Top Ten iPhone Apps for Kids

Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Children

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably know that the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are the greatest things to come along for traveling parents since portable DVD players.  Load them with the best iPad and iPhone apps for kids, and the miles fly just by.

Ready to get started?  Of course you are.  But how will you choose the best apps for children from among the thousands  in the App Store?  That’s easy—we’ll help you.  We test oodles of games and update this post monthly.

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1.  Sneezies
Ages 3 and up, $.99
download on itunes

A very addictive game in which furry little pompom creatures called “Sneezies” float across the screen trapped in bubbles.  You sprinkle sneezing powder to free them, and their sneezes start chain reactions that free even more sneezies!  It’s strangely soothing, but maybe that’s because of the spa-music soundtrack.

2.  Geocaching
Ages 4 and up (with help), $.9.99
download on itunes

Of all the apps I own, this is by far my favorite.  Do you know about geocaching?  People hide tiny boxes filled with trinkets all over the world (even in urban and suburban areas) and upload clues and GPS coordinates to the web.  Other people (like you and your kids) hunt for the boxes.  When you find them, you take a tiny treasure out of the box and leave one for the next searcher.  It’s incredibly fun, wholesome, and great exercise.


3.  Squiggles
Ages 5 and up, $4.99
download on itunes

Squiggles lets you and your kids take iPhone photos and doodle, write, and paint on them with a wide selection of colors and stamps.

Younger kids will enjoy stamping hearts, flowers, and bubbles on photos while  older kids and adults will find more sophisticated ways to use this potentially hilarious app (such as adding animal ears and noses, mariachi hats, and mustaches to their friends’ faces).

Emailing your masterpieces is the icing on the cake.


4. Wurdle
Ages 5 and up, $1.99
download on itunes

A very fun word finding game in the tradition of Boggle, complete with satisfying sound effects.  If your kids are stress monsters, have them play in untimed mode.  This app is even good for kids who are relatively new to the reading and spelling game.


Face-Melter5. FaceMelter
Ages 2 and up, $1.99
download on itunes

Good luck not laughing your face off when you play this hilarious photo manipulation app.  You take or download pictures, then deform them by dragging, pinching, and twisting your finger across the screen.

Note:  Facemelter works with the iPod touch, but since it has no camera you’ll be stuck working with the image library.  This could still be pretty funny, but probably nowhere near as funny as distorting pictures of your friends and family.


6.  Weetwoo! Kid Videos
Ages 3 and up, $3.99
download on itunes

WeetWoo offers one-stop parent-curated video browsing for kids.  Skip the the questionable ads and content and go straight to the safe, educational, and entertaining YouTube videos.

Kids choose from among six channels that include Animals, Fun Shows, Learn, Music, People, and Places where the developers have listed hundreds of hours of kid-friendly programming with everything from funny kitten videos to a Discovery Education short biography of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Works best with Wifi, but also very well with 3G.  Highly recommended!


7.  Smacktalk

Ages 2 and up, $.99
download on itunes

Your children speak into the microphone, and an unbearably cute guinea pig, puppy, kitten, or chihuahua repeats what they say in a higher pitch and speed (squeaky mode) or a lower pitch and speed (freaky mode).   How much of this silliness can you bear listening to from the backseat?  There’s only one way to find out.


9. Pocket God
Ages 7 and up (for cartoon violence), $.99
download on itunes

On a remote island, you are the all-powerful ruler over a group of primitive islanders.  You can sacrifice them to sharks, lightning, and vampire bats, or give them gifts like fish and coconuts.

Kids love it, adults don’t get it.  Welcome to your future!


chuzzle10.  Chuzzle
Ages 4 and up, $4.99
download on itunes

Chuzzle has finally released an iPhone version of its popular PC game and is it ever awesome! Don’t let the price stop you—this is the best match-3 puzzle game in the iTunes store.

Kids slide google-eyed chuzzles across the iPhone screen trying to group 3 like-colored chuzzles together. When they do, the chuzzles explode with a giggle, sending fur and eyeballs flying.

It’s fun, intuitive, addictive and appropriate for kids of all ages.

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January 8th, 2009 | by Jamie Pearson 170 comments

170 Responses to “Top Ten iPhone Apps for Kids”

1. Lani Asato on January 9th, 2009

We like FirstWords:Animals for preschoolers. The most basic spelling program with cute animals and sounds. I have an ipod and it has saved me in doctor’s offices and no doubt we’ll love it on the airplane. Now, if only one device would be enough for two kids!

2. Meg (Backpack to Buggy) on January 9th, 2009

Thank you for this! I have watched kids play with parent’s iPhones and I had no idea what to add. (other than the sesame street podcasts) Of course getting the Air Hockey away from me will be tough.

3. Rebecca on January 9th, 2009

Wow — I can’t believe I don’t have *any* of these yet! Will definitely be downloading — thanks.

Other hits from my household (not strictly “kid” games, but that’s part of the charm): my nearly-5 y.o. is obsessed with reMovem (free) and both of my kids are fascinated by Labyrinth (the Lite Edition is also free and has plenty of “wow factor”). But am I a bad mom because I get bitter when my kids monopolize my toy?!

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5. Sheree Warner on January 10th, 2009

I would love to win it and see how my granddaughter would like the Facemelter.

6. Sylvia Belle on January 10th, 2009

Great when traveling with children

7. veronica sandberg on January 10th, 2009

Wow where were these when I had young kids at home.

8. wandermom on January 10th, 2009

We are a Wordle family – with 1 iPhone.
You’ll recognize us if you spot us in an airport: 4 heads literally stuck together shouting out words. Apologies in advance.

9. anusen on January 11th, 2009

We have released few kids application and help them learn stuff in their own way. All our apps are funny, cute and very engaging for kids at the same time, helps them to learn stuff.

Our newest addition is Match Magic. While the others that are quite popular are
Math Magic and Word Magic.


