Every parent with a smartphone or tablet knows the all too familiar question – “Can I play on your phone?” For these parents, having a good selection of kid’s apps is crucial, especially if a long trip is in order. In this list of the best apps for kids, we have compiled quality apps that will keep your kids both happy and busy.
With all of these apps being well priced or even free, this list will make sure that you don’t break the bank either. And, with the majority of the apps on this list also having a learning component, game time will also be learning time.
About the App:The Amazing Quest, The Forgotten Treasure is best suited for children ages 6 to 10. Within the app, children will be able to create the scenes of various adventures (the Old West and ancient Egypt for example) all while trying to reach a treasure. This app is going to be entertaining, while also helping to unlock a child’s creative side.
App Highlights: A Variety of Different Puzzles and Mini-Games
About the App:Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles offers a variety of puzzles, graphics, and more for kids to play with. Best for younger children, this app fun and will work on a child’s problem-solving skills. Be warned, however, you may be the one playing this app when the kids are not around.
App Highlights: Inspires and Encourages Creativity, Top Rated Kids App in Several Countries
About the App:Ideal for younger kids, the Mr. Potato Head: School Rush app provides hours of mix-and-match creation time. And, all of this creation is going to inspire and encourage creativity. Kids who enjoy creating things will get a kick out of this app.
App Highlights: Children Can Create Their Own Fairy Tale
About the App:The Princess Fairy Take Maker app is a dream come true for younger children. In the app, kids are able to create their own fairy tale. They will start by choosing a scene and character for their story. From here they will able to draw on the scene and create their own voices and noises for the story. The app will allow your budding movie producer a chance to showcase his or her talents.
App Highlights: Create in a Virtual Kitchen and then Feed Creations to Characters
About the App:Better than ever, Toca Kitchen 2 allows children to be creative in a virtual kitchen. They will be able to use all of the ingredients and tools in the kitchen to create their masterpieces. Creations can even be fed to characters (complete with reactions). So if you have a child that loves to be a pretend chef, this is the app for them.
App Highlights: Build Train Tracks and Bridges, Unload, Refuel, and More
About the App:This app is going to be perfect for curious toddlers. The Lego Duplo Train app allows kids to conduct Lego trains from station to station. While the trains go from station to station, they will be able to load and unload, refuel, and build new tracks and bridges. If you have a toddler who loves repetition, this game is perfect.
App Highlights: Award Winning App, Create and Edit Well-Known Masterpieces
About the App:This app is going to be perfect for kids who love to create. With Mixerpiece, kids are going to be able to edit and create on some of the worlds most well-known masterpieces. When designing, it is like using a digital magnetic board. With more than 200 items and shapes to choose from, users will be able to be as creative as they would like. When finished creating, users can save it to their gallery, share it in the global gallery, or even send in a postcard.
App Highlights: Focuses on Helping Kids Think More Logically in a Fun Way
About the App:Monument Valley 2 highlights a mother who takes her daughter on a magical journey. Their journey will take them through different illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles. While on this journey Ro will teach her daughter everything about the “secrets of the Sacred Geometry.” This app is designed to help kids learn how to think more logically. With the app being so fun to play though, kids won’t realize that they are also learning as they play.
App Highlights: Collect and Learn About Fireflies, Can Also be Used as a Nightlight
About the App:Kids may not always be able to catch fireflies in real life, but with Moonbeeps: Fireflies they will be able to. With a simple tap and slide, users will be able to collect fireflies in their jar. With four different colored fireflies, a Luna Moth, and more, this app is perfect for younger children. It can also be used as a nightlight as it will automatically go to sleep after 15 minutes of non-play.
App Highlights: Over 400 Fun Puzzles to Work Through
About the App:This is a classic game that will never get old. The app is going to follow the adventures of Om Nom in his pursuit of stars and candy. It will be your job to help him achieve this goal by completing logical puzzles that involve strategically cutting pieces of rope. With 400+ levels to progress through, Cut the Rope will provide untold hours of fun. Also, because this game is physics-based, it will help children learn to think more logically.
App Highlights: Store Your Children’s Art All in One Place
About the App:Do you feel guilty about throwing away a piece of art your child made? Or maybe you are running out of space because you save everything. Either way, Artkive is going to be able to help you out. The app will allow you to be able to take a picture of your child’s art, label it, and then store it in the app. You will also be able to print saved artwork on a variety of different items like books, mug, etc.
App Highlights: Play With Different Sounds, Create Your Own Band, and Learn About Music
About the App:Toca Band is the perfect app for kids who love music. Users will be able to play with different sounds and create their own band. This app is going to encourage children to explore music and be creative. With 16 different characters, 40+ sound loops, sound effects, and so much more, Toca Band will provide hours of quality entertainment.
