Apps For Kids
Ever wonder how you can settle your kids down on a long car ride or in the grocery store? With this list of apps, you will keep your children entertained for hours and finally get the peace and quiet you deserve. Even the very youngest kids will want to play with your sparkly new iPhone or iPod touch. The colors, sounds, and the fact that mom or dad is so fascinated with it guarantees that even your youngest will be grabbing at it. So, you might as well download some apps just for your little ones. Just make sure you’ve got a good, solid drop-and-spill-proof case on your precious iDevice. Also, you may want to adjust the settings on your iDevice to lock out in-app purchases before handing it over to your child. Otherwise you may find yourself with some unpleasant surprises on your next bill, when they figure out how to make in-app purchases!
iTouchiLearn Life Skills: Morning Routines for Preschool Kids
If you're having an issue getting your little one into a simple morning routine, then this app is a must-have for you. Through multiple learning modes, engaging music, hands-on interaction, and virtual rewards, your iPhone can reinforce and motivate your children to establish a healthy morning ritual. Children will think they are just playing a game and you get peace of mind. It's a win-win.
Interactive Alphabet ABCs
You don't have to be at school or home to learn about the alphabet. Take the learning on the road. This app is a wonderful app for learning your ABCs because it includes a ton of nifty features such as upbeat music to keep learning fun, the alphabet song for reciting, a baby mode option that automatically advances cards every 15 seconds, and phonics sounds to help develop reading foundational skills.
Let's say that your child is older, past the ABCs stage, and needs help with math. Sushi Monster is a great way to get their still developing brain wrapped around the concepts of addition and multiplication. With a combination of speed and accuracy, you need to place sushi near the monster and make the target number. Correct equations will feed the monster. Your child can then earn points to unlock new levels.
PBS KIDS Video
Perhaps your child is tired of learning their alphabet and numbers and just wants to relax and take it easy. PBS KIDS Video allows access to over 1,000 videos from different PBS series such as Curious George, SUPER WHY!, and Sesame Street.
Is your child an aspiring chef? Easy-Bake is back with an app that lets your child create some yummy virtual goodies such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and pizza. Once your little chef has finished decorating their virtual treat, you can share it with family and friends via email or Facebook.
Remember how spinning a piece of paper and pouring paint on it had us all amazed as kids? There's an app for that. Introduce your child to SpinArt, where they can create similar masterpieces without the mess. No two art pieces are ever the same and the kids are sure to be amazed just as we once were.
Is your little one obsessed with amphibians? If so, don't hesitate to download Pocket Frogs. In this app you are able to discover, collect, trade, and even breed many unique frogs whenever you want. There are even challenging awards that your child can earn.
Where's My Mickey?
Fans of Where's My Water? will be pleased with the latest in Disney's game franchise. Where's My Mickey? still teaches children the fundamentals of physics, but also adds weather mechanics and an iconic Disney character that everyone loves, Mickey Mouse.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
What child doesn't love LEGOs? There are many LEGO apps out there, but one of the most popular is LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Years 5-7 is also available for when your child beats this game, but it's packed with so much content, it won't be anytime soon.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition
Looking for an adventure? Want to get creative? Mix the two elements together and you get Minecraft, a popular game where you build things by placing blocks. This app is great for children of all ages. Just be sure you have a fully charged battery because they will be completely engrossed in it.
If your child is obsessed with Skylanders then you can take your favorite little heroes with you on the go. There are several Skylanders games out for iOS, but if you're looking for an adventure, Skylanders Battlegrounds is the one you'll want. Send a team of two Skylanders to battle enemies, collect treasure, and progress to the next level. If you have the Bluetooth Portal of Power accessory then you can simply bring your already owned Skylanders into the game by simply setting them on the Portal. Of course, you do not need that accessory to access your Skylanders. You can enter the codes or purchase new Skylanders with gems earned or bought in the app.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush is a great take on your classic matching game. It utilizes candy instead of just plain, colored balls. What child doesn't enjoy candy? There are over a hundred levels and you can turn off the payment feature so that your little one doesn't rack up the in-app purchases.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
We couldn't leave out those addictive endless runner games. A favorite among children is Minion Rush based on the Despicable Me movies. Play as a Minion and compete in many challenges by flying, jumping, dodging obstacles, and collecting bananas. Customize your costumes, weapons, and power-ups to your liking. Best of all, there are unpredictable, hilarious moments that happen randomly, providing all sorts of entertainment for your child.
If you have older children, they may take more of a liking to Sonic Dash. After all, Sonic was cool well before this game for iOS. Dash, jump, and spin your way through levels to avoid obstacles. The graphics are top-notch and you can even choose to play as one of Sonic's friends, such as Tails, Knuckles, or Amy.