10. Jeff on January 13th, 2009

Thanks for this list. I just bought iKids Play (and saw that there is another story now as well) based on your recommendation. Very nice site, by the way.

11. Noelia Gutierrez on January 14th, 2009

This is a great list thanks

12. suzek on January 14th, 2009

My 6-year-old plays with apps on my iPhone all the time. We have some coloring book apps and kids audio books, she likes looking at our photos as well.

there is a site called for kids app reviews

13. Joe Kraus on January 15th, 2009

My 5 year old likes Scoops. It’s an application where you catch scoops of ice cream (and avoid vegetables) on an ice cream cone. It uses the accelerometer for control. He also likes Crossbones (which is a version of the card game Set)

14. Liz on January 15th, 2009

What a fun idea! Thanks for the opportunity to receive one! :)

15. Rosanne on January 15th, 2009

I didn’t realize games on a phone could entertain a child for that long. I’m sold on that

16. anusen on January 15th, 2009

Checkout our newly launched app Math series in app store. Similar to our other apps, this is also catered towards children to find the missing number. My 4 yr old daughter likes it.

Please visit us at for all our apps and send us your feedback.

17. Jane on January 16th, 2009

Thank you for posting your favorite apps. Please, keep them coming. Jane

18. Ryan Stubblefield on January 17th, 2009

I love to see these lists, keep them coming! I’ve been working on a handful of iPhone apps for kids, the first has been released. It’s called Create-A-Cartoon Face, you can see it at

I can’t wait to see what developers come up with next, so far there haven’t been that many kids apps, but more are coming out every day.

19. Matty on February 7th, 2009

We downloaded a new flash card application that is great too. It’s called Dex ABC Animals. The illustrations are great and the interface is very easy to use for my 2 and 3 year olds. They love it

20. Jennifer on February 18th, 2009

What about the kids eat free application. It pulls the closest restuarants to you that offer kids eat free meals.

21. Ella on March 4th, 2009

I found this NEW iPhone/iTouch application that is not only great for keeping my daughter busy, but she is learning about music and LIKING it :)

“Aimed at kids ages 8-14 years old, the protective silicone sleeves fit snuggly over an iPod nano and include a range of hip monster creations, with editions available for both iPod nano 3rd and 4th generations. Each case comes with its own secret code that can be used at to unlock full access to an online social network where users can create and dress their own avatars, mix their own music, and create animated dance videos that can be downloaded onto your iPod for viewing and sharing.

Psyclops also creates a range of hip monster creation ipod protective cases, YET another reason I love this for my daugter!”

You don’t need to own a Psyclops case to join the online community!

PS Not gonna lie, I loove this app and can’t wait for more characters to become more available!

22. Lima Sky on March 12th, 2009

AniMatch is an adorable, fun, and educational take on the classic memory match game. The goal is to match the pairs of cute animal heads. Each animal makes its sound when touched. AniMatch is featured this week by Apple in Best Kids’ Games on the iTunes App store.

23. Simeon Peebelr on April 3rd, 2009

Hello! My game, BLiP Bloink, was just accepted by Apple, and is not available for $0.99. I designed it to be a really fun, engaging game for children and adults.

Description of BLiP Bloink:

Connect the Bloinks to keep them from going too high! If you enjoy games like Tetris, this game is for you.


Simple, fast gameplay.
Three levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium and Hard.
Earn three Trophies across thirty levels of play.
Share High Scores with friends with the “Brag” function!
Continue to play iPod music in the background during gameplay.

24. Bjorn on April 22nd, 2009

The Toy Lounge of St. Paul MN creates iPhone apps for Children’s Books – – these children’s book apps work on the iPod Touch too, so you don’t have to get sticky fingers all over your iPhone. Don’t worry about the small screen size, kids are used to it from portable video games. iPhone apps are a great way for unpublished authors to get their books published and sold.

25. karina on April 25th, 2009

Here’s another fabulous just-release application called BobbleZoo:

Fun and educational but also nice looking which all parents can appreciate!

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27. Simeon Peebelr on April 27th, 2009

BLiP Bloink Lite is now available, perfect for kids and adults alike –

FREE version of the game!

28. Jason Gordon on May 2nd, 2009

My own App just launched last week as well – called “Bumpercars”. It’s especially great for kids – non-violent, has great music and is a simple and easy to use time waster. And it’s the ONLY BumperCars App in the App store!

The link is below!

Direct App Store Link:

29. Michelle on May 7th, 2009

We just launched a super cute iPhone app aimed at young kids and parents alike. It’s called Tic Tac Paddywhack and it’s super cute, fun entertaining and educational.


30. meg on May 30th, 2009

check out smacktalk-it is an app that allows you to speak and then little creatures repeat what you say in a funny three old is nuts for it..

31. Momzilla on June 4th, 2009

I have 2 kids (4 and 6), and they have been in LOVE with the “Kids Songs Kwiz Game” lately…it’s a sort of ‘name that tune’ but for little ones. So cute and it keeps them entertained while I am stuck in traffic (which is the best part). I’ll include a link…

32. RatCat Software on June 8th, 2009

Not sure if it is considered a kids game, however, my kids ranging 3 to 7 are especially fond of “Bounce On”. We find it can keep them entertained from anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes at a time. They have been able to clear all the levels of the Lite version which has prompted us to consider buying the full version.
My own company produces a grade specific series of educational games called Meghan’s Memory Game which can hold their attention for less time overall but does have the added benefit of helping to teach them how to read while developing memory and attention skills.
You can learn more about Meghan’s Memory Game at our product page located at

33. matblogger on June 10th, 2009


My wife and I just launched a new iPhone app for kids called “Dino Cards”. I hope that you and some of your readers will find in entertaining for your kids. Hope to hear some feedback too. Thank you.

34. LeeAnn P. on June 16th, 2009

My 5 yr old son loves the Sunnyville Yard Sale game. It’s a seek and find type thing. Heck, I’ll admit that I love it too!

