The Best Android apps for Kids! (video)

June 19, 2013
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It’s almost unexpected that a family wouldn’t own a smartphone, tablet, or even an iPod. Even though they’re very popular among teenagers and adults, kids take great interest in these devices, too.  Thankfully, the Google Play Store is full of kid-friendly applications, and we’ve put together a list of apps that all kids should find interesting. In a rush? Head to the bottom of the article to watch the video, otherwise, stick with us as we look at these few kid-friendly apps.

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First up on our list is Duolingo, This fun and simple app helps both adults and kids of all ages learn how to speak a second language. The only pre-requisite here is that you can read. Duolingo offers Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. It’s pretty much most of the Latin based languages.

Each lesson is broken up into a bunch of smaller exercises, and in some cases, this can be a good thing. As adults, it doesn’t take long to speed through them, but as you know, little kids tend to take a bit longer. All in all, Duolingo is a great way for parents and kids to bond and learn a second languages. It’s also educational, which is a win-win situation, in my book!

Get it on Google Play

Angry Birds

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There are billions of people who love Angry Birds, and seemingly, there are another billion people who don’t like Angry Birds. While many types of people play this game, Angry Birds is without a doubt also a good game for kids, given it’s colorful and cute nature. Angry Birds is awesome, and has virtually no content that could make parents blanch at the idea of letting their kids take the game for a spin.

We’re not going to go into the mechanics, since basically everyone know how Angry Birds works. Given the fact that there are 6 games, there’s hundreds of levels to wade through, and that’ll no doubt keep your child occupied for a long time. They’re hard to pass up, being free and all.

Get it on Google Play

Turbo Kids

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Turbo Kids is a fun racing games that all kids will enjoy, perhaps because of the vibrant colors and cute creatures. You can play as either a boy or girl, and the goal of the game is pretty simple — you race against the AI players and try to finish in first place. Instead of the classic 3-star point system that you would find in Angry Birds, this game gives you stars based on how you place. If you come in fifth place, you get one star, third place will net you two stars, and first place will get you all three stars.

It’s not just a racing game, as powerups are placed on the track to spice things up a bit. Some powerups will increase your speed, make you jump higher, and restock your freezing bullets, which, as implied, can freeze other players in place for a short amount of time. It’s a very simple game, and it can be a lot of fun.

Get it on Google Play

Kids Doodle

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Most kids enjoy drawing and doodling, especially when there are bright colors involved. If you’re looking for an app to do just that, then Kids Doodle is something you might want to consider. Like most of the apps on this list, Kids Doodle is very simple so little minds can easily grasp it. It’s actually a pretty fun doodling app though.

Each new canvas is a different color, and there are over a dozen options for your brush. Don’t worry about changing the colors, as the brush rotates colors on its own. Finally, there’s an option to play back all of the strokes on the canvas so kids can watch themselves draw.

Get it on Google Play

Kid Mode


Kid Mode may sound like an app, but it’s not. It’s actually a home screen replacement, more commonly known as a launcher. To activate, you simply set it as your launcher, just like you would when using Action Launcher or Nova Launcher. Inside this particular launcher is a myriad of activities and apps for kids to enjoy, including the ones already downloaded on your device.

You’ll find a doodle pad, kids books, kids games, and other stuff that your kids will thoroughly enjoy. Perhaps the best part of the Kid Mode launcher is that it locks them out of the rest of your phone so they can’t, say, go on a spending spree with your Google Play account. I had that happen once, it wasn’t pretty.

Get it on Google Play

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Wrap up

Android apps for kids leaderboard

If you take a look at our leaderboard (image above) you can see how these apps stack up against each other. As per the norm, these are based on Google Play Store ratings and downloads. There is no bias on our part whatsoever.

Got a kid-friendly application that we missed? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below!