iParent12 kid-friendly iPhone apps for toddlers and young kids

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Update & Saliva Warning: I took my iPhone in for a repair this week and was told my warranty was void because a small paper tab Apple implants in each iPhone showed the phone had been exposed to liquid. Since this phone has never gotten wet, we suspect that the moisture detector (which is just inside the dock port) was triggered by excess saliva from the kids playing Ocarina and Balloonimals, both of which involve blowing into the phone. If your kids are still at the drooly stage, you may want to avoid iPhone games that involve mouth-to-iPhone contact. 

You may think of your iPhone as a communications device, a productivity tool, an iPod or even a babe magnet. But if that's all an iPhone is to you, you're missing its most extraordinary power: the ability to keep a preschooler silent and occupied for the length of time it takes a grown-up to eat a meal in a restaurant with actual tablecloths.

We discovered the awesome child-pacifying powers of our iPhones last summer, while on a leadership retreat at the Hollyhock Centre. Hollyhock is almost the last place on earth you want to be outed as an over-technologized parent, but we decided we'd rather be the freaks whose kids can't be separated from the small screen, than the freaks whose kids are incredibly noisy and disrupt everybody's dinner (though there were some nights when we got to be both).

At first, we treated the iPhones as very tiny TV screens, capable of amusing our kids with downloaded Diego and Dora episodes.

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But within a few weeks of his second birthday, our little guy had already mastered the art of unlocking a sleeping iPhone, navigating to the iPod player, and getting Diego up and running. From this we inferred that the kids might be up for something more interactive, and tried out a variety of educational -- and not so educational -- games over the following months.

The opportunity to download a new iPhone app is now the second-most-requested privilege in our house: ahead of junk food, but still behind the lure of a new arts & crafts project. (Phew!) Saturday is "you get to buy a new app from the iTunes store" day, and our elder kid now has her sights set on an iPhone (or iPod touch) of her own.

Here are some of the apps that have been consistent hits in our house. I'd love to hear about other iPhone apps that appeal to the 3-5 set.

  1. fairies flyFairies Fly: If you're the kind of parent who refuses to take your kid to Disney movies on principle, this is not the application for you. If, on the other hand, you are a five-year-old girl, you will think that steering Tinkerbell and other Disney fairies through trees, clouds and insects is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened in the entire history of the world.
  2. Zippo Lighter: On the one hand, it seems like an extraordinarily poor idea to encourage a small kid to play with fire. On the other hand, it seems to have completed displaced the fascination with REAL matches and lighters that I associate with small children.
  3. the wheels on the busThe Wheels on the Bus: This interactive version of the kids' song is genuinely awesome; your kid can sing along in English, French, Spanish or several other languages, or record his own voice and listen to himself sing. No downsides except for the remarkable ethnic homogeneity of the bus riders & townspeople, which I can excuse on the grounds that this version seems to be set in a small French village (why, I couldn't tell you.)
  4. Cylon Detector: If you're geeky enough to think that an iPhone is an appropriate kid toy, you probably share our eagerness to induct your children into sci-fi geekdom as early as possible. The Battlestar Galactica Cylon Detector lets you or your kid snap a photo, and then find out whether the subject is a Cylon. Our kids love the composited photos of themselves and their friends in BSG garb; we love them getting groovy with Captain Adama et al.
  5. Subway Shuffle Lite: Move the obstacles so the train can move from one station to the other. A very simple logic game that can be modestly challenging for adults, and is a good brain-builder for kids who fight it engaging.
  6. Tappy Tunes: Unless you're ready to start nagging your kids about piano practice, Tappy Tunes is the easiest way to get them playing music that sounds like, well, music. The kids tap the screen, and it plays the notes of a song, in order; your kid basically controls the pace, but not the tune.
  7. Ocarina screenshotOcarina: An iPhone version of the wind instrument: blow into your iPhone's mike while you tap the appropriate spots on the screen, and you can play your iPhone ocarina like a real instrument. The kids love the challenge of modulating their breath and coordinating with the taps on screen.
  8. Scoops: Tilt the iPhone to slide your ice cream cone back and forth across the screen, catching more ice scream scoops and avoiding the tomatoes and onions. Simple, quiet and enjoyable.
  9. Balloonimals: Blow into the mike to inflate a balloon, then shake the phone to make a balloon animal. The resulting 3-D animals each perform a few different motions depending on where you tap. It's all in the execution, here; nice images and animations make for a great experience.
  10. Bugdom: Help your bug navigate through a garden, zapping bees and catching butterflies.
  11. Toddler Teasers: Basic toddler challenges, like shape and colour identification. The instructions are spoken out loud, instead of written, which is something more kid-oriented games should think of!
  12. Peekaboo Barn: Guess which animal you're hearing through the barn doors before the barn opens. It's the adorable illustrations that make this game so charming; our toddler was delighted each time a new animal was revealed.

