We live in the digital age and that means there are a staggering number of kids who start using smartphones at an earlier age. Most of the time it’s parents who let their kids play on their smartphones but some kids actually have their own tablets or smartphones as well. If you’re looking for the best apps for kids then you’re in the right place!
Access to Amazon's huge library of books which includes titles for children of all ages.
Easy to use interface can be taught to most kids.
Picture books and the like will show up well on the screen.
Virtually endless supply of entertainment and the app is free.
If your kids don't like reading, they won't like this.
May be wonky on some devices if the book isn't formatted well.
App is free and there are some free books but most it's impossible to calculate the cost of this app because we have no idea how many/few books you intend on buying.
Amazon Kindle is a great platform for parents who want their children to read more. They’ll also have access to Kindle’s gigantic library of books and that includes books for children of all ages. The books are usually reasonably priced and they can be downloaded on multiple devices. All parents should have this app along with a selection of books for their kids.
Bubbly, colorful lessons can appeal to both adults and kids.
Learning languages has been shown to strengthen things like memory and bolster intelligence.
Available cross platform (including computers via the internet) so your kids can use it anywhere.
If your kids aren't into educational apps, they won't like this.
It’s never too early to start teaching your child a second language. Duolingo offers language learning in a bubbly, colorful, and fun environment that can appeal to both adults and children. It’s free, effective, and you can use it right along with your kids to learn a new language.
Well regarded by parents and by other media outlets such as The Guardian.
All apps for $1.99 but there are no in app purchases so you can avoid that nightmare.
Selection of apps include games and educational (and sometimes both) so your kids can play what they want.
Large, colorful graphics are perfect for kids.
There are bugs based on your device and they vary by app.
Some of the games can get boring easily for some kids.
Duck Duck Moose, Inc isn’t an application but a developer. They have a little more than half a dozen apps for kids and all of them are well regarded. There are a combination of games and educational apps and each one costs only $1.99. It’s worth checking out their whole collection so if you click the button, you’ll see all the apps that Duck Duck Moose, Inc has to offer.
Loads of kids apps to choose from that are fun and educational.
Lite versions allow you to see if you (or your kids) like them before you buy them.
Extremely popular and well trusted developer of kids apps.
No in app purchases so your kids can't go nuts on your credit card.
Bright, colorful graphics are what kids like.
Some people have had download and force close issues with some of the paid versions of the apps. However, Intellijoy seems to be doing their best to fix these issues.
Intellijoy is another developer who specializes in apps for kids. They have a veritable library of kids games that are not only fun for kids but also educational. They have Lite versions of all of their apps so you can see if your kid likes them before forking out the (usually) $2.99 for the full version. They are also void of in app purchases so your kids can’t accidentally go nuts with your credit card!
Plenty of drawing and color options to keep kids entertained.
Totally free app.
If your kid likes to draw, this is a great app to keep in the app drawer.
There is a blackboard and a whiteboard option with neon colors and chalk style drawing.
Kids can also draw on photos already on the phone.
Advertisements can be bothersome for some parents.
Kids Doodle is a fun blackboard drawing application where your kids can doodle, draw, and have fun. There are a number of color options, drawing options, and such so your kids won’t get bored with it. They can also draw on photos already on your device or use a whiteboard instead of a blackboard. The neon colors on a black background look nice and colors really pop. It’s free and kids love to draw so why not check this one out?
Hides your regular home screen, app drawer, etc so your kids don't go wandering where they're not supposed to.
Plenty of apps, games, etc for kids to use once you configure it.
Parent dashboard allows you to exit the app so you're not stuck in the app forever.
Prevents kids from making in app purchases or clicking on ads.
Developers have some bugs they still need to work out.
Other apps you downloaded for your kids may or may not show up sometimes.
Kid Mode is actually a home screen replacement app. It hides the stuff on your phone and only shows your kid the Kid Mode interface. It comes with games, doodling apps, and other functions for kids. All the while, it prevents them from making in app purchases, clicking on ads, and getting into other important apps on your device. There have been some issues reported, but overall people seem to like it a lot.
Classic game play that's easy to learn. Even for kids.
All Angry Birds games can be had for free. Just be cautious of the in app purchases!
With more than ten games in their library and most games having more than 100 levels, there is enough content there to keep a kid busy for most of their childhood.
Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Epic, and Angry Birds GO offer other types of game play for those bored with classic Angry Birds.
Many adults are sick of this game.
Has absolutely zero educational value.
Rovio’s popular Angry Birds series is extremely popular worldwide with both kids and adults. There are over ten Angry Birds titles to choose from that include the classic Angry Birds, Bad Piggies (a puzzle game), Angry Birds Epic (a RPG), and Angry Birds GO (a racing game). They’re all free but some may have in app purchases. They aren’t bad but do be cautious!
Al the bathroom mirror drawing without the hot shower.
Fun, goofy app that turns your home screen into a foggy window for people to draw on.
Kids can reset the fog by blowing into the microphone which will be fun for them.
Free with no in app purchases.
Has no educational value whatsoever.
Confusing advertisements means it may not be for very little kids.
Steamy Window may be a short time waster, but it can still be fun for the kids. Here’s how it works. It places a foggy “window” over your home screen that your kids can draw on. When they want to start over, they blow into the microphone to simulate blowing hot air on the window. It’s simple and goofy with no real value but it’s fun and that’s ultimately what kids want.
Surprisingly good graphics and well designed interface.
A metric ton of stuff for kids to engage with. The Bible is pretty long.
Videos and games are embedded right into the Children's Bible, so it's all one big, giant thing and that's kinda cool.
If you're not religious, then this clearly isn't for you.
Requires an internet connection so if you don't have one, this app isn't very good.
If you’re the religious type and you want your kids to interact more with the Bible, then this is pretty much the best way to do it. This app not only has Bible stuff but also video and game content to teach them more. We know not everyone is religious so if you’re not, then keep scrolling but some people are and this is a good kids app for those that are.
Forgiving controls so your kids don't have to play perfectly to enjoy themselves.
Various powers and unlockable content to keep kids engaged.
Free to play but be careful of those in app purchases.
No educational value whatsoever.
Repetitive game play may get boring for your kids after a while.
Last up on our list is Turbo Kids. This fun little racing game is literally just a bunch of kids racing one another. Your kids can get in on the action and enjoy a colorful game with decent 2D graphics. The controls are also very forgiving so younger kids can hit that jump button a little late and not lose.
If we’ve missed any amazing kids apps, please let us know in the comments!