35. ProudPapa on June 21st, 2009

My daughter (age 2) and I also love ABC 123 Blocks. It’s got four modes — letters, numbers, shapes and music. Nice sampler pack focused on learning for the littlest of kids.

You can check it out here:

It was also just featured on ABC News —

36. Afzainizam Zahari on June 21st, 2009

My first iPhone educational game: Think Fast is made for kids. It just got approved and is now live on the AppStore!
Just like to add on the this list.

37. john laudun dot org » iApps for Kids on June 25th, 2009

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39. AzMom on July 6th, 2009

Worried about what your kids might stumble across when browing the web on your iPhone or Touch? new app out there that is a kid-safe browser and has links to more than 1K fun and cool sites kids will like – animals, space, reference, etc. The app locks kids out of adult, gambling & similar sites. it also can track web usage, lets you set up reports on what they’ve browsed and allows you to add sites to the “whitelist” of ok places to browse. It’s on iTunes,

40. Jason Petralia on July 13th, 2009

My company released Animal Fun Time to promote interactive learning for kids. We tested it with relatives and friends and all had great fun and it is now a top 50 app in iPhone education.

41. Virginie on July 15th, 2009

Great list thank you. My 3 year old son really likes Colorama, Dizzy Bee, My Labrador, Wheels on the Bus, Crash Kart, Rolando and I would also recommend an educational game Learn to Talk, great app for young children to help them learn new words (by going through the flash card, listening to the sounds and repeating the words)

42. Elanore on July 18th, 2009

Thanks for the awesome list. I stumbled upon a new iPhone application called “ABC Animals – Talking Alphabet for Kids” while looking for something to get my 2 year old started on reading. I’ve only had it for a few days, but I love it, and more importantly, my son loves it! The pictures are active, fun, and most of all, ENGAGING for my kid.


43. John Holman on July 21st, 2009

Hi, I put together a guessing ‘game’ for my grandchildren which they seem strangely fascinated by and not having any sound effects it keeps them QUIET!

There are a couple of pages of information about it at:

and it is also in the Apple Webapps section at:

44. Andrew Till on August 9th, 2009


I hope this will be of interest. My company, PawPaw, has just released a new game called Farm Idol.

The game consists of selecting from a range of animals (and a farmer) and presssing them to make a sound (baa, quack and so on!).

If the iPhone is tilted, the note changes making it possible to play little tunes using a farm animal – surprisingly fun!

The note names are also displayed on the left of the screen and can be pressed to make playing tunes even easier (and perhaps help children learn a musical octave).

Have a look and do let us know if you have any ideas for future versions!

All the best,


45. Nick Takayama on August 12th, 2009


There’s a great list of kids iPhone apps here now!

To add mine to the list, I have just released LittleLand, a fun little app based around a cute rabbit and the world around him. The game is mostly about tinkering with the various objects and how they interact. There is weather, daytime/nighttime, food items etc.

I hope your kids enjoy it!


46. Jen Gordon on August 13th, 2009

oop one more good one that’s going to be released soon:

47. claire on August 15th, 2009

looking for games for my grandmothers iPhone. telling her this!!

48. iPhone Developer on August 19th, 2009

Also, check out Happy Baby – Alphabet learning tool
– English alphabets are displayed sequentially (like flash cards).
– Alphabets are pronounced (Optional switch).
– Pause button to stop at an alphabet
– Reset button to start over
– Timer can be adjusted to delay display of alphabets

49. Joe Johnson on August 26th, 2009

Try thsi one out:
MonsterABC $.99

MonsterABC is the latest in early childhood development tools – built specifically for the iPhone.

Join the Monster as he explores the alphabet, sounding out letters and words.

Letters – Explore the alphabet by clicking letters. Tap the monsters at the top of the screen to move through the alphabet. Don’t forget to tap the picture at the bottom to hear the word sounded out.

Words- The word at the bottom of the screen is missing a letter. Tap the missing letter at the top of the screen to fill it in.

50. michael sheehan on September 6th, 2009

My app was recently updated; Let’s Hear the Animal’s (animal sounds). It’s fun and very easy to navigate for even very young children.


51. graham on September 25th, 2009

An iPhone kids application you should check out is iStoryTime. It’s a library of narrated and illustrated kids books for the iPhone. There are 6 books available in the Apple AppStore today: With new ones coming out every week.

Great for driving in the car, on the airplane, or at a restaurant waiting for the bill when the kids are going crazy.

Books are $1.99/ea from iTunes and can also be purchased on your phone from anywhere. Great for entertaining the kids in a guilt free way. All the wholesomeness of a book with the convenience of your phone.


On the AppStore:

52. Sarah on September 25th, 2009

My daughter just LOVES the sounding pictures of the Winzki apps. There’s a list on (German site, but also english, french and spanish. Does not matter anyways, because the apps dont have text anywhere)

53. Tata on September 25th, 2009

ABC Zoo – is a great iPhone app to help your kids get used to reading. very useful while travelling

54. Wall-emily on September 28th, 2009

I’m surprised to see no music or rhythm games up on the list. Music is something every child can enjoy no matter how old they are or at what skill level. Some good ones out there include Mevo and the Grooveriders and Imp: surf the music.

55. Greatmom on September 30th, 2009
Here you can find ABC application for kids

56. Jen on October 1st, 2009

“Balls Kids” is new. It’s a toy and timewaster, with absolutely no educational value whatsoever. You touch the screen to add balls or blow them up, and tilt to roll them around. They chime and make funny noises when they hit each other or the sides of the screen.

Fun in the car, too – you can see the effect of accelerating, braking and turning on the balls.

