Apps on smartphones and tablets serve many functions, and increasingly popular functions are as both an entertainment tool, as well as a learning tool for children. There are hundreds of apps available that are beneficial to children and can foster quality-bonding time between parents and their children. Here is a list of the top 10 apps for kids.
1. Petting Zoo allows children to interact with animals. Kids can touch the animals through the screen and watch the animals react. The app is suitable for ages four and older. It is available for $2.99 on iOS devices from the App Store, as well as on Androids from Google Play.
2. Chatterpix Kids is a free app that allows children to photograph objects and turn them into puppets. For example, children can take a picture of their pet, draw a line for the pet’s mouth, and record what they want their puppet to say. Suitable for children aged 4-12, the app is available on iOS devices from the App Store.
3. Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island is a simulation game that allows kids to operate their own island. There are 18 levels, and within each level is a pollution problem for the kids to solve. The game has songs and is very interactive. It is both fun and educational for children aged 6-12, teaching them about the environment. It is available for $1.99 on iOS devices from the App Store and on Androids from Google Play.
4. Dinorama is a simulation game that allows kids to create a zoo for dinosaurs. Kids create their own zoo and can get feedback from paying customers in the game. The app is best for children ages 7-12. It is available on iOS devices from the App Store for $2.99.
5. Little Red Riding Hood is a modern day version of the fairy tale, but kids get to choose how the story ends. In the game, Little Red Riding Hood comes to a fork in the road on her way to visit her grandmother, and the ending of the story is dependent upon the road the player chooses. The app is best for children ages 3-8. It is available for iOS devices for $4.99 from the App Store.
6. La Luna: The Story Project is an app that tells the story of a little boy who joins the family business of sweeping stars off the surface of the moon. This app presents an opportunity for parents to engage in story telling time with their children. Suitable for ages 4-11, the app is available from the App Store for iOS devices for $1.99.
7. Wee You Things is an app in the format of a rhyming book. The book has 24 unique characters that each shares a story about what makes people special. Suitable for children aged 3-7, the app is available for iOS devices for $2.99 from the App Store.
8. Toca Hair Salon allows children to take a picture and give themselves a makeover with funny hairstyles and looks. The app is available for iOS devices for $2.99 from the App Store.
9. Bugs and Buttons 2 uses realistic looking bugs and craft buttons to teach children math. The app has 18 activities in the form of games, and they teach children how to sort, count, and order numbers, as well as how to identify shapes. The app tracks the child’s performance and makes its own adjustments. Best for children aged 4-6, the app is available for iOS devices for $0.99 from the App Store.
10. Cut the Rope 2 is a sequel to the game Cut the Rope. In this game, the main character needs help to solve puzzles in five different locations. Best for children aged 7 and up, the app is available for iOS devices for $0.99 from the App Store.