App Highlights: 200+ Fun Puzzles and 12 Fairytale Castles to Play With
About the App:The “epic adventures of logic, physics, and fun” are perfect for both kids and parents. Users will be able to challenge their logic and problem-solving skills as they look to solve 200+ physics puzzles. All of this is going to be in a fun, creative way as players must complete the puzzles in 12 different fairytale castles. With a variety of awards and glowing reviews, Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens is a sure winner.
App Highlights: Learn About Nature in a Fun and Interactive Way
About the App:The Toca Nature app is perfect for kids that are enthralled by the magic of nature. Kids will be able to create and learn about nature in a variety of different ways. From raising up mountains to collecting berries, players will be able to dive into nature fully. The possibilities are endless as well. By the time you know it, game players end up somewhere completely different from where they started. And, with anything that Toca does, this app is going to be quality through and through.
App Highlights: Interactive 3D Plant Simulations and an Immersive Experience
About the App:Learning about plants as never been more accessible or more engaging for kids. This app is going to allow children to learn about the wonders of plants like never before. ” Interactive 3D simulations and straightforward language enable an immersive experience for curious minds.” So if you have a child that enjoys nature or one that you want to understand nature better, this is the app for you.
App Highlights: Print Out Images and Make 3D Figures
About the App:This is a little bit of a different app than the rest on this list. Rather than a game that you can play on your phone, this app is going to allow you to create images you can print out. After you print out the images, you will be able to fold them into 3D figures that can be us as decorations or played with. With a good amount of customization, Foldify is a unique kids app that will allow for lots of creative fun.
App Highlights: Draw and Edit Photos, Record Voices to Go With the Image
About the App:With this app, pictures will not only be worth a thousand words, but they will also be able to say anything you want as well. Kids will be able to draw and edit different photos and then record a voice to go along with the image. With the ability to make a mouth on an image as well, this is going to be a fun app for sending cute greetings to loved ones.
App Highlights: Work on Problem-Solving Skills in a Fun and Interactive Way
About the App:The Zoombinis need your help! The evil bloats are after them, and they need your help navigating back to Zoombiniville. To get them there you will have to “use logic, analyze data, spot patterns and hone problem-solving skills.” With a variety of challenges and maps, Zoobminis is a fun thinking game for kids and adults.
App Highlights: Perfect For Kids Who Love to Be Creative
About the App:Faces iMake is the perfect game for kids who are artsy and enjoy being creative. Users are going to be able to create collages using pictures of every-day objects. Along with making collages, creators will be able to put music to their designs as well. This app is an excellent tool for “expanding visual awareness and visual associations” with kids.
App Highlights: Zoom In on Objects From All Around the World and Compare Sizes of Objects to Each Other
About the App:This app is as fun as it is beneficial for learning. Universal Zoom will open up a whole new world of discovery. From zooming in on subatomic particles to planets and moons, kids can learn about new and exciting things. Kids will also be able to learn about measurements as they will be able to view objects next to each other easily. If you are interested in having your child learn as they play, this app should be at the top of your list.
About the App:While there are a lot of great children’s videos on YouTube, there is also everything else out there that may not be kid safe. YouTube Kids though is geared strictly for children and will provide all of the awesome kid’s videos in a safe environment. This will allow kids to explore and learn about things that they enjoy safely. And, for even more filtering of videos, there are parental controls that will enable you to specify better what you would like your child to have access to.
App Highlights: Play With Legos and Work on Problem Solving in a Fun Way
About the App:Who doesn’t love building with Legos? Well, picture all of that in an excellent kid-friendly app. Lego Juniors Create & Cruise is going to allow kids to be able to create and enjoy everything about legos in app form. This is going to encourage and develop a child’s creativity. Also in the app, there are going to be different “creative problem-solving opportunities” to work through as well.
App Highlights: Interact, Create, and Hangout with the Talking Magic Rabbit
About the App:With this app, kids can interact, dress, and provide different backdrops for the talking magic rabbit. This will allow children to be creative with their choices as well as be entertained by the talking rabbit. For hours of fun, the Talking Magic Rabbit app is an excellent choice.
About the App:Ideal for older children (and adults!), the Crossy Road app is a simple app that is a lot of fun. The point of the game is to get a chicken to across various obstacles (highways, rivers, etc.) without being scooped up by a renegade eagle or other impediments. After all these years, you will finally be able to figure out why the chicken crossed the road.
App Highlights: Take Care of and Play With Over 400 Different Mythical Dragons
About the App:Best suited for kids ages 6-9, Dragon Vale is an app that lets kids take care of pet dragons. Kids can “breed,” collect, and name their dragon pets and even compete in dragon races. With 400 different mythical dragons to choose from, kids will love all that this game has to offer.
Best Apps for Kids Conclusion
Smartphones are here to stay, and they are becoming more and more a part of everyday life. Younger and younger kids are also using them. So if you are going to allow your kids to use your phone, you might as well make sure they are valuing their time as they do.
And, while not every game on this list has a learning aspect, a lot of them do. Kids will be able to learn while also having fun.