 

Last but most essential: the Clarifi case, useful for sharpening your iPhone's camera so you can take great shots of your kids. And even more useful when those tiny, techie fingers let your $299 iPhone drop on the restaurant floor.

 

 

 

Comments

Dethe Elza says

April 30, 2009 - 8:04am

Alex, where do you get these?  My kids are older, but I wanted the Cylon detector for myself (I would share it with them). When I tried to get it, I was told it is not available from the Canadian iTunes Store. Do you have a secret Yankee iPhone?

Jason Gordon says

May 6, 2009 - 6:05am

My app, "BumperCars" launched in the App store about a week ago (its been in the top 70 in the "Kids Games" category for the past few days), and the feedback has been really positive so far. It's great for kids (or all ages, really), non-violent, has great music and is a simple and easy to use time waster. 
 
The link to the App store is below - Check it out everyone!

Direct App Store Link: 
 
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftwareid=313260518&mt=8 

anusen says

May 13, 2009 - 8:45pm

We have few apps catered mostly towards toddlers and younger kids. We developed these games to have fun at the same time kids learn.  Our apps focuses ono two areas

1. Help kids to learn Words

Word Magic, Sight Words & Digraphs, Match 'em up - Words are few of them helping kids to learn and pick up words.

2. Help kids to learn Math

Math Magic, Math Series, Match Magic and Math 'em up - Math are few of them to help kids to pick up their math skills

We hope parents and kids have fun with our apps

Anusen  - team of 3 Daddy, Mommy and 5 year old :)

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Jason says

July 13, 2009 - 9:35am

My company recently released Animal Fun Time to help kids learn about animals in a fun new way.  My nephews and nieces love it and all feedback has been good.  It is in the top 50 in education for iPhone currently and I am trying my best to get the word out to parents who would benefit from it.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=321592228&mt=8

Any feedback would be appreciated tremendously!

Anonymous says

August 19, 2009 - 7:23am

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

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=324385183&mt=8

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Joe Johnson says

August 27, 2009 - 7:44am

We just launched MonsterABC - yes, yet another ABC game - but we think this one is different.

Let us know what you think.

MonsterABC $.99
www.monsterabc.com

Tim says

August 29, 2009 - 11:39am

Take a look at Morgan Moody's Math adventure.  It is great for children who are learning how to count all the way up to children who are leaning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

 

Link to the game on the itunes store:  http://bit.ly/s4GIH

 

bity says

September 1, 2009 - 6:33am

Thup has just launched a fun game for toddlers:

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox-

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=328205875&mt=8

 

 

theRab says

September 25, 2009 - 12:55am

Also you'll find sounding pictures for kiddies on http://www.Winzki.de

This is the iTunes App Store link: Click here

These very nice apps have been specifically designed for the use by young children. (And you don't need to blow into the phone ;-) ) For example: If you swipe, it even works when another finger rests on the display. My boy taught me that to keep his frustration low ;-)

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lukeca says

November 11, 2009 - 11:38pm

Check out AWazDat, it's a great new app for toddlers with fun pictures, sounds, and colors!

http://www.awazdat.com

AyshMom says

November 17, 2009 - 3:13pm

My 18 month old loves "Peekaboo Barn" - He can name the animals form the sounds before he taps on the barn to reveal which animal it is. the little girl's voice in the app is absolutely adorable and my little one completely mimics her !