57. Bradley Kliewer on October 11th, 2009

I wrote an iPhone game to help teach math (addition), but also has a strategy element that anyone can enjoy. It resembles a solitaire game of bingo. You can see a sample sequence at
I plan to expand it to subtraction and multiplication, although I haven’t decided whether to drive it as options on the current game or as separate editions. My concern is that K-1 players might accidentally put it in a mode beyond their skill level and get frustrated (feedback would be appreciated — there is a Facebook fan page link on the site).

58. John Martin on October 13th, 2009

Hi guys. I found this funtastic app for iphone. My kids love it:

Name: iGoto the Jungle
Category: Education
Price: $0,99
Company: Lisbon Labs

Description: iGoto the Jungle is a family application that you can use to entertain your kids and also teach them about jungle animals.

Forget the common child books. With iGoto the Jungle learning has never been more fun and we guarantee you’ll spend some quality time together while your children point to the animals and watch them moving and making all sort of sounds.

We’ve tested iGoto the Jungle with dozens of toddlers and were surprised to see the ease they adapt to the iPhone and the way they interact with the application.

Hope you enjoy it .)

59. Sherry W on October 14th, 2009

My daughter’s favorite game is Apeeka Match by Sixits. It’s free! She loves looking for the matches with the animals. I looked up the company’s website because of a friend’s email….

60. Peter Angels on October 21st, 2009

Here you will find reviews to some of the best ipod touch games.

61. Verne Lindner on October 21st, 2009

We have just released an educational app for kids called LikeItSounds!

LikeItSounds! is an app that teaches kids about homonyms as they solve up to 50 fun riddles, all fully illustrated. Our site, features a blog with fun facts about homonyms and words in general. We are brand-new and really interested in hearing what parents will think of our game. We think it’s a great way to pass the time in the car on long trips!

We’d love to offer a promotional copy to any parent reviewers out there as well.


62. Kate Boswell on October 25th, 2009


My 2 year old started playing this ABC matching game called AlphaMatcher and seems to keep him entertained.
It’s has a cute applause when you match letters correctly. I like it because it displays both upper and lower case letters for him to learn.

He also likes to play Wheels on the bus too~


63. Melissa Andrews on October 27th, 2009


Thanks for sharing these – I will definitely be picking some of them up. My two-year old LOVES SmackTalk – it is hilarious to see him crack up at the sounds it makes. It can get on your (the parent’s nerves after a while – just ask my husband – so be warned. LOL) The other day, he got my cousin’s iPhone and mine out, put them both on SmackTalk to see how they would echo each other. We were totally wowed at that.

We also love Peekaboo Barn – It’s an interactive game where you tap the barn and the doors open to reveal an animal that makes a sound. You then have a couple of seconds to say the animal before a cute child-like voice says it for you. I believe there is an option in settings to turn off the ‘answer’, but my son loves to hear the talking. As a bonus at the end, it goes to nightime, and all the animals go to sleep. You can also set it to do Spanish, if you’d like. And there’s a Lite version if you want to try-before-you-buy.

I also have Wheels on the Bus and ABC Animals. These are really nice, even though they don’t keep him entertained for too long – he always seems to run back to SmackTalk.

Two days ago or so, I bought one called Arcade – It has three interactive games. One is a matching ‘claw’ game – you see a shadow of an object and you have to pick from a list of four objects which one matches the shadow. The ‘claw’ moves over the one you select and if you’re correct, drops it into the right spot. There is also an Alphabet matching game where six letters are shown and a voice calls out a letter. The child has to pick the letter that is shown. This shows both upper-and-lower case letters. My son only recognizes upper case right now, so hopefully this will be a good learning tool. The last game seems to be a pinball game for counting, but I haven’t out how that works. I plan to write the developers.

64. Matt D on October 29th, 2009

I have two young boys who will not give me back my iPhone! I just recently found this great app called Travel Games Ultimate Edition. It has five games that I loved playing as a child (and now with my kids). One thing I like about it is most apps only provide you one game for your money, but this one has incorporated five which saves a lot of room on the icons screens. The five games it has are Slug Bug, Rock/Paper/Scissors, Find It! Pictures, Scavenger Hunt and License Plates Game. The thing I find most interesting about this app is how it allows others who are NOT using the iPhone to get involved in the game. Family interaction, yeah I think I will keep this one! You can find it on the apps web site at or on iTunes at

65. WesG on October 31st, 2009

After going through the comments, I realized that I can’t even trust the postings that look like normal people making suggestions with all the hawking of apps going on. That’s really too bad. Developers, I know you mean well but I’ll just stick with looking at the top ten recommend by this site.

66. Curtis on November 2nd, 2009

I created an app for my son to prepare him for kindergarten.

I think it’s pretty neat. It’s a magic chalkboard that comes to life and teaches him his ABCs. Rewarding him with a drawing after each letter is learned.

You can find it at:

Hope you like it!

67. Sandra on November 12th, 2009

Just came across a GREAT app called THE BIRTHDAY.

It’s a book
It’s a game
It’s an iphone app!

Just came across this interactive book that my kids LOVE.
It’s totally cute AND educational. It’s amazing how it gets kids to learn.

Every once in a while the narrator asks kids to help the characters out with something. Because kids are all into the story, they happily work out problems. Most are geared towards 4-5 year olds, but some are for older kids (6-7) as well.

You can find it at:

68. Brianna G on November 17th, 2009

Juicebox Software just came out with two new apps all about robots! There’s Amazing Robot Memory and Robot Coloring Book. Both feature great images of robots in a variety of themes (silly, wacky, evil, and friendly).

The memory game is great and features three levels from ease (4 cards/2pairs) to hard (24 cards/12 pairs).

The coloring book is easy-to-use, and you can even save your pictures once you’ve finished! You simply choose the color you want from the wheel at the bottom of the screen, then tap the section you want filled in.

Check out Juicebox Software here:

69. Ann Marie on November 18th, 2009

If you want your children to actually interact with YOU instead of vegging out then I highly recommend you check out Family Matters.

It’s a wonderfully entertaining tool whether you are at a restaurant or on a road trip. It asks fun questions and presents engaging activities that really bring the family closer.

