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Best Android, iPhone and iPad apps and games for kids and toddlers (2014 edition)

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Best Android, iPhone and iPad apps and games for kids and toddlers (2014 edition)
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a tiny little thing that both parents and their kids loved. Grandma and grandpa got one too. But it was kids who wanted it most, and they were the ones who would learn how to use it in minutes and cry every time you try to take it away from them. What is it that we're talking about?

This short lyrical introduction is all about the smartphone, of course, the only device in the house that your kids probably want to use more than you do. And we are sure the same applies for tablets.

But if you really want your kids and toddlers to enjoy using an iPhone or an iPad, you need more than just the device - you need to know which are the best apps and games that will keep junior entertained while learning. Hey, we're not saying you should leave him or her alone for long periods of time, but these iPhone and iPad apps for kids are ones that will keep your little ones entertained for long.

We're starting this app round-up with apps for the tiniest kiddos - those pre-school kids ages 5 and under that will enjoy learning about the alphabet, animals, shapes, and all else. We continue with apps for kids 6 to 8 where you can already see some interactive books, games and puzzles, and finally we have some great apps for the pre-teen kids where they can learn about the world with apps that bring more information and knowledge. Most of the apps are really great looking and entertaining, and we've done our best to cherry pick the best out there on the Apple App Store. Feel free to also share the apps that your kiddo enjoys most and the ones you like here in the comments section below.

#1: FarFaria

Price: Free ($3.99 monthly subscription)
Category: Collection of books
Best for kids ages: 2 to 9

FarFaria is a gorgeous book collection that gives your kid a visual fairytale land where junior can navigate to some of the greatest stories for kids.


#2: Astropolo

Price: $2.99
Category: Interactive story
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Have you ever dreamed of going to space? Polo, the astronaut, goes on a journey across space from Earth to Tropy in 8 mini-games specifically designed for pre-school kids.

#3: Endless Alphabet

Price: $6.99
Category: Alphabet
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Kids can start learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition

#4: Petting Zoo

Price: $2.99
Category: Shapes
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Swipe and tap the 21 animals and be surprised at how they react. This app combines the charm of hand made animations and Niemann's wry humor with state of the art technology. What would an elephant in your bathroom do? Can a dog breakdance?

#5: Nighty Night

Price: $2.99
Category: Interactive book
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

The most popular bedtime story comes with cute animals, sweet lullaby music and great narration. All around the house the lights go out, and in the barn even the animals are tired...

#6: Pat the Bunny

Price: $3.99
Category: Interactive book
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

This interactive book gives kids the opportunity to play hide and seek with Bunny, pop bubbles in the bathtub, make music in the kitchen, catch butterflies in the garden, and much more in 14 fully interactive scenes your kids can tap, swipe, and explore.

#7: AlphaTots

Price: $2.99
Category: Alphabet
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Have your little ones learn their ABCs by playing fun games, which sound out the letters for them while engaging them in matching puzzles and tasks - whether they're "B-uilding" robots, "D-igging" for treasure or "Z-apping" alien spaceships.

#8: Bebot

Price: $1.99
Category: Music and sound
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Bebot is a versatile musical synthesizer with a unique multitouch control method, built into an animated cartoon robot that will help your kids explore the world of sounds and music.

#9: Peek-a-zoo

Price: $1.99
Category: Animals
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Peek-a-zoo asks children to identify different animals who dance, eat, wag their tails, wear sunglasses, sleep and more. Kids will learn about animals, emotions, actions and sounds while listening to exclusive jazz versions of popular children’s songs played on the guitar, drums and cello.

#10: Intro to Letters

Price: $4.99
Category: Alphabet
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Intro to Letters will help your child learn to trace, read, write, and record letter sounds, names, and phonograms, based on the proven methodology of Montessori.

#11: Jamaroos Musical ABCs

Price: $2.99
Category: Alphabet
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Jamaroos Musical ABCs’ colorful menagerie of 26 animal characters—one for each letter of the alphabet—comes to life with enchanting animated musical performances. A medley of phonetic sounds, letters, words, movable images, and music—plus loads of interactive touch points and zany sound effects, spring forth from each page to jumpstart preschoolers’ reading and vocabulary skills and stimulate their imagination.

#12: Sago Mini Space Explorer

Price: $2.99
Category: Game
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Invite Harvey out to play among the stars and planets. Jet through space and discover dozens of delightful surprises. Make new alien friends, zip around in a flying saucer, meet the lovable hug-bot, and enjoy an interstellar picnic.

#12: Reader Bee and the Story Tree

Price: $2.99
Category: Reading
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Kids get just enough letters at a time in a simple arrangement called a daisy – six consonants around one vowel – that gives them a physical experience of the vowel’s special place in words. They learn it with their ears and with their fingers as well as with their eyes – a dynamic combination that research shows creates strong neural connections. With just that one daisy they can make real words.