However, I do think the number of options are way limited for a $1.99 app !

Erich says

December 6, 2009 - 6:38am

Try TowerSmash! Most of the supposedly kid-friendly apps still have little buttons sprinkled around that are too easy for kids to accidentally touch, and they bring up alerts or end the game or clear the screen or what not.

TowerSmash is simply a simulation of a favorite kid toy - wooden blocks. You tap to stack them up and tap to throw balls to knock them down, and that's it! Simple, educational, and toddlers love it! Even 6 and 8 years olds fight to play it :-)

http://brattonbrothers.com/towersmash/

Linda says

December 23, 2009 - 11:39am

Give this one a try if the kids like a good story that they can interact with.  For iPhone and iPod touch.

 

Mystic Maggie and the Road to Ruin is an educational tool cleverly disguised as a funny and entertaining adventure.

Maggie takes on the Grand Witch Nimble Merry with the help of her opera singing cat, Beardsley, flatulent hound, Roosevelt Louie and her mouthy crow , Dirty Gwendolyn. Written as a “read to me” story for children, its wit and quirky humor make it fun for adults as well.
The first 10 pages are free, the remaining 30 pages and a Mystic Maggie trivia quiz can be purchased for $0.99.  (no further download required after the initial download)

Features:
- On/Off narration
- 40 fully illustrated and animated pages
- Almost 100 interactive vocabulary words
- Sound effects
- A Mystic Maggie Trivia Quiz

Little video link here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k_OL9MVY7o

Paul Schreiber says

January 11, 2010 - 8:41pm

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.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cookie-dunk/id349881216?mt=8

 

Harry says

February 8, 2010 - 10:22pm

Dress Jinjee version 1.3 is ready for Valentine The updated version of Dress JinJee is ready for the Valentine’s Day. We have updated the Dress Jinjee (Coming Soon on Store) to make your Valentine Day special with Dress Jinjee postcard. Features of Valentine Dress Jinjee: 1. Option to choose a boy or girl 2. Option to select background from photo library 3. Custom card for Valentine’s Day.

http://punflay.com/dress-jinjee-appstore.html

Michelani says

February 17, 2010 - 11:50am

Dr. Seuss iPhone apps are now available from Oceanhouse Media. Learn more here... http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/drseuss

Anonymous says

February 24, 2010 - 8:21am

To all the developers posting on this board:

Many of you are producing great apps, but many of you aren't offering any free/lite versions for trial. Sorry, I'm not going to shell out $1.99 for an app until I can test it. There's too much junk on iTunes -- I'll just move on to something else.

But if it's a good app, I have no problem paying for it. Just need to be able to test first.

PawPaw says

March 4, 2010 - 12:59am

We've developed an app called Farm Idol which is great (we think!) for kids. It's full of farm animals that can be made to make little tunes (a different note depending on what angle your iPhone is tilted).

Farm Idol on iTunes

There's also a "Lite" version on iTunes featuring just the farmer and cow if you want to try it out. We hope you (well, your kids!) like it - and we welcome feedback so let us know what you think!

Anonymous says

March 10, 2010 - 1:58am

iCountCats is a great app for teaching young children numbers and colours to rhyming sentences. It is just like a kids rhyming book on an iphone. My experience with young kids is that they love rhyming and it is a great aid for learning. The app has audio so kids can listen to it as well. The audio is only in english but the general content is in french, spanish and german.

Jane says

March 11, 2010 - 8:21am

iTouchiLearn Words teaches toddlers and preschool kids 0 - 5 about words through entertaining, funny animations and word games. Each animation features a series of related words which are used in two word games: Touch the Word and Touch the Picture. This app is filled with fun and educational value. Kids receive virtual rewards for correct answers.

