50 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Kids
You love your iPhone, and for good reason. It's your social calendar, your family organizer, and your connection to the best friend you haven't seen since your first year of college. Your kids love your iPhone, too, but for them, it's all about the sheer fun of messing around with Mom's apps. When you consider that the iTunes Store has launched more than 500,000 apps to date, there's plenty of fun to be had!
For Babble's roundup of the top 50 iOS (Apple's operating platform) apps for kids, we looked at some basic criteria that you and your family might also consider before downloading an app. Every app we tested had to have received Apple's age-appropriate "4+" rating. We also considered whether the app allowed parents to participate in, or at least oversee, whatever their kids were doing onscreen. And, even if the apps were designed to do nothing more than keep the kids busy while you're in line at the store, there had to be some positive or educational element to it.
We've broken down our top 50 apps by category, price and age range. (Though many of these apps have a free edition, these "lite" versions often include ads or limit the number of features you can use.) Apps that are labeled "HD" are exclusive to iPad, but nearly all of the apps we selected can be used on any iOS device you own. We hope you have as much fun checking these out as we did testing them. And if we missed one, be sure to tell us about your favorite apps! - Aaron Burgess
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Bean Bag Kids Present Little Red Riding Hood’s Rankings
The first of many planned tales from the Bean Bag Kids, Little Red Riding Hood features this crew of lovable characters (picture even cuter, co-ed versions of Sackboy from the PlayStation 3 game Little Big Planet) acting out the classic tale in 3D interactive mode. The app divides the story into 10 animated scenes, and in addition to reading along, you can touch characters to interact with them and even play diversionary mini games starring the Bean Bag Kids. Oh, and if the original Little Red Riding Hood gave your kids nightmares, you can rest easily: No one gets eaten in this version, and there’s no cutting open of wolf bellies to free the characters. You can also turn off the narration and automation altogether if you want to read the story to your kids yourself.