I first learned about it from a youtube video. I can’t find the link but I think it is on their website to at

And here it is in iTunes:

[...] Jamie of Travel Savvy Mom was worried this would be the only answer I’d get, and she wasn’t far off the mark! The reason? The iPhone (or iTouch) is so versatile, it can come in handy with kids of all ages. Plus, it‘s already in your purse! Read up on the top apps for kids and start downloading! [...]

71. Ami on November 30th, 2009

My kids love to play with an app called one circle ( They like building the animated characters and it is fun seeing them react once they are built. Great at the airport and in the car.

72. Nicole on December 3rd, 2009

We love Family Matters too. Definitely check it out at the app store. It’s a great way to interact with the children when you are out and about.

73. marshall on December 8th, 2009

Great suggestions! Also, I recently released two iphone games for kids.

Jumbo Match
Jumbo match is a memory matching game with 10 themes to choose from.

Merry Match
Merry Match, is a Christmas only version of Jumbo Match, with an expanded 40 Christmas themed game pieces.

Both games are for ages 4 and up and are fun for all ages.

74. iphoneapp4fun on December 10th, 2009

iStoryNarrator is a story telling app for Kids.

It contains 4 Folk Tales.

75. Isabel on December 11th, 2009

Sesame Street FINALLY arrives on the iPhone with “Grover’s Number Special.”

76. Kitty on December 24th, 2009

VOICE TODDLER CARDS — The Talking Flashcards it contains 400 talking cards. This app is incredible!! The pictures are crisp and clear and the ability to record your voice is owesome.

77. anusen on December 29th, 2009

We have updated Math Magic to have a challenge option. Now kids can race against the timer. Parents can choose the type of problems (+/*-) for the challenge mode. Also the next release of Math Magic we are adding a manual option of entering the answers. Also parents can choose between multiple choice selection or manual entry. Please visit us at and send us feedback. Video for Math Magic

iTunes link:

78. Anne on December 30th, 2009

My son and his friends (9 and 8) love to play with They can make tons of customized snow globes and also share them with their friends via email and Facebook. It is just a charming app that’s a great thing to keep kids occupied in the car, on a road trip, waiting for an appointment, or while shopping. Also, given the sharing component, it is a fun way to have the kids send cool thank you’s!

79. Maria Kaval on December 30th, 2009

Check out he app “SpellingMagic”. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store. You can enter any list of spelling words, and then there are a variety of fun and engaging games to help kids learn how to spell those words. Great for all kids who get spelling lists from school and want to have an entertaining way to learn and practice those words independently.

80. Curt on January 6th, 2010

A great Educational App that teaches children their ABC’s is ABC Tutor. Connor’s voice is so cute! This app is very engaging and your child will play with the “Magic Chalkboard” for hours.

Effortless way to teach your child their abc’s while keeping him/her entertained at a restaurant etc.

81. Beth on January 6th, 2010

ABC Tutor is an app that my nephew is addicted to. Very well done, cute too!

82. Paul Schreiber on January 11th, 2010

Cookie Dunk is also available on iTunes. Cookies love being dunked in milk so drag the cookie in the milk using your finger and watch the splash! The cookie will shout with joy when you dunk it. Simple and entertaining fun.Here is a link and a couple of promo codes.


83. Happy Father on January 20th, 2010

thanks for the long lists given… i would like to share another good iphone app for the kids. This will help a lot in educate our child to learn about colors and has object noise.. my kid looking really fun

84. amy on January 24th, 2010

My kids LOVE the app, Who Loves Baby? One of the only apps that I have found that embraces family, friends and love!

I created a picture album (from the pictures on my phone) of all of our family and friends. Each person recorded a little message for the girls. My 1 year old and 3 year old absolutely LOVE flipping threw their album and tapping each picture to hear special messages from those they love most. Though most of my family is nearby, I feel like this app would be so special for military families or those far apart.

100% guilt free entertainment!

85. Tim on February 3rd, 2010

Hey all, I just wanted to chime in and let you know about .
We just acquired this website and hope to do good things with it. We have been working on our first app and it should be released by February 9th 2010. Please stop by our website and check it out.

86. Kate on February 4th, 2010

For kids age 3-6 best options are story books that are interactive such as “The Terrible Triplets” or “Molly and the Magic Lolly”. Your kid can interact with all the characters and slide, drag etc…Also no rush, you kid can stay on a screen and replay animations or move along to find out more options….This is highly distractive and finally you will have some time for yourself! My kids love this!

87. Marina on February 4th, 2010

Check out “The Terrible Triplets” app

88. Carol on February 4th, 2010

Love so many of these apps mentioned. I have another one that is super-simple and super cute. A storybook app called Little Tootie Lu. She’s such a doll and my 4-year-old loves her!

89. Martin on February 6th, 2010

Hi Travelsavvymom and thanks for this hub for great children’s apps.

For a great FREE children’s audio book with pics and videos try Rockford’s Rock Opera at the Apps store.

Over an hour of a great story supported by the WWF.

Thanks for all the info here :)

90. Stephen and the Kidztory Team on February 18th, 2010

Dear Travel Savvy Mom Team,

Check out The Tortoise and the Hare, the third Kidztory animated storybook app from Stepworks.

Try it yourself with this promo code: M4F4HKH467PE.

Launched just yesterday, The Tortoise and the Hare is already on the Top 100 book apps list in the US and the UK.

It’s popular because kids and their parents love the first two Kidztory titles, The Little Red Hen, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Each Kidztory title is chosen for its positive message and timeless charm.

Hope you think The Tortoise and the Hare is worth sharing with your readers – and especially with the children in your life.

Best regards,

Stephen and the Kidztory team

91. Sasha on February 23rd, 2010

My kids love this game call Kyumi puzzle, it helps them to develope their brain with colour recognition and logical thinking.The graphics are very cute and there is a relaxing music playing in the background.