Website: http://www.staytoooned.com

App Store: http://itunes.com/apps/itouchilearnwords

ABC ZOO says

April 15, 2010 - 6:46am

we have developed a new fun game for little kids!!! ABC zoo is a teaching and developing iPhone and iPod touch application for your kids. Easy-to-use on a trip or whenever you are out with your children to amuse or keep them busy. A useful and funny app that lets your kid get used to reading. Your kids will learn alphabet while playing Available to buy here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abczoo2/id360556675?mt=8

KeyStageFun says

April 20, 2010 - 12:57pm

If you want to help your kids learn their times tables with a fun, colourful iPhone app then try Times Tables: Squeebles Multiplication.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/times-tables-squeebles-multiplication/id366347095?mt=8

"Times Tables: Squeebles Multiplication" is a multiplication game for primary school children aged 5 to 10.

Help Whizz rescue the other Squeebles from the nasty Maths Monster by answering times tables questions in "easy", "hard" or "mix it up" mode.

The more times tables questions your child answers correctly, the more stars they win and the more of Whizz's friends they rescue from the Maths Monster. There are 24 Squeebles to rescue, each with their own personality. Save them all to complete the game - something which can't be done unless all the times tables sets can be answered correctly.

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Anonymous says

April 28, 2010 - 7:32am

good article, I want say you that exist a game that teach to children to use the iPhone: tap, move, drag and drop!

http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/baby-click/id367593538?mt=8

iKids says

May 8, 2010 - 3:15am

iSleepy to help your toddler to sleep again in the middle of night or give company when you are busy with something else. I frequently use this application for my doughtier at day time to cool down her brain when she cries for nothing. http://bit.ly/cHz15g

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sasha says

May 20, 2010 - 9:50pm

great apps, thanks for the moisture warning!

Paul McDougall says

May 20, 2010 - 10:49pm

Herman Lintvelt says

May 28, 2010 - 2:29am

Hi, I've been inspired by my toddler (boy, about 2 and a half) to develop a little building-set game for the iphone. You basically drag and drop different shapes to build a car, train, etc. You can download it from AppStore here: http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/construct-o-set/id373042556?mt=8 I want to extend it with lots more building sets. Suggestions are very welcome.

Jessica says

May 30, 2010 - 1:03pm

The app ABC HD is great for toddlers and young kids. It works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! Here is a link I found: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=373085715&mt=8 Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Jane says

June 8, 2010 - 12:46am

My little one loves Baby explorer which is an ipad app. The cute sounds and the vibrant colors makes her really happy!http://www.punflay.com/baby-explorer-appstore.html

Matias says

June 14, 2010 - 1:16pm

I leave our game for kids

Doodle Planets

An insanely addictive planet eating game featuring fun doodle-style graphics for the iPhone and iPod touch. In Doodle Planets you help Snacky, an adorable planet-eating monster and he's hungry. Really hungry! Help him dodge space junk and bullets, and feed him lots of delicious planets. The more planets he eats, the higher your score!

Link To App Store

thanks,

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Pixel Dad says

June 17, 2010 - 9:57am

A great game I found for my two girls: Pre-K Safari sends little explorers on their way to fun and learning with this exciting game for children ages 2-5. In no time, your adventurer will be laughing at funny baboons and making friends with monkeys as they learn many pre-k skills.

Kadamedia says

July 1, 2010 - 5:35am

Love your blog, my kids also drool all over the iphone for games that require blowing.   Just wanted to let your readers know that Save Teddy!,  a great game for kids is now available on the iphone for FREE!!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/save-teddy/id375334302?mt=8

hervevi says

July 18, 2010 - 12:36pm

Hi all,

Concerning educational and educative games, my kids love the collection “learning is fun” of iphone and ipad games.
All games are there: http://ar-entertainment.net/learning/ and http://ar-entertainment.net/learning/ipad.html

Enjoy!

Herve

Softical says

July 24, 2010 - 2:39pm

Hello,

We would like to introduce you a creative game for young children - "4Kids".

