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My 10 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids

By Nichole |

ipad apps for kids, iPad apps, iPad and kidsIn an ideal world, I would always be able to give my kids my full attention.

But since we don’t live in an ideal world, there are times when I need a little help.

Once we’ve exhausted arts and crafts and toys and every other solo activity and there are things that I just have to get done, the iPad is my best friend.

For me to pay for an kids’ app, it has to meet one of three specific criteria: it must teach something that my daughter needs to learn, foster her creativity, or allow me to squeeze in a shower.

And if it can do all three? I’m in love.

Here are my ten favorite apps for kids.

Happy showering!

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My 10 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids


The PBS Kids Video iPad app is one of my daughter’s go-to apps. She can find all of her favorite characters from PBS Kids and watch streaming video right on her iPad. Though less interactive than some of the other apps, this is still one of our absolute favorites and is often the only thing that helps me to squeeze in a shower some mornings! (Free)
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If you have an app that you love, please tell me about it in the comments!

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Check out more awesome apps in Babble’s Best iPad and iPhone apps for kids!

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About Nichole



Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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5 thoughts on “My 10 Favorite iPad Apps for Kids

  1. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation says:

    My kids love the PBS and Doodle Buddy iPad apps! There are a few more on this list that I must go download right now!! Because you know…I need a shower!!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I think this one (Elfishki and the Giant Cake) should be on your list at #11. Got it for my 6 and 8 year old – this was the first time I ever seen them sit and read a book together (and for 20 min too)! :)

  3. Megan says:

    I have Doodle Buddy too, but I warn toddler moms… They will find the most annoying- sounding stamp and do it 50 times. My son especially likes the dog stamps which includes a little piece of poo. Great grandma was not amused.

  4. Liz says:

    my daughter loves Bugs and Buttons and Monkey Math. both are fun and challenging. the Bugs game has terrific graphics and fun sounds too.

  5. Izabela says:

    I’de like to recommend a new, interactive story that helps children with asthma and allergy understand their illness.”An asthma story” for Ipad on itunes store

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