92. Michel on February 24th, 2010

Dr. Seuss iPhone apps are now available.

The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and more are all in eBook format for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

More info can be found here…

93. Patrick on February 27th, 2010

To help older kids improve their reading skills, check out the new young readers edition of QuickReader. It trains proper reading and eye-tracking techniques and includes 31 age-appropriate classics for boys and girls.

There’s also a free lite version available.

94. Tim on March 3rd, 2010

Spotisodes are fun and exciting iApps about Lifeboat Luke, a search and rescue adventure series for 4-7 year olds and their salty parents and grandparents. The series touches on the saftey issues involved with going to the seaside and going out to sea on a boat.

Each Spotisode features a 5 minute episode of Lifeboat Luke as well as an interactive game which encourages kids to play along with the story, spotting special items that appear on screen. If they spot all 20 items they can unlock an exclusive Lifeboat Luke colouring page on the Luke website. The iApps are great for keeping idle hands busy during long journeys in the car or trips to the shops.

Go to to find out more.

95. Dave on March 3rd, 2010

A fun app for kids – Make paper snow flakes without paper and scissors. Our kids spend hours “cutting” these out. Easy to use and every snowflake can be saved. We have hundreds of them already.

96. Michael Sheehan on March 3rd, 2010

I am a developer with a Free version of my application Let’s Hear the Animals! with the animals’ sounds and the animals’ names in English and Spanish. There are advertisements in the application, but you should only see one at launch (maybe) and every two minutes. And if you like the app and don’t like ads there is a 99 cent version.

I hope people enjoy my application.

I have no connection with the developers of the monkey preschool game, but my 3 year old son loves it. Really wish it were mine.

97. Stephen and the Kidztory team on March 3rd, 2010

Dear Travel Savvy Team,

The Three Little Pigs, is the fourth Kidztory animated storybook app from Stepworks. It’s now at large, on the lookout for piggy snacks.

Taste it yourself with this promo code: MWT63PKPPJM9

Launched just last week, The Three Little Pigs is already delighting parents and children and has already been in the top ten of all paid apps in the US, in fact all four Kidztory titles are currently in the top 30. WOW!

It’s popular because like all the Kidztory titles, it’s an app that’s been carefully, lovingly built with bricks and mortar.

And like its companion titles, it has been selected for its positive message and timeless charm.

We think you’ll find The Three Little Pigs is well worth sharing with your readers – and the children in your life.

Best regards,

Stephen and the Kidztory team

98. Linda on March 10th, 2010

check iCountCats – its a fun interactive app for pre schoolers to learn colors and numbers with rhyming sentences. Comes with audio so kids can fully entertain themselves with it.

99. Stephen and the Kidztory team on March 31st, 2010

Dear Travel Savvy Mom Team,

The fifth Kidztory animated storybook app from Stepworks, “The Lion and The Mouse”, has just been released into the wild. It tells a story of friendship and forgiveness parents and kids will love.

Taste it yourself with this promo code: 967WW3ANAXNX

We’re hoping “The Lion and The Mouse” will be as popular as the other Kidztory titles, most of which have appeared in the Staff Favorites and New And Noteworthy sections of the App Store

Kidztory stories work because we focus on quality and fun. Kids love the interactive surprises and parents love the positive message their children receive. We pioneered the Read To Me, Read By Myself feature, which is now a standard in many similar storybook apps.

Please share “The Lion and The Mouse” with your readers. Parents will thank you for it.

Best regards,

The Kidztory Team

100. Christi Waugh on April 23rd, 2010

Parents should be sure to chcek out the newest game from InMotion Software, Stickman Rocks. In this game, stickman climbs a rock wall and avoids obstacles such as animals, falling rocks, birds, etc. We even built in an “endless climb” mode so that children can play as long as they want – no “deaths”. The game is currently featured by Apple in the App Store and is ranked #2 in kids games and #40 in the paid app category. As a policy, InMotion creates family friendly games with no blood and gore. We hope you enjoy Stickman Rocks.

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102. Joaquin on April 28th, 2010

I am totally in love with this amazing collection of apps for iPhone and iPad teaching babies and kids up to 5 years of age foreign languages, numbers, colors, etc.
Each title has over 30 minutes of video and fun touch screen games!!!
Check them out:

103. nanogems on May 1st, 2010

Check out Egghead, the Little Intellectual, and his four friends, in one adventure story after another. An ideal read for the 3 to 7 years age group, kids are now calling our Egghead, their new best friend!

You’ll find Egghead at –

104. iphoneapp4fun on May 1st, 2010

Please check my New App All-in-One-for-Kids for iphone and iPod touch.
This is a simple application for preschoolers.With this application kids can learn (using examples and audio )
the following items

1)Alphabets 2)Numbers 3)Colors 4)Shapes

5)Animals 6)Fruits 7)Transport

and games for evaluating the improvements.

105. Amy on May 3rd, 2010

Amy from Sprint here – If you don’t own an iPhone but have a BlackBerry or Android phone, try these kid-friendly apps:
Healthy Diet For Kids (Android Market) – Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who teach their children to recognize healthy and unhealthy food. In this game your child’s goal is to select the healthy items to get “health reward” points.
Baby Go! (BlackBerry App World) – Keeps little ones entertained with colorful letter blocks that dance around the phone’s screen at the push of a button.

106. Suzie on May 5th, 2010

Thanks for all the great suggestions! I just found this app for coloring and drawing for the iphone. I think it’s new. My daughters were busy for quite a long time using this one. Great for using their imaginations. Keep up the great work!

107. tracylena on May 13th, 2010

Thanks for all the advice and superb suggestions. The best app that my both my kids like because of the fun element and I like for the message is.
The recyclies. http:/

108. Paul Schreiber on June 3rd, 2010

Check out Doodle Earth Defense.