#14: PlayKids

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Category: Educational game
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

PlayKids brings most popular TV series for your kids: Super Why, Caillou, Fishtronaut, Monster Math Squad, Heroes of the City, Poko

#15: Elmo Loves ABC’s

Price: $4.99
Category: Alphabet
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Elmo loves this app! It has songs and videos about letters. It has coloring pages and games about letters. It has all the letters from A to Z! Elmo even made a new alphabet song for it.

#16: Piano Ball

Price: $0.99
Category: Music and sound
Best for kids ages: 5 and under

Play with sounds and explore popular tunes, colors, instruments… and turn your keyboard into a rainbow.

#17Price: $2.99

Category: Interactive Story
Best for kids ages: 6 to 8

Be amazed by an app that stimulates the imagination and creativity of your little ones, accompanying Marina on a journey through a day in a magical world where you will discover the wonderful possibilities of light with her special friends.

#18: Little Fox Music Box

Price: $2.99
Category: Sing-along songbook
Best for kids ages: 6 to 8

A sing-along songbook with more than 100 interactive elements in 3 songs and the little fox music studio where you can record your own songs!

#19: Windosill

Price: $2.99
Category: Puzzle and picture-book
Best for kids ages: 6 to 8

Equal parts puzzle game, physics toy, and living picture-book, Windosill rewards playful investigation with mysterious and beautiful surprises. Designed to be experienced in a single sitting (anywhere between 20 minutes and 2 hours), Windosill is suitable for clever kids and imaginative adults alike.

#20: Toca Hair Salon 2

Price: $2.99
Category: Game
Best for kids ages: 6 to 8

Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on six different cute characters.

#21: Pinsaic

Price: $2.99
Category: Puzzle and coloring
Best for kids ages: 9 to 11

With Pinsaic you can explore your creativity drawing in 4 types of board with 11 unique pins and infinite colors.

#22: Hopscotch, Programming Designed for Everyone: coding for kids

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Category: Learning
Best for kids ages: 9 to 11

Hopscotch is programming designed for everyone. Kids can use simple, intuitive building blocks to create games, animations and apps in this colorful, interactive environment.

#23: Plants

Price: $1.99
Category: Learning
Best for kids ages: All ages

Unearth the secrets of the green kingdom! Explore the world’s biomes in this interactive diorama: conduct the seasons, rule the weather, ignite a wildfire, and burrow down with critters and roots. Deciduous forest and arid desert biomes are featured in the first release of Plants.

#24: The Human Body

Price: $2.99
Category: Learning
Best for kids ages: All ages

Explore a working model of the body. Every part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids to discover what we’re made of and how we work.

#25: Paper by 53

Price: Free
Category: Coloring and drawing
Best for kids ages: All ages

Paper is one of the easiest and most beautiful ways to create on iPad. Let your kid capture ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.


Note: Most of these kids apps and games will work on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, as well as the iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina, and iPad mini. On Android, most popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 6, HTC One (M8), and others will run them.

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posted on 15 Jul 2014, 11:19

1. RandomUsername (Posts: 560; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Proof that Apple users are babies ;)

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 09:19 1

2. maherk (Posts: 1221; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The title clearly says Android, iPhone and iPad apps, so it's either users of both systems are babies or you had a failed attempt at trolling Apple users.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 09:22 1

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


My wife works with children that are developmentally behind and apps like these are actually good learning tools. I would stop the "Apple users are babies" talk because there are legitimately good uses for the apps in this article, and good reasons for them to be posted on sites like this. Just because they don't apply to you shouldn't justify you in insulting anyone who might have a reason to download them.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 09:20 1

3. maherk (Posts: 1221; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Thanks for the article phonearena, it ll save me some time looking for and trying new apps for my daughter.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 09:29

5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4432; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


To me this shows that smartphones/tablets are raising our children. In the 80's, 90's & 00's kids were raised by TV & or video games. The MTV/video game generation. I always played outside & was in sports. On weekends I rode my bike & played video games. Sure I loved it, but it never ruled my life, unlike some of today's youth. I see it all the time.

Now in the 10's kids are being raised by smartphones & tablets. Super sad. It's like parents don't want to do things with their kids. Or take the easy way out in the parenting side. I go out play with kids, have them play sports & join after school activities like piano lessons... On weekends they play with games on my tablet, but the old school Nintendo games on my emulator, as a reward for doing well during the week. They don't crave or fiend for it.

Some parents just give them a tablet & let them waste their time on Minecraft of other crazy games just so they don't have to do any real parenting. I am 35 years old & I believe too much time in a digital world does more harm & turns kids antisocial as adults. Don't get me wrong video games also provide GREAT hand & eye coordination, & it's good for the brain, but too much of ANYTHING is bad. Some parents want to do the least & these games gives them an option to not parent them. They say to their kids here have your fill while they do what they want to do, & not parent their own children.

Not all parents are like this, some are like me, but a vast majority sadly are like this.

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