainment! A fun, multiplayer game to solve challenging puzzles and earn extra bonuses or chicken out in no time.

Be sure to download the newer version for the Holiday Pack and some “Daily Egg” reward.

Top Art Music Apps

 37.  Scribble Press by Scribble Press Inc.

50 story templates

Over 500 drawing tools

A unique sticker collection

Let your kids discover and draw their own stories with hundreds of drawing and writing tools. With over 500 tools to choose from, they can easily doodle and share it with their friends. Let them express their own creativity and work around this amazing app.

 38.  Juno’s Piano by The Juno Company

Free Play

Learn a song

Play with a parent

Juno’s Piano is an app for your kids to learn how to play a piano. A step-to-step guidance in playing the piano will break away the traditional barriers faced by children. This app encourages children to play and sing-along with the piano while playing their favourite songs.

 39.  Paint Sparkles Draw by Kids Games Club

20+ vibrant colours, Magic brush tool, Multiple brush sizes, Colour choice pallet, 230+ vivid colouring pages in 11 categories.

Over 5,000,000 downloads,
this is the No.1 education app worldwide.
230+ colouring pages, and lots of beautiful graphics and exciting new features to spark kids’ imagination.

 40.  TinyPiano by SquarePoet, Inc

Call Me Maybe Fur Elise, Somebody That I Used To Know, Amazing Grace

* Unlock songs from artists like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Adele, Celine Dion, etc.

TinyPiano is a brilliant app for children who want to learn the piano. With 90 FREE songs available in the app, select the song of your choice and play
it gracefully.

 41.  How to Make Origami by Sergey Burlakov

With over 100 origami models patterns including Crane, Dinosaur, Flower, Duck, Rose, Lily, Jumping Frog, Pigeon
, Rabbit

An awesome app to introduce to your kids about learning the art of origami. The “How to Make Origami” app is simple and easy to use with step-by-step instructions. Origami helps your child to develop logical reasoning and spatial thinking.

42.  Ladybird: I’m Ready for Phonics

Ladybird: I’m Ready for Phonics is a funtastic app that enables children to read in fun and interactive ways.

It is based on the synthetic-phonics (primary reading method in the UK), which aims to teach kids pronunciations, letters and tricky words that cannot be sounded out. This is a comprehensive and user-friendly app for your kids.

 43.  Elfishki Halloween Spooky Decorate Cake Game by Elka Palka Production LLC

24 Animated Spooky objects – including skulls, bugs, ghosts, pumpkins, and even a voodoo doll!

Elfishki Halloween Spooky Decorate Cake Game is a creepy but fun playing app. Watch your kids use their imagination and creativity to decorate the Halloween spooky cake. Lots of spooky decorative objects.

44.  Hannah Habeebee McHat by Bronwyn Callander

Read-to-me function on each page.

Animated images on touch; Page turner with sound

Vibrant and colourful illustrations to stimulate young minds

Character sound effects on touch. Use of alliteration and repetition to encourage early learning.

Hannah Habeebee McHat is a cool and fun story-telling app. Lots of great animations (and interesting hats!) that makes every child want to read more.

 

Top Language Apps

45.  WordPower Learn British English Vocabulary Free by InnovativeLanguage.com

English Top 100 Words used daily in the United Kingdom

Sample Sentences for every word entry, Listening Practice and

Authentic British English pronunciation for ESL learners.

This app is useful for those who want to learn English but just don’t have the time. With 100 most frequently used words and phrases. Now you can master the pronunciation by listening to the audio recordings of a native speaker anywhere, anytime as a mini travel guide.

 46.  Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech

Flashcard activity

Quick tips on teaching of each sound, Create custom word lists

Stories with comprehension questions

Articulation Station is a specially designed educational app by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist for children to learn how to pronounce all the sounds in the English language articulately.

Lots of fun activities that will engage your kids in practicing their own pronunciation.

47.  LearnEnglish Grammar by British Council

Question packs for Elementary, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Full range of grammar topics

Questions use text, images and audio

Contains practice and test sections

Top in-app purchase available for additional packs Download LearnEnglish Grammar app developed by the British Council. Learn English the easy and most convenient way.

 

48.  American Sign Language ASL by Zoosware

Have you ever thought of learning the sign language? Here is your chance! Download the ASL app and learn it now. You can enjoy this beneficial app at your pace.

Lots of descriptions and memory aids to ease your learning experience.

 49.  ABC Alphabet Phonics by Grasshopper Apps

Add your own item

Learn by sight, sound, and touch

Fun & engaging voice artists keep kids engaged

Multi-sensory learning tool – combining audio, voice, and written words

Multi-language support – you can edit, add and record in your own voice Learning ABC by sight, sound, and touch. Fun and engaging voice artist keeps kids entertained. Ideal for ages: 9 months old to 6 years old.

 50.  Build A Word Express by Natasa Gajic

Advantage for Special Need Students

Option for using blank background helps children to focus on letters only

Wrong letters become obvious with the immediate sound feedback

Option to choose answer mode: drag & drop or simple tap

Option to choose high contrast background for the visually impaired

Learn, practice and test your spelling and phonics. There is an option custom made for special needs students.

51.  Come Learn Spellings by Pankaj Humad

A great app for your kids to improve their spelling memorization up to 150 words in 8 different categories.

Kids learn to spell most common words as they play. Build up their strength in words by having this easy to use app. Best way to memorize the spelling is through listening.

 

 52.  Little Stars – Word Wizard by Innovative Mobile Apps Ltd

This is a fun learning educational app to learn new words, spellings and phonetic sounds. The app can be customized to suit your needs.

Reading with Flashcards

First letter missing – see and identify the correct letter

Last letter missing– see and identify the correct letter

Phonics first letter – hear the word and identify the first missing letter

Phonics last letter – hear the word and identify the last missing letter

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