Planet Earth is under attack! Only you can defend the planet from alien invaders. Block the alien attacks from reaching earth! Tap the colorful alien blast before they hit Earth’s defensive shields. Earth can only take 6 hits before its destroyed so be alert! The longer you defend the planet the higher your score.

109. Stephen on June 4th, 2010

Very nice compilation! Thanks a lot!

I have also come across great iPhone educational games for adults when I was looking for a great educational and fun game I can play.

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111. Tracy on June 18th, 2010

A great list! I will definitely get them for my little one. My little girl’s fav is Baby Explorer for the iPad. The cute sounds and vibrant colors makes her really happy!! Here’s the link:

112. John on June 25th, 2010

I am currently using my iPad to teach my 3 year old son to learn alphabets and numbering system. I am finding the educational apps with gaming and learning approach, quite good to productively engage the kid. My son is using the Letters A to Z and Hello Hello Kids iPad apps, and he is proceeding well.

113. Andrea on June 25th, 2010

My son love Doodle Earth Defense. It’s not educational but keeps him entertained while we’re at the grocery store!

It’s iPad only, hopefully a iPhone version will be available soon.

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115. Chris Schroeder on July 9th, 2010

Another great iPhone app for kids is Schoolhouse, which can be found at It’s great for on the go practice of math facts, spelling, time and other subjects when you have that 10 minute wait in line or the half hour drive downtown.

116. Linda on July 14th, 2010

My elementary school aged kids LOVE smartyshortz for the iphone, ipod, and ipad. It is one of the most educational and relevant apps that I’ve tried so far. It has 6 subjects with four lessons and four games for each. The best $1.99 that I have spent. Definitely worth checking out!

117. GWH on July 14th, 2010

I just reviewed 4 wonderful children’s picture books that can teach English or Spanish. They are Mom’s Choice Award winning books published by Raven Tree Press and brought to life on the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch by Storychimes. Extremely entertaining AND educational for ONLY .99¢. Be sure to check out Marco Flamingo, Nathan Saves Summer, Beautiful Moon, and A Walk With Grandpa.

118. Kikidragonfly on July 17th, 2010

I am gonna get an ipod touch and im a kid and these apps look awesome! The list was really helpful!

119. Carrie on July 21st, 2010

Our kids really enjoy Match 10. It’s a concentration game that lets you use any pictures out of your photo library. Our little boy enjoys the construction equipment pictures that come with the game. I think the best part, though, is watching the older ones build their own tile sets out of family photos. Too cute!

120. Deanna on July 24th, 2010

We just received our iPad…so fun for everyone! We love SMARTYSHORTZ (for brushing up on lessons before school starts), SHREKDRIVING (for 3rd grader fun) and SUMMERFARM (for preschooler fun)

121. Michele on August 4th, 2010

Hi, there’s also Magnetic Alphabet, it’s the classic magnetic board game! a great way for kids to learn the alphabet and numbers! available here:

122. Michelle on August 18th, 2010

Have you checked out Number Sense HD? This is a great math app which has five fun games rolled into one app. Here’s the link:

123. AppReviewWkly on August 18th, 2010

I just reviewed 4 wonderful children’s picture books that can teach English or Spanish. They are Mom’s Choice Award winning books published by Raven Tree Press and brought to life on the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch by Storychimes. Extremely entertaining AND educational for ONLY .99¢. Be sure to check out Marco Flamingo, Nathan Saves Summer, Beautiful Moon, and A Walk With Grandpa. My kids can’t put them down and are already learning Spanish!

124. Jordan on August 23rd, 2010

Have you seen The Manhole? It’s a great open-ended kids’ exploration game that originally came out in 1996 but was ported to the iOS this month. I grew up play the PC edition and now I’m so happy that a new generation can play it on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad!

Here’s a link:

125. Joost on August 25th, 2010

Hey, if anyone is still reading this, I downloaded this new iPad app yesterday called iSpy…, a recreation of I spy with my little eye, my kids are still playing and laughing for hours now!

126. Graham on September 10th, 2010

Hi you might be interested in my first iphone game / toy mostly written for my 4 year old son It turns your iphone or ipod touch into an interactive fire engine & police car full of buttons and realistic siren effects.

You can hold your iPhone like a steering wheel turn on the engine and then run around with your phone , the engine will roar , tires will squeal , brakes will hiss when you (or your child) run and turns with the phone in real life. Also you have to respond to emergency phone calls and actually run to the fire and then put out the fire with the fire hose.

127. John on September 23rd, 2010

Miniville Media has several kids apps that are neat and free. Check them out at !!

128. JackandJill on September 23rd, 2010

love the idea someone gave for SMARTYSHORTZ- then we found Montessori Words and MATHGIRL. all educational games our kids of all ages up to 9 love!

129. Paul Schreiber on September 29th, 2010

My newest kid friendly app is out now. It’s based on the classic “Bead Maze/Puzzle” games from doctors and dentists offices. There are 5 uniquely themed levels. Each level has cute little characters that you can drag flick along their trail. The collide and fly along with fun physics based effects.

It’s available on iTunes for 99 cents.

130. culater on September 29th, 2010

thanks jackandjill! bought all 3- love

131. Cynthia on October 7th, 2010

Zombie Music Halloween is a great application for kids. Ideal for adding a musical touch to Halloween this year.

132. Aysel on October 11th, 2010

When I was looking for new apps for my son’s I phone, this apps got my attention. As a math teacher I recommend this apps. It calls POP MATH , BABY COUNTING .Also,I found this website is very useful for parents and kids.

133. Paul Schreiber on October 20th, 2010

My latest app, Quiet Book is out now. Quiet book features three illustrated and animated sections that include animals, spanish themed items and space themed items. Touch, explore, and discover fun words and surprises with 24 uniquely animated items. Tap the cute illustrations and you’ll see the associated vocabulary word on screen along with a fun animation.