4Kids is an educational game for children aged 3-4 and even older. Thanks to 4Kids your child will develop visual perception and logical thinking. Playing with matching images combine great entertainment with the development of thought processes. Each board ends with Joyful Sun, which will bring a smile on your child's face (confirmed by 30 preschoolers!). 4Kids was developed in cooperation with professional educators. You can give your child the game for self-education or assist him, and together enjoy successes.

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Jennifer says

July 25, 2010 - 3:08am

Hi

In my eyes the most games for small children are too complicated.

I realize, little children do not care about things like high scores or so. For that reason, my two little children both love the number one children app in the ch-app store, called LittleFish.

It's easy to play (by tilting the iPhone), has some cute sounds, and different levels (for different ages).

I love it, and sometimes go for the "parents level".

Erin says

July 27, 2011 - 7:43pm

I agree with your comment regarding games being too complicated. For my 2-year old the really simple but catchy games are the best. She loves (as does my 1-year old) Barnyard Bubble. It has cute graphics and a very satisfying bubble pop! Its a perfect simple app for toddlers-- it has travelled with us on the plane many times!

Katie says

August 5, 2010 - 8:33pm

I have another one for you. It works on iphones and ipod touch and you can search for it on the app store under the name "lilBug"

My children love it and we are pretty fussy about what  they get exposed to. Cute, gentle music, doesn't move too fast and characters that appeal to these younger children. It's rated as being for children four years and over.

Michael says

August 19, 2010 - 5:20am

My app "AddTap" brings a unique form of learning that is unlike any other game in the App Store. The user is given a chosen number of simple addition problems. But not only must the user know the correct answer, they must also recreate that answer using a combination of 4 buttons on the bottom of the screen. For example, if the equation is 4+2, the user can create the answer by selecting "+1" and "+5" or by selecting "+3" two times. It's a great game to help young children practice their simple addition in a fun, interactive manner. The link to iTunes is here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/addtap/id381544929?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Hannah S. says

August 24, 2010 - 12:06pm

Juicebox Software just launched Animal Coloring Book for Android mobile devices.  This simple, digital coloring book offers an array of themed pages to color.  Choose Farm, Jungle, Marine or Insect themed pages, color and save to the Gallery for printing or fine-tuning at a later time.  Animal Coloring Book will entertain children with its simplicity and endless possibilities of creations.

android_apps@juiceboxsoftware.com

Hannah S. says

August 25, 2010 - 10:18am

Forgot to add, the website is http://www.juiceboxsoftware.com! Check us out!

 

 

James says

August 27, 2010 - 11:18am

EduGame have just launched Activity Farm, an iPhone app for toddlers and little children.

Simply move through the areas of the farm and press on any one of the 14 animals included. See their names and hear the sounds they make! With engaging child friendly graphics and real animal sounds Activity Farm will keep your little one entertained again and again.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/activity-farm/id387963049?mt=8

Graho says

September 10, 2010 - 11:27am

Hi you might be interested in my first iphone game / toy most 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 engine

More info on itunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runaroundsound-emergency-vehicles/id390250743?mt=8#

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Lunchbox says

September 13, 2010 - 5:45pm

Alexandra - Awesome list!  Take a look at LunchboxReviews.Com to find the best educational, age-appropriate iPhone apps for toddlers, preschool and early elementary kids.  Lunchbox collects apps and reviews to save parents time when mulling over the purchase of the best iPhone apps for kids. :)

Edward Jung says

October 4, 2010 - 3:59pm

Since everyone has been showcasing their most adored iphone apps here , I'll go ahead and join the flow. Here's my useful and handy iphone app which I downloaded because I had to and turned out to be a pretty usefull application;

The link is : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/for-sure-hiccup-cure/id386592949?mt=8#

Description:

Cure your case of the hiccups for sure with our guaranteed and easy to follow how to video! Once you’re hiccup free, learn more about the medical causes of hiccups and when you should consider seeing a doctor. Show off your DJ skills by mixing a kickin’ beat of hiccup sound effects!

