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Best Android apps for children and kids

July 16, 2012

Parenting is one of the best things that you can experience in life and there is nothing better than educating your own children.  Yet, teaching kids has never been an easy task, as children these days are always distracted by the things happening around them.

One of the best practices by parents is that keeping their kids entertained while educating them in the process. That way, parents and their children can also bond.

Armed with the proper tools, parents can pacify any child by amusing them with Android applications. Here are some of the best Android applications for kids and children that will keep your child happily learning for the rest of the day.

Kids Preschool Puzzle Lite is an educational and entertaining game for kids aged three to six. The app is great for teaching kids the art of solving puzzles. The lite version contains 20 puzzles to solve, with more puzzles in the pro version. The game is simple to play and kids will love how each picture or puzzle is beautifully rendered in colorful detail.

To complete a puzzle, kids need to figure out what shapes go into the designated places and arrange the pieces in a way that resembles the picture. Children who play the game often will boost their cognitive skills, visual spatial skills, shape recognition, and their motor skills. Unlike other kids’ games that are more complex and have so many distractions, Kids Preschool Lite is simple and easy to understand.

If your kids love connecting the dots, then this is a game well-suited for them. From the developers behind Kids Preschool Puzzle, here’s another educational and fun game for kids aged 4 to 7. Kids Connect the Dots Lite will let preschoolers have a chance to play a connect-the-dots game in full digital format. Kids who play the game occasionally will learn how to pronounce the numbers and letters in the dots.  They will learn to count and learn the letters of the alphabet.

The game is easy to play and children just need to tap on a series of dots that outline an animal or object that a child may or may have not encountered. As the child taps on the dots, the numbers and letters of the alphabet will be pronounced. When children succeed in connecting all of the dots, the image will automatically transform into a colorful picture.

iStoryBooks is a free story book application that brings to life all of your favorite stories. Each storybook is composed of fun pictures, text, and audio to bring a story to life. Parents can even set the application to read the story out loud for their kids. This app has all the necessary tools to make storytelling a fun and worthwhile activity.

Books are continuously added and once they are published, they will automatically appear in the app complete with pictures and audio. The app also supports numerous book types such as children’s books, story books, bedtime stories, classic stories, folk stories, and fairy tales, just to name a few. Kids will enjoy these books, especially if their dads and/or moms read the stories to them, or if they discover the joy of reading the stories themselves.

Spoil your kids and let them have fun coloring pictures of all shapes and sizes with Dinosaurs Coloring Book. Unleash your kids’ imaginations and let their creativity roam free as Dinosaurs Coloring Book has all the tools they need to start coloring.

The app provides over 90 dinosaur stock images to choose from. The more the kids spend time with the app, the more time they will enhance their coloring skills and learn more about dinosaurs.

Kids can choose from a variety of colors from the color picker and color their favorite images as they please. They can even zoom in and out of the picture to color even the tiniest of details. There are multiple brushes to select from and a paint bucket for them to pick and match their desired colors. Parents can even share their kid’s work instantly via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

Angry Birds is not just an application for young adults who want to have fun but it is also a great game for kids to enjoy and learn physics. The ever-popular game has branched off into different themes, from the original to the more futuristic theme in Angry Birds Space. The object of the game is simple: to defeat the pigs by using a slingshot and hurling birds to destroy them.

The gorgeous graphics and funny sounds of the birds and pigs are hilarious, and kids at early ages will surely enjoy hurling birds from a slingshot. With over 300 unique levels, Angry Birds is a great application for sheer pleasure and enjoyment.

Exercise your child’s memory with Game for KIDS: KIDS Match’em. Boosting your child’s memory could never be easier and more fun than with this interesting application. The addictive game can improve your kid’s short-term and sensory memory skills with just a few days of use and practice.

The game supports different resolution sizes, has high quality graphics, and includes nice sound effects to make it more engaging to play.

The object of the game is simple: pair matching tile cards. Tapping on a tile card will reveal a picture, and getting a pair will permanently reveal it. Match all the tiles and the game is won.

The app supports 2 difficulty levels which will affect the number of cards shown on the screen. There are over 6 different card sets to choose from: cute furry animals, hats, cartoon vehicles, Halloween characters, and a Christmas theme.

Here’s another matching game that will make your kids definitely throw their socks off — literally. Kids Socks is a matching game that employs an alternative twist of the traditional tile-matching game. Instead of matching tile cards, kids have to match socks hanging from a wire.

The objective is to match the sock shown with socks that you have. Just drag the same-colored sock and do a match. This is a great application to enhance a child’s creativity and keep their memory fresh. You can even change the socks and activate underpants if you feel bored with just matching socks. Memorizing has never been so fun and so addictive than with Kids Socks.

Talking Kids Math and Numbers is the number one math and learning application for kids to try and test their skills in mathematics. If you’ve always wanted to boost your kids’ mathematical skills, then Talking Kids will be a great app to keep your children entertained while educating them on the basics. What’s even better, the app supports TV output if you feel that your phone screen is too small.

Numbers will be flashed on the screen with the funny penguin asking your child for the answer. The app is also a great way to learn mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. If your kids are smart, they can use the app’s built-in Quiz Mode to test their basic math abilities.

Always wanted to teach your kids how to read while keeping them entertained? Then Kids Reading (Preschool) Free is the right application to teach them reading skills. Kids Reading Free is a delightful game that teaches kids to practice blending sounds together and learn to spell simple words such as “dog,” “sun,” and “cat.”

The app has three sections to help children learn. The first section involves teaching them to blend sounds together by moving a turtle across a letter bridge. The second section involves elementary reading and the last one involves a game that calls for manipulating blocks until a word is spelled out correctly. Kids Learn to Read is a great application for teaching children to read.

Kids Paint Free is one of the best painting applications for kids of all ages. Kids can draw beautiful art using their fingers, and if your Android device supports a stylus, your kids can draw even more accurate drawings.

Kids will have a great time with the application as they can perform many things such as shaking their device to clear the screen, use a trackball to set gradient colors, and even share their drawings online.

The app is simple and easy to use. Drawings are set on a black background. There are different colors to choose from and they are bright enough to catch a child’s attention. So, if you’re looking for something different aside from the predefined coloring books, then Kids Paint for Free is the right application for kids.

While there are many Android applications for children, these are just some of them that many parents and children have been using. Which of these apps do your kids love? If the apps you use to educate your child and keep them entertained didn’t make it to our list, let us know in the comments below. We and other parents would love to know.