As the platform matures, it seems that more and more parents are willing to give their kids tablets, let them play with smartphones, and allow them to engage with new technology in general. Of course, if you’re going to let your kids play with tech then they should probably have some apps to play with that are age appropriate. The good news is that there are plenty of apps that kids can use without you having to worry about it. Let’s take a look at the best kids apps for android!
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ABC Kids is an educational app. It focuses primarily on phonics, learning the alphabet, and a little bit of writing. There is also letter matching, upper and lowercase, and word association. The interface makes it harder for kids to exit the app. Otherwise, it’s a very simple experience overall. ABC Kids also has no in-app purchases, no advertising, and it’s free to download. It’s one of the better kids apps for younger children. It’s a bit simple for older kids.
Coloring Book by GunjanApps
Price: Free / $1.99
Coloring Book by GunjanApps is a relatively decent coloring book app for younger kids. It features a variety of things for them to color along with decently simple controls. Images are divided into a few different categories and feature mostly simple stuff like foods, animals, etc. It also features a glow image feature that shines and look all cool like the 1980’s. It could use a few additional images just for the sake of variety, but we don’t think younger kids will care much.
Drawing for Kids
Price: Free / $3.49
Kids love to draw and Drawing for Kids seems to be a good mix of learning and doodling. The app features 30 characters, over 100 animations and sounds to freshen things up, and even some pictures to trace. The trace images animate themselves after the child is finished for a little extra flair. The name for this one makes it seem cheap, but the experience is actually pretty good. However, we only recommend this for younger kids because it doesn’t take long to grow out of this one.
Google Play Books
Price: Free / Book costs vary
Google Play Books is arguably the best of the kids apps for books. It has a large selection of both adult and child content. Additionally, it has things like comic books. Best of all, the app includes features for reading each type. The interface is clean. Unlike most, this one doesn’t have any child locks or anything special. It’s just a really good ereader with content for almost any age. The app is free although books will usually cost you money. It’s worth noting that the service does have some free selections as well. Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook app are also excellent.
Intellijoy kids apps
Price: Free / Varies
from. You’ll find apps for reading, counting, shapes, music, animals, puzzles, preschool, and a lot more. Most apps have good reviews and most of them are free. The ones that cost money don’t seem to cost more than $2.99, That’s fairly inexpensive. This is a great one stop shop for a ton of educational content for kids and they even have an all-in-one app that helps you browse the various games and apps.
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is a learning app specifically for kids. It’s by Khan Academy and their adult learning app is simply spectacular. The kids version is very good as well. The app covers things like reading, language, writing, math, and some extra stuff like social development and problem solving skills. Kids get a bunch of cute, colorful animals that deliver each lesson and there are a bunch of mini-games to help make the learning more fun. This is obviously for younger children. We’re talking Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade along with possibly third or fourth grade. The app is entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads.
Price: Free / Requires cable subscription
Nick Jr is the official app of the TV station. As such, you can find plenty of Nick Jr content. That includes full episodes of a ton of shows, exclusive video content, and more. A lot of stuff is available for free in the app. However, you can get more if you have an existing cable subscription. Simply sign into the app with your cable subscription and you’ll have everything the app has to offer. It also has some educational games built-in. At worst, it’s free to download and try.
PBS has always been known for having great children’s content. Now there is an app with tons of that stuff. You’ll find a number of kids shows including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, Dinosaur Train, and plenty of others. The service seems to work very well and we had no trouble streaming video to our devices. The interface works well. However, parents may need to start the videos for the kids. This one also has Chromecast support so you can watch it on your TV and you can buy more shows if you want to. It’s truly one of the very best kids apps.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube Kids is an effort by Google to separate the kid friendly content on YouTube and then put that content in its own application. YouTube Kids is a good resource for parents and there are a ton of videos available for kids to watch. The app also comes with Chromecast support so you can watch it on TV. The service had issues in the past with bad commercials and less than friendly kids videos. However, most of those issues have been sorted out. You can also pick up a YouTube Red subscription and get an ad-free experience on YouTube Kids as well as the regular YouTube app.
Almost any streaming service
Price: Free / Varies
Most streaming services these days have a kids mode or at least a bunch of kids shows. Netflix has a specific mode for kids and competitors like Hulu have a bunch of kid-friendly content. This is a bit of a cheap pick, but it’s effective and these apps actually do work. At the end of the day, you may have an educational show on TV while your kid doodles with a different app. We recommend checking out the usual suspects like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video first before going to the more niche crowd.
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