The application gives you detailed information about the causes of hiccups , home remedies and simple to follow self help to handle it on your own.Common FAQs are also included with this application.

Enjoy :)

Peter lacalamita says

November 8, 2010 - 5:27am

123 POP is a math/puzzle game for the whole family that involves adding numbers as they fly around a surreal environment that is populated by vortexes, rockets, magical stars and the occasional leaping whale.

Players will be challenged as benchmarks for advancing forward increases every round. Kids won't even know they're learning to add numbers. 123 POP, better than bacon!

App store link:http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/123-pop/id400457558?mt=8

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Gabriella says

November 24, 2010 - 9:00am

Talking about the best iPhone apps for kids I would like to mention about Kinder Hangman - http://sharkfuel.com/kinderhangman.html that is specially designed to improve vocabulary of kids and help them remember new words. iTune link is http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kinder-hangman/id375734517?mt=8 Thius iPhone app works to improve child's development and can be used to prepare kids for school. It is intended for kids of 4-6 years.

Anonymous says

December 11, 2010 - 8:14am

Thanks for the list of apps. I thought you may also like to read http://blog.roychowdhury.org/2010/12/10/embracing-digital-tools-for-infant-toddler-development-all-in-45-minutes-a-day/

Rob Cottingham says

December 14, 2010 - 10:42am

Just a note, folks - if you're posting about your own app for kids, I don't mind you leaving a link here. But I'm deleting the screenshots and lengthy descriptions for the sake of our readers.

Anonymous says

December 20, 2010 - 2:10pm

My nieces are currently playing "Kids Toys", its quite new and only costs 0.99$. They are 4 and 8 and they love it. Especially the match game and the drawing game. (the game has 4 different mini games: puzzle, match, draw and math game). Here is the itunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kidstoys/id408189489?mt=8#. You might have a look.

TotMama says

December 25, 2010 - 1:19pm

I can not believe I am now the mama that uses her iPod as a toy for my tot, but it really works! Plus some of the apps are just the same as interacting with his other toys, but without getting all the pots and pans out of the kitchen cupboards. The Pots and Pans app is a hit with my toddler. It is just a bunch of pots and pans that make noises when you touch or tap the screen. You can shake the phone/ipod too and make a bunch of crash noises. My husband gives it to my son when he is getting his diaper changed. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pots-and-pans/id408972115?mt=8

Alina says

December 30, 2010 - 7:17am

Thank you for good list!

You may also look at We Search HD - great game for kids 3+.

This game helps kids to train memory and hand-eye coordination in fun and easy form.

http://agilescreensavers.com/index.php?page=ig_WeSearch

Anonymous says

January 5, 2011 - 6:43pm

Check out Grandpa's Farm just got released and my toddlers love it. http://bit.ly/fylJEb

Martin says

January 7, 2011 - 1:29am

Dotty (http://itunes.apple.com/se/app/dotty/id410674067?mt=8) is good for the youngest ones from 2-4 months. It is an iPad app.

WoodApps says

January 9, 2011 - 6:58pm

I develop iPhone apps and I have polled and tested so many toddler apps while developing for Apple.  I have compiled sound effects, fun 3D colorful kitchen utensils, and simple tapping motions to create one of the best toddler games out there.  It is selling worldwide now for only .99 cents currently.


http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pots-and-pans/id408972115?mt=8

Anonymous says

January 15, 2011 - 6:41pm

I just saw a new product that helps adults share iphones with toddlers. They are called BubCaps and they stop toddlers from pressing the home button. They are at bubcap.com

Cati says

February 12, 2011 - 4:37am

Hey, what a great list. But I miss one app:

"Interactive Seek-And-Find Picture Book: My Animals".

 

Quiet addictive and extremely adorable. (That's what my Kids say) Personally I think it is one of the best apps in the App Store I have ever seen for toddlers. We love it!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactive-seek-find-picture/id409694260?mt=8

Andrew says

February 21, 2011 - 7:40pm

You'll also want to check out Toddler Trainer iPhone App. Great for the kids.

Anonymous says

March 18, 2011 - 5:52am

want somthing great try this http://itunes.apple.com/app/baby-animal-world/id420899240?mt=8

I like it because it has many languages, so children can learn the name of animals not only in one language

Barb says

April 2, 2011 - 5:35am

Just found "4 Kids Phone" on the app store and OMG, my daughter just loves it. It looks like a regular iPhone home screen but behind all 20 icons is a kid game/activity! so much to do it's like 20 apps in 1. Perfect app for toddlers

michael says

April 19, 2011 - 11:30am

Very cool toddler app! http://bit.ly/hFFOlE. For the 3 years and under age group.

Rob Cottingham says

April 28, 2011 - 10:44am

There've been a lot of great suggestions, folks - thanks so much!

Amanda O'Brien says

June 1, 2011 - 8:54am

I have a five year old son and he loves to play on my iPhone. When we are stuck in a grocery line or I need a small activity to keep him entertained for a bit, I let him play games on it. His favorite game is Evil Sushi Squish. It’s a really cute game, kind of like the bubble popper game but with cute characters and colorful ninjas. Also I found that there is an Evil Sushi website where you can print out coloring sheets of the characters or play tic tac toe, which he just learned how to play. The web page is http://www.evilsushisquish.com and the best part is: it is free.

Scott says

June 14, 2011 - 9:13am

This page is full of great apps. Here is another one that should be added to the list. Part of the proceeds are even being donated to help breast cancer research! Find out more at www.gigglebear.com

Amanda O'Brien says

June 15, 2011 - 12:34pm

<p>A new app to emerge onto the <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.visiblecontact.icecreamshop&feature=search_result">Android Market </a>, Ice Cream Parlour is a great <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.visiblecontact.icecreamshop&feature=search_result">game for kids</a> and ice cream lovers of all ages. It has colorful ice cream with an endless combination of toppings and flavors.  Also, you can share your treats with fun, animated characters. Don't miss out on this new flavor of app. To find out more, just visit the Android Market and search for <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.visiblecontact.icecreamshop&feature=search_result">Ice Cream Parlour</a>.  Start enjoying ice cream anytime.</p>

<p>Summer is here and Fourth of July is right around the corner and Visible Contact has launched a cool new summer app, <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.visiblecontact.icecreamshop&feature=search_result">Ice Cream Parlour</a>! For less than the price of a real ice cream cone your inner child can have all the ice cream it wants with this fun filled app. With 12 flavors of ice cream and an endless supply of toppings you can have ice cream no matter your location. To add to the <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.visiblecontact.icecreamshop&feature=search_result">party</a> the app includes some great charters to share your ice cream with, don't be stingy everyone wants ice cream! </p>

KadaMedia says

July 17, 2011 - 6:39am

We just launched Hungry Chicks,  a great family friendly app mentioned by Moms With Apps as well!  Its top 10 in many countries :)

http://itunes.apple.com/app/hungry-chicks/id427789513?mt=8

S.-P. WEI says

July 18, 2011 - 6:14pm

I am the marketing representative of Ice Whale, an educational iPhone/iPad app developing team. We are now providing “Math Exercise Kid” which is a series of interactive math exercise applications for children. We also provide free trails. We are going to launch our latest app with a special promotion, the FREE full version Math Exercise Kid (Division) with no ads for limited time. We strongly welcome you to take advantage of our special offer. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-exercise-kid-division/id449543879?ls=1&mt=8# Please come to our blog at http://ice-whale.blogspot.com/ for more information.

Danielle says

August 14, 2011 - 2:26am

This is such a fun app! Great graphics, cool animation and super interactive. Highly recommend for parents of young kiddies. Have a blast!

 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cowboys-and-aliens-the-kids/id452170494?ls=1&mt=8

Tim says

August 16, 2011 - 1:22am

Alex Smith says

August 16, 2011 - 4:41pm

Hello, I would like to invite Moms and Dads to try my cute little iphone app: Farmyard Voices (link below) It's like a moo box only with many animals to choose from. Little kids will love it! Just choose your favorite faryard animal and flip the phone on it's face to enjoy the sounds :) Thanks for your time! kind regards, Alex http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/farmyard-voices/id452949524?ls=1&mt=8

Carlos Gallastegui says

August 27, 2011 - 1:16am

Egyptian civilization was built on the banks of the Nile River, which flooded each year, depositing soil on its banks. The rich soil could help farmers grow enough crops to feed the people in the cities. That meant everyone did not have to farm, so some people could perform other jobs that helped develop the civilization.

Tom Ignatiuk says

September 7, 2011 - 1:00am

Some time ago we have publushe word game - Madness Words. It is great for kids as well as for adults. Soon we will also publish WOrds Kids, game specially tailored for kids.

http://words.mobilemadness.pl/

Madness Words Screenshot

emily stephenes says

September 8, 2011 - 9:47pm

What are your top 10 iphone application? http://www.gamedevelopmentindia.com/

JohnyQ says

September 9, 2011 - 9:50am

Check out also iTeacher. My kids love it. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iteacher-basic-math/id437070774?mt=8&ls=1

Greg says

September 12, 2011 - 11:49am

Great game I found for my girls!

"Have you ever seen a Moose brushing his teeth?" A New Interactive book for iPad, iPhone, and Android from Author, Jamie McClaine

 

Author, Jamie McClaine, launched her idea of promoting good personal hygiene to children with her first app book, “Have you ever seen a Moose brushing his teeth?” Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

 

Find out more about the game online athttp://mooseandfriends.com/

Interactive book on iTunes:http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/have-you-ever-seen-moose-brushing/id461746150?mt=8

Interactive free moose game on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/have-you-ever-seen-moose-play/id461746994?mt=8

Interactive book on Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jafs.moosebook&feature=more_from_developer

Interactive free moose game on Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jafs.moosegame&feature=search_result

 

Dad101

 

Cindy says

September 23, 2011 - 3:57pm

For a good coloring app my kids love http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fables-coloring-book-by-thecolor.com/id450402711?ls=1&mt=8

Anonymous says

September 27, 2011 - 1:31am

Richly illustrate, interactive game, which the children do not get bored after 5 minutes of play.

We encourage you and your children to hear stories such as "Ugly duckling" and more over to sing songs about it.

This application opens the way to create more new and better apps.

App ver 1.0:

* Chose one of 15 different animals, and hear story of it or hear song.
* This app is tested on kids.
* Beautiful colorful application.
* Spelling each letter of animal.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/animals-story-for-kids/id465791207?mt=8
It's only 0.99$

Tina says

September 28, 2011 - 10:29pm

Great work from the creators of ' Fairies Fly'.Absolutely stunning graphics and amazing work.Hats off!!

Check out similiar kids iphone/ipad games.

Direct Appstore Download Link: http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/apple-life/id463407836?mt=8

 

dorothylisa86 says

September 28, 2011 - 10:54pm

Wheels on the Bus HD it is a pretty game for kids, my kid is loving it. as of now i got a free app called Apple Life. it is awesome puzzle game. check it out it is free for your ipad

Appstore link for Apple Life

Sandy says

October 15, 2011 - 12:04am

CrediPoint Solutions Inc. launches its highly anticipated Kids app 'KIDS Opedia (Learn, Quiz, Report, Analyze)' on the iTunes store. The app is climbing to Top 20 rank on multiple iTunes store within a week of launch. Check it out today - http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/kids-opedia-learn-quiz-report/id468443350?mt=8

Joseph says

October 17, 2011 - 2:29am

Found very interesting iPhone app named Misty Baby... still not in store. But waiting for that.... Check this presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/icrglabs/misty-baby-iphone-appliation Also i am following them in Facebook as they claim, to get initial free sale: http://www.facebook.com/mistybabyiphone Will update how its once i get it. Regards Joseph

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