I’ve included a couple of promo codes. if you use a promo code, a review or rating is appreciated:


134. apptackular! on October 31st, 2010

we bought the SMARTY 1 AND SMARTY K- today! They are great-thank you!

135. Lamai on November 13th, 2010

Want to expand your kid’s vocabulary? Then don’t miss out on this
interactive educational game! Learn while you play! ‘Who Em I’ makes
education a fun and challenging game for kids. As each animal picture
slowly appears, kids get to chose from a multiple choice which animal
is slowly becoming visible and compete for the high score. The faster,
the better and the more vocabulary and spelling remembered each round!
Stay tuned for free updates and more words to remember!

136. Allens on November 21st, 2010

Love Smarty Shortz!! Soo cute and educational too! Highly recommend this app, my kids are huge fans of this one!

137. Techi Dad on December 15th, 2010

I’ve had a lot of luck with Starfall’s ABCs app. My daughter is completely captivated by it. She goes through the letters over and over again. Check it out!

138. Anna on December 25th, 2010

One app that didn’t make your list that my family is really enjoying is BallFallDown by FlatPack Interactive. It is an Entertainment App that allows users to take an empty iPad screen -”board”- and construct thier own interactive game. You can make all sorts of things including pinball machines. Although probably built for kids, my husband and I have spent hours playing with this app after the kids of put up the iPad and went to bed. It is free in iTunes.

Merry Christmas,

139. Alinka on December 27th, 2010

Another great game for kids – We Search HD

You will play it again and again!

140. MyBigApple on January 2nd, 2011

This is great, I need some more games for my daughter!

141. London for Kids on January 3rd, 2011

My kids love “Pocket Ants Classic”. In it your the king of the ants!

142. Lush on January 4th, 2011

Another great website with reviews and videos for educational iPhone/iPad applications is Kids Apps:

One website for all the useful, educational and fun applications for children.

143. collinsJulie on January 4th, 2011

thanks for the list we traveled over the holidays with quiet books and smartyshortz and the kids LOVED them!

144. mary on January 15th, 2011

My son likes angry birds, but my new fave is Pitter-Pad…it measures infant/toddler feet on the ipad screen (and it’s free).

145. Rach on January 17th, 2011

Check out Build a Story! I just purchased this app for my 10 yr old nephew and he is hooked. It is great to see a kid using their imagination while interacting with technology instead of just staring at a screen. The app as it’s title suggests – gets kids to build their own story via it’s beautifully drawn themes and characters. My nephew simply pics the themes – places in the characters he wants (he can place them anywhere in the them and shrink or enlarge) and then types in his own story.

Find it on itunes – it cost $2.99

146. Lori on January 21st, 2011

I’m teaching my kids some Spanish with Leo Spanish. It’s a nice introduction to Spanish letter sounds with charming graphics and a nice coloring activity. Check it out here:

147. GirlGamer on February 1st, 2011

I like this :)

Found the memory game to be really quite fun and simple enough for all the family to enjoy.

148. Kelly Downy on May 7th, 2011

My twins new favorite is called Licking Letters. It is a spelling game that also has mini games and dress-up. We’ve had it about a week now and they still like it (which is a rarity for them).

149. Vanesa on May 12th, 2011

Here’s a website with educational apps for children.
You can watch the app trailer:

150. GiggleSter on May 29th, 2011

Another app that is simple and helps kids with monster fears, or likes to play and catch monsters, is Go Away Monster 3000. Designed by kids between 4 and 8. Parents control when a monster can be found, this app becomes part of your bed time routine and your kids can make a room monster free. During the day, your kids will run around looking for monster in places you never knew they existed.


or on iTunes

151. MathCoolGames1218 on May 30th, 2011

nice list… my kids loves playing with my phone.. for sure they’re going to love this… do you have a list of Math cool games?

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153. 30dayswithkids on July 21st, 2011

on the road for 30 days with 3 kids…only an iPad with educational apps, healthy snacks and conversation?
Oregon Trail
Words with Friends

154. John on July 27th, 2011

Math Bingo is my kid’s favorite app. He also enjoys Math Monkey which is an educational Angry Birds:

155. Katie on October 28th, 2011

I like Farm Animal Puzzle to keep my kids entertained in the car. The graphics are cute and it has very polished feel to it.

156. Liza Sanchez on November 18th, 2011

Great list! For even more educational apps, check out An app store curated by educators that rates apps for their educational value.

157. stepan on November 30th, 2011

Sneezies are great!!
I’d like you to check this ‘Funny Alphabet’ , it is interactive animated educational app.
Hope you’ll like it!

158. Laura Kay on December 2nd, 2011

I’ve been getting my kids to behave with the “Santa Scan-O-Meter” app… I “secretly” control the scan each time… Nothing random! My kids are now ASKING to be scanned to see if they are “naughty or nice” several times a day!

159. Proka on December 9th, 2011

Also try GooGoo:

My son (2 years old) loves it. It features nice graphics and lovely sounds. Has 23 scenes with animals (peek-a-boo, seasons, jungle and farm animals)

160. Stacy on January 18th, 2012

GooGoo rocks! Thank you.

161. Ivan on February 6th, 2012

My son plays “50 FRIENDS” for iPad. Great educational app with funny animals!

162. resourceT on February 8th, 2012

Yep just spend a fortune on your recommendations :) the best educational ones were the Smarty Shortz apps because my kids are too old (6 & 9) for the goo goo and peek a boo etc…

163. JaneT on February 21st, 2012

Thank you for recommendation. I’m sure my daughter would love some of the apps mentioned above. At the moment she absolutely loves Cinderella by Nosy Crow and Little Miss Muffet HD by Tantrum solutions.


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167. Martin Pearlman on September 9th, 2012

I have narrow angle glaucoma and would like to read to my grandchildren. Do you have a 10.00 a month version ? Thanks for all.

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168. Anthony on February 25th, 2013

How things have changed over the years! Twenty years ago you had to keep your kids occupied with songs and books!

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