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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Adapted from the David McKee picture book of the same name, Elmer’s Special Day tells the tale of a group of elephants who are preparing to march in a parade. Unfortunately, the puckish pachyderms are making such a ruckus that they’re disturbing the other animals, so it’s up to Elmer to restore order – and ultimately be rewarded for his efforts. The app follows McKee’s original story to the letter, as well as to the bright-and-engaging color, and the well-done narration and sound effects add to the enjoyment. As with many preschooler e-book apps, you can opt either for “Read to Me” mode or choose “Read it Myself,” and you can also either tap words to hear them spoken aloud or interact with pictures to